Pakistan v Sri Lanka ODI Series - 2nd ODI

Pakistan v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 25 runs

We're about to begin. Dilshan and Tharanga are Sri Lanka's openers. Umar Gul to bowl the first over, from over the wicket.

2.45 pm Afridi, speaking to Ten Sports, says, "For the past two three years I've been focusing on by bowling. My batting, my performance is once in a blue moon." He laughs and says he's trying his best. He says he really likes the ICC's move to use a new ball from each end in ODIs.

Saad: "Everyone knows Afridi is a free spirit! moves around with the flow of air with his instinct! Why didn't Ten Sports' reporter ask him why he likes 2 new balls move by ICC? I can bet that Afridi don't know why he likes it but still he likes :)"

Shevon: "Well a tleast the batting looks strong. Hope Jeewan Mendis can deliver. He's been performing really well for Tamil Union in the domestic season."

Ali: "Performance or no performance, good things happen to the Pakistan team when Afridi is around and the crowd just absolutely loves this guy."

Not too many people in the Dubai International Stadium at the moment. "Now this is what I call a good day," says Satish. "Cricket started at 9AM India time and could continue all the way till 12:30 tonight if this match goes the distance." Spending the day on the sofa then?

Toss, 2.30 pm Tillakaratne Dilshan has won the toss and Sri Lanka will bat again. Suranga Lakmal isn't playing for Sri Lanka, he has an ankle injury. He's been replaced by Thisara Perera. Jeevan Mendis has come in for Kosala Kulasekara. Mahela Jayawardene is fit and will play today.

Pakistan are playing an unchanged team. Misbah said he would have batted as well on this strip.

2.20 pm Hello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the second ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai. Pakistan lead the series 1-0 after a massive victory a few days ago, when they dismissed Sri Lanka for 133.

The toss will happen in about ten minutes. Here's the preview for today's game. It's bright and sunny in Dubai, as it usually is. Dilshan had said after the defeat in the first ODI that he would bat first again if the pitch was the same. We'll find out if he does soon enough ...

0.1

Umar Gul to Tharanga, 1 run, Gul runs in from the shadows and pitches the ball on a length on the sunlit pitch, the line is outside leg though so Tharanga glances off his hips to long leg

0.2

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, wide outside off stump, Dilshan shoulders arms. Did I mention Gul has two slips?

0.3

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 wide, Gul hits the pitch on a good length but the line is too wide outside off, the ball seams away as well, so the umpire calls it wide

0.3

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, closer to off stump this time, Dilshan lets it go again

0.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 wide, that's a wide wide outside off stump, Gul needs to readjust his radar by several degrees

0.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, good length outside off stump, Dilshan strides forward and shoulders arms

"No good sir, you did not mention that Gul had two slips." Sorry Gav, but I knew that!

0.5

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, good length outside off stump with seam movement, Dilshan lets it go again

0.6

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, good delivery to end the over, lands on a length around off and then springs off the pitch and cuts away from the right-hander, Dilshan came forward and then pulled his bat inside the line of the ball

End of over 1 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
TM Dilshan    0* (5b)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-0
WU Tharanga    1* (1b)     

Cheema with the other new ball, from over the wicket.

1.1

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, 1 wide, Cheema's radar is wonky as well, the first ball is far down leg side, giving Sarfraz a work out

1.1

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, 1 run, too straight on the pads and Tharanga clips to fine leg

Anurag: "Commentator is George Binoy and Scorer is Binoy George?? Same person or different?" What do you think!

1.2

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, no run, better length and line to the right-hander outside off stump, Dilshan lets it go again. He's being watchful today, not even thought about slashing at the width

1.3

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, 3 runs, full ball outside off stump, Dilshan stays in his crease and plays the square drive through cover point

1.4

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, FOUR, launched over cover! Tharanga has width outside off to free his arms and he drives flamboyantly, lofting the full ball over the in field

1.5

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, Cheema replies with a skiddy delivery that pitches on a good length and seams away from the left-hander, Tharanga doesn't move his feet as he fishes outside off and catches nothing

1.6

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, length ball outside off, driven from the crease towards cover point

End of over 2 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 12/0 (RR: 6.00)
WU Tharanga    6* (5b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    1-0-9-0
TM Dilshan    3* (7b)      Umar Gul    1-0-3-0

2.1

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 wide, Gul continues pounding the pitch far too wide outside off stump

2.1

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, that is a potent delivery, pitched on a good length, angled into the right-hander, and then cut away off the pitch, beating the outside edge of Dilshan's defensive push

2.2

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, a splendid ball beats the bat, it was fuller and quicker, over 140, it pitched around off and swung away from Dilshan, who was caught on the crease and prodded helplessly

2.3

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, left alone outside off stump, this was easier to let go, a slightly wider line

2.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, once again Dilshan gets beaten by the ball that angles into him around off and then cuts away off the pitch

2.5

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan can't hit a thing at the moment, which is why he's still out there! Gul speeds past the outside edge with one that pitches just outside off and holds its line

2.6

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, this time Gul is a bit too straight, and Dilshan can turn the ball off his pads behind square

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 14/0 (RR: 4.66)
TM Dilshan    4* (13b)      Umar Gul    2-0-5-0
WU Tharanga    6* (5b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    1-0-9-0

3.1

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, no run, short and wide outside off stump, Dilshan cuts it hard but can't beat point

3.2

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, 3 runs, full ball driven firmly to the bowler, Cheema gets a hand on it and deflects it past mid-on

3.3

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, FOUR, edged through the slip cordon for four! Tharanga fended outside off stump from his crease and the edge did not carry to the catchers, it bounced just in front of them and went through the gap

3.4

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, played from the crease towards point

3.5

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, 1 run, good length around off, Tharanga plays from his crease and angles his bat to guide the ball through point

3.6

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, 1 run, Dilshan plays the ball with soft hands towards midwicket and sprints the single

End of over 4 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 23/0 (RR: 5.75)
TM Dilshan    8* (16b)      Aizaz Cheema    2-0-18-0
WU Tharanga    11* (8b 2x4)      Umar Gul    2-0-5-0

4.1

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan moves forward and tries to cover drive but the ball is too good, it pitches on a great length and moves away, beating the bat

4.2

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 wide, this time Gul pitches a bit too wide outside off stump, the extras are mounting

4.2

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan stays in his crease and angles his bat to play the ball to point

4.3

Umar Gul to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan pushes forward to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes wide of second slip and beats third man

Saeed: "Luck seems to be Lanka's way today.....How Dilshan is surviving against Gul."

4.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, another excellent ball, bounces high from a good length and seams away from the right-hander, Dilshan lets it go

4.5

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, left alone once again outside off stump

4.6

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, and again he gets beaten, Dilshan tries to defend from his crease and the ball seams away from him

End of over 5 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 28/0 (RR: 5.60)
TM Dilshan    12* (22b 1x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-10-0
WU Tharanga    11* (8b 2x4)      Aizaz Cheema    2-0-18-0

Mohammad: "Its like Im are watching Test Match Cricket.. Alot of plays and misses and alot of edges going to boundary through slips.. Lovely bowling by Gul"

5.1

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, length ball on middle stump, played from the crease to square leg

Wasim: "I reckon Sri Lanka just need to play the new ball, get some confidence and then take on the spinners." Both new balls, you mean.

5.2

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, pushed from the crease towards cover

5.3

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, Cheema slants the ball across Tharanga after pitching in line with the stump and beats the bat

5.4

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, FOUR, that's a full ball on the pads and Tharanga makes good use of the loose ball, whipping it through midwicket for a boundary

Only one slip in place now, the second mandatory catcher is at short midwicket.

5.5

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, played back to the bowler from the crease

5.6

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, dropped! The ball was full and wide outside off stump, there to be driven. Tharanga went for it, freeing his arms and going hard at the ball. He hit it flat and in the air straight to Farhat at cover and he dropped it

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 32/0 (RR: 5.33)
WU Tharanga    15* (14b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    3-0-22-0
TM Dilshan    12* (22b 1x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-10-0

6.1

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

6.2

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, defended back to Gul once again, Dilshan is being remarkably circumspect

6.3

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, this time he goes after one that seams away from him outside off stump, his heart wasn't in the shot though, he played it half-heartedly, and was beaten

6.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, and another one goes past the outside edge, Gul hits a perfect length and moves the ball away from Dilshan, who came forward to defend

6.5

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, superb bowling! Gul doesn't seam the ball away this time, he gets it to go straight through after pitching on off stump. Dilshan thought it would move away and was beginning to let it go. He then saw the ball coming straight at him and tried to pad it away. The ball went past the pad and over the top of off stump

6.6

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan tries to work the ball off his hips but doesn't make proper contact

End of over 7 (maiden) Sri Lanka 32/0 (RR: 4.57)
TM Dilshan    12* (28b 1x4)      Umar Gul    4-1-10-0
WU Tharanga    15* (14b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    3-0-22-0

Sumith: "Cat has nine lives . Dilshan looks to be having nine cat lives today!"

7.1

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, full ball on the pads, played through square

7.2

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, played off the pads to short midwicket

7.3

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga stays in his crease and defends on the leg side

7.4

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, 1 wide, the ball is too far outside leg stump for Tharanga to connect with the glance

7.4

Aizaz Cheema to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga stays on the back foot and pushes at a ball that angles across him, the ball goes off the slice towards third man

7.5

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, FOUR, that's too short and Dilshan releases the pressure by pulling from his crease to the midwicket boundary

7.6

Aizaz Cheema to Dilshan, FOUR, another short ball and Dilshan smashes it, pulling through square leg this time with more power

End of over 8 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 42/0 (RR: 5.25)
TM Dilshan    20* (30b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    4-0-32-0
WU Tharanga    16* (18b 3x4)      Umar Gul    4-1-10-0

8.1

Umar Gul to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed on the off side for a single

8.2

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, Gul bowls a fullish ball on off and middle, Dilshan plays it to mid-off where Afridi slides and fields

8.3

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan waits for the ball to angle into him before playing of his hips to square leg

Gul lost his run up as he approached his delivery stride ... aborted releasing the ball at the very last moment.

8.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, good length angling into the right-hander, Dilshan plays towards midwicket and sprints to get off strike

Salim: "Please Misbah, there is no harm in being a bit aggressive and creative sometimes. Time for a bowling change. Bring in Hafeez or Afridi as both are unconventional spinners."

8.5

Umar Gul to Tharanga, FOUR, driven, in the air but through the gap between short cover and mid-off for four, the fielder at short cover, Misbah, dived to his left but the ball was too far away. Tharanga hit that off the front foot, driving away from his body

8.6

Umar Gul to Tharanga, no run, defended on the leg side

End of over 9 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 48/0 (RR: 5.33)
WU Tharanga    21* (21b 4x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-16-0
TM Dilshan    21* (33b 3x4)      Aizaz Cheema    4-0-32-0

Fahad: "I can see smoke rising in the South East from my DIFC office. Sri Lanka are on fire! Ok maybe not that dramatic but still a good start from the duo."

Saeed Ajmal, the offspinner, replaces Aizaz Cheema.

9.1

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, bowled from very wide of the crease from round the wicket, played towards leg slip

9.2

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, bowled into the pads from round the wicket, Dilshan plays to midwicket and runs

9.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, Ajmal angles the ball into the left-hander and hits the pad, that was missing leg

9.4

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, that was the doosra, spinning into the left-hander, Tharanga defends on the leg side

9.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, defended on the off side

9.6

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga stays on the back foot and defends on the off side

End of over 10 (1 run) Sri Lanka 49/0 (RR: 4.90)
WU Tharanga    21* (25b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0
TM Dilshan    22* (35b 3x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-16-0

10.1

Abdul Razzaq to Dilshan, FOUR, he's flayed that through backward point! Dilshan winds up as the ball pitches short and wide outside off, and then slashes it hard through the gap

10.2

Abdul Razzaq to Dilshan, 1 run, cut again, this time in front of point to the fielder in the deep

10.3

Abdul Razzaq to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga stays in his crease and defends on the leg side

10.4

Abdul Razzaq to Tharanga, 1 leg bye, an uber-slow ball from Razzaq, Tharanga had already finished his shot before the ball hit the back of the bat and lobbed safely on the leg side

10.5

Abdul Razzaq to Dilshan, 1 run, played off the from off towards the off side

10.6

Abdul Razzaq to Tharanga, no run, wicket to wicket line from Razzaq, defended back to the bowler

James: "Maybe next match Pakistan should try Junaid Khan instead of Cheema. Not been effective today."

End of over 11 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 56/0 (RR: 5.09)
WU Tharanga    21* (28b 4x4)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    28* (38b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-1-0

Here's Shahid Afridi, bowling from over the wicket.

11.1

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan tries to cut one that is far too close to off stump and mis-times it to point

11.2

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, OUT, bowled him! There's the signature Afridi celebration, legs splayed, arms aloft, fingers pointing to the sky. Dilshan once again tried to cut the ball when there was no room. It pitched on off and slid straight through, beating the bat and crashing into the stumps.

TM Dilshan b Shahid Afridi 28 (55m 40b 4x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

Kumar Sangakkara is the new batsman.

11.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, defended on the leg side, Afridi strides across to collect

11.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, width outside off stump and Sangakkara gets going by cutting to deep point

11.5

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, that was an offbreak from Afridi, pitched outside off stump and spun away from the left-hander, Tharanga let it go

11.6

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, defended on the leg side

End of over 12 (1 run) Sri Lanka 57/1 (RR: 4.75)
WU Tharanga    21* (30b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-1-1
KC Sangakkara    1* (2b)      Abdul Razzaq    1-0-6-0

12.1

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, no run, length delivery on middle and off, played back to the bowler

12.2

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara moves forward and defends a good length ball towards cover

12.3

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, 1 run, played off the pads between midwicket and mid-on

12.4

Abdul Razzaq to Tharanga, 1 run, there's some with outside off and Tharanga uses it to cut through point

12.5

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara strides forward, waits for the length ball outside off, and drives to cover

12.6

Abdul Razzaq to Tharanga, no run, Razzaq's got away with that, it was on the pads but Tharanga couldn't connect with the bat. The keeper collects after the ball clips the pad

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 60/1 (RR: 4.61)
WU Tharanga    22* (32b 4x4)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-9-0
KC Sangakkara    3* (6b)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-1-1

Mohammad Hafeez to bowl offbreaks at two left-handers ... he'll bowl from round the wicket.

13.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 leg bye, Sangakkara moves forward to turn the ball through square but doesn't hit it, it goes off his pad behind square

13.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga tries to work a ball that angles into him from round the wicket through square but gets hit on the pad

13.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

13.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards long on

13.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, driven off the front foot along the ground to long-off

13.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga tries to drive but mis-times the shot towards the bowler

End of over 14 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 63/1 (RR: 4.50)
WU Tharanga    23* (36b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-2-0
KC Sangakkara    4* (8b)      Abdul Razzaq    2-0-9-0

14.1

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, no run, another mis-timed drive, to mid-off

14.2

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, no run, played off the front foot to point

14.3

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, no run, length ball outside off stump, Sangakkara glides on to the front foot and drives to mid-off

14.4

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, 1 run, Razzaq pitches on leg stump and Sangakkara taps the ball off his pads in front of square leg

14.5

Abdul Razzaq to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga cuts the length ball from outside off to deep point

14.6

Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, OUT, such a soft dismissal! Sangakkara pushed forward too early to a very slow ball and tried to play down the ground. He ended up popping the easiest of return catches towards Razzaq's left, comfortably taken

KC Sangakkara c & b Abdul Razzaq 5 (12m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

End of over 15 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 65/2 (RR: 4.33)
     Abdul Razzaq    3-0-11-1
WU Tharanga    24* (37b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-2-0

The players had drinks at the fall of that wicket. Pakistan have taken the bowling Powerplay. Afridi's back ...

15.1

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga tries to cut one that's wide outside off and bottom edges it into the ground

15.2

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, driven to long-off for a single

Sumith: "That dismissal [Sangakkara's] was as soft as a marsh-mellow!"

15.3

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, no run, Chandimal pushes his first ball to cover

15.4

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, 1 run, this is nearly in the blockhole and Chandimal plays it towards long on

15.5

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 3 runs, Tharanga pushes forward at one that slides across him and gets a thick outside edge that goes towards third man, Akmal chases and saves the boundary

15.6

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, no run, Chandimal lets a good length ball pass outside off stump

End of over 16 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 70/2 (RR: 4.37)
LD Chandimal    1* (3b)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-6-1
WU Tharanga    28* (40b 4x4)      Abdul Razzaq    3-0-11-1

Shayaan: "Razzie does it again! I was beginning to wonder whether pulling the allnighter to watch the match was worth it.. econ class at 11 will be a pain though." No pain, no gain.

16.1

Abdul Razzaq to Tharanga, 1 run, Razzaq angles the length ball into Tharanga from round the wicket, the batsman plays in front of point

Himanshu: "After a good start Sri Lanka is crumbling again. They are not able to convert start into good scores."

16.2

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, 1 wide, full ball down leg side, too far away for Chandimal to glance

16.2

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, good length around of, played from the crease to mid-off

Akib: "The variety in Pakistan's bowling attack in perfect, three different spinners, two quicks and a medium pacer. Also have plenty of batting. But Razzaq and Afridi are irreplaceable both with ball and bat. Although i feel razzaq's bowling has been lost a bit. Can they produce any quality all rounders again??"

16.3

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, good length on off and middle, Chandimal moves forward and a little across and plays to mid-on

16.4

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, slightly shorter length, played off the back foot towards the leg side

16.5

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, full delivery and a straight line, Chandimal drives back to Razzaq

16.6

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, 1 run, a slower ball outside off at 89 kph, Chandimal waits in his crease and cuts to deep point

End of over 17 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 73/2 (RR: 4.29)
LD Chandimal    2* (8b)      Abdul Razzaq    4-0-14-1
WU Tharanga    29* (41b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-6-1

17.1

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, no run, defended on the leg side

17.2

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal pushes forward and opens the face to play towards short third man

17.3

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, quick and straight from Afridi, Tharanga plays from the crease to cover

17.4

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, played off the pads to midwicket

17.5

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, the quicker one that slides straight through, the line is outside off and Tharanga cuts through point

17.6

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, 1 run, played off the pads towards deep backward square leg

End of over 18 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 76/2 (RR: 4.22)
LD Chandimal    4* (11b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-9-1
WU Tharanga    30* (44b 4x4)      Abdul Razzaq    4-0-14-1

Javed: "Where is the logic behind Chandimal batting ahead of Mahela? He's started his career well enough, but he's not exactly pulling up trees. Certainly not in the class of Mahela." Dilshan's said he wants Chandimal to bat between Sanga and Mahela.

18.1

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, defended from the crease on the off side, Chandimal got behind the line of the ball nicely

18.2

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, good length and straight, defended from the crease on the leg side

18.3

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, a little quicker from Razzaq, Chandimal gets behind the line on the back foot and blocks

18.4

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, 1 run, a super-slow ball outside off stump, Chandimal bottom edges the cut into the ground and runs. There's a collision between the keeper Sarfraz and the fielder at point, Umar Akmal. Both sprinted to the ball

18.5

Abdul Razzaq to Tharanga, no run, played back to the bowler

18.6

Abdul Razzaq to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga mis-times the ball past the bowler and runs the single before mid-off can prevent it

End of over 19 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 78/2 (RR: 4.10)
WU Tharanga    31* (46b 4x4)      Abdul Razzaq    5-0-16-1
LD Chandimal    5* (15b)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-9-1

Khan: "@Junaid... I agree with Dilshan's decision to sandwich Chandimal between the two greats. It will help him develop and moreover Srilanka will have some backup in case a collapse happens, which is often the case these days.."

Hafeez is back for his second over ...

19.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, bowled flat and straight from round the wicket, defended back to the bowler

19.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, more flat and straight stuff, played off the back foot to the bowler

19.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, dropped! Hafeez slowed his pace and turned the offbreak away from Tharanga after drifting into him. Tharanga tried to cut and got an edge to Sarfraz, the ball popped in and out of his gloves.

19.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, cut off the back foot to deep point

19.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, no run, defended back to the bowler

19.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, 3 runs, Chandimal charges and hits the ball in the air over extra cover, he didn't time it well but the ball fell safely

End of over 20 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 82/2 (RR: 4.10)
LD Chandimal    8* (17b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-6-0
WU Tharanga    32* (50b 4x4)      Abdul Razzaq    5-0-16-1

20.1

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, good length just outside off stump, defended on the off side

20.2

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

Saad: "I'm hugely impressed by Misbah's bowling changes today. No doubt he has forced me to think positively about his Captaincy at least but still I'm not so conclusive about his batting approach many times."

20.3

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, defended from the crease towards the bowler once again

20.4

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, Chandimal makes room by moving towards leg and slogs, trying to hit with a flat bat down the ground. The length is a bit short and he makes no contact

James: "Getting Sanga's wicket just before made that a very effective bowling powerplay. Just 17 runs and no boundaries."

20.5

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, this time Chandimal tries to run the ball to third man, but gets beaten again

20.6

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, good length around off stump, defended on the front foot

End of over 21 (maiden) Sri Lanka 82/2 (RR: 3.90)
LD Chandimal    8* (23b)      Abdul Razzaq    6-1-16-1
WU Tharanga    32* (50b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-6-0

21.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, punched off the back foot towards mid-off, Hafeez moves to his right and fields

21.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, played off the back foot towards point

21.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga pushes forward to play to mid-on, but Hafeez scampers to his left and fields

21.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, defended back to the bowler

21.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 2 runs, drifts on to the pad this time and Tharanga plays to backward square leg, there's a direct hit at the striker's end and an overthrow results

21.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 22 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 84/2 (RR: 3.81)
WU Tharanga    34* (56b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-8-0
LD Chandimal    8* (23b)      Abdul Razzaq    6-1-16-1

Clausewitz: "Are Sri Lanka looking to block out the Razzak and Hafeez overs?" Looks that way, hardly any aggressive intent from the batsmen.

22.1

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, 1 run, dabbed off the back foot towards point for a quick single, Akmal swoops and hits the batsman at the non-striker's end with his flat throw

22.2

Abdul Razzaq to Tharanga, no run, punched from his crease towards mid-off

22.3

Abdul Razzaq to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga pushes the ball back to the bowler and runs after Razzaq fails to stop it cleanly, the ball trickles past the stumps and Tharanga charges through for the single, making his crease before the direct hit

22.4

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, defended on the back foot on the of side

22.5

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, Chandimal clears his front foot out of the way and swings for the terraces, the length isn't full enough and the line is outside off, not ideal for such a shot

22.6

Abdul Razzaq to Chandimal, no run, played from the crease on the leg side

End of over 23 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 86/2 (RR: 3.73)
LD Chandimal    9* (27b)      Abdul Razzaq    7-1-18-1
WU Tharanga    35* (58b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-8-0

Samuel: "Come On Guys - A veteran medium pacer and a part time offie are holding us back! Sort it out Upal!!"

23.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, played off the back foot towards extra cover

23.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, defended back to the bowler

23.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga moves forward to push but plays the wrong line and gets hit on the pad

23.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, a quicker one slides into Tharanga from round the wicket and hits the back pad, that was missing leg stump though

23.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, defended back to the bowler again

23.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, played off the back foot to midwicket, maiden over

End of over 24 (maiden) Sri Lanka 86/2 (RR: 3.58)
WU Tharanga    35* (64b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-1-8-0
LD Chandimal    9* (27b)      Abdul Razzaq    7-1-18-1

Hasan: "Pakistan has never been so boring yet result-bearing in the ODIs." Well surely you prefer it this way?

Ajmal's back for another spell.

24.1

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, no run, leg-stump line, Chandimal plays to square leg

24.2

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, FOUR, quicker ball but the line is poor, on the pads, Chandimal gets some bat on it and sends the ball racing to the fine-leg boundary

24.3

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, no run, again Ajmal drifts on to the pads, Chandimal plays to square leg

24.4

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, no run, it's the straighter one this time, outside off, Chandimal pushes at it and is beaten

24.5

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, no run, played off the pads on the leg side

24.6

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, no run, another leg stump delivery, played from the crease to square leg

End of over 25 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 90/2 (RR: 3.60)
LD Chandimal    13* (33b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-5-0
WU Tharanga    35* (64b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-1-8-0

25.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga tries to drive through the off side but gets an inside edge on to the pad

25.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, this time he connects with the drive to long-off

25.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, no run, tight line around off stump, defended on the front foot

25.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, 1 run, worked off the pads through square leg

25.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, played toward point off the front foot

25.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, played back to the bowler on the front foot

End of over 26 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 92/2 (RR: 3.53)
WU Tharanga    36* (68b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-1-10-0
LD Chandimal    14* (35b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    2-0-5-0

26.1

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, 1 run, Ajmal bowls a doosra which Chandimal manages to play behind point

26.2

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, 1 run, driven from the crease through point

Shamsi :"Is it just me or has Pakistan started playing technical cricket. No madness, no flamboyance just pure technique and clinical performances."

26.3

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, OUT, bowled him! Chandimal, after a slow innings, tried to break free by clearing his front foot towards leg side and trying to mow over midwicket. The straighter ball from Ajmal beat the bat and hit off stump

LD Chandimal b Saeed Ajmal 15 (39m 37b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.54

Sri Lanka need Mahela Jayawardene to do what he's good at, score at a brisk pace without taking too many risks. Work the gaps.

26.4

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 run, Jayawardene strides forward and opens the face to play the ball along the ground to Younis Khan at first slip, he can't stop it cleanly

26.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, quicker ball on middle stump, played off the back foot on the leg side

26.6

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, pushed towards cover on the front foot

End of over 27 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 95/3 (RR: 3.51)
WU Tharanga    37* (71b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-8-1
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (1b)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-1-10-0

Shahid Afridi returns to the bowling crease ...

27.1

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, defended from the crease to the bowler

27.2

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, played off the pads to square leg

27.3

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, the quicker one that comes into the right-hander, defended from the crease

27.4

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, huge appeal from Afridi for lbw but it is turned down by the umpire. Pakistan decide not to review. Mahela was hit on the front foot after taking a stride down the pitch. Enough doubt there, height was a problem

27.5

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, defended on the leg side

27.6

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela gets behind the line of a full ball and defends on the off side

End of over 28 (maiden) Sri Lanka 95/3 (RR: 3.39)
DPMD Jayawardene    1* (7b)      Shahid Afridi    4-1-9-1
WU Tharanga    37* (71b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-0-8-1

28.1

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

28.2

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, 1 run, nudged off the pads to square leg for a quick single

28.3

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela strides forward to defend but gets beaten by the doosra that slants across him from round the wicket

28.4

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 run, played off the front foot to square leg

28.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga stays in his crease and plays the ball to deep square leg

28.6

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela tries to cut the ball to third man as it angles across him, he gets beaten outside off stump once again

End of over 29 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 98/3 (RR: 3.37)
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (10b)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-11-1
WU Tharanga    39* (74b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-1-9-1

Karan: "I thought India and WI are playing the test match. But it seems i was following the wrong match."

29.1

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, defended from the crease on the off side

29.2

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, Afridi bowls the googly and Tharanga gets beaten outside off stump

29.3

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, a slower ball outside off stump, Tharanga tries to drive expansively but gets beaten by some extra bounce

29.4

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, played to short fine leg

29.5

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, full and straight, driven to long-off from the crease

29.6

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela moves forward and plays the straight ball to midwicket

Shariq: "No matter how well you contain in the middle overs, wickets are key in winning an ODI's. George, cant we have a graphical update on field changes?" A graphic update? I'll be as graphic as I can in describing them ...

End of over 30 (1 run) Sri Lanka 99/3 (RR: 3.30)
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (11b)      Shahid Afridi    5-1-10-1
WU Tharanga    40* (79b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-0-11-1

30.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, bowled full on middle stump, driven to long off for a single that takes Sri Lanka to 100

Kieran: "Just hit the ball, it can't be THAT hard!"

30.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela moves outside off, gets down low, and paddles the ball to fine leg

30.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, defended back to the bowler

Victor: "This is really painful. A long time since I have seen a team with so little confidence. We are just allowing Pakistan to dominate! Actually it's embarassing."

30.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 2 runs, Tharanga leans into a front-foot extra cover drive, the fielder at long-off has to run to his right

30.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga pushes from his crease at one that turns slightly away from him and is beaten, Sarfraz doesn't collect cleanly

30.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, this time he gets a bit of a leading edge towards point

End of over 31 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 103/3 (RR: 3.32)
WU Tharanga    43* (84b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-1-14-0
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (12b)      Shahid Afridi    5-1-10-1

31.1

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, driven off the front foot to long-off

31.2

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, Tharanga moves back and cuts to deep point. "Only one," yells Sarfraz

31.3

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed off the front foot to long on

31.4

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, Afridi slows up the pace and bowls one that goes on with the arm, Tharanga pushes forward and is beaten outside off

31.5

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 2 runs, driven firmly off the front foot to wide long-off

31.6

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, played off the front foot to long-on

End of over 32 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 109/3 (RR: 3.40)
WU Tharanga    47* (88b 4x4)      Shahid Afridi    6-1-16-1
DPMD Jayawardene    5* (14b)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-1-14-0

32.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, defended on the front foot on the leg side

32.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga gets to a hard-fought fifty by lofting inside-out over extra cover. The fielder on the cover boundary runs to his left and dives but can't prevent the four

32.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, played off the pads behind square

32.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, 1 run, quicker ball on the pads, Jayawardene plays through square leg

32.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, played to midwicket off the front foot with a closed face

32.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, played to short third man

End of over 33 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 115/3 (RR: 3.48)
WU Tharanga    52* (93b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-1-20-0
DPMD Jayawardene    6* (15b)      Shahid Afridi    6-1-16-1

33.1

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, cut off the back foot to backward point

33.2

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 4 leg byes, Jayawardene moves forward and across to glance but the ball is down leg side, it grazes the pad and goes past the keeper

33.3

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, played to long off for a single

Mark Kidger: "Are we still playing the Test series? This is not much faster than the runrates that people were complaining about in the Tests when Sri Lanka were limping towards a declaration! Maybe though we aren't giving enough credit to the Pakistanis for their professional display in squeezing the life out of Sri Lanka's talented batting."

33.4

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, beaten outside the off side by a quicker googly

33.5

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, no run, another googly, Tharanga pushes forward and gets beaten once again

33.6

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, shorter length and Tharanga goes back to cut toward deep point

End of over 34 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 121/3 (RR: 3.55)
WU Tharanga    53* (96b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    7-1-18-1
DPMD Jayawardene    7* (18b)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-1-20-0

34.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga cuts off the back foot towards cover even though the ball cramps him for room

34.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, 1 run, played towards long off for a single

34.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela gets down low and reverse-paddles the ball to short third man

34.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, punched from the crease to the fielder at cover

34.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, punched off the back foot from middle stump to cover

34.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Tharanga, no run, width outside off stump and Tharanga cuts towards backward point, where Afridi intercepts

End of over 35 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 123/3 (RR: 3.51)
WU Tharanga    54* (101b 5x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-1-22-0
DPMD Jayawardene    8* (19b)      Shahid Afridi    7-1-18-1

The drinks break has been done with. The batting Powerplay has been taken, it had to be taken. Only three fielders outside the circle.

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 wide, that's rather wide down leg side

Anees: "All that criticism of SL batting might be right. But can't wefind a few words of praise for Pak bowling and Misbah's field placing?" The bowling has been suffocating.

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 wide, that's not as wide down leg side, but still wide enough to be called

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela works the ball off his pads through square

Ali: "Anything less than 250 and we will have another one sided and boring cricket game. Come on Lanaka for the love of cricket score some runs!!!" 250 will be a hard target, this pitch is slow.

35.2

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, 1 run, Dabbed on the off side for a quick single towards point

35.3

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela moves back, opens the face, dabs the ball to backward point and runs a quick single

35.4

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, Ajmal beats Tharanga outside off stump with an offbreak from round the wicket

35.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run

35.6

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga tries to cut off the back foot but is beaten by one that bounces a bit more

End of over 36 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 128/3 (RR: 3.55)
WU Tharanga    55* (105b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-16-1
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (21b)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-1-22-0

Afridi has three overs to go.

36.1

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, Jayawardene cuts from outside off but can't beat backward point

36.2

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, FOUR, shot! Jayawardene moves to the leg side to make room and lofts the ball inside out over extra cover

A fielder drops back to the extra cover boundary. Mid-on is in the circle.

36.3

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, nudged off the pads behind square

36.4

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, 1 run, Jayawardene calls Tharanga through for the leg bye to short fine leg, he had to hurry

36.5

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, FOUR, he steps out of his crease, gets to the pitch of the ball around off stump, and lofts over the fielder at mid-on, cleanly hit. Mid-on was brought up after that shot over extra cover

36.6

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, defended on the front foot

End of over 37 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 138/3 (RR: 3.72)
DPMD Jayawardene    19* (26b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-1-28-1
WU Tharanga    56* (106b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-0-16-1

37.1

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, FOUR, shorter length with width outside off, Tharanga cuts off the back foot and places the ball through all the gaps

Russell: "Stop the moaning. Compared to Misbah's batting, this is really exciting!"

37.2

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, FOUR, Tharanga walks forward and drives the ball off his pads with power wide of the fielder at mid-on, Younis Khan chases and then dives spectacularly on his belly but can't reach the ball

37.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, defended on the off side

37.4

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, 1 run, driven through cover point to the fielder in the deep

37.5

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, no run, defended on the front foot towards the bowler

37.6

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 3 runs, just over the head of the fielder at point! Mahela got into position for the reverse pull but didn't get as much elevation as he would have liked. Afridi jumped in the air but couldn't reach the ball

End of over 38 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 150/3 (RR: 3.94)
DPMD Jayawardene    22* (28b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-28-1
WU Tharanga    65* (110b 7x4)      Shahid Afridi    8-1-28-1

Tabish: "Bring Umar Gul in, where is he?" Here he is. Sri Lanka's third 50 came off 47 balls.

38.1

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, good length outside off stump, Mahela plays with an open face to backward point

38.2

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, good length just outside off, Mahela stays in his crease an defends

38.3

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela jumps out of his crease and drives the ball hard towards mid-off's left, Afridi dives full length and makes the save

38.4

Umar Gul to Tharanga, 1 wide, the bouncer, but it's a bit high and slightly down leg side

38.4

Umar Gul to Tharanga, 2 runs, shorter length and Tharanga pulls to deep midwicket, he hit that from outside off

38.5

Umar Gul to Tharanga, 2 runs, Tharanga make a bit of room and hits the ball from middle stump in front of square

38.6

Umar Gul to Tharanga, (no ball) 1 run, full ball on the pads, flicked to midwicket for a single. Gul over-stepped as well, so there's a free hit coming up

38.6

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, FOUR, short of a length with width, Mahela makes room and hits the ball in the air through the gap at cover, he's placed it wide of the fielder in the deep too

End of over 39 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 162/3 (RR: 4.15)
DPMD Jayawardene    27* (32b 3x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-28-0
WU Tharanga    70* (113b 7x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-0-28-1

Vinod: "My predictions were right. This is the perfect rise for Sri Lanka. well done boys , keep it up!"

39.1

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, 1 run, worked off the back foot to deep square leg

39.2

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 run, deft shot. Mahela moves across, gets down on one knee, and scoops the ball to short fine leg

39.3

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, no run, cut off the back foot from off stump to point

39.4

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, FOUR, superb timing and placement. Tharanga moves back and punches the ball through the gap between point and cover point, the ball simply races away

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, 1 wide, that's wide down leg side

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to Tharanga, 1 run, hits across the line between mid-on and midwicket

39.6

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 run, played off the pads behind square

End of over 40 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 171/3 (RR: 4.27)
DPMD Jayawardene    29* (34b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-37-1
WU Tharanga    76* (117b 8x4)      Umar Gul    6-1-28-0

Right, we're into the home stretch of the innings. Can Sri Lanka get up to 250? The batting Powerplay is over. Sri Lanka scored 46 off it.

40.1

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, 1 run, a misfield from Hafeez allows the single. Jayawardene opened the face off the back foot and steered to backward point

40.2

Umar Gul to Tharanga, 1 run, length ball outside off, Tharanga punches fluently to mid-off where Akmal dives to his right and saves the boundary

40.3

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, the bouncer, Mahela lets it go through to the wicketkeeper

40.4

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, FOUR, shot! A bit of width outside off and the length was there for the cut, Mahela cracked it hard and past the fielder at point

40.5

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, 1 run, the slower ball but the line is a bit straight, played of the pads to fine leg

40.6

Umar Gul to Tharanga, no run, Tharanga tries to cut but the line is too close to off stump and he bottom edges it into the ground

End of over 41 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 178/3 (RR: 4.34)
WU Tharanga    77* (119b 8x4)      Umar Gul    7-1-35-0
DPMD Jayawardene    35* (38b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-0-37-1

41.1

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, flicked off the pads to deep square leg

41.2

Shahid Afridi to Tharanga, OUT, caught at wide long-on! Afridi's struck. Tharanga tried to launch the ball over the midwicket boundary but mis-timed it, Younis Khan settled under a simple catch

WU Tharanga c Younis Khan b Shahid Afridi 77 (175m 120b 8x4 0x6) SR: 64.16

Angelo Mathews is the new batsman.

41.3

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, full ball on middle and leg, Mahela glances off his pads to short fine leg

41.4

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, driven to long on for a single

41.5

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, flicked off the pads through square leg

41.6

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side

James: "Last 5 overs or so is the first time SL have felt on top since about 8 overs. Pakistan could do with a wicket."

End of over 42 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 182/4 (RR: 4.33)
AD Mathews    1* (2b)      Shahid Afridi    9-1-32-2
DPMD Jayawardene    38* (41b 4x4)      Umar Gul    7-1-35-0

Clausewitz: "Tharanga's wicket might not be too bad a thing for SL, cause they could really use some Mathews power hitting right now."

Cheema replaces Gul ...

42.1

Aizaz Cheema to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela opens the face and drives from the crease but can't get past backward point

42.2

Aizaz Cheema to Jayawardene, FOUR, shot! Cracking cut shot. Mahela pounces on the width outside off and brings his bat down with such speed, uses his wrists to place the ball past the fielder at backward point

42.3

Aizaz Cheema to Jayawardene, 1 leg bye, Mahela misses the glance but the ball brushes the pad and Sarfraz can't prevent the leg bye

42.4

Aizaz Cheema to Mathews, 2 runs, Mathews stays on the back foot and opens the face late to guide the short of a length ball to third man

42.5

Aizaz Cheema to Mathews, OUT, huge appeal for caught behind and Pakistan review umpire Richard Illingworth's not-out decision. It was a short of a length delivery outside off stump, which Mathews tried to steer to third man. There was a definite noise as the ball passed the bat, although there was no obvious deviation. The noise is good enough for the umpires, though. The decision has been overturned and Mathews is on his way

AD Mathews c †Sarfraz Ahmed b Aizaz Cheema 3 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Jeewan Mendis is the new batsman ...

42.6

Aizaz Cheema to Mendis, 1 run, played off the pads in front of square leg

End of over 43 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 190/5 (RR: 4.41)
BMAJ Mendis    1* (1b)      Aizaz Cheema    5-0-39-1
DPMD Jayawardene    42* (44b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    9-1-32-2

43.1

Shahid Afridi to Mendis, 1 run, width outside off stump, and Mendis cuts to deep point

43.2

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela moves forward and defends a slower ball

43.3

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, Mahela closes the face a bit early and gets a leading edge on the off side

43.4

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, driven off the front foot to cover

43.5

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela waits in his crease and opens the face late to guide the googly to short third man

43.6

Shahid Afridi to Mendis, 1 run, cut hard off the back foot to deep point

End of over 44 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 193/5 (RR: 4.38)
BMAJ Mendis    3* (3b)      Shahid Afridi    10-1-35-2
DPMD Jayawardene    43* (48b 5x4)      Aizaz Cheema    5-0-39-1

44.1

Aizaz Cheema to Mendis, 1 wide, short of a length ball down leg side, Pakistan have been awful with wides today

44.1

Aizaz Cheema to Mendis, no run, good length and straight, defended back to the bowler, Mendis had no room to work with

44.2

Aizaz Cheema to Mendis, 1 leg bye, Cheema appeals for lbw after Mendis moved a long way across his stumps to play on the leg side, that pitched outside leg stump, the batsman run a leg bye towards square leg

44.3

Aizaz Cheema to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower ball outside off stump, Mahela opens the face and plays to point

44.4

Aizaz Cheema to Mendis, 1 run, Mendis bottom edges the cut into the ground and they run a single before Sarfraz can run to his left and field

44.5

Aizaz Cheema to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide outside off stump, Mahela moves towards leg and then cuts to third man

44.6

Aizaz Cheema to Mendis, 1 wide, that bouncer is far too high, the extras mount

44.6

Aizaz Cheema to Mendis, 1 run

End of over 45 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 200/5 (RR: 4.44)
BMAJ Mendis    5* (7b)      Aizaz Cheema    6-0-45-1
DPMD Jayawardene    45* (50b 5x4)      Shahid Afridi    10-1-35-2

Mahela is steadily moving towards the 10,000 run landmark in ODIs. He is 18 away.

45.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mendis, 1 run, Mendis tries to reverse sweep but misses and is hit on the pad outside off stump, some bat on it perhaps

45.2

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, no run, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

45.3

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 wide, another wide down leg side, Mahela tries to paddle but couldn't connect

45.3

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 run, dabbed off the front foot in front of point for a single

45.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mendis, no run, Mendis moves across and plays a short-arm paddle to short fine leg

45.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mendis, 1 run, Mendis plays a reverse-swat from outside leg stump to point

45.6

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela moves towards leg stump and cuts the ball past backward point to the fielder in the deep

End of over 46 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 205/5 (RR: 4.45)
DPMD Jayawardene    47* (53b 5x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-42-1
BMAJ Mendis    7* (10b)      Aizaz Cheema    6-0-45-1

Arnie: "Is Mahela going to be the 2nd Sri Lankan after Jayasuriya to complete 10K ODI runs?" If he gets there today, then yes.

46.1

Aizaz Cheema to Jayawardene, 1 run, Maehla backs away and cuts a length ball hard through point, there's protection in the deep though

46.2

Aizaz Cheema to Mendis, no run, the slower ball bowled full outside off, Mendis tried to drive through cover but was beaten by the change of pace

46.3

Aizaz Cheema to Mendis, 1 run, Mendis steps out of his crease and hits the ball to the fielder cover, who is on the edge of the circle

46.4

Aizaz Cheema to Jayawardene, 1 run, full ball on the pads, a touch slower as well, Mahela turns the ball to short fine leg

46.5

Aizaz Cheema to Mendis, 1 run, driven from the crease towards long on

Kishore: "PLs do not comment on Jayawardane's landmark. We all saw what happened to Sachin and Dravid this morning ..." Okay then.

46.6

Aizaz Cheema to Jayawardene, 1 run, Mahela brings up 50 by driving a low full toss to long off. He's revived this Sri Lankan innings, he's not found scoring easy but he fought hard today

End of over 47 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 210/5 (RR: 4.46)
DPMD Jayawardene    50* (56b 5x4)      Aizaz Cheema    7-0-50-1
BMAJ Mendis    9* (13b)      Saeed Ajmal    8-0-42-1

47.1

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, OUT, bowled him! Mahela moved a long way towards the leg side to cut Ajmal through the off side. He ended up being too far away from the ball and had to reach for it. Ajmal's line was straight and he hit middle and off stumps after Mahela did not connect. The 10,000 landmark will have to wait.

DPMD Jayawardene b Saeed Ajmal 50 (89m 57b 5x4 0x6) SR: 87.71

47.2

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, no run, Perera cuts hard off the back foot to backward point

47.3

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, no run, flat and straight, played back to the bowler

47.4

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, 2 runs, full ball on off and middle, Perera forces it to wide long-on

47.5

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, no run, Perera slogs in the direction of midwicket but gets beaten by the offbreak that pitches outside off and spins away from the left-hander

47.6

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, no run, this time he tries a late cut to third man but is beaten once again outside off

End of over 48 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 212/6 (RR: 4.41)
NLTC Perera    2* (5b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-44-2
BMAJ Mendis    9* (13b)      Aizaz Cheema    7-0-50-1

48.1

Aizaz Cheema to Mendis, 1 run, played to cover from the crease

48.2

Aizaz Cheema to Perera, no run, full ball in the blockhole outside off stump, the batsman makes room and tries to reach for it but is beaten

48.3

Aizaz Cheema to Perera, 1 run, full ball outside off, driven hard towards long off

48.4

Aizaz Cheema to Mendis, 2 runs, low full toss outside off stump, played with an open face through point

48.5

Aizaz Cheema to Mendis, 1 run, full toss, it's a slower one, driven past the stumps at the bowler's end

48.6

Aizaz Cheema to Perera, 1 run, in the blockhole outside off stump, dug out on the off side

End of over 49 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 218/6 (RR: 4.44)
NLTC Perera    4* (8b)      Aizaz Cheema    8-0-56-1
BMAJ Mendis    13* (16b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-0-44-2

Ajmal will bowl the final over of the innings.

49.1

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, 2 runs, Perera rocks back and heaves the ball in the air towards deep midwicket. It falls wide of the fielder, but won't reach the boundary

49.2

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, 1 run, this time he mis-hits the slog to midwicket on to the pad and runs a single as the ball ends up near the pitch

49.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mendis, FOUR, Mendis makes room and flat-bats a flighted delivery past the bowler, it's hit hard enough to beat long on

49.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mendis, 2 wides, Mendis began to try and reverse sweep but that ball was fired far down leg side

49.4

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, SIX, huge hit over long off! Perera gets under the ball and swings hard, making clean contact and sending the ball over the boundary comfortably

49.5

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, OUT, stumped! Perera comes out of his crease to try and clear the leg side boundary, he gets beaten by a quicker ball that is fired into him, Sarfraz breaks the stumps with the batsman well out of his ground

NLTC Perera st †Sarfraz Ahmed b Saeed Ajmal 13 (10m 12b 0x4 1x6) SR: 108.33

Malinga has one ball to make some sort of an impact ...

49.6

Saeed Ajmal to Malinga, 2 runs, Malinga tries to slog over the leg side but gets a top edge that lobs towards short third man, Akmal dives to field and gets a hand on it, ensuring it won't go to the boundary

6.40 pm So Sri Lanka have scrapped hard to reach 235. They were struggling to reach 200 at one stage, before Mahela and Tharanga gave the innings direction and momentum. I'll be back in about 30 minutes for Pakistan's chase. See you then.

End of over 50 (17 runs) Sri Lanka 235/7
SL Malinga    2* (1b)      Saeed Ajmal    10-0-61-3
BMAJ Mendis    17* (17b 1x4)      Aizaz Cheema    8-0-56-1
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Nov 14, 2011

Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq set the field, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Dubai, November 14, 2011

Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq set the field

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Nov 14, 2011

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Dilhara Fernando is congratulated on dismissing Misbah-ul-Haq

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