Sri Lanka tour of United Arab Emirates, 1st T20I: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dubai (DSC), Dec 11, 2013
Pakistan won by 3 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium (neutral venue)
11 December 2013 - night match (20-over match)

It will be Hafeez to kick off proceedings for Pakistan

The Pakistan fielders assemble in force while the Sri Lankan opening batsmen, TIllakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera, ready themselves at the wicket

The players stand for a moment's silence in honour of Madiba (Nelson Mandela)

honey: "why umar amin in team? where Anwar ali that is good alrounder?"

Shakeel: "Hafeez should retire from T20, his place will be excellently filled by Abdul Razzak. Razzak is a better batsman than Hafeez. Moreover, his bowling will prove handy as there are already 2 regular spinners (Afridi & Ajmal) in the side."

7.52pm Danny Morrison reckons there is a touch of grass on the wicket, with the ball looking to come onto the bat quite nicely. If you choose to bat first, you should get the runs and put some pressure on the opposition.

7.50pm Ten minutes away now. Our scorer is just update the teams so please hang on a little while longer.

Daniel Alexander : "Rangana Herath's mother passed away yesterday, RIP."

Khawar Mushtaq: "Usman Khan(Surprise Package) 5/9 in Faysal bank final. Love to see him in the side having played only 11 T20 at domestic and 19 years on age ."

Hamid Wasif: "Head to head; Pakistan 6, Sri lanka 4, chance for Srilanka to square it up While pakistan will try to make it double...."

Umair Cheema: "Karthik; I think you are forgetting Muhammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal & Bilawal Bhatti, Who showed great aggression in previous matches with the bat. Hopefully that is going to be a great Contest."

Arif Khan: "Wish both teams all the best. I have always loved Sri-Lankan cricket side and friendly SL folks :) Let the games begin."

7.33pm News from the toss is that Pakistan have won and have elected to bowl first

7.25pm We are just five minutes away from the toss.

Karthik: "Maqsood and Shehzad are the only 2 in-form players in Pakistan side."

Shaukat Mazari: "It looks quite good, I think Pakistan will win not only series but also ranking."

Daniel Alexander: "Sri Lanka must win one match to retain top T20I ranking"

7.20pm After conquering the South Africans in their domain in the recent ODI series, Pakistan will be riding quite high and mighty into this encounter, which they will surely fancy themselves. But Sri Lanka also possess some significant names in their T20 lineup, so it may not be as straightforward for Pakistan as they would like or imagine. Fernando does well to encapsulate this in his piece.

7.18pm Want to know what the major talking points are for today's encounter? Or perhaps get up-to-depth with the latest team news from the Sri Lankans, who haven't played as much cricket as of late in comparison to their Asian neighbours, then look no further than Andrew Fernando's preview for today's match.

Thushiyananth: "SL should give a chance to young openers..! If they decide to give a chance to their senior batsman they won't get a good opening partnership after senior's retirement.."

muhammaddildar: "thanks pak management for dropping nasir from the squad, he was proving to be usless thing in the side."

7.15pm So here we are. It's the first T20I between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai, and both sides will be up and ready to try and secure this first fixture of the two-match series.

0.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, 1 run, flighted on middle as Dilshan gets this away to the leg side and sets off for a quick single, with Perera getting to the other end in the nick of time before the throw

0.2

Mohammad Hafeez to MDKJ Perera, no run, Kusal gets on the back foot to caress this to the off side, but can't pierce the gap

0.2

Mohammad Hafeez to MDKJ Perera, no run, full and whipping in again from Malinga, this time honing on off, but he does over step by quite a margin, so the first free hit of the game

0.3

Mohammad Hafeez to MDKJ Perera, no run, slides this one down the leg side, with Perera unable to whip this off his pads

Abhijeet Pawar: "Kusal Perera - They call him "Next Jayasuraiya" for no reason. Hope he will do something to that standards."

0.4

Mohammad Hafeez to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, back of a length again as Kusal stands tall to punch this one straight down the ground

0.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan looks for the flick past fine leg, but can't beat short fine leg

0.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, 1 run, seemed to have all day to ease this one down to mid-on to retain the strike

Sangeen: "I think not a good decision to oft to bowl first as bowling is the strongest point and 2nd we are not good chaser so Hafeez should ask for bat first."

End of over 1 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • TM Dilshan 2 (3b)
    • MDKJ Perera 1 (3b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-3-0

Sohail Tanvir will open from the other end

1.1

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, starts off with a nice loosener that goes across the batsman on the way to the keeper

1.2

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan decides to throw the kitchen sink at this one that goes across him to the keeper

1.3

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, FOUR, offered the width and Dilshan obliges as he flashes hard to find the gap on the off side to register the first boundary of the match

Ammar: "Dilshan struggled against Mohammed Amir in the World Cup 2009 Final. Let's see if Usman Khan can give him some tough time as well."

1.4

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, 1 run, in two minds to play this one as he meant to leave the ball, but was too late as the ball hit the bottom edge to roll behind to third man

1.5

Sohail Tanvir to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, swinging in to Kusal as he works this away to the leg side for a single

1.6

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, OUT, once again Tanvir offers width and this time Dilshan is unlucky as he cuts this one uppishly to point, with the fielder moving quickly to his right to hold on to the catch. First wicket down and a big one as Dilshan can potentially be a dangerous commodity at the top

TM Dilshan c Ahmed Shehzad b Sohail Tanvir 7 (9m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Shoaib Bokhari: "Sohail Tanvir is very predictable I wonder how he gets the place in playing 11 every now and then...."

End of over 2 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 9/1 (RR: 4.50)

    • MDKJ Perera 2 (4b)
    • Sohail Tanvir 1-0-6-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-3-0

It will be the debutant, Usman Khan, to have a crack at the Sri Lankans

The Sri Lankan captain, Dinesh Chandimal, walks to the crease

2.1

Usman Khan to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, full and a bit wide as Perera gets low to drive this through the off, but doesn't time it well

2.2

Usman Khan to Chandimal, 1 wide, still trying to get his radar on track as he fires this one down the leg side for a wide

2.2

Usman Khan to Chandimal, no run, once again going down the leg side, and close to the pads, as Chandimal is a bit hard done for this not to be called a wide

Gaurav Manchanda: "World's Number 1 T20 cricket team is captained by a player who is in the team as a specialist batsman averaging 13 with the bat & strike rate of 94....Seriously T20 is unpredictable & full of surprises."

2.3

Usman Khan to Chandimal, 1 wide, again down the leg side and Usman is not so lucky as the umpire signals wide

2.3

Usman Khan to Chandimal, 2 runs, back of a length on the leg stump as Chandimal glances to midwicket off his pads for a couple

2.4

Usman Khan to Chandimal, no run, better line this time as he gets this to rise off back a length. Batsman content to defend back to the bowler

2.5

Usman Khan to Chandimal, no run, strikes him outside the leg stump on a length as Usman appeals for leg before, but the angle was not working in his favour, along with, of course, pitching outside leg

2.6

Usman Khan to Chandimal, FOUR, punished for straying on the pads a bit too much this over as Kusal flicks this behind square to the fine leg boundary

Aamir: "It will be a real test for Usman Khan in hot and humid Dubai. As Gaddafi Stadium pitch was a green top in cold weather"

End of over 3 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 18/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • LD Chandimal 6 (5b 1x4)
    • MDKJ Perera 3 (5b)
    • Usman Khan 1-0-9-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 1-0-6-1
3.1

Sohail Tanvir to MDKJ Perera, no run, lucky not to get punished for bowling in the slot as Kusal blitzes this one straight to mid-off

3.2

Sohail Tanvir to MDKJ Perera, no run, Kusal looking to push this through the off side but can't get enough on the ball

3.3

Sohail Tanvir to MDKJ Perera, 2 runs, short of a length on the pads as Kusal is able to race for two

Asim: "I know Usman Khan is only 19 so has plenty of time to learn and all but he has to be able swing it back into the right handed batsmen to be effective in long term. Otherwise I fear he follow the path of Wahab Riaz, also a bowler who is one-dimensional. Anyways, really hope UK can learn this art. He can be real find for Pakistan."

3.4

Sohail Tanvir to MDKJ Perera, no run, slower delivery outside off as Kusal plays this one straight to point

3.5

Sohail Tanvir to MDKJ Perera, 2 runs, on the pads again and it's like deja vu as Kusal is able to scamper for two quick runs as this one rolls feebly to midwicket

3.6

Sohail Tanvir to MDKJ Perera, SIX, and Kusal evokes memories of Jayasuriya as he pulls this back of a length delivery in front of square, lofting this over the deep midwicket boundary

Tipu: "Predictable???infact he is the complete opposite...with a ton of swing and 2 tons of variation tanvir can be miserely...can be wayward very often though"

End of over 4 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 28/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • MDKJ Perera 13 (11b 1x6)
    • LD Chandimal 6 (5b 1x4)
    • Sohail Tanvir 2-0-16-1
    • Usman Khan 1-0-9-0

Bhatti now into the attack

4.1

Bilawal Bhatti to Chandimal, 1 run, gets it on a good spot just outside off as Chandimal helps this along down to long-on

4.2

Bilawal Bhatti to MDKJ Perera, no run, back of a length going across Kusal as he punches this one straight to point

4.3

Bilawal Bhatti to MDKJ Perera, no run, a little full from Bhatti as Kusal times this down to long-on, but can't beat the fielder

Zohaib: "I can't get the decision of chasing when you are bad at it."

4.4

Bilawal Bhatti to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, length ball on the pads as Kusal pulls this one in front of square down to deep midwicket

4.5

Bilawal Bhatti to Chandimal, no run, back of a length outside off which is punched directly to silly mid-off

4.6

Bilawal Bhatti to Chandimal, no run, back of a length and defended back to the bowler to end the over

Israr: "I think Usman khan is exposed to early, he may perform well here but pakistan must select players who perform in domestic cricket consistently rather than selecting on the basis of one match performance."

End of over 5 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 30/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • LD Chandimal 7 (8b 1x4)
    • MDKJ Perera 14 (14b 1x6)
    • Bilawal Bhatti 1-0-2-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 2-0-16-1

Ajmal has been brought on to see what he can do

5.1

Saeed Ajmal to MDKJ Perera, 1 run, Chandimal tentative as he plays this off the back foot towards long-on

5.2

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, no run, tries to help this round the corner, but short fine leg is all over it

5.3

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, FOUR, pitches this on a length as Chandimal paddle sweeps this over fine leg for a boundary

Waqar Ahmed: "I worried why pakistani selectors tried so many youngsters without giving anyone proper regular chance, Shan Masood, Anwar Ali, Nasir etc"

5.4

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, 1 wide, flighted on middle as Chandimal plays outside the line, with the ball turning sharply down the leg side

5.4

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, FOUR, tosses this up again and Chandimal is making his feelings known as he dances down to heave this over long-on

5.5

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, 1 run, waits on the back foot before caressing this down to midwicket

5.6

Saeed Ajmal to MDKJ Perera, OUT, plays all around this one that turns in to Kusal as Ajmal gets him stranded on the front foot, with Ajmal shouting a loud appeal, which the umpire confirms soon after

MDKJ Perera lbw b Saeed Ajmal 15 (30m 16b 0x4 1x6) SR: 93.75

Younas: "5 Bowlers in 6 Overs.. Amazing Captancy .. keep it up Hafeez!!!"

End of over 6 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 41/2 (RR: 6.83)

    • LD Chandimal 16 (12b 3x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-11-1
    • Bilawal Bhatti 1-0-2-0

Kumar Sangakkara comes in at No. 4

6.1

Bilawal Bhatti to Chandimal, 1 run, tests him with a short one which Chandimal passes with flying colours as he hooks this one, keeping it down, to fine leg

6.2

Bilawal Bhatti to Sangakkara, 1 run, back of a length on the leg side as Sangakkara works this away to the leg side

Interesting stat from our scorer: This is the 28th T20I in Dubai, the most staged by any venue

6.3

Bilawal Bhatti to Chandimal, no run, deceptive pace from Bhatti as Chandimal is able to defend this to the off side

Faizan Butt: "Hafeez has tried 5 different bowlers for the first 6 overs. Barring the scoreline, i wonder whether this is a "strategy" or just plain randomness"

6.4

Bilawal Bhatti to Chandimal, 1 run, another short one, with this one seemingly holding up after pitching, as Chandimal has all day to pull this down to square leg

6.5

Bilawal Bhatti to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara content to defend this fuller one back to the bowler

6.6

Bilawal Bhatti to Sangakkara, no run, and finishes off the over with a bumper as Sangakkara backs away to allow this through to the keeper

Dr.Bilal: "Just out of curiosity, cricinfo must be receiving 50% less comments in T20 matches from pakistani fans because misbah doesnt play T20."

End of over 7 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 44/2 (RR: 6.28)

    • KC Sangakkara 1 (3b)
    • LD Chandimal 18 (15b 3x4)
    • Bilawal Bhatti 2-0-5-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-11-1

Time for La La Afridi to have a go. What can this maverick do today?

7.1

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, 1 wide, begins with a wide down the leg side, with a small cheer ringing around the ground

7.1

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, no run, pitches outside off as Chandimal drives this straight to silly mid-off

7.2

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, 1 run, pitching outside off as Chandimal works this away down to long-on

Zaid: "I would like to see Usman Khan bowling inswinger to Sangakkara"

7.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball which is eased down to square leg for a single

7.4

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, no run

7.5

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

7.6

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sangakkara gets across and gets a bottom edge as he goes for a sweep, aiming to hit this one fine, as this beats short third man to the left of him to go all the way to the boundary

trinath: "for misbah to play agressive cricket, they should play a 10 over game. then he will be playing like a T20"

End of over 8 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 52/2 (RR: 6.50)

    • KC Sangakkara 6 (5b 1x4)
    • LD Chandimal 20 (19b 3x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-8-0
    • Bilawal Bhatti 2-0-5-0

Hafeez comes back into the attack

8.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal able to tuck this one away to the leg side

8.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Sangakkara on the back foot as he punches this one to deep extra-cover, looking to beat the two fielders around it to the boundary

8.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, happy to just run this one down to long-on to get off strike

8.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, 1 run, Chandimal eases this one down to long-on to keep the scoreboard ticking over

8.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 2 runs, back of a length outside off as Sangakkara is able to work this down to extra-cover, and some sloppy fielding affords him the chance to return for two

8.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara finishes off the over as he punches this one back to Hafeez

Johar: "This round robin style bowling change is not working so they should give it up"

End of over 9 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 59/2 (RR: 6.55)

    • KC Sangakkara 11 (9b 1x4)
    • LD Chandimal 22 (21b 3x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-10-0
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-8-0
9.1

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, OUT, traps him in front on the first ball as Chandimal plays inside the line, with the ball rapping the front pad. This one drifted just a bit to lull Chandimal into a false sense of security as he looked to defend

LD Chandimal lbw b Shahid Afridi 22 (36m 22b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Angelo Mathews makes his way to the wicket

9.2

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews off the mark straightaway as he plays this to square leg for a single

9.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, slightly fuller as Sangakkara works this one to cover, and a slight misfield gives them the option for the second, but Mathews sends him back

9.4

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, no run, Mathews just runs this one wide outside off, but doesn't get enough on it

9.5

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, this one is eased down to long-on for a single

9.6

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara looking to drive on the up through cover, but finds short cover

Amin: "Haven't seen chacha cricket around for a while. Any updates?"

End of over 10 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 62/3 (RR: 6.20)

    • KC Sangakkara 12 (11b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 2 (3b)
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-11-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-10-0
10.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, no run, tosses this one up outside off, which is defended carefully by Mathews

10.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, no run, Mathews looking to work this through the leg side, but finds silly mid-on

10.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, 1 run, able to ease this fuller one down to long-on to get off strike

susil: "As always, Sanga to rescue....for how long are we going to rely on him???? Come on youth...justify your selection...."

10.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara just eases this one down to long-off

10.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews able to nurdle a single through the leg side

10.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, full from Hafeez as Sangakkara hits this one uppishly over his head, with the ball carrying down to long-off

Junaid: "The odds are consistently same for both sides to win... tells you its evenly matched so far..."

End of over 11 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 66/3 (RR: 6.00)

    • KC Sangakkara 14 (13b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 4 (7b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-14-0
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-11-1
11.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 2 runs, length ball which is dispatched to midwicket. The pair run hard enough in order to complete two, much to the dismay of Afridi

11.2

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sangakkara utilises his feet to drive this along the ground down to deep midwicket

11.3

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, worked away just to the right of the bowler for a single

11.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, drifting on middle as Sangakkara was looking for a single on the leg side, but Mathews tells him to go back as he comes down halfway. Almost gets Sangakkara run out at the other end

11.5

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, plays this one to extra-cover for a single

11.6

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, flighted delivery on middle as Mathews plays this with a straight bat down to long-on

Umer Abdullah: "Enough about Misbah. He's the hero Pakistan deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent accumulator. A watchful batsman. A Pakistani Captain."

End of over 12 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 72/3 (RR: 6.00)

    • AD Mathews 6 (9b)
    • KC Sangakkara 18 (17b 1x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-17-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-14-0
12.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, 1 run, dances down the track to work this one down to long-on

12.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, Mathews waits patiently on the back foot before driving this to long-off

12.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, SIX, low full toss as Mathews shimmies down to belt this over midwicket for the first six of the innings

12.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, 1 run, follows that up with a clip to square leg to get off strike

12.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, worked off the back foot to midwicket for a single

12.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, no run, going down the leg side as Mathews plays this with soft hands to the leg side, but doesn't do enough to get past the close-in fielder

and with that Hafeez finishes his quota of overs

End of over 13 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 82/3 (RR: 6.30)

    • AD Mathews 14 (13b 1x6)
    • KC Sangakkara 20 (19b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-24-0
    • Shahid Afridi 3-0-17-1

Ajmal now into the attack

13.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, Sangakkara backs away to try and loft the spinner over cover. Highly risky shot that as the bounce undoes him

13.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, punches this one to the left of Ajmal to get off strike

Ajmal on 399 international wickets...

13.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews goes for the slog-sweep, with deep square leg doing well to get a handle on it

gooshi: "Why Hafeez bowled his complete spell rather than to try debutant??"

13.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, OUT, and Sangakkara throws away his wicket to give Ajmal 400 international wickets. Looking to up the ante in these later overs, Sangakkara dances down to loft Ajmal, with the intention of going over extra-cover, but instead hits it directly to short cover, who holds the catch

KC Sangakkara c Shahid Afridi b Saeed Ajmal 21 (30m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 95.45

Lahiru Thirimanne is the new batsman for Sri Lanka

13.5

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, 1 run, pitches back of a length but stays low as Thirimanne defends this to the leg side

13.6

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, plays this one with soft hands to retain strike for the next over

Ammar: "It's not wise to attack on Ajmal."

End of over 14 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 86/4 (RR: 6.14)

    • AD Mathews 16 (15b 1x6)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 1 (1b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-15-2
    • Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-24-0

Ajmal made his international debut in 2008, at the age of 31, yet he has managed to take 400 international wickets. Anyone else know of anyone who has achieved similar stats?

14.1

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, no run, plays this one to point, but can't get off the strike

14.2

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, eases this one down to midwicket for a single

14.3

Shahid Afridi to Thirimanne, 1 run, full from Afridi as Thirimanne is able to pierce the gap on the off side

14.4

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, no run, Afridi is not impressed at all. Shaking his head in disgust after drifting one on to the pads, hitting the front pad before bat, but the umpire turns it down

14.5

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, once again invites him on the front foot, but Mathews is able to get this away on the leg side for a single

14.6

Shahid Afridi to Thirimanne, no run, Thirimanne tries to ease this through midwicket, but can't get it away

Omar: "Where is Usman ?"

End of over 15 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 89/4 (RR: 5.93)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 2 (3b)
    • AD Mathews 18 (19b 1x6)
    • Shahid Afridi 4-0-20-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-15-2
15.1

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, back of a length and turning in as Mathews is able to punch this to the off side for one

15.2

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, tossed up outside off and turning away from Thirimanne as he fails to cut this away

15.3

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, 1 run, the bounce surprises Thirimanne as he looks to get this away to the leg side, with the ball catching the outside edge to spoon to the off side instead

Bhatti: "What a soldier Ajmal has been at the service of Pakistan Cricket. Salute you sir"

15.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, FOUR, Mathews clears his front leg to shellack this one over the midwicket fence Just a straightforward slog that

15.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, goes for a similar result again, but mishits this instead to square leg

15.6

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, 1 run, Thirimanne able to work this away to the off side for a single

Don: "In my mind the greatest crime committed by the Pakistani selectors is not picking Ajmal so late into his career. Could you imagine his stats if Ajmal started playing international cricket at 24-25."

End of over 16 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 97/4 (RR: 6.06)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 4 (6b)
    • AD Mathews 24 (22b 1x4 1x6)
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-23-2
    • Shahid Afridi 4-0-20-1

Sohail Tanvir back into the attack

16.1

Sohail Tanvir to Thirimanne, 1 wide, back of a length and going down the leg side as Tanvir starts off his spell with a wide

16.1

Sohail Tanvir to Thirimanne, 2 runs, back of a length once more as Thirimanne helps this along to deep square leg, but the fielder takes so long that it affords Thirimanne the extra run

16.2

Sohail Tanvir to Thirimanne, FOUR, tests him with a short one and Thirimanne swivels on his back foot to pull this behind square on the leg side

Awais Sohrab: "Statistically : Ajmal has been leading wicket taker in a calendar year from 2011. 89 in 11, 95 in 12 and now 98 in 2013 ( still going ). On top, none of the games were played in Pakistan."

16.3

Sohail Tanvir to Thirimanne, 1 run, slow bouncer this time, outside off, as Thirimanne ramps this through the third man region, but third man is able to intercept it

16.4

Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, 1 run, back of a length on middle as Mathews drives this towards cover

16.5

Sohail Tanvir to Thirimanne, 1 run, full from Tanvir as Thirimanne leans into a straight drive that just beats the bowler on the right

Anees: "You need to be good at batting skills to get chance in pak team,with so much quality bowling around it was obvious for late recognition of Ajmal...still hats off for this great bowler...."

16.6

Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, 1 run, slower ball round the wicket to Mathews who is able to glide this down to third man

End of over 17 (11 runs) Sri Lanka 108/4 (RR: 6.35)

    • AD Mathews 26 (24b 1x4 1x6)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 12 (10b 1x4)
    • Sohail Tanvir 3-0-27-1
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-23-2

Bhatti into the attack once again

17.1

Bilawal Bhatti to Mathews, 2 runs, full outside off and Mathews lofts him to deep extra-cover for a couple

17.2

Bilawal Bhatti to Mathews, FOUR, too full on the leg stump as Mathews is able to whip this to the deep midwicket boundary, and beats the fielder from long-on to the boundary

17.3

Bilawal Bhatti to Mathews, FOUR, short, slower bouncer from Bhatti and Mathews is annihialting him as he pulls this fiercely in front of square to make it consecutive boundaries

17.4

Bilawal Bhatti to Mathews, 2 runs, back of a length this time outside off as Mathews is in that kind of mood. Goes for another heave, this time over extra-cover, but this goes higher than farther, as Hafeez gets under it, running backwards, but makes a hash of it as it reaches him, with the captain spilling the chance

17.5

Bilawal Bhatti to Mathews, 2 runs, in the slot and Mathews waits on the back foot before powering this down to the straight boundary, but Umar Amin, stationed at long-on, is able to intercept it before the rope

17.6

Bilawal Bhatti to Mathews, FOUR, short and wide and Mathews flat bats this for four to the straight boundary to make this the most expensive over of the innings with 18 runs coming off it

Hussain: "Hafeez probably saw Steyn in the crowd!"

End of over 18 (18 runs) Sri Lanka 126/4 (RR: 7.00)

    • AD Mathews 44 (30b 4x4 1x6)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 12 (10b 1x4)
    • Bilawal Bhatti 3-0-23-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 3-0-27-1

Ajmal comes on to bowl his final over. He has already taken two wickets

18.1

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, 1 run, Thirimanne decides to go after him straightaway as this one seems to take forever to come to him, before he hoicks this over the leg side, but drops just short of the fielder at deep midwicket

18.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews shuffles down slightly to drive this on the leg side for one

18.3

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, 1 run, back of a length and turning away as Thirimanne lasers this to extra-cover

AAMIR: "I want to know why usman played today?"

18.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews drives strongly through the off side, with sweeper cover doing well to field the ball

18.5

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, 2 runs, Thirimanne able to work this one down to long-off for a single

18.6

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, SIX, Thirimanne finishes things in style as he shimmies down to hammer this offering over the midwicket boundary for a powerful six

Massab: "What's wrong with Junaid Khan. He could have bowled much better."

End of over 19 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 138/4 (RR: 7.26)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 22 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • AD Mathews 46 (32b 4x4 1x6)
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-0-35-2
    • Bilawal Bhatti 3-0-23-0

Tanvir to bowl the final over

19.1

Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, FOUR, Mathews doing the deed as he hits this one through the line down the ground to register a 2nd T20I fifty for Mathews

19.2

Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, OUT, Mathews looks for a huge six over midwicket, but this one just stays inside for Sharjeel Khan, stationed at deep midwicket, to hold on to the steepler

AD Mathews c Sharjeel Khan b Sohail Tanvir 50 (43m 34b 5x4 1x6) SR: 147.05

Thisara Perera is the new batsman for Sri Lanka

19.3

Sohail Tanvir to Thirimanne, no run, slower ball which Thirimanne tries to ease with soft hands to the leg side, but instead hits behind to the keeper

19.4

Sohail Tanvir to Thirimanne, 1 run, another slower one as Thirimanne tries to improvise a paddle, but doesn't hit it sweetly enough, but still gets the single

19.5

Sohail Tanvir to NLTC Perera, no run, short and wide and Perera succeeds at hitting this offering straight into the ground. Considering his role in the side, he should have cleared this over the off side

19.6

Sohail Tanvir to NLTC Perera, 2 runs, full and on target as Perera bludgeons this straight to deep extra-cover, who dives before the boundary to keep it to just two runs

And with that Sri Lanka reach a pretty competitive 145 for 5. Pakistan bowled well in spells, with some expensive overs thrown in there. Mathews was the standout innings with 50 off 34 balls. He was ably supported with a couple of twenties from Chandimal and Sangakkara. So Pakistan need 146 for victory to gain the upper hand in this tight, two-match series. Do join us for the Pakistan reply in about 15 minutes time.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 145/5

    • NLTC Perera 2 (2b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 23 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • Sohail Tanvir 4-0-34-2
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-0-35-2
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