Sri Lanka tour of United Arab Emirates, 5th ODI: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi, Dec 27, 2013
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi (neutral venue)
27 December 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)

Angelo Mathews readies himself to have a go at the Pakistan openers with his military medium.

Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad will open today, and Shehzad has been in fine form himself this series. Looks a promising player for years to come.

The Sri Lankans make their way out to the middle, with the Pakistan openers closely in tow.

Temperatures looking to range between a balmy 14 C to 24 C, so comfortable conditions for both sides as they set to get underway.

Ishan: "Potential takes you only thus far. Chandi's time running out."

2.55pm: Russell Arnold calls the pitch "amazing". Still dry, with cracks around, but shouldn't play too big a role. You have got to stay patient, bowl line and length, and build pressure. You have to be careful with shot selection as it can come on a bit slow, so anything over 250 should be competitive.

2.50pm: Just ten minutes' away form the start of play. Do you see Sri Lankan coming back into the series, or will Pakistan close it out to make it 4-1?

Qaddy: "Normally doctors recommend ORS to the patients having stomach problem, let see how it works for Cricket...."

Ahmed Zawar: "Should have played a batsman in place of Afridi i.e. Harris Sohail. However wondering who's more deserving of a match after sitting hours and hours on the bench, Harris or Abdur Rehman"

BALOCH: ""ORC SISTER OF DRS...."

Surath: "Chandi needs to prove us that he deserves a place in the playing 11 in T20s and ODIs. Cant recall the last time he scored a 50 in ODIs."

2.40pm: And we have the team changes for Sri Lanka, with Nuwan Kulasekera out, and Ajantha Mendis coming in his place.

Arfa Sheliya: "Missing boom boom"

2.37pm: This match has extra significance as the Officiating Replay System (ORS) will be trialled during this match. The ORS is a key experiment in the ICC's continuing bid to improve the Decision Review System (DRS). Though the DRS is used in most international matches barring those involving India, its usage, implementation and efficiency continues to be debated. The ORS aims to iron out one key drawback in the current system, by allowing TV umpires to have control of the replays they can see, an improvement over the current scenario where they depend on replays provided by the broadcasters.

2.35pm: Some team changes for Pakistan straightaway as Anwar Ali comes in for Bilawal Bhatti, while Abdur Rehman replaces Shahid Afridi, who had to return home after the 4th ODI on Christmas Day.

Pakistan have won the toss and will bat first

2.30pm: It is time for the toss so will have those details for you in a little while..

Ali Mushaf: "Hafeez needs only 63 runs to take the highest scorer position from Misbah. If he bats well today and someone else clings around from top order with him, Misbah may not take his turn."

Bilal Zubair: "really hoping Haris Sohail gets to play"

Ali Mushaf: "What a turnaround of fate for Mohammad Hafeez and Dale Steyn. Steyn has not taken wicket since more than 70 overs and Hafeez has scored 3 centuries in last 4 mataches. Some mystry in their relationship."

Dr.Muhammad Shahzaf: "Umar gul is the real hero, initial wickets helped pakistan alot"

Usman: "Looking forward to see another ton from professor"

2.25pm: In case you have gone missing or something these last few days, and are in desperate need of knowing what to look out for today, then look no further than El Fidel's preview, which has some interesting storylines already, especially with Priyanjan's splendid debut putting pressure on the place of Chandimal within the team.

2.20pm: Hello and welcome to the final ODI of this five-match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi today. Just to recap, Pakistan have already clinched the series 3-1, and will look to go out on a high, whereas Sri Lanka look to gain a consolation victory, and some momentum going into the Test series which begins on Tuesday.

0.1

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, no run, starts off with a gentle loosener on off which is defended on the front foot by Sharjeel

0.2

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, punches this down the ground with a straight bat, with mid-off running to his left to field the ball

0.3

Mathews to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, width given by Mathews, but Shehzad fails to put this away through the covers

0.4

Mathews to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, this one is nudged towards midwicket by Shehzad

0.5

Mathews to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, pitches this up a bit, and wide outside off, as Shehzad looks for the cover drive, but can't get it past cover

0.6

Mathews to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, defends this one solidly off the back foot to bring an end to the first over

Khurram Zia Khan: "Sharjeel need a big score today to regain his confidence"

End of over 1 (1 run) Pakistan 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • Ahmed Shehzad 0 (4b)
    • Sharjeel Khan 1 (2b)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-1-0

Suranga Lakmal will open from the other end

1.1

Lakmal to Sharjeel Khan, no run, Rameez utters a premature 'bowled him!' as this one nips back slightly while going across Sharjeel, with this one chopped on to his toes, but evading the stumps

1.2

Lakmal to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, plays this one late outside off to get it past the man at point

1.3

Lakmal to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, plays this one uppishly towards midwicket as Shehzad is officially off the mark

Ashar Bukhari: "If Sharjeel fails to deliver today,the gates for Nasir would re-open."

1.4

Lakmal to Sharjeel Khan, no run, this one delivered on and around off as Sharjeel caresses this down to point, with Dilshan doing well to dive and throw this back at the keeper's end

1.5

Lakmal to Sharjeel Khan, no run, gets this to angle in on Sharjeel from round the wicket as he stands tall in defence

1.6

Lakmal to Sharjeel Khan, 1 leg bye, spears this on a fuller length as Sharjeel seems to hit this one as the ball thuds into his back pad. This one looked to be going leg side when Lakmal shouts an appeal, but the umpire calls it a bye

End of over 2 (3 runs) Pakistan 4/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • Sharjeel Khan 2 (7b)
    • Ahmed Shehzad 1 (5b)
    • RAS Lakmal 1-0-2-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-1-0
2.1

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, no run, pushes this one down to short cover, who does well to field the ball

2.2

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, no run, gets forward to defend this one down to short cover once more

2.3

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, FOUR, overpitched from Mathews and Sharjeel obglies with a cracking drive through long-off, which beats the diving fielder stationed at mid-off to the boundary

2.4

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, angles his bat to turn this one to the leg side and set off for a quick single, which they are able to complete quite comfortably

2.5

Mathews to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, this one is pushed down to midwicket for none

2.6

Mathews to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, finishes off the over by batting this down back to the bowler off the back foot

Hassan Jafri: "In last ODI, after long time, Pakistan chased a good total without any panic in his batting line up and thats a good sign."

End of over 3 (5 runs) Pakistan 9/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • Ahmed Shehzad 1 (7b)
    • Sharjeel Khan 7 (11b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-6-0
    • RAS Lakmal 1-0-2-0
3.1

Lakmal to Sharjeel Khan, no run, this one is defended on the front foot down to mid-off

3.2

Lakmal to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, gets this to nip away on a good length, which Sharjeel edges through third man for a single

3.3

Lakmal to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, shapes this in from a length outside off as Shehzad defends to the leg side

3.4

Lakmal to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, caresses this one through the covers for a four

3.5

Lakmal to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, wide outside off and full as Shehzad lasers this one straight to short cover point, who gets behind it comfortably

3.6

Lakmal to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, outside off once again as Shehzad plays this one behind square to retain strike for the next over

saad: "for last 3 matches Malinga, Kulasekura and Methews trapped Sharjeel Khan by bowling in the same area. So he was got out by 3 different bowlers but with a same plan it seems that his technique has been exposed much earlier in the International arena......"

End of over 4 (6 runs) Pakistan 15/0 (RR: 3.75)

    • Ahmed Shehzad 6 (11b 1x4)
    • Sharjeel Khan 8 (13b 1x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 2-0-8-0
    • AD Mathews 2-0-6-0
4.1

Mathews to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, full and going leg side as Shehzad pushes this down to mid-on

4.2

Mathews to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, down the leg side as Shehzad clips this behind square for a single

4.3

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, FOUR, wide outside off as Sharjeel drives this beautifully square off the wicket for four

4.4

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, no run, drops this one short as Sharjeel swivels in an attempt to pull this in front of square, but fails to get a connection

4.5

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, no run, gets forward to defend this one with a straight bat softly to the off side

4.6

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, no run, content to shoulder arms and leave this away-going delivery outside off to the keeper

Mainul: "Once upon a time there was a full time tourist with Pakistan cricket team named Haris Sohail. He was lucky to have a guide named Abdur Rehman. Then suddenly one day Lala went home, Rehman got in.Now...Haris is alone..."

End of over 5 (5 runs) Pakistan 20/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • Sharjeel Khan 12 (17b 2x4)
    • Ahmed Shehzad 7 (13b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-11-0
    • RAS Lakmal 2-0-8-0
5.1

Lakmal to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, how easy was that from Shehzad? he just lofts this elegantly over the inner ring to find the extra-cover boundary

5.2

Lakmal to Ahmed Shehzad, SIX, follows that up with the most outrageous hit over the long-on boundary, as this one goes really high up, before just clearing the boundary

5.3

Lakmal to Ahmed Shehzad, OUT, Shehzad suffering from Afridi syndrome here as he looks to make it three out of three. Length ball delivery from Lakmal on middle which is hit straight up, with mid-off getting under it to take a simple catch. Shehzad gone for 17, and you have to say, the shot selection was certainly suspect

Ahmed Shehzad c Priyanjan b Lakmal 17 (23m 16b 2x4 1x6) SR: 106.25

Saim Polani: "Matthews is making a big mistake by not letting Malinga bowl in the beginning, by doing this he is letting a bit out of form Sharjeel to settle."

In comes the century maker, Mohammad Hafeez. Can he make it four in the series? Would be quite the turnaround for the Pakistan allrounder

5.4

Lakmal to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, back of a length and defended solidly by Hafeez on the back foot

5.5

Lakmal to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, pushes this one up a bit further as Hafeez gets forward to defend this offering to the leg side

5.6

Lakmal to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, plays this one to the covers for a single to bring an end to the over

Saeed: "Time to worry for Professor, Steyn has taken 3 wickets in his last 10 deliveries.."

End of over 6 (11 runs) Pakistan 31/1 (RR: 5.16)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 1 (3b)
    • Sharjeel Khan 12 (17b 2x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 3-0-19-1
    • AD Mathews 3-0-11-0
6.1

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, delivers this one just outside off as Hafeez gets forward in defence

6.2

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, brings the bat down to this one outside off as Hafeez plays this to cover

6.3

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, on the back foot as he looks to pierce the gap between midwicket and square leg

Ali Arslan: "I think Shehzad was in a mood to break Afridi's fastest Century record... Alas!!!"

6.4

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, gets forward once more to this full delivery from Mathews

6.5

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, able to whisk this off middle down to backward square for a single

6.6

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, no run, Sharjeel plays this one with soft hands as he looks for the gap on the off side

End of over 7 (1 run) Pakistan 32/1 (RR: 4.57)

    • Sharjeel Khan 12 (18b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2 (8b)
    • AD Mathews 4-0-12-0
    • RAS Lakmal 3-0-19-1
7.1

Lakmal to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fuller length delivery which is pushed back to the leg side

7.2

Lakmal to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, fuller length ball which is defended this time towards the off side

7.3

Lakmal to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, threads this through extra-cover with the most sublime of drives as the length was right, and Hafeez is in just some kind of form

Thili: "Mathew needs to work on his bowling changes...don't let the batsman to settle for one bowler...."

7.4

Lakmal to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Hafeez is playing god mode at the moment as he glances this leg side delivery through the air over square leg and midwicket to find the square boundary

7.5

Lakmal to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, plays a classy stroke straight to mid-off. The follow-through alone warranted a boundary for that one

7.6

Lakmal to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, determined not to suffer the same fate as Shehzad as he allows this through to the keeper

Uwaisul Karnain: "Can't remember the last time Anjelo bowled his full quota of 10 overs in an ODI. In fact he has done it only once while captaining the side."

End of over 8 (8 runs) Pakistan 40/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 10 (14b 2x4)
    • Sharjeel Khan 12 (18b 2x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 4-0-27-1
    • AD Mathews 4-0-12-0
8.1

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, no run, pushes this fuller length ball straight to point

8.2

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, no run, a lovely length this time as he bowls this on a fourth-stump channel which just nips away as Sharjeel goes for the drive

8.3

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, no run, overpitched but not punished by Sharjeel as he plays this one straight to mid-off

8.4

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, no run, gets this one to shape away from him as Sharjeel is fumbling against this lack of pace from Mathews

Last time Mathews bowled a full ten overs was in the tri-series this year in the West Indies

8.5

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, no run, punches this off the back foot to point once more

8.6

Mathews to Sharjeel Khan, no run, and Mathews gets his maiden as Sharjeel drives this to cover to bring an end to the over

Syed Asif Zahir: "Professor has now become 2nd highest scoring ODI batsman of 2013 surpassing Virat Kohli. Can he beat Misbah today?"

End of over 9 (maiden) Pakistan 40/1 (RR: 4.44)

    • Sharjeel Khan 12 (24b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 10 (14b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 5-1-12-0
    • RAS Lakmal 4-0-27-1

Time for some spin as Senanayake comes on to have a bowl

9.1

Senanayake to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, delivers this one on a leg stump as Hafeez eases this down to long-on

9.2

Senanayake to Sharjeel Khan, no run, presses forward to neutralise the malice of this Senanyake floated on middle

9.3

Senanayake to Sharjeel Khan, 1 run, goes over the top through extra-cover for a single

9.4

Senanayake to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, waits on the back foot before playing this straight to short leg

9.5

Senanayake to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, this time outside off as Hafeez drives off the back foot, but can't beat cover

9.6

Senanayake to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, once again gets back and eases this square off the wicket on the leg side for a single

waqas: "Hafeez is now second to misbah in scoring runs in 2013 for pakistan beating virat kohli"

End of over 10 (3 runs) Pakistan 43/1 (RR: 4.30)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 12 (18b 2x4)
    • Sharjeel Khan 13 (26b 2x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 1-0-3-0
    • AD Mathews 5-1-12-0

And we have the arrival of Slinga Malinga at the bowling crease. Has been undercooked this series so far

10.1

Malinga to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, too straight first up as Hafeez clips him comfortably through the leg side

10.2

Malinga to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, better line as this one is bowled on a length on off, which Hafeez gets behind solidly

Pakistan have now got past the first ten overs of all their innings this series with the fall of just one wicket. Shows how integral Hafeez has been for them

10.3

Malinga to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, plays this one off the back foot towards midwicket

10.4

Malinga to Sharjeel Khan, 2 runs, on the pads and Sharjeel helps himself by tucking this down to fine leg for a couple

10.5

Malinga to Sharjeel Khan, 3 runs, plays a checked, lofted drive over extra-cover which fails to reach the boundary as the batsmen run three

10.6

Malinga to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, drills this one straight to deep extra-cover as Malinga's first over comes to an end

End of over 11 (10 runs) Pakistan 53/1 (RR: 4.81)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 17 (22b 2x4)
    • Sharjeel Khan 18 (28b 2x4)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-10-0
    • SMSM Senanayake 1-0-3-0
11.1

Senanayake to Sharjeel Khan, no run, strides forward to defend this one with soft hands

11.2

Senanayake to Sharjeel Khan, no run, plays this one carefully towards the off side.

11.3

Senanayake to Sharjeel Khan, no run, fails to get this past the off side as Sharjeel has been scratchy so far in his innings

11.4

Senanayake to Sharjeel Khan, no run, plays this with an angled bat as the ball rolls towards point

11.5

Senanayake to Sharjeel Khan, no run, prods forward to defend this offering back to the bowler

11.6

Senanayake to Sharjeel Khan, no run, eases this one down to short midwicket

SUNIL CECIL: "Maligna seems to have lost his golden touch!"

End of over 12 (maiden) Pakistan 53/1 (RR: 4.41)

    • Sharjeel Khan 18 (34b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 17 (22b 2x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 2-1-3-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-10-0
12.1

Malinga to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, too straight again as Hafeez works this away straight to short midwicket

12.2

Malinga to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, this one is defended back towards the bowler as Hafeez fails to get him away

12.3

Malinga to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, whips this off his pads down to square leg for a single

12.4

Malinga to Sharjeel Khan, OUT, fires in a slower ball yorker on middle which surprises the left-hander, as he ends up popping this straight up in the air, with Malinga running to his left to complete the catch

Sharjeel Khan c & b Malinga 18 (53m 35b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.42

The tall, elegant Sohaib Maqsood steps in at No. 4

12.5

Malinga to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, shoulders arms to this first back of a length ball which just leaves him as the ball carries to the keeper

12.6

Malinga to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, length ball on middle which is defended solidly off the back foot

Ahmed Zawar: "Pakistan needs to be a little careful here. They're already playing a shortened batting lineup. One more wicket can put them in some pressure"

End of over 13 (1 run) Pakistan 54/2 (RR: 4.15)

    • Sohaib Maqsood 0 (2b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 18 (25b 2x4)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-11-1
    • SMSM Senanayake 2-1-3-0
13.1

Senanayake to Mohammad Hafeez, 3 leg byes, this one heading down the leg side as Hafeez clips this off the pads down to fine leg

13.2

Senanayake to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, this one is defended to the leg side

13.3

Senanayake to Sohaib Maqsood, FOUR, plays a lovely wristy drive through extra-cover to get off the mark. What a shot that by Maqsood. This one just raced across the turf

13.4

Senanayake to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, this time gets it away to the leg side with another wristy flourish

13.5

Senanayake to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, on the back foot to ease this behind square to fine leg

13.6

Senanayake to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 wide, fires this wide down the leg side as the umpire confirms the signal

13.6

Senanayake to Sohaib Maqsood, no run

End of over 14 (10 runs) Pakistan 64/2 (RR: 4.57)

    • Sohaib Maqsood 5 (6b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 19 (27b 2x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 3-1-10-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-11-1

Usman Chughtai: "Sharjeel has been a good find, but he needs to score some runs consistently in order to be a regular feature of the team. Few good knocks from him can seal the search for a second opener for Pakistan."

14.1

Malinga to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, punches this square off the back foot down to sweeper cover

14.2

Malinga to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, bowls a fantastic bumper which swings away as Maqsood withdraws his bat

14.3

Malinga to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, defends this one solidly on the front foot to the off side

14.4

Malinga to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, going down the leg side as Maqsood clips this straight to square leg

14.5

Malinga to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 wide, slower delivery down the leg side as the umpire signals a wide

14.5

Malinga to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, shorter one which Maqsood is able to get on top off and work to the leg side for a quick single

14.6

Malinga to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, gets this away down to midwicket. The pair wanted two, but Maqsood was not too keen

Osama Ashaqeen: "It would be really unfair to Misbah if Hafeez ends up scoring more runs in 2013 than him. All 5 of Hafeez's century have come up against weak bowling attacks and almost every run that Misbah has scored has come under difficult circumstances. But kudos to Hafeez on cashing in"

End of over 15 (4 runs) Pakistan 68/2 (RR: 4.53)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 21 (29b 2x4)
    • Sohaib Maqsood 6 (10b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-15-1
    • SMSM Senanayake 3-1-10-0
15.1

Senanayake to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, drives this one square off the wicket for a single

15.2

Senanayake to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, looks to play this down to midwicket, but can't get a single

15.3

Senanayake to Sohaib Maqsood, no run, tries to get him away to the leg side, but the spin surprises him there

15.4

Senanayake to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, bowling a similar line on leg stump as Maqsood is able to find the gap

15.5

Senanayake to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, floats this on off as Hafeez drills this straight to extra-cover

15.6

Senanayake to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, looks to steer this through the leg side, but can't get the single

Abdali Assam: "If Professor scores 61+ runs today , he will become the highest run scorer in a 5 Odi Series , and 85+ runs to become the all time highest runs scorer in a Bilateral series, beating Sharma's last Australian odi series record of 491runs"

End of over 16 (2 runs) Pakistan 70/2 (RR: 4.37)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 22 (32b 2x4)
    • Sohaib Maqsood 7 (13b 1x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 4-1-12-0
    • SL Malinga 3-0-15-1
16.1

Malinga to Sohaib Maqsood, OUT, what a stunner from Dilshan as Maqsood, looking to cut this away through point, hits this one a bit too high in the air as Dilshan takes a smart, low catch to his left. A wicket against the run of play there as Pakistan are now three down

Sohaib Maqsood c Dilshan b Malinga 7 (15m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

While we wait for the new batsmen, the players and officials take drinks

16.2

Malinga to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, decides to test the Pakistan captain with a shorter one which goes well over his head and is called wide

16.2

Malinga to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, gets forward to this length ball to defend it to the leg side

16.3

Malinga to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, plays this with soft hands to mid-on to sneak a quick single and get off the mark

16.4

Malinga to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, punches this off the back foot down to extra-cover for an easy single

16.5

Malinga to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, back of a length ball which is defended solidly by Misbah

16.6

Malinga to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, too straight as Misbah just clips this off the pad down to square leg

wasay: "The highest and the second highest run scorer of this year are on the middle, worry time for SL"

End of over 17 (4 runs) Pakistan 74/3 (RR: 4.35)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 2 (4b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 23 (33b 2x4)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-19-2
    • SMSM Senanayake 4-1-12-0
17.1

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, in an attempt to get Senanayake off his leg stump line, Misbah gets low to reverse sweep, but the ball spins away from the blade

17.2

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, defended with soft hands towards the leg side

17.3

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, works this away to the leg side for a single

17.4

Senanayake to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, waits on the back foot before punching this in the gap on the leg side

17.5

Senanayake to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, helps this off his pads down to fine leg for a single

17.6

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, plays a lofted paddle sweep through the vacant fine leg region to take a single and retain strike for the next over

Moiz: "umar should come before misbah because one senior and in form batman "Hafeez" already there."

End of over 18 (5 runs) Pakistan 79/3 (RR: 4.38)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 4 (8b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 26 (35b 2x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 5-1-17-0
    • SL Malinga 4-0-19-2

Lakmal back into the attack

18.1

Lakmal to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length ball outside off which is defended by the Pakistan captain

18.2

Lakmal to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, steers this through third man for a single

18.3

Lakmal to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, works this down to mid-off for none

18.4

Lakmal to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, plays the short-arm pull down to square leg for one

18.5

Lakmal to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, fires in a bouncer on middle which is ducked under by Misbah

18.6

Lakmal to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, gets forward to work this away with soft hands through the leg side, sneaking the single for good measure

Ammad: "Hafeez starts from where he left in the last ODI."

End of over 19 (3 runs) Pakistan 82/3 (RR: 4.31)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 6 (12b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 27 (37b 2x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 5-0-30-1
    • SMSM Senanayake 5-1-17-0
19.1

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, down the leg side and called wide immediately by the umpire

19.1

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, Misbah plays this one tentatively towards short leg

19.2

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, once again attempts the reverse sweep, as Senanyake is not penalised for going down the leg side

19.3

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this time steers this off his hips down to deep midwicket

19.4

Senanayake to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, able to work this down to mid-off for one

19.5

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, waits on the back foot before pushing this through the leg side

19.6

Senanayake to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, gets into position quickly to drive this off the back foot down to extra-cover

Dave Edmond: "Didn't see Malinga smiling today. As a Sri Lankan I would like him to wear the Grumpy cat face always."

End of over 20 (5 runs) Pakistan 87/3 (RR: 4.35)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 29 (39b 2x4)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 8 (16b)
    • SMSM Senanayake 6-1-22-0
    • RAS Lakmal 5-0-30-1
20.1

Lakmal to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, driven straight to short cover point

20.2

Lakmal to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, on the back foot quickly to pull this one down to deep square leg

20.3

Lakmal to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, defended with a straight bat to the leg side

20.4

Lakmal to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tries to get this past backward point, but Dilshan is just lightning in the field today

20.5

Lakmal to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, angles his bat on the front foot to try and get it past Dilshan, but he is ever-so vigilant

20.6

Lakmal to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, clips this down to midwicket to sneak a single

No boundary has been scored for the last 45 balls... Positively enthralling stuff

End of over 21 (2 runs) Pakistan 89/3 (RR: 4.23)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 9 (20b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 30 (41b 2x4)
    • RAS Lakmal 6-0-32-1
    • SMSM Senanayake 6-1-22-0

Ajantha Mendis comes on to bowl. Getting his first match of the series

21.1

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, starts off with a leg side delivery which is called wide

21.1

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this time is worked away to the midwicket

21.2

Mendis to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, drives this elegantly on the front foot down to extra-cover for a single

21.3

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, strikes him on the front pad, but this looked to be going down the leg side

21.4

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, plays this one down to extra-cover for one

21.5

Mendis to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, back of a length outside off as Hafeez punches this down to deep extra-cover

21.6

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, steers this one down to long-on to retain strike for the next over

Hissan : "I read here a couple of days ago , someone saying how good it would be to see Hafeez and Misbah playing together and both making big hundreds. Well here they are playing together with a good 30 overs remaining lets see if that fantasy comes true !"

End of over 22 (6 runs) Pakistan 95/3 (RR: 4.31)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 12 (24b)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 32 (43b 2x4)
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-6-0
    • RAS Lakmal 6-0-32-1

Dilshan now into the attack

22.1

Dilshan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, turned to midwicket, but can't get the single

22.2

Dilshan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, angles this one square off the wicket on the leg side for one

22.3

Dilshan to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, able to ease this down to fine leg for one

22.4

Dilshan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, fires this wide outside off as Misbah once again goes for the reverse sweep, but almost gets something on this, on the glove, and falls just short of Sangakkara who makes a dive to his right

22.5

Dilshan to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, this time employs a more orthodox sweep which just beats Malinga to the fine leg boundary

22.6

Dilshan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, whips this off his pads down to deep square leg

Maisam Zaidi: "Plenty of balls left for this innings and it's a great chance for Misbah to get his Maiden ODI Ton.. Go Misbah Go"

End of over 23 (7 runs) Pakistan 102/3 (RR: 4.43)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 18 (29b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 33 (44b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-7-0
    • BAW Mendis 1-0-6-0
23.1

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tries to get this past point, but finds the fielder

23.2

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, this one stays low as Misbah looks to help this off his pads

23.3

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, leans forward to steer this through the off side

23.4

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, gets forward but can't find the gap on the leg side

23.5

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, once again tries to get this away on the leg side

23.6

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, presents an angled bat to cover the line to bring an end to the 24th over

Qaiser Saghir Mayo: "Did anyone noticed that Misbah and Hafeez have played the same number of matches 141 and both scored 4000 plus run. Also they are captain of Pakistan team,one leading T20 and other one day and test formats. Its a good coincidence."

End of over 24 (maiden) Pakistan 102/3 (RR: 4.25)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 18 (35b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 33 (44b 2x4)
    • BAW Mendis 2-1-6-0
    • TM Dilshan 1-0-7-0
24.1

Dilshan to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, nurdles this one through the leg side, but can't evade midwicket

24.2

Dilshan to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, this time goes for the more conventional sweep, with this one running down to short fine leg

24.3

Dilshan to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tries to ease this past the square leg fielder

24.4

Dilshan to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, defends this one straight back to the bowler

24.5

Dilshan to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 wide, down the leg side as Hafeez goes for the sweep, but fails to get any bat on the ball

24.5

Dilshan to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, this time is able to clip off his pads down to fine leg

24.6

Dilshan to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, finally able to get bat on ball with this reverse sweep, but succeeds in finding short third man straightaway

Abdullah: "Misbah reminding us why he's called 'tuk tuk.'"

End of over 25 (4 runs) Pakistan 106/3 (RR: 4.24)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 18 (36b 1x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 36 (49b 2x4)
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-11-0
    • BAW Mendis 2-1-6-0
25.1

Mendis to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, eases this down to long-on for a single

25.2

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, looks for the paddle, but then adjusts to push this through the off side

25.3

Mendis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, drives this one elegantly to the cover fielder

25.4

Mendis to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, pushes this one down to Malinga at mid-off before setting off for a tight single, which the pair complete quite comfortably

25.5

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this time steers through extra-cover

25.6

Mendis to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tries to get this past a diving fielder on the leg side, but the fielder does well to get a hold of it

Taha Sheikh: "Misbah shouldn't be taking these risk ... !!"

End of over 26 (4 runs) Pakistan 110/3 (RR: 4.23)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 38 (53b 2x4)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 20 (38b 1x4)
    • BAW Mendis 3-1-10-0
    • TM Dilshan 2-0-11-0

Mathews back into the attack now

26.1

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, defends this with a straight bat to the off side

26.2

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, presses forward to defend this one back to the bowler

26.3

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, defends this to the off side

26.3

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, and the first boundary in what seems like ages as Misbah pulls this powerfully behind square leg for four

26.4

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, tucks this away to the leg side for one

26.5

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, defends this one down to mid-on

Keshabraj: "Misbah-ul-Haq highest score is only 96* and average is 45!! seriously ?? !!"

26.6

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run

End of over 27 (6 runs) Pakistan 116/3 (RR: 4.29)

    • Mohammad Hafeez 38 (54b 2x4)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 25 (43b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 6-1-18-0
    • BAW Mendis 3-1-10-0
27.1

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, punches this off the back foot down to long-on for an easy single

27.2

Mendis to Mohammad Hafeez, 3 runs, gets deep in the crease to cut this away to the third man boundary, with sweeper cover doing well to dive and stop a certain four

27.3

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, this one goes down the leg side as the keeper has a shy at the stumps

27.3

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, another punch through the off side, this time for two runs

27.4

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, steers this one through the leg side, but can't beat the fielder

27.5

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, going down the leg side as Misbah tries to help it along, but succeeds in only finding square leg

27.6

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side. Mendis has been horrid so far in his spell

27.6

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, gets forward to play this away through the gap between square leg and midwicket

sheraz mureed: "I think Misbah should be in Pakistan Football team as he is a solid DEFENDER!"

End of over 28 (9 runs) Pakistan 125/3 (RR: 4.46)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 29 (48b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 41 (55b 2x4)
    • BAW Mendis 4-1-19-0
    • AD Mathews 6-1-18-0
28.1

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, on the back foot before cutting this away late to the third man fielder

28.2

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this one is worked away down to square leg

28.3

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, Hafeez's series tally ends here as he will not get four 100s in the series, despite looking good for that today. This one stays low before angling in sharply on off stump, which Hafeez fails to cover for. Probably the only way you could dislodge this player on current form.

Mohammad Hafeez b Mathews 41 (95m 56b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.21

Time for the green-zinced lips of Umar Akmal

28.4

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, is solid in defence to the first ball he faces

28.5

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, once again forward to defend this one to the off side

28.6

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, gets back to try and whip this off his pads, but finds the fielder straightaway

Steve Austin: "Kohli and Hafeez fall at the same time. No. 2 and No. 3 are gone."

End of over 29 (3 runs) Pakistan 128/4 (RR: 4.41)

    • Umar Akmal 0 (3b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 32 (50b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 7-1-21-1
    • BAW Mendis 4-1-19-0
29.1

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, leans into a drive through the off side, down to mid-off, before setting off for a quick single

29.2

Mendis to Umar Akmal, no run, gets low to defend this one back to the bowler

29.3

Mendis to Umar Akmal, 1 run, leans into another drive through the covers

29.4

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, attempts to cut this away through the off side, but can't get enough bat on it

29.5

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, shuffling in his crease before easing this through the leg side for one

29.6

Mendis to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, presses forward to defend this offering to the leg side

End of over 30 (5 runs) Pakistan 133/4 (RR: 4.43)

    • Umar Akmal 3 (6b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 34 (53b 2x4)
    • BAW Mendis 5-1-24-0
    • AD Mathews 7-1-21-1
30.1

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, defends this one off the back foot towards the leg side

30.2

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, nurdles this down to mid-on as Misbah is slowly putting me to sleep

30.3

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, defended back to the bowler by Akmal

30.4

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, width on offer but Akmal is unlucky to find short cover point

30.5

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, defended off the back foot by Akmal

30.6

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, defends this one to the off side to bring an end to the over

Shariq: "I am desprate to see AKMAL hitting sixes to LAKMAL..."

End of over 31 (1 run) Pakistan 134/4 (RR: 4.32)

    • Umar Akmal 3 (10b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 35 (55b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 8-1-22-1
    • BAW Mendis 5-1-24-0
31.1

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, defends this one with soft hands close to the body

31.2

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, this one stays quite low as Misbah pulls in front of square

31.3

Mendis to Umar Akmal, no run, bowls the googly which stays straight on as Akmal looks to cut away

31.4

Mendis to Umar Akmal, no run, this time spins in on Akmal, who was definitely surprised as the ball rips into him

31.5

Mendis to Umar Akmal, no run, tries to get this away through the leg side, but fails

31.6

Mendis to Umar Akmal, no run, decides to leave this one pitching outside the line as it strikes him on the front pad. This could be the first decision for the ORS system, and it is. Front foot looking slightly dicey as it seems he may have overstepped here. Turns out that this is missing the stumps, so the decision stands as it is

End of over 32 (1 run) Pakistan 135/4 (RR: 4.21)

    • Umar Akmal 3 (14b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 36 (57b 2x4)
    • BAW Mendis 6-1-25-0
    • AD Mathews 8-1-22-1
32.1

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, length ball which is left well alone by Misbah

32.2

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, shifts the line a tad closer as Misbah runs this down to third man

32.3

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, gets tall before defending this back to the bowler

32.4

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, pushes this through the off side, but can't find the single

32.5

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, dances down but can't squirt this past mid-on

32.6

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, this one shapes in from outside off as Umar tries to steer this past backward point

Shariq: "I am desprate to see AKMAL hitting sixes to LAKMAL..."

End of over 33 (1 run) Pakistan 136/4 (RR: 4.12)

    • Umar Akmal 3 (18b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 37 (59b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 9-1-23-1
    • BAW Mendis 6-1-25-0
33.1

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tries to get this away round the corner for a single

33.2

Mendis to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, plays this one softly to backward point for a quick single

33.3

Mendis to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, gets back before cutting this away through point for two runs

33.4

Mendis to Umar Akmal, no run, strides forward to defend this one to the leg side

33.5

Mendis to Umar Akmal, no run, floats this on off as Akmal drives this firmly down to long-off

33.6

Mendis to Umar Akmal, no run, stays low outside off as Umar cuts this away to backward point to bring an end to the over

And with that it is drinks

End of over 34 (3 runs) Pakistan 139/4 (RR: 4.08)

    • Umar Akmal 5 (22b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 38 (61b 2x4)
    • BAW Mendis 7-1-28-0
    • AD Mathews 9-1-23-1

Mathews about to bowl his last over of the day

34.1

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, inside-edges this length ball onto the pads, with the ball rolling towards the off side

34.2

Mathews to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, back of a length which is chopped down to third man for a single

34.3

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, cuts this away through point, but Dilshan is more than equal to the task

34.4

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, back of a length and coming in as once again Umar tries to run it down past short third man

34.5

Mathews to Umar Akmal, no run, defends this one just past the bowler to mid-off

34.6

Mathews to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, back of a length as Umar tries to beat third man to the fence, but can't as the throw comes in from the deep, but not before the player sneaks two runs

Sherdil: "Sohaib Maqssod is an excellent player, don't know why he keeps doing same mistakes again and again. It's like he always has an urge to have blast in ground."

End of over 35 (3 runs) Pakistan 142/4 (RR: 4.05)

    • Umar Akmal 7 (26b)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 39 (63b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 10-1-26-1
    • BAW Mendis 7-1-28-0

We are into the Batting Powerplay

Senanayake comes on to bowl

35.1

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, turned to square leg

35.2

Senanayake to Umar Akmal, 1 run, drills this straight to short cover

35.3

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, defends this one back to the bowler

35.4

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, plays this to mid-off for a single

35.5

Senanayake to Umar Akmal, 1 run, dropped uses his feet well to clobber this square of the wicket, and almost holes out to deep square leg, who then fumbles the catch. That one should have been taken!

35.6

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, defended back to the bowler to bring an end to the over

End of over 36 (4 runs) Pakistan 146/4 (RR: 4.05)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 41 (67b 2x4)
    • Umar Akmal 9 (28b)
    • SMSM Senanayake 7-1-26-0
    • AD Mathews 10-1-26-1

Malinga back into the attack

36.1

Malinga to Umar Akmal, FOUR, times this beautifully through point off the back foot as Malinga is greeted with a boundary first up

36.2

Malinga to Umar Akmal, no run, gets forward to defend this one to the off side

36.3

Malinga to Umar Akmal, 1 leg bye, slower ball on the pads which is turned off his hips down to fine leg

36.4

Malinga to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 leg bye, once again works this through the leg side as Misbah looks for the second, but Umar is not interested

36.5

Malinga to Umar Akmal, 1 run, too full as Akmal clips this one sweetly down to deep square leg

36.6

Malinga to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, too straight once more as Misbah helps himself to a single down the leg side

AliJee: "Stay on the crease, we don't need a big total. Perhaps that the advice to Umar Akmal from the Captain."

End of over 37 (8 runs) Pakistan 154/4 (RR: 4.16)

    • Misbah-ul-Haq 42 (69b 2x4)
    • Umar Akmal 14 (32b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 5-0-25-2
    • SMSM Senanayake 7-1-26-0
37.1

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, on leg stump as Misbah eases this square off the wicket

37.2

Senanayake to Umar Akmal, 1 run, drives this one straight to extra-cover

37.3

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, steers this through square leg for a comfortable single

37.4

Senanayake to Umar Akmal, 1 run, pushes this one down to long-on

37.5

Senanayake to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, eases this down to long-on for one

37.6

Senanayake to Umar Akmal, FOUR, poor delivery from the spinner which is rightly punished as Akmal gets deep in the crease before cutting through the covers for four

Rohan: "What is a good score on this pitch? I think the kind of bowling Pakistan have they can defend 250 runs or above."

End of over 38 (9 runs) Pakistan 163/4 (RR: 4.28)

    • Umar Akmal 20 (35b 2x4)
    • Misbah-ul-Haq 45 (72b 2x4)
    • SMSM Senanayake 8-1-35-0
    • SL Malinga 5-0-25-2
38.1

Malinga to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX, where did that come from? Misbah just stands and delivers by lofting Malinga over the midwicket boundary to bring up his 35th ODI fifty. Really came out of nowhere that one

This is his 15th ODI half-century this year. Amazing stuff!

38.2

Malinga to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, and would you believe it? the first shot of intent and then he goes ahead and clips one down the leg side (which seems to be the favoured mode of dismissal today throughout world cricket), with Sanga taking a wonderful catch down the leg side. Malinga strikes and Pakistan are now 169 for 5

Misbah-ul-Haq c †Sangakkara b Malinga 51 (85m 74b 2x4 1x6) SR: 68.91

Anwar Ali strides in at No. 7

38.3

Malinga to Anwar Ali, 2 runs, attempted slower yorker going down the leg side as this is eased down to deep midwicket

38.4

Malinga to Anwar Ali, no run, fires in a yorker on middle and leg which Anwar is more than capable to keep out

38.5

Malinga to Anwar Ali, no run, another yorker as Anwar tries to play this away through the leg side

38.6

Malinga to Anwar Ali, 1 run, back of a length which is run down to third man to bring an end to Malinga's over

Anees: "Was there an agreement between Misbah and Kohli that they would get out in exactly the same manner?"

End of over 39 (9 runs) Pakistan 172/5 (RR: 4.41)

    • Anwar Ali 3 (4b)
    • Umar Akmal 20 (35b 2x4)
    • SL Malinga 6-0-34-3
    • SMSM Senanayake 8-1-35-0

And the mesmerising Mendis is back on to roll his arm

39.1

Mendis to Anwar Ali, 1 run, caresses this off the back foot towards the covers

39.2

Mendis to Umar Akmal, no run, looking for a cheeky paddle sweep through fine leg, but Mendis strikes the pads, and he goes up straightaway, but this may have been going down the leg side

39.3

Mendis to Umar Akmal, OUT, and after Akmal survived that, he goes ahead to find the softest of ways to hole out to Dilshan, stationed at short midwicket, who takes an easy catch. Pakistan now 173 for 6, and they still have over ten overs to go and make a competitive total

Umar Akmal c Dilshan b Mendis 20 (45m 37b 2x4 0x6) SR: 54.05

Abdur Rehman is in at No. 8

39.4

Mendis to Abdur Rehman, no run, full from Mendis as Rehman looks to steer this through midwicket

39.5

Mendis to Abdur Rehman, no run, traps Rehman with one that goes straight on

39.6

Mendis to Abdur Rehman, no run, this time playing for the straighter one as the ball spins away, with Sanga taking it and then stumping Rehman in a flash. Umpire says not out, but Sanga is adamant, and calls for the review straightaway. Replays confirm that he was able to ground his toe in time.

Farooq: "With brainless cricketers like Umer Akmal, who can blame Misbah for playing slow!"

End of over 40 (1 run) Pakistan 173/6 (RR: 4.32)

    • Abdur Rehman 0 (3b)
    • Anwar Ali 4 (5b)
    • BAW Mendis 8-1-29-1
    • SL Malinga 6-0-34-3
40.1

Malinga to Anwar Ali, no run, almost edges this one outside off as Sanga claims the catch with a wild scream, but then has a knowing smile on his face. I think we all know that one missed

40.2

Malinga to Anwar Ali, 1 run, goes for the flick behind square on the leg side next ball

40.3

Malinga to Abdur Rehman, 1 run, Rehman able to clip this down to deep midwicket to get off the mark

40.4

Malinga to Anwar Ali, 1 run, drives this one straight back, with the ball hitting the non-striker's stumps, as the pair are able to get a run

40.5

Malinga to Abdur Rehman, OUT, strikes him in line of the stumps and Rehman looked guilty as the umpire confirms the decision with the raise of his finger. With that Malinga now has four wickets, which has definitely been his best performance of the series.

Abdur Rehman lbw b Malinga 1 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Umar Gul, who can definitely club a few, strides in at No. 9

40.6

Malinga to Umar Gul, no run, solid in defence as Gul presents the straightest of bats to Malinga

Sidmah629: "Although Anwar Ali is selected today as a bowling all rounder, but he needs to bat like a batting allrounder when wickets are falling from other end now"

End of over 41 (3 runs) Pakistan 176/7 (RR: 4.29)

    • Umar Gul 0 (1b)
    • Anwar Ali 6 (8b)
    • SL Malinga 7-0-37-4
    • BAW Mendis 8-1-29-1
41.1

Mendis to Anwar Ali, 1 run, steers this one down to long-on for a single

41.2

Mendis to Umar Gul, no run, defends this one outside off with a straight bat

41.3

Mendis to Umar Gul, 1 run, cuts this away down to sweeper cover to get Gul on strike

41.4

Mendis to Anwar Ali, no run, almost gets him on the stumps as this one turns into the batsman

41.5

Mendis to Anwar Ali, no run, dropped succeeds in getting an edge, low outside off, as it looks as thought Mathews may have grassed this chance

41.6

Mendis to Anwar Ali, 1 run, nurdles this final delivery down to long-on for a single

Muhammad Usman: "This is a real batting test of Pakistani team."

End of over 42 (3 runs) Pakistan 179/7 (RR: 4.26)

    • Anwar Ali 8 (12b)
    • Umar Gul 1 (3b)
    • BAW Mendis 9-1-32-1
    • SL Malinga 7-0-37-4
42.1

Malinga to Anwar Ali, no run, full and just outside off as Anwar Ali looks for the drive, with the ball beating the bat

42.2

Malinga to Anwar Ali, 2 runs, plays another lofted flick down to fine leg, which affords him two runs

42.3

Malinga to Anwar Ali, 1 run, full on off as Anwar steers this behind point for a single

42.4

Malinga to Umar Gul, no run, on the back foot as he plays this with soft hands to the off side

42.5

Malinga to Umar Gul, no run, this one stays relatively low as Gul prods forward in defence

42.6

Malinga to Umar Gul, no run, defends this slower ball on the front foot to bring an end to the over

End of over 43 (3 runs) Pakistan 182/7 (RR: 4.23)

    • Umar Gul 1 (6b)
    • Anwar Ali 11 (15b)
    • SL Malinga 8-0-40-4
    • BAW Mendis 9-1-32-1
43.1

Senanayake to Anwar Ali, no run, floats this outside off as Anwar drives this down to mid-off

43.2

Senanayake to Anwar Ali, no run, beats Gul's cut outside off, with the ball carrying through to the keeper

43.3

Senanayake to Anwar Ali, 1 run, presses forward to steer this through the off side for a quick single

43.4

Senanayake to Umar Gul, no run, defends this one back to the bowler

43.5

Senanayake to Umar Gul, 1 run, short from Senanayake as he clips this to square leg for a single

43.6

Senanayake to Anwar Ali, 2 runs, helped off the pads as Anwar is able to return back for two runs

yaseen: "If pakistan get 200 or more they are winning this match"

End of over 44 (4 runs) Pakistan 186/7 (RR: 4.22)

    • Anwar Ali 14 (19b)
    • Umar Gul 2 (8b)
    • SMSM Senanayake 9-1-39-0
    • SL Malinga 8-0-40-4

Lakmal on for his third spell today

44.1

Lakmal to Umar Gul, 1 run, nurdles this one down to mid-on for a single. Sensible play here from the tail-enders

44.2

Lakmal to Anwar Ali, no run, yorker on off stump as Anwar does well to keep it out

44.3

Lakmal to Anwar Ali, no run, tries to find the gap on the leg side

44.4

Lakmal to Anwar Ali, 1 run, yorker angling in on leg as Anwar is able to ease this down to deep midwicket

44.5

Lakmal to Umar Gul, no run, this one heading down the leg side as Gul misses out on a gimme ball, with this one hitting his pads after attempting a shot

44.6

Lakmal to Umar Gul, FOUR, length ball going down the leg side as Gul plays a neat pick-up shot to help this down to the fine leg boundary

Abdul Moiz: "Have your say guys...Who's the best allrounder in 2013 in ODIs???"

End of over 45 (6 runs) Pakistan 192/7 (RR: 4.26)

    • Umar Gul 7 (11b 1x4)
    • Anwar Ali 15 (22b)
    • RAS Lakmal 7-0-38-1
    • SMSM Senanayake 9-1-39-0
45.1

Senanayake to Anwar Ali, 1 run, this one is helped down to long-on for a single

45.2

Senanayake to Umar Gul, 1 run, works this away off his pads towards square leg

45.3

Senanayake to Anwar Ali, OUT, and the first calamitous error from the Pakistanis today as Anwar Ali, who had worked this to the leg side, tells Umar Gul to go back to his end, as Gul thought a run was on offer. Mendis picks up the ball and fires it in at the non-strikers, with Gul woefully short of his crease as he tries to ground his bat in vain. He is visibly upset with his partner on the other end. Will this spur him on to greater things come the next innings with ball in hand?

Umar Gul run out 8 (17m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Time for the ever-entertaining, Saeed Ajmal

45.4

Senanayake to Anwar Ali, no run, floats on middle which is steered down to mid-off for none

45.5

Senanayake to Anwar Ali, 1 wide, this one fired past the pads as the umpire calls a wide

45.5

Senanayake to Anwar Ali, 2 runs, able to clip this down to square leg, and the pair run hard enough to complete two

45.6

Senanayake to Anwar Ali, no run, defended to the leg side by Anwar to bring an end to the over

Fasahat: "The Professor has definitely been one of the best all-rounders this year."

End of over 46 (5 runs) Pakistan 197/8 (RR: 4.28)

    • Anwar Ali 18 (27b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 0 (0b)
    • SMSM Senanayake 10-1-44-0
    • RAS Lakmal 7-0-38-1
46.1

Malinga to Saeed Ajmal, no run, steers this one straight to point

46.2

Malinga to Saeed Ajmal, 4 leg byes, fired down the leg side, as he searches for the yorker, with Ajmal trying to hit this down the leg side, but this is called leg-byes by the umpire, and four of them at that. Sangakkara looking frustrated with that last one

46.3

Malinga to Saeed Ajmal, no run, full and on the pads as Ajmal looks for a non-existent run

46.4

Malinga to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, plays this one with soft hands and close to the body as Ajmal is able to sneak a quick one. Good running that from the Pakistanis

46.5

Malinga to Anwar Ali, no run, Malinga strikes him on a leg stump line, and likes it straightaway as he fires an appeal at the umpire. Anwar asks for the review immediately. Malinga's front foot is fine. This one hits him just above the knee role, but is the ball clipping the stumps? The review shows that this was definitely missing the leg stump as the ball did too much. And with that the review works in favour of Pakistan

46.6

Malinga to Anwar Ali, no run, for a second I thought that was out as he hits this fuller one towards short cover point, but the ball bounced on its way to the fielder. Too bat the one-tip rules don't apply in international cricket. Perhaps he could have gone at that one, one-handed

End of over 47 (5 runs) Pakistan 202/8 (RR: 4.29)

    • Anwar Ali 18 (29b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 1 (4b)
    • SL Malinga 9-0-41-4
    • SMSM Senanayake 10-1-44-0
47.1

Mendis to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, goes for a sweep to one pitching in line on the stumps, and gets away with it as the Sri Lankans appeal for the wicket, but the umpire is convinced he got bat on it

47.2

Mendis to Anwar Ali, FOUR, full again as this time he lofts through long-off, with this one evading a diving mid-off to his right, and proceed to the long-off boundary

47.3

Mendis to Anwar Ali, 2 runs, length ball which just shapes away as Anwar gets a thick outside edge, and thanks to some sloppy fielding in the deep, are able to come back for two

Deb: "Ryan Maclaren... best ODI allrounder of 2013"

47.4

Mendis to Anwar Ali, 2 runs, crashes this one off the back foot towards extra-cover, and yet another misfield by the player backing up allows for the extra runs. Sri Lanka have given away two needless runs. Will these come up to hurt him though?

47.5

Mendis to Anwar Ali, no run, this one spins away on a length as Anwar is all at sea

47.6

Mendis to Anwar Ali, 1 run, gets forward to play this with soft hands down to silly mid-off, and is able to sneak a run as well. Good running here between these two as the overs wind down

End of over 48 (10 runs) Pakistan 212/8 (RR: 4.41)

    • Anwar Ali 27 (34b 1x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 2 (5b)
    • BAW Mendis 10-1-42-1
    • SL Malinga 9-0-41-4
48.1

Malinga to Anwar Ali, 3 runs, in line of the stumps as Anwar goes for an extravagant loft over extra-cover which lands safely at deep extra-cover

48.2

Malinga to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, turns this one behind square on the leg side for a single

48.3

Malinga to Anwar Ali, SIX, Anwar just smokes this fuller delivery, going down the leg side, over deep midwicket for a six, which just clears the rope

Muqeet Ahmed: "Anwar Ali is better all-rounder than Shoail Tanvir, now he has to prove it with his bowling as well."

48.4

Malinga to Anwar Ali, FOUR, slower ball and Malinga is being taken to the cleaners as he lofts him over long-on to get into the 40s. This is turning out to be quite an inspired cameo from the Pakistan seamer, who has probably laid credentials to be a proper allrounder

48.5

Malinga to Anwar Ali, 1 run, tries to squirt away this fuller delivery on off, but Dilshan is more than equal to the task with a dive to his right to stop the ball in its tracks

48.6

Malinga to Saeed Ajmal, 1 run, honing in on middle as Ajmal plays a delicate paddle down to deep fine leg. Lovely stroke that from the Pakistani twirler

Frank: "I think James faulkner is the best all-rounder of 2013"

End of over 49 (16 runs) Pakistan 228/8 (RR: 4.65)

    • Saeed Ajmal 4 (7b)
    • Anwar Ali 41 (38b 2x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 10-0-57-4
    • BAW Mendis 10-1-42-1

Into our final over of the innings. Lakmal to bowl

49.1

Lakmal to Saeed Ajmal, FOUR, Ajmal plays an outrageous lofted shot over extra-cover that just reaches the boundary. Great start to the over as Pakistan need to pack on the runs

49.2

Lakmal to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, fired in on middle stump as Ajmal plays all around this one to be struck on the pads. They have a review in hand so they have decided to go for it. It looked out on first glance, but lets see what upstairs has to say. This one hits him full, but you can see middle and off, so is the ball creeping down the leg side? This one is shown to clip the leg stump, so Pakistan are officially nine down

Saeed Ajmal lbw b Lakmal 8 (19m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

Junaid comes on with just four (legal) deliveries left in the innings

49.3

Lakmal to Junaid Khan, OUT, going down the leg side as Junaid is struck on his pads as he walks across the stumps. If he hadn't done that, he may have survived. But since Pakistan are out of reviews, and the umpire's finger went up, it is all over.

Junaid Khan lbw b Lakmal 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

So Pakistan almost make it all the way through their overs as they finish on 232. Sri Lanka came back strongly, especially when you consider Pakistan were cruising at 128 for 3 in the 29th over. Sri Lanka were able to keep them to just 105 runs in 21 overs, so well done to them. Malinga finishes as the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 57, undoubtedly his best performance this series. Lakmal also picked up a couple to finish with 3 for 42. We will be back for the Pakistan reply in a little while.

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