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)

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

Pakistan 30/1   Sharjeel Khan 12* (17b 2x4)   RAS Lakmal 2.3-0-18-1

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

Pakistan 54/2   Mohammad Hafeez 18* (25b 2x4)   SL Malinga 1.4-0-11-1

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

Pakistan 70/3   Mohammad Hafeez 22* (32b 2x4)   SL Malinga 3.1-0-15-2

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

Pakistan 128/4   Misbah-ul-Haq 32* (50b 2x4)   AD Mathews 6.3-1-21-1

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

Pakistan 169/5   Umar Akmal 20* (35b 2x4)   SL Malinga 5.2-0-31-3

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

Pakistan 173/6   Anwar Ali 4* (5b)   BAW Mendis 7.3-1-29-1

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

Pakistan 176/7   Anwar Ali 6* (8b)   SL Malinga 6.5-0-37-4

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

Pakistan 194/8   Anwar Ali 16* (24b)   SMSM Senanayake 9.3-1-41-0

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

Pakistan 232/9   Anwar Ali 41* (38b 2x4 1x6)   RAS Lakmal 7.2-0-42-2

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

Pakistan 232/10   Anwar Ali 41* (38b 2x4 1x6)   RAS Lakmal 7.3-0-42-3





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