Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AD Mathews
89(85) 9x4 - 2x6
Control %60%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 8 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 4 8 0 1 4
Sohaib Maqsood
89(73) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 8 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
2 1 5 1 5 10 4 6

Best performances - Bowlers

NLTC Perera
O7.0
M0
R43
W2
Eco6.14
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Wahab Riaz
O9.0
M0
R50
W3
Eco5.55
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Commentary

Well, that is all we have from you. This is Alagappan Muthu, signing off. Thank you for your comments, hope you keep them flying in for the second ODI, which will now happen on Tuesday, and it will be a day-night affair as well

Aditi: "An almost-neutral fan's observations: 1. Angelo will soon need a new partner- Mahela will most likely not be around after the world cup. 2. Sanga is probably/ hopefully irritated enough with his dismissal that we get a few big ones in the next 4 matches :) 3. Fawad must invest in a properly fitted helmet- he looks like a kid in this one! 4. Maqsood seems like a wonderful find, and Fawad is doing well too- wonderful for Pakistan :) 5. Pakistan were better at running between the wickets in this match than what can usually be expected of them. SL were worse than usual in the field. 6. Watching SL matches being played in SL can give one a headache with the vuvuzelas! 7. Hambantota is astonishingly beautiful! More cricket there, please."

"Much needed win and relaly happy we have chased this total especially by two youngsters. One of the best partnerships I have ever seen," Misbah-ul-Haq says, "I think we lost our way in between after the first partnership. Good recovery by the two but this will also give the other batsmen confidence. It is, but I think the rules have been changed four fielders in the deep and the last powerplay makes it really difficult to protect. This is how cricket is going on and when you are chasing 100 in last ten overs, it is possible. We are looking forward to not conceding so many in the next games. Irfan is out wicket-taking option and thats why I use him at the top, because if the set batsman is there it will be really difficult to stop"

Sohaib Maqsood is the Man of the Match for his match-changing 89 off 73. "Special knock, batting after a few months and getting off with a good innings is always good. Batting no.3 and four in the previous series, but this is a new series and whichever is good for the country, I will do it. Planning was simple, he was a rotator and I was aggressive. The plan was not to loose wickets and we have to target the bowlers, even when Malinga's eight overs. Hopefully, I would take it as the best innings of my career"

"Good game, I thought the fifth wicket partnership with Maqsood and Alam won them the game but I thought we didn;t do too many mistakes," Angelo Mathews says."The wicket played pretty well and more often than not when we scored 250 plus the bowlers do the job but here the brilliance of Maqsood did it. We didn't really do too many mistakes, but there was the stumping that we missed. Happy with my form, hopefully it can continue"

6.30 pm Pakistan have turned an ODI that had been drifting towards meaninglessness into a sensational one. Their come-from-behind victory was down to Fawad Alam's gritty innings after a bit of a fumble by the top order. But his partner during a vital hundred-stand. Sohaib Maqsood blunted Lasith Malinga's yorkers, he had a life off Rangana Herath and capitalised on it with some powreful bottom-handed flicks and whips

shaheer: "who needs ajmal :P"

Noman Yousuf: "'Brilliant!'... That's the only to describe this run chase!" Karthik Krishnaswamy might use a few more in his report, so stay tuned for that and the presentaion

Fahad Fazli: "Ive been following pak cricket for last 20 years & have seen all ups and downs so this victory brings tears to eyes because I couldnt have expected it once we were 103/5..we just dont win from those situations but so happy for Maqsood & Fawad!!! Go boys go!!!"

Sumedha: "I feel Malinga not giving his 100% here. Is he not fit? Looks like Kulasekara bowling faster than Malinga "

hadi: "you got to admire SL fans sportsmanship, they've almost lost it but you still hear the famous horns blowing "

SD: "Mathews scored 89 and got out. Maqsood scored 89 and stayed not out. Pakistan lost just one wicket fewer than Sri Lanka, and won with one ball remaining. The difference was that much. "

44.5
4
Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, FOUR runs, sliced past poing and Afridi has the winning runs! But most of the running was from the man at hte nonstrikers who runs in to hug Afridi. Backed away and thwacked the short ball away from middle and leg to set the dressing room into delight

Mid-off goes back, extra cover in place

44.4
0
Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, no run, banged in short and Afridi goes for a hook, it had too much height and too much pace on it and he was on the front good as well. Maqsood was racing down for a bye, but Afridi says no. Sanga underarmed it to the bowler, but Nuwan misses his flick onto he stumps. Awful cricket as the equation becomes two off two
44.3
0
Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, no run, that's the yorker, or rather Afridi manufactures a yorker as he walks at Kula. Dug out
44.2
1
Kulasekara to Sohaib Maqsood, 1 run, bouncer again, Maqsood is hurried as he goes for a hook. Gets a top edge but it doesn't carry as far as deep fine leg
44.1
1
Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, dug in short and Afridi pulls confidently to deep square leg

Pakistan need four off six to pull off one of their more memorable victories. It will be Kula to bowl

murali: "After a long time, watching a thrilling game!!!" Suspect you haven't been watching Sri Lanka playing over the past few months

END OF OVER:
44 | 8 Runs | PAK: 271/6

  • Shahid Afridi9 (6b)
  • Sohaib Maqsood88 (72b)
  • SL Malinga9-0-60-1
  • KMDN Kulasekara8-0-50-0
43.6
1
Malinga to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, full toss, dragged from outside off to deep midwicket

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AD Mathews
89(85) 9x4 - 2x6
Control %60%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 8 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 1 4 8 0 1 4
Sohaib Maqsood
89(73) 9x4 - 0x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 8 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
2 1 5 1 5 10 4 6

Best performances - Bowlers

NLTC Perera
O7.0
M0
R43
W2
Eco6.14
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Wahab Riaz
O9.0
M0
R50
W3
Eco5.55
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W