The Sri Lankan fielders assemble on the field as the Pakistani openers make their way out to the middle. Nuwan Kulasekera has ball in hand.

0.1
2
Kulasekara to Sharjeel Khan, 2 runs, and Pakistan are underway with Sharjeel's push outside off towards point
0.2
0
Kulasekara to Sharjeel Khan, no run, swinging across Shehzad as he defends this to the off side
0.3
2
Kulasekara to Sharjeel Khan, 2 runs, on the pads as Sharjeel clips this off the pads to deep square leg

Mustafa: "Misbah should send Afridi opener with Sharjeel. Powerplay overs are the best time for him to play those big shots. The starting 10 overs decide the tide of the match and LALA could turn that tide in Pak's favour."

0.4
0
Kulasekara to Sharjeel Khan, no run, Sharjeel drives this fuller length ball uppishly towards mid-off, with the ball falling just short of the fielder
0.5
0
Kulasekara to Sharjeel Khan, no run, swinging away outside off which Sharjeel fails to get bat on ball to
0.6
0
Kulasekara to Sharjeel Khan, no run, back of a length on and around off which is pushed to the off side to bring an end to the over

Rifard: "Pakistan have two options..chasing like a snail and get there or chasing with entertainment and get there..being a pakistan fan I'll love the second option..go pakistan go..!!!"

END OF OVER:
1 | 4 Runs | PAK: 4/0 (222 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 4.53)

  • Sharjeel Khan4 (6b)
  • Ahmed Shehzad0 (0b)
  • KMDN Kulasekara1-0-4-0

Lasith Malinga will open from the other end

1.1
0
Malinga to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, back of a length as Shehzad is solid in defence
1.2
0
Malinga to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, gets this to nip away outside off as the ball stays lower than expected by Shehzad
1.3
0
Malinga to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, defends this length ball to the off side without too much fanfare

Momo: "Ridiculous how people want Afridi to come as an opener just when he's finally starting to find form and his place in the batting lineup"

1.4
0
Malinga to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, shifts the line a tad closer as Shehzad is solid in defence
1.5
0
Malinga to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, once again defended to the off side by Shehzad
1.6
1
Malinga to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, able to lean in for a drive through the off side, but can't get it past mid-off

Inam: "Following Ball by Ball Commentary from Malaysia...Thanx to CricInfo... cant see live match but can still feel the thrill..."

END OF OVER:
2 | 1 Run | PAK: 5/0 (221 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 4.60)

  • Ahmed Shehzad1 (6b)
  • Sharjeel Khan4 (6b)
  • SL Malinga1-0-1-0
  • KMDN Kulasekara1-0-4-0
2.1
4
Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, unfurls a lovely drive through extra-cover which beats a chasing Kusal Perera to the boundary. First boundary of the innings from Pakistan
2.2
0
Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, tries to steer this past mid-on, but fails to do so
2.3
4
Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, enough width on offer as Shehzad plays an elegant punch off the back foot that just races to the boundary for four

Ali Mushaf: "I have a quiz tomorrow and I thought I could prepare on last night but these matches won't let me study. The favor this Pak team can do to me is to play very fast and chase it down in 30 overs."

2.4
0
Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, driven to mid-off but can't get the single
2.5
0
Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, length ball which shapes in as Shehzad rocks forward to defend this to the leg side
2.6
4
Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, in the slot and Shehzad just epitomises class with a lovely-timed drive through extra-cover. Looks to be in good touch today

Mir Tariq: "Pak need to play positive cricket and should play the balls on merit . No "tuk tuk" and no "boom boom" just cricket with professionalism and discipline."

END OF OVER:
3 | 12 Runs | PAK: 17/0 (209 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 4.44)

  • Ahmed Shehzad13 (12b)
  • Sharjeel Khan4 (6b)
  • KMDN Kulasekara2-0-16-0
  • SL Malinga1-0-1-0
3.1
4
Malinga to Sharjeel Khan, FOUR, what a shot from Sharjeel. Just punches this off the back foot with the most minimal of follow-throughs as this just seems to gather steam along the carpet on its way to the square boundary
3.2
0
Malinga to Sharjeel Khan, no run, fires it in from round the wicket as Sharjeel drives on the up, but can't beat mid-off
3.3
4
Malinga to Sharjeel Khan, FOUR, Sharjeel knows there is no one in the deep on the off side as he intentionally hits this over the fielders on the 30 yard line to just get to the square boundary

Naeem Haroon: "Umar Akmal should be played at No. 3"

3.4
0
Malinga to Sharjeel Khan, no run, back of a length and heading down the leg side as Sharjeel tries to tuck this away
3.5
0
Malinga to Sharjeel Khan, no run, low full toss outside off which Sharjeel almost drags onto his stumps, but luck is on his side today as the ball carries through to fine leg
3.6
0
Malinga to Sharjeel Khan, no run, yorker on middle which is successfully dug out by Sharjeel to bring an end to the over

Rohan: "I think Pakistan should try maqsood or umar akmal at no 3 ,hafeez should come down the order as he struggles against a quality bowling attack and is not an ideal no 3."

END OF OVER:
4 | 8 Runs | PAK: 25/0 (201 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 4.36)

  • Sharjeel Khan12 (12b)
  • Ahmed Shehzad13 (12b)
  • SL Malinga2-0-9-0
  • KMDN Kulasekara2-0-16-0

An early bowling change as Suranga Lakmal replaces Nuwan Kulasekera

4.1
2
Lakmal to Ahmed Shehzad, 2 runs, on the pads as Shehzad clips this one down to deep square leg