Player of the Match
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    10.1 stunning caught and bowled by Perera. Sri Lanka needed some magic, and Perera has produced it. Length ball, driven back at him, Perera's natural reaction to get away from the stumps after delivering, so he fights that motion, and dives full length onto the pitch to grab this one-handed 48/1
    36.3 he has broken the leg stump into two. How fast bowlers love that sight. Azhar is making room, and Kula bowls the yorker, right at the base of the leg stump. It squeezes under the bat, and ends the innings short of a century 157/5
    16.5 the horse hasn't quite bolted. YK, like life, presents Sanga a second opportunity, and he grabs it with both hands. A loose drive outside off, another edge, and this time - as Bob Willis would say - Sanga makes no mistakes. That was well short of a driving length 78/2
    29.1 Perera is having a great day. Gets a wicket with the first ball of a spell for the second time. A bit of an offcutter, short of a length, outside off, beats the inside edge, hits his back pad in front of off. The line is not a question here. The only doubt has to be the height, but Paul Reifell has no such doubts. And he has been spot on today 127/3
    33.2 another wicket for Perera, another wicket before the Powerplay, but Umar Akmal can't believe he has been given out. Short of a lenght, looks to run it fine to the right of the keeper, misses, and has been given out. Replays show there is clear flood light between bat and ball. Akmal is not impressed 139/4
    37.4 that's a lovely catch from Sanga. That should do it for the game, and should make up for that drop too. It's a slower ball, mind you. Short of a length, Afridi looks to run it down, gets an edge, and it goes not only wide, it is also dying on Sanga. He dives full length, and plucks this one-handed. That's his 300th catch too. Not a bad way to bring it up 165/6
    46.2 slower ball, huge appeal for lbw as he misses a flick, and he is given. Was down the wicket, but that looked straight. Going down as it was an offcutter, but given. That levels the series 204/10
    40.1 Boy, can he ever? The third time he has taken a wicket with the first ball of a new spell tonight 170/7
    44.4 that's his No. 6, a personal best for Perera. Gul is a sitting duck. Stays in the crease, and swings across the length. Misses, and is dead plumb. Couldn't have been plumber 197/8
    45.6 another short ball, Ajmal backs away and swings again, edges it safely through to Sanga. Better out than injured 204/9
    not out
    2 (lb 2)
    204 all out (46.2 Overs, RR: 4.40)
    Fall of wickets: 1-48 (Mohammad Hafeez, 10.1 ov), 2-78 (Younis Khan, 16.5 ov), 3-127 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 29.1 ov), 4-139 (Umar Akmal, 33.2 ov), 5-157 (Azhar Ali, 36.3 ov), 6-165 (Shahid Afridi, 37.4 ov), 7-170 (Sohail Tanvir, 40.1 ov), 8-197 (Umar Gul, 44.4 ov), 9-204 (Saeed Ajmal, 45.6 ov), 10-204 (Sarfraz Ahmed, 46.2 ov)
    KMDN Kulasekara8.213323.96334000
    SL Malinga8.014025.00265000
    AD Mathews10.004804.80334100
    NLTC Perera10.004464.40345000
    HMRKB Herath10.013703.70291000

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Series result

5-match series level 1-1

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Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00 Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

9 June 2012 - day/night match (50-over match)

ODI debut

Reserve Umpire

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