Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    0.5 Another duck for Hafeez. Professor has become a duck farmer. Digs this in short. Malinga is a man with a plan. The fine leg is much squarer than regulation, a long leg, and Hafeez goes for the pull in front of his face. And it goes straight down long leg's throat where Kulasekara makes no mistake, as Bob Willis would put it 0/1
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    13.4 Weerakoon takes 10 balls to claim his first international wicket. Shafiq will be disappointed he has missed a straight ball especially given Weerakoon hasn't turned any delivery so far. Pitched on a length, just outside off, Shafiq plays for the turn, and his inside edge is beaten by a long way. Hits him on the roll, in front of middle and leg. Given after a long appeal. Weera is thrilled. You have to give him credit. this ball actually slid in a little too 53/2
    37.3 against the run of play, Misbah has holed out. This is not over by a long way. What an effort from Kulasekara at mid-off. His two catches today, put against Gul's fielding, could be the difference tonight. Length ball from Malinga, Misbah camps back, opens up the stance slightly, and smashes it down the ground. It goes uppishly, to the right of mid-off, where Kulasekara completes a solid catch. This is timed perfectly, mind you. Superb anticipation from Kula 166/3
    38.4 Kulasekara is everywhere. Smashing catches, and then a wicket. Loose from Akmal. Rattled by those bouncers from Malinga? Perhaps. This is a length ball outside off, Akmal doesn;t get close to it and drives. The ball holds its line, and takes a healthy edge through to Sanga 169/4
    40.2 Gone. That man Perera again. Younis shuffles across the crease, Perera doesn;t lose his line, bowls short of a length, just outside off. YK tries to run it down, gets an edge, is caught by Snaga, and he walks off. This one just about held its line 176/5
    40.3 and this is an Afridi special. It goes with the Afridi territory. Short of a length, just outside off, and he goes hard at the first ball he plays. Doesn't quite come on to the bat as well as he expects it to, and ends up lobbing it straight to short cover. Perera on a hat-trick 176/6
    40.4 Perera has the hat-trick. The roof has come off the Premedasa stands. Jayawardene comes in at wide slip for the hat-trick ball. Perera bowls short of a length, just outside off, and Sarf pushes at it away from the body. The edge goes low to the left of Mahela, but the captain doesn't let his star allrounder down 176/7
    40.6 Perera is causing havoc out there. Pakistan are combusting out there. This man could fly and save kids from natural disasters tonight. Short of a length, into the body, hits the rib area, Azhar wants a leg-bye, then realises he is limping, and won't be able to make it. Sends Tanvir back. Perera fields, is air borne, and flicks it underarm, direct onto the stumps. This game is over 176/8
    41.2 now it's the other half of the Josephian Mafia. Short of a length, outside off, not doing much, Gul pushes at it, edges, and Sanga dives low to his right to complete the catch. End of a horrible night for Gul 179/9
    44.6 and Sri Lanka are still diving and urgent. Bowled cross-seam, stops at him, and Ajmal lobs this towards mid-off. Thirimanne dives in front, and takes a low catch to finish this off 199/10
    23 (lb 9, w 14)
    199 all out (45 Overs, RR: 4.42)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Mohammad Hafeez, 0.5 ov), 2-53 (Asad Shafiq, 13.4 ov), 3-166 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 37.3 ov), 4-169 (Umar Akmal, 38.4 ov), 5-176 (Younis Khan, 40.2 ov), 6-176 (Shahid Afridi, 40.3 ov), 7-176 (Sarfraz Ahmed, 40.4 ov), 8-176 (Sohail Tanvir, 40.6 ov), 9-179 (Umar Gul, 41.2 ov), 10-199 (Saeed Ajmal, 44.6 ov)
    SL Malinga7.003024.28263020
    KMDN Kulasekara9.003614.00384050
    AD Mathews9.003313.66291020
    S Weerakoon10.004914.90190010
    NLTC Perera10.014244.20343110

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