19.2 and this is why Mathews is a captain! Lakmal gets Azhar to fend away from his body. It's a thick edge that's angling away from Mendis at first slip. He's following the line, to his right, but it swerves to his left and he has done very well to hold on to this. He went with two hands, but because of that movement, he just about grabbed onto it with his left. Bowling change works straight away 110/4
    11.2 finds the fielder at fine leg. Takes on the bouncer and is not in control. Takes his eye off the ball at the last moment and top edges this. Pradeep is anxious as this is hanging in the air, then relieved when the fielder hangs on. Is this their way back? 74/1
    15.4 picks out midwicket! Tentative from Babar. This is back of a length, and he has time to whip it. Plays close to his body and doesn't roll the wrists enough. Straight to midwicket, he didn't have to move. Soft dismissal 92/2
    16.5 we have a game on, folks! Another very, very soft dismissal. Back of a length, into the hips. An easy tickle to fine leg on most days, but Hafeez is also tentative like Babar was. Leading edge balloons to mid-on who makes no mistake 95/3
    24.5 feathered to the keeper! Malinga wins the battle. Sees all the shuffling, changes his length and cramps him. It's a short ball at his ribs. He's inside the line and looks to parry this fine with a pull, but he gets in on the glove and Dickwella has moved nicely to his left to hold on 131/5
    not out
    25.4 edge? Yes! He changes his angle, goes over the wicket and angles this across the left-hander who plays a loose shot. Pokes away from the body, regulation edge, regulation catch, six down. 137/6
    29.5 Oh this looks close! Straight drive, fingertip, then tip of the non-strikers stumps. Faheem plonked the bat in. Third umpire has been called for. This is the matter of half a frame. He's out! Can you believe it! Poor technique from the young man. A lazy plonk after backing up a long way. The replays show a shadow under his bat as the bails light up, so he's out. A pedestrian length ball at off stump, hit off the middle, has ended up as a wicket somehow. Somehow - why is it always somehow with Pakistan? 162/7
    not out
    23 (b 4, lb 6, w 13)
    237/7 (44.5 Overs, RR: 5.28)
    Fall of wickets: 1-74 (Fakhar Zaman, 11.2 ov), 2-92 (Babar Azam, 15.4 ov), 3-95 (Mohammad Hafeez, 16.5 ov), 4-110 (Azhar Ali, 19.2 ov), 5-131 (Shoaib Malik, 24.5 ov), 6-137 (Imad Wasim, 25.4 ov), 7-162 (Faheem Ashraf, 29.5 ov)
    SL Malinga9.525215.28345140
    RAS Lakmal10.004814.80356020
    ANPR Fernando10.006036.00305130
    NLTC Perera8.004315.37272140
    DAS Gunaratne5.001903.80172000
    MD Gunathilaka1.00202.0040000
    DM de Silva1.00303.0030000

Match Notes

Captain leads to victory


No. of instances of a Pakistan captain scoring 50+ in a successful chase in ICC ODI tournaments - Sarfraz is the first. Prev best: Imran Khan's 44 v NZ in 1992 SF.

Malik's milestone


No. of ODIs for Shoaib Malik. He becomes the 10th player to appear in 250 ODIs for Pakistan.

Pacers' day


Instances of Pak fast bowlers taking all 10 wickets in an ODI, including today. Also, this is the first time since 2013 4 Pak bowlers took 2+ wickets in an ODI.

Brilliant Junaid


Last time a Pakistan bowler delivered 3 or more maidens in an ODI, before Junaid Khan in this game. Afridi had bowled that many in his figures of 7/12 against WI.

Quick wickets


Runs for which SL lost 4 wickets - 4th to 7th - from 161/3 to 167/7, for 23 balls. Earlier they had lost their 2nd and 3rd wickets in a span of 3 balls.

Consistent Dickwella


No. of fifties for Niroshan Dickwella in last six ODI innings, including today. He has gone scored 25 or more in 6 of his last 7 innings.

Looks promising


Faheem Ashraf's figures in his last list-A game, before making ODI debut today. Today he got Chandimal dismissed for duck in his 3rd over.

Advantage Pakistan


Pak's win-loss record against Sri Lanka in ICC ODI tournaments, before this game. The only time they lost was in 2002 Champions Trophy at Premadasa.

Long ago


Last time Pakistan and Sri Lanka met in ODIs outside Asia, before today. Overall, Pak have a 14-3 win-loss record in the encounters outside Asia.