Player of the Match
Player of the Match

50 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 266/9 (12 runs required, RR: 5.32)

  • M Muralitharan0 (1b)
  • HMRKB Herath4 (10b)
  • Umar Gul9-0-60-1
  • Mohammad Hafeez6-0-33-1

Right, the World Cup has come alive finally. Here's hoping for another humdinger when India play England tomorrow. Apologies for the scoring glitch when Mathews got out today - the pressure seemed to get to us as well, a bit! In fact, the umpires for that wrong. Mathews faced the last ball of thr 43rd, which he hit for four, and the first ball of the 44th. And he got out in that over. So it goes.

On behalf of Abhishek and the rest of the team, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. Cheers!


Afridi is the Man of the Match. Finally, a bowling effort gets rewarded! " That was a big game. The way Misbah and Younis played - beautiful and very mature. The fielders relaxed a bit, but on a stage like this we can't do that. I am sure they will improve in the coming games. Good conditions for bowlers - spin and bounce. This is a strong message to other teams, we will come stronger, game after game!"

Sangakkara: "Quite a few positives - we bowled well on a flat deck, but lost three wickets at the wrong time. We got a good start, and needed players to bat long. Unfortunately, Pakistan played very well. Younis and Misbah kept picking singles well, but we did well to drag it back to 270. We got to keep going on - it is a long tournament and lot of games to win."

Misbah who did not take the field says there's nothing to worry with his niggle and he should be good in a couple of days. "It was keeping a little bit low, and in the first innings things were good for batting. I just wanted to be there till the end."

Well, we have finally seen a game go the distance - good development after a full week of the World Cup. What stood out today was that the experienced players stood up for Pakistan under pressure - Misbah, Younis, Afridi and Shoaib. You will see that happen a lot, when the going gets tough.

Umar Gul to Muralitharan, 1 leg bye, all over, after a lot of fuss. Pakistan had no business losing this, but they made a really solid effort. In the end, it was not enough, since Sri Lanka made more than their share of mistakes too. Murali backs away and looks to swing across the line, it hits his pads and goes to the leg side for a leg bye. Sighs of relief being heaved everywhere on the field
Umar Gul to Kulasekara, OUT, Gul has a wicket and Kula's free-scoring surge has come to an end. Not a yorker this time, it was a low full toss on leg stump and Kula couldn't get as much muscle under it as he would have wanted. Still went through with the shot, backing away and looking to launch it over long on. He found the fielder.

KMDN Kulasekara c Umar Akmal b Umar Gul 24 (21m 14b 2x4 1x6) SR: 171.42

Umar Gul to Kulasekara, no run, two things that rarely happened today just happened. Gul landed a yorker. And Kamran pouched a tough catch. Superb ball this, follows Kula as he backs away and it goes right through him. Kamran dives to the left and collects. He stands up sheepishly and claps for Gul. A smile on the face too.
Umar Gul to Kulasekara, FOUR runs, that's one of 'em four fours. Some finish this. Gul gives him just enough width outside off for Kula to swing his arms hard at it. It hits the outside edge, and flies away unimpeded to third man
Umar Gul to Herath, 1 run, right, he's got a single. Kula needs to hit more that four fours to win this game. Four fours will tie it. Full delivery on the stumps, another cross-batted heave and an inside edge to short fine leg, who does extremely well to dive and keep it down to one
Umar Gul to Herath, no run, Herath can't connect. Back of a length and angling across, he looks to swing it away to the leg side. He misses. No surprises there. Kamran collects. Big surprise there.

Gul has the ball, He's had a very poor day, but he's still the man for this.

49 | 11 Runs | SL: 260/8 (18 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.30, RRR: 18.00)

  • KMDN Kulasekara20 (11b)
  • HMRKB Herath3 (8b)
  • Mohammad Hafeez6-0-33-1
  • Shoaib Akhtar10-0-42-2
Mohammad Hafeez to Kulasekara, SIX runs, that's the blow they needed. Kula connects with a low full toss on leg stump and thumps it over midwicket. 18 required off 6. Pakistan still ahead.
Mohammad Hafeez to Herath, 1 leg bye, Herath just sweeps. That's all he does all the time. Leg bye as he misses.
Mohammad Hafeez to Kulasekara, 1 run, Kula searches for the hitting length, but Hafeez is keeping it real full. He manages to hit this reasonably well to long on, but the fielder keeps it away from the boundary
Mohammad Hafeez to Herath, 1 run, Herath gets another single through wide mid off, full on off stump and driven along the ground

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st76TM DilshanWU Tharanga
2nd12TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
3rd7DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
4th1TT SamaraweeraKC Sangakkara
5th73LPC SilvaKC Sangakkara
6th40LPC SilvaAD Mathews
7th23LPC SilvaNLTC Perera
8th1LPC SilvaKMDN Kulasekara
9th32HMRKB HerathKMDN Kulasekara
10th1M MuralitharanHMRKB Herath