Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HDRL Thirimanne
102(110) 11x4 - 1x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 4 2 4 9 2
Umar Akmal
74(72) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 2 0 8 1 7

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
O9.5
M0
R52
W5
Eco5.28
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Umar Gul
O8.0
M0
R38
W2
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

10.15 pm A nail-biter to start a tournament off, what more can we ask for? Well, in case you are that greedy, India meet hosts Bangladesh tomorrow so do join us then. But for now, this is goodbye from Alagappan Muthu

Lasith Malinga is the Man of the Match "At the moment, not much good rhythm. Really happy to take the five wickets. Last two games and the first half of the game, didn't bowl too well. But I used my variations and at the end we won the game. Not much dew today and I concentrated on my variations, slower balls, bouncers and at the end of the day, very happy we won the game"

"I still think we were 20 runs short considering the start Thirimanne and Sangakkara gave us," says Angelo Mathews. But in the past we've won these close games and it was good to come out on top again. He is a great team man and he will get you runs anywhere. Malinga is the best bowler for us and has been in the past few years. Whenever we are under pressure he is our go to man and he did it again. [Did he underbowl?] Well, maybe I'll try to bowl more"

10.10 pm "I think Umar [Akmal] batted really well, that was a crucial partnership. At that time we had six wickets in hand and we should have won this game," says Misbah ul Haq, "He played a really sensible knock today but played a rash shot and could not finish it. After the start they got, it was a really good effort to restrict them to 296. The way the pitch was playing, no turn nothing for the fast bowler. This should have been chased. I'm trying, there's nothing better for a batsman than scoring runs and I hope I can do that more often"

10.00 pm What a turnaround from the Sri Lankan spearhead, he was seven overs for no wickets but in his last 14 balls, he's turned Pakistan's chase the wrong way all by himself. Before that though, Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal looked set to win this by a canter. Until both batsmen lost their heads. That was the opening Sri Lanka needed and they just burst through. Join us in a few minutes for the presentation

"It was pretty Intense," says Kumar Sangakkara "We were under the pump for the greater part of the match, probably our own fault. We were 15-20 short and gave away too many loose balls. But in the end, Malinga the champion showed us just how good he is and Chaturanga de Silva, the debutant did well too with the ball and in the field. Bit more pace on the ball for Bhatti to hit in the latter overs, should have used the change up more. So lots of areas to improve and looking forward to do some training. We had cover for the last over. Thisara was there, Sachithra had an over and we had Lakmal too. But the key over was Malinga's and he did it for us. [Pakistan pulling Sri Lanka back in the latter overs of their batting] That's the way the game goes, they bowled really well, but Ange [Mathews] again, fifty not out to guide us towards 300"

Chirala Roop Ku: "2.5-0-11-5, this is called MALINGA LAW" 250 wickets in ODIs as well for the champion

Nasir: "Exactly why pakistan cricket has stalled in past 5-6 years. Poor decision making, poor shot selection and we still persist with them. Umar Akmal is a talent who will never realize how good he was. Afridi (no comments)"

kapil utvani: "@salmanov amjad : bhatti became a national hero..... .. ..of sri lanka :P"

48.5
W
Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti, OUT, five-for for Malinga as he uproots the off stump. Sri Lanka win! Bhatti was making extravagant room outside off and Malinga saw red. Hurled the yorker at the stumps and beats Bhatti's intended carve over the off side. Terrible ploy considering they still had an over left and Malinga was the main threat.
48.4
2
Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti, 2 runs, low full toss on leg stump and he clips it away to long leg. Oh, he's taking on the fielder's throw and he makes it! Gee, this guy's fast! Two valuable runs

deep square leg comes up, deep midwicket comes up. Point goes out and so has fine leg. Long-on is also in place. No wait, deep midwicket goes back and up comes point

Salmanov Amjad: "Time for Bhatti to become a national hero... "

48.3
1
Malinga to Junaid Khan, 1 run, another leg-stump yorker, but this one is eased to deep square leg. Nicely struck too, but Bhatti is happy with the single. He is the more established batsman

Junaid Khan is the last man in

48.2
W
Malinga to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, full and straight and he traps Ajmal in front. That's his fourth and this is the best of the lot. An indipping yorker on leg stump sneaks under the Ajmal's flicking bat and that might just have crashed into leg stump

All four fielders inside the circle are on the leg side

48.1
1
Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti, 1 run, slower ball from Malinga at 116 kph, Bhatti heaves it in the air to deep square leg. Falls short of the man though

A very manageable 17 off 12 now

Ziad Hyder: "No need to play rash against Malinga in this over, just take singles and get the runs needed to single digits for the last over....it should be a home stretch from there..."

END OF OVER:
48 | 17 Runs | PAK: 280/8

  • Saeed Ajmal10 (3b)
  • Bilawal Bhatti15 (10b)
  • RAS Lakmal9-1-65-2
  • SL Malinga9-0-48-3
47.6
4
Lakmal to Saeed Ajmal, FOUR runs, edged to the third man boundary and Ajmal has a giant smile on his face, 17 runs off that over and Pakistan are right back in it. It was short, it was wide and it had pace on it. That was all he needed as he threw is bat at it

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

HDRL Thirimanne
102(110) 11x4 - 1x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 4 2 4 9 2
Umar Akmal
74(72) 7x4 - 3x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 10 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 2 0 8 1 7

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
O9.5
M0
R52
W5
Eco5.28
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Umar Gul
O8.0
M0
R38
W2
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Malinga's numbers

6

The number of ODI five-fors Lasith Malinga has taken. This is his second five-wicket haul against Pakistan

Stat alert

The last time Pakistan batsmen added more than 100 runs for the fifth wicket in a chase was against India in Mohali in 2007

Stat alert

The last time Pakistan's No. 5 and No. 6 both scored fifty-plus in an innings was against Kenya in 2011

Misbah v SL

9

The number of ODI fifties Misbah-ul-Haq has scored against Sri Lanka. He also scored nine fifties against WI

Close call

A loud appeal from Sri Lanka for a caught-behind was turned down by the umpire in the 35th over. Misbah-ul-Haq was on 44

Consistent Misbah

Misbah-ul-Haq has scored three fifties in his last five ODI innings

A first for de Silva

Chaturanga de Silva bowled Ahmed Shehzad for 28 for his maiden ODI wicket

Stat alert

13

The number of wickets Lasith Malinga has taken in the Asia Cup, the most among fast bowlers playing in the current series

Stat alert

Pakistan have not successfully chased a target of 290-plus since a win against West Indies in Abu Dhabi in November 2008

Rare innings for Hafeez

9

The number of times in 134 innings, including this match, that Mohammad Hafeez has conceded 50 or more runs in ODIs

Mahela's landmark

600

The number of international games Mahela Jayawardene has now played for Sri Lanka

Stat alert

The 161-run partnership between Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne is the highest second-wicket stand for Sri Lanka against Pakistan

Afridi v Sangakkara

9

The number of times Shahid Afridi has dismissed Kumar Sangakkara in ODIs, the most by a bowler

Thirimanne's fifty

His last half-century came against South Africa in July 2013

Asia Cup

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Qualifying Group
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