Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 6 Runs | PAK: 123/7 (17 runs required, RR: 6.15)

  • Umar Akmal29 (22b)
  • Umar Gul2 (6b)
  • KMDN Kulasekara3-0-15-0
  • SL Malinga4-0-19-0

Presentation:

Hafeez: "Every person gave 100%. Jamshed and Raza have been the positives for us in this tournament. We were much in the game but the middle order collapsed. I thank the fans who came here to support us. We really wanted to do something for them."

Mahela is the Man of the Match: "It means a great deal, thanks to the fans. It was a tough call keeping out the birthday boy Dananjaya and we knew that Pakistan were weak against left-arm spin. We weren't sure how the wicket would behave. We felt we were 15 short and 140 was a par score. We made mistakes in the field but it didn't cost us."

So Sri Lanka will meet the winner of tomorrow's semi between Australia and West Indies.

That just about wraps it up from here. Sorry again for those technical glitches at crucial stages. I was just as frustrated as you guys! Hopefully it won't interrupt anything for the next two games.

Thanks for the mails and your company. Join us for the second semi tomorrow. Cheers!

End of match: SL make their second World T20 final and their fans are having a party at the Premadasa. Jayawardene jumps and punches the air. It was a masterstroke getting Herath in the XI today. Look at the damage he has done! 3 for 25, the crucial wicket of Hafeez who looked like spoiling Sri Lanka's plans.

Stat of the say from Mazher Arshad: "Pakistan leaked 16 runs off last over of Sri Lanka innings. And they lose match by 16 runs too."

Spare a thought though for Pakistan. They have been very compelling to watch and hats off to the thousands of supporters who have made this trip to watch this team. They will go back disappointed but Pakistan were just not good enough to go one step ahead.

19.6
0
Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, no run, full outside the off stump and drilled straight to cover and Sri Lanka are through to the finals!

If you could listen to the roar!

19.5
4
Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, FOUR runs, makes room and slices it over point with one hand
19.4
1
Kulasekara to Umar Gul, 1 run, full on the stumps and pounded down the ground to long-on, just a single gentlemen

SL cannot lose this now

19.3
1
Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, 1 run, can't put this away for six! Full outside off and driven down to the sweeper
19.2
0
Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, no run, bowls it straight outside off and he has a wild swing at it and misses it completely

Akmal bats without a helmet now

19.1
0
Kulasekara to Umar Akmal, no run, the slower ball from the back of the hand it squirted to midwicket, Akmal turns down the single!

23 needed off the last over. Pakistan have to swing at everything. Kula to bowl the final over. Not impossible! Sea of blue on their feet in the stands

END OF OVER:
19 | 4 Runs | PAK: 117/7 (23 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.15, RRR: 23.00)

  • Umar Akmal24 (17b)
  • Umar Gul1 (5b)
  • SL Malinga4-0-19-0
  • BAW Mendis4-0-27-2
18.6
1
Malinga to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full and wide outside off and he crashes it straight to sweeper, ends an excellent bowling display by Malinga, he's had a horror time in the field but he's delivered with the ball
18.5
1
Malinga to Umar Gul, 1 run, fullish in length and he swings and digs it out to the on side
18.4
0
Malinga to Umar Gul, no run, beaten on the drive, Malinga doing well not to bowl length to Gul, the fast yorker was too good for him
18.4
1w
Malinga to Umar Gul, 1 wide, this was sprayed too wide outside the off stump, he couldn't dig out the yorker
18.3
0
Malinga to Umar Gul, no run, fails to dig out a yorker and Pakistan cannot sneak in a bye to give Akmal the strike
18.2
1
Malinga to Umar Akmal, 1 run, squirted out straight to backward point again and only a single
18.1
0
Malinga to Umar Akmal, no run, appeal for a run out! Akmal squirted a full delivery straight to backward point, Mahela fires the throw to the bowler, Malinga is not behind the stumps and as a result he has to stretch quite far to dislodge the bails, Gul scampers to his crease, Malinga under arms the ball to the stumps and when the ball made contact with the stumps Gul had not yet grounded his bat but the bails weren't off the groove, third umpire takes a long time and gives Gul the benefit

27 needed off the last two. Malinga to bowl

END OF OVER:
18 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 113/7 (27 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.27, RRR: 13.50)

  • Umar Gul0 (2b)
  • Umar Akmal22 (14b)
  • BAW Mendis4-0-27-2
  • SL Malinga3-0-15-0
17.6
0
BAW Mendis to Umar Gul, no run, and he calmly defends this one, Pakistan are running out of balls here
17.5
0
BAW Mendis to Umar Gul, no run, you will be forgiven for thinking this is a Test match, Gul calmly leaves it alone to the keeper

27 needed off 14. Can Gul and Akmal do another jailbreak?

17.4
W
BAW Mendis to Sohail Tanvir, OUT, we have yet another stumping! The off break this time, pitched it shorter on seeing the batsman give the charge, easy stumping

Sohail Tanvir st †Sangakkara b BAW Mendis 8 (14m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 61.53

17.3
1
BAW Mendis to Umar Akmal, 1 run,
17.2
2
BAW Mendis to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, comes down the track and he chips it over point for a couple
17.1
2
BAW Mendis to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, clips it wide of short midwicket for a couple

Sorry again. Technical issues. What a time for it to happen!

END OF OVER:
17 | 7 Runs | PAK: 108/6 (32 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.35, RRR: 10.66)

  • Umar Akmal17 (11b)
  • Sohail Tanvir8 (12b)
  • SL Malinga3-0-15-0
  • AD Mathews4-0-27-2
16.6
1
Malinga to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Pushes it down to sweeper cover
16.6
1w
Malinga to Umar Akmal, 1 wide, Fires that on a Yorker length outside off and he reaches out and fails to dig it out
16.5
1
Malinga to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, Full delivery and he pushes it down to long-off
16.4
0
Malinga to Sohail Tanvir, no run,
16.3
0
Malinga to Sohail Tanvir, no run,
16.2
0
Malinga to Sohail Tanvir, no run,

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st31Imran NazirMohammad Hafeez
2nd24Mohammad HafeezNasir Jamshed
3rd2Kamran AkmalMohammad Hafeez
4th7Shoaib MalikMohammad Hafeez
5th27Mohammad HafeezUmar Akmal
6th0Shahid AfridiUmar Akmal
7th22Sohail TanvirUmar Akmal
8th10Umar GulUmar Akmal