Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MF Maharoof
69(54) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %63%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 11 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
5 0 4 0 3 11 5 7
Shahid Afridi
73(34) 8x4 - 4x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 31 runs
  • 2x4 - 3x6
0 2 0 0 9 24 10 1

Best performances - Bowlers

MF Maharoof
O8.0
M1
R47
W1
Eco5.87
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Umar Gul
O10.0
M0
R61
W3
Eco6.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

The Pakistan team are on the field and ecstatic. They had a miserable World Cup on the field and had to face the shattering news of coach Bob Woolmer's death as well. They did well in the field, though they ended up conceding a bit too many in the final overs, but had enough ammunition with the bat while chasing. There were many blunders, especially with the run-outs, but Shahid Afridi and Akmal sealed the issue with an emphatic partnership. Afridi in such a mood can be one of the most dangerous sights in cricket while Akmal showed his maturity when faced with a mini-crisis.

Shoaib Malik's first game as captain was a memorable one. Sri Lanka, runners up in the recent World Cup, tried hard but were hit by a cyclone called Afridi towards the latter stages. Malinga Bandara will remember this game for long, one where he was smashed for 32 runs in an over, and Sri Lanka had no answers to Afridi's pyrotechniques. So Pakistan take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Join us for the second game on Sunday. Hope you enjoyed the coverage and I'm Siddhartha Vaidyanathan signing off for the day. Good night and good luck

42.1
5nb
Maharoof to Kamran Akmal, (no ball) FOUR runs, What a way to finish. Short ball and Akmal dismisses it with disdain, stands tall and clatters an imperious pull through midwicket for a four. It brings up his fifty and ends the match in style. Akmal and Afridi embrace each other in whoops of delight and are soon mobbed by spectators who invade the ground

END OF OVER:
42 | 9 Runs | PAK: 234/5

  • Shahid Afridi73 (34b)
  • Kamran Akmal47 (50b)
  • SL Malinga9-1-53-0
  • MF Maharoof8-1-42-1
41.6
0
Malinga to Shahid Afridi, no run, short ball again, Afridi gives himself room and decides to have some fun with his defence. Stands there, like an emperor in his land, and pats it tamely to gully. A short ball is supposed to intimidate, here is seems to be a lark
41.5
1
Malinga to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short one and pulled away to square leg for a single. Crisply done
41.4
1
Malinga to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, clubbed a full one through extra cover for a single
41.4
1w
Malinga to Shahid Afridi, 1 wide, down the leg side, Afridi moves across and tries to flick it away past the keeper but he can't get to it. It's too wide
41.3
4
Malinga to Shahid Afridi, FOUR runs, Now the umpire needs to take cover. Backs away and sees the short of a length ball, forehand top-spin down the ground that time and it judders down the ground for another four. Boom, boom all the way

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MF Maharoof
69(54) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %63%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 11 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
5 0 4 0 3 11 5 7
Shahid Afridi
73(34) 8x4 - 4x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 31 runs
  • 2x4 - 3x6
0 2 0 0 9 24 10 1

Best performances - Bowlers

MF Maharoof
O8.0
M1
R47
W1
Eco5.87
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Umar Gul
O10.0
M0
R61
W3
Eco6.10
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF