Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal make their way out and Nuwan Kulasekara has the ball. Kamran will take strike. All set.

We are just minutes away from the start. The ground is packed to capacity, always a refreshing sight. Everyone loves a quick ending. A lone kite flutters through the middle of the arena, it'll be taken off soon. Just some pre-match chit-chat among the TV commentators, the ground's lit up, there's a band playing somewhere, the spectators have already got their jiggle going.

Rahul's surprised at Mendis' exclusion: "Keeping his form in mind, I'm still surprised that Mendis wasn't picked. He may not be having the best run with the ball at the moment, but I feel that his style of bowling is very hard to go after straight away, which is what you have to do in a T20, and he ends up getting wickets. He was highly successful in the World Twenty20 and I thought he would definitely be picked for this match."

A deafening noise at the R Premadasa, the crowd can't wait for their team to take the field. It's Sid Talya taking you through the commentary today. The players are already out, warming up, waiting for the batsmen to arrive.

Shiran writes in saying: ""A score of 175-180, they think, is chaseable" - cannot agree. Chasing under floodlights in R. Premadasa stadium is a destruction. This ground is not suitable for day night matches since heavily asymmetric conditions."

Our first feedback of the day comes from Abdul Qadir: "I refute the experts opinion, R Premadasa is a slow bowlers paradise. Sri Lanka is one spinner less... Malinga Bandara should have played."

The experts believe don't think there is much spin on offer on the track and expect it to be a good batting track, as it usually is for a Twenty20 game. A score of 175-180, they think, is chaseable.

Toss: Pakistan have won the toss and opted to bat. Afridi says he's not a bit nervous leading his team for the first time. Abdul Razzaq is back, so is Shoaib Malik. Seven batsmen for Sri Lanka and Murali, Thushara and Malinga are all in.

We can expect a packed house tonight, the spectators are still making their way in.

The tour is almost done and Sri Lanka and Pakistan sign off with a Twenty20 game in Colombo tonight. The two teams last met in this format in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 when Pakistan emerged victorious. They've had a good couple of games of late, both dead rubbers, but those wins would have given them plenty of confidence coming into this fixture. There are some big names missing though. There's no Tillakaratne Dilshan or Umar Gul. Shahid Afridi will lead Pakistan and will be hoping for a repeat of his own performance in the knockout stages of the World Twenty20. Just a few more minutes before the toss, so check out the preview.

0.1

Kulasekara to Kamran Akmal, OUT, bowled'im, first ball, swinging in towards middle and off and Kamran has a massive swing at it, misses it completely and the stumps take a beating! The crowd erupts, just the start they wanted

Kamran Akmal b Kulasekara 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Shoaib Malik makes his way in

0.2

Kulasekara to Shoaib Malik, no run, starts well, lands on a good length on the off and comes in just a touch, defended solidly towards cover

0.3

Kulasekara to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short and wide, comes down the track and cuts it down towards third man to open Pakistan's account

One slip in place. The explosive Imran Nazir on strike now.

0.4

Kulasekara to Imran Nazir, 1 run, moving back in sharply, coming in from the off stump towards middle, rocks back and works it in front of square for a single to get off the mark

0.5

Kulasekara to Shoaib Malik, no run, appeared to hold its line this time, driving length just outside off, tried to ram it back past the bowler, got an inside edge onto his pads

0.6

Kulasekara to Shoaib Malik, no run, mistimes it, short of a good length, just a hint of inward movement, charges down the track to flay it through the covers, hits the bottom of the bat and gets to the fielder on the bounce

End of over 1 (2 runs) Pakistan 2/1 (RR: 2.00)
Shoaib Malik    1* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-1
Imran Nazir    1* (1b)     

Thushara comes on, another fast bowler who's had the Pakistanis in some trouble

1.1

Thushara to Imran Nazir, FOUR, not here, overpitched on middle and Nazir is tempted, picks it up beautifully, carting it over mid-on for a couple of bounces over the ropes

1.2

Thushara to Imran Nazir, 1 run, dropped, Malinga the culprit, surprised him with a short one there which Nazir mistimed, gets a top edge and it sails towards mid-on, Malinga just has to run a few steps back to snap that one but messes it up completely, how costly will that prove?

1.3

Thushara to Shoaib Malik, no run, some sense restored, back of a length on middle, rocks back and defends it watchfully towards extra cover

1.4

Thushara to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, what an entertaining then balls we've had so far, short and wide, Malik slaps that disdainfully over the bowler's head, wide of mid-off, for a boundary

1.5

Thushara to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, the ferocious slap followed by some subtle touches, short outside leg stump, stands tall and whips it stylishly to beat fine leg to the ropes

1.6

Thushara to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, three in a row, Thushara's been hammered, length ball on middle, Malik gives him the charge and lofts it straight over his head for a one bounce four

We've had a bit of everything in these two overs, summing up what Twenty20 cricket is all about. Superb stuff!

End of over 2 (17 runs) Pakistan 19/1 (RR: 9.50)
Shoaib Malik    13* (8b 3x4)      T Thushara    1-0-17-0
Imran Nazir    6* (3b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-1

2.1

Kulasekara to Imran Nazir, FOUR, Nazir follows Malik's lead, it's overpitched outside off, he dances down the track and smashes him over extra cover, four consecutive boundaries

2.2

Kulasekara to Imran Nazir, 2 runs, fullish on middle and leg, swings hard at it, attempts to clear midwicket, gets a thick inside edge through square, couple more to the total

2.3

Kulasekara to Imran Nazir, 1 leg bye, held back the length this time, short on the off stump, comes down the track to heave it over midwicket, misses and is struck high on the thighs, gets a leg bye

The keeper's standing up

2.4

Kulasekara to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, lands on a good length outside off, moves across to crack it through the leg side, gets an inside edge onto his pads and rolls down behind point

2.5

Kulasekara to Imran Nazir, no run, nicely done, in the blockhole this time, just a fraction outside off, Nazir got his bat down just in time to dig it out wide of cover

2.6

Kulasekara to Imran Nazir, 1 run, bowled on a length just outside off, drags it down towards mid-on, a fumble allows them to rush through for an easy single

End of over 3 (9 runs) Pakistan 28/1 (RR: 9.33)
Imran Nazir    13* (8b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-10-1
Shoaib Malik    14* (9b 3x4)      T Thushara    1-0-17-0

Malinga into the attack

3.1

Malinga to Imran Nazir, no run, swinging it away from the right hander, Nazir makes room to and swings hard to clear extra cover but makes no contact

3.2

Malinga to Imran Nazir, FOUR, oooh, just evades first slip, fuller, charges down the track to smack him over mid-off, gets a thick outside edge as it moves away and it flies past the outstretched hands of the slip fielder to the boundary

3.3

Malinga to Imran Nazir, no run, banged in short on middle, goes for the pull, bowled at a fierce pace, there was a sound but Sangakkara fumbled it, was it a drop? We need replays

3.4

Malinga to Imran Nazir, 3 runs, lands on a good length outside off, makes room to clatter him over cover, doesn't quite get hold of it, gets a lot of elevation and it lands safe, Jayasuriya gives chase but they've taken three

3.5

Malinga to Shoaib Malik, OUT, Malik was dancing around the crease even before Malinga hurled it down, shuffled across and then moved away, Malinga bowled it short on the off and Malik, trying to pull it past midwicket, was caught off-guard as it kept a little low, missed it and it went straight onto the stumps, two down!

Shoaib Malik b Malinga 14 (17m 10b 3x4 0x6) SR: 140.00

Afridi, the captain, walks in. One slip.

3.6

Malinga to Shahid Afridi, no run, is welcomed with the bouncer, banged in hard on middle, Afridi ducks and is caught on the shoulder, that should ruffle him a bit, how will he respond?

End of over 4 (7 runs) Pakistan 35/2 (RR: 8.75)
Shahid Afridi    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    1-0-7-1
Imran Nazir    20* (12b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-10-1

4.1

Kulasekara to Imran Nazir, 2 runs, Nazir has a swing again, gets an inside edge to beat short fine, a couple of runs

4.2

Kulasekara to Imran Nazir, FOUR, shot, short and just a little wide, was slower through the air, waited for it and cut it hard past point for a boundary, a more guarded stroke compared to some he attempted earlier but executed brilliantly

4.3

Kulasekara to Imran Nazir, no run, shortish outside off, makes room to heave it over midwicket but made no contact

4.4

Kulasekara to Imran Nazir, no run, Kulasekara sees him charging down and hurls it in the blockhole, Nazir just about manages to dig it out in the end, adjusted well to the length

4.5

Kulasekara to Imran Nazir, SIX, memories of his exploits for Lahore Badshahs in the ICL, short and wide, comes down the track and thwacks it with a wild swing miles over midwicket for a massive six

4.6

Kulasekara to Imran Nazir, 1 run, sensible stuff, keeps the strike by pushing it wide of midwicket for a quick single

End of over 5 (13 runs) Pakistan 48/2 (RR: 9.60)
Imran Nazir    33* (18b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-23-1
Shahid Afridi    0* (1b)      SL Malinga    1-0-7-1

5.1

Malinga to Imran Nazir, no run, appeal for caught behind, the short one by Malinga catches Nazir by surprise, came onto him really quickly, went for the pull, got a thin edge straight to the keeper, there's a huge appeal but the umpire is unmoved, wrong call

5.2

Malinga to Imran Nazir, no run, short and wide, makes room to cut that hard over point but it's too quick, no contact made

5.3

Malinga to Imran Nazir, no run, excellent pace, bowled at 142.7 kmph, bouncer outside off, goes for the hook but again, it zips past the swing of the bat

5.4

Malinga to Imran Nazir, 1 run, excellent fielding at midwicket, short again and this time he manages to connect the pull but didn't time it all too well, Udawatte dives full length to his right to keep them down to just a single

5.5

Malinga to Shahid Afridi, no run, changing his pace, slower one bowled short outside off, Afridi has nothing to do with it, quite unusually leaves it be

5.6

Malinga to Shahid Afridi, no run, fishes for it this time, short again, tries to work it down to third man but isn't able to meet it, good over from Malinga

End of over 6 (1 run) Pakistan 49/2 (RR: 8.16)
Shahid Afridi    0* (3b)      SL Malinga    2-0-8-1
Imran Nazir    34* (22b 4x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-23-1

The powerplay is done, and Murali comes into the attack. Coming round the wicket.

6.1

Muralitharan to Imran Nazir, FOUR, fullish on middle, Nazir bends low and sweeps it really fine, wide of short fine for a boundary, off the middle

6.2

Muralitharan to Imran Nazir, 1 run, held its line, pulled back the length and bowled it short outside off, opened the face to play it wide of point for a single

6.3

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, no run, flatter on middle, moves across and taps it back towards the bowler

6.4

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, appeal for lbw, spun back in sharply from a good length outside off, Afridi failed to read it well, missed it and was rapped on the pads in line with middle and off, given a run when it was nowhere near the bat, an extremely close call, Asoka de Silva the man in the hot seat

6.5

Muralitharan to Imran Nazir, 1 wide, down the leg side, fired it hard, Nazir lets it go and earns a wide

6.5

Muralitharan to Imran Nazir, no run

6.6

Muralitharan to Imran Nazir, no run, on middle and leg, comes forward and punches it back to the bowler

End of over 7 (7 runs) Pakistan 56/2 (RR: 8.00)
Imran Nazir    39* (26b 5x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    1-0-7-0
Shahid Afridi    1* (5b)      SL Malinga    2-0-8-1

7.1

Thushara to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, Afridi opens up this time, didn't time it well much to his own relief as his attempt to clear deep extra cover fell just short of the fielder, just a single

7.2

Thushara to Imran Nazir, 1 run, low full toss outside off, chips it over extra cover for a single in the deep

7.3

Thushara to Shahid Afridi, no run, short one, bowled at 137.6 kmph, too quick for Afridi who fails to connect an attempted pull

7.4

Thushara to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, pitched on a length on middle, driven from the crease to mid-on for a single

The mid-on has been pushed back for Nazir

7.5

Thushara to Imran Nazir, OUT, gone! Malinga makes up for lapse earlier in the innings, in the slot outside off, makes room and swings hard in an attempt to clear long-off, gets more elevation than distance and it lands safely in the palms of Malinga in the deep, big blow, an entertaining innings comes to an end

Imran Nazir c Malinga b Thushara 40 (38m 28b 5x4 1x6) SR: 142.85

The impressive Umar Akmal comes in. What an exciting prospect he is

7.6

Thushara to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, back of a length just outside off, punched down to deep cover for a single

End of over 8 (4 runs) Pakistan 60/3 (RR: 7.50)
Shahid Afridi    4* (9b)      T Thushara    2-0-21-1
Umar Akmal    0* (0b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-7-0

Angelo Mathews comes on to bowl

8.1

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, starts off with a slower offcutter, moved back in from a good length outside off, run down to third man for a single

8.2

Mathews to Umar Akmal, 1 run, Akmal off the mark in solid fashion, pushes it firmly back past the bowler towards long-off for a single, presented the full face

8.3

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, short of a length just outside off, chopped down behind point for a single, a throw at the non-striker's end catches Afridi on the back and they try to take another run on the deflection but decide against it

Jayawardene is arguing with Afridi for attempting the extra run but Sangakkara intervenes to cut off the tension

8.4

Mathews to Umar Akmal, 1 run, pushed into the off side on the back foot for a quick single

8.5

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and defends it watchfully towards the bowler

8.6

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, cut away off the back foot wide of deep point for a couple of runs

End of over 9 (6 runs) Pakistan 66/3 (RR: 7.33)
Shahid Afridi    8* (13b)      AD Mathews    1-0-6-0
Umar Akmal    2* (2b)      T Thushara    2-0-21-1

The 40-year old Jayasuriya comes on

9.1

Jayasuriya to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, slightly short on middle and leg, pushed gently into the vacant gap wide of mid-on and they have enough time to make it back for the second

9.2

Jayasuriya to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, two more, full on middle, closes the face and gets the ball into the same gap for a couple more, working it nicely is the youngster

9.3

Jayasuriya to Umar Akmal, 1 run, turned sharply from outside leg towards middle, got back and punched it firmly in the direction of deep midwicket for a single

9.4

Jayasuriya to Shahid Afridi, no run, gave it some air but it landed full on middle and leg, dug out back to the bowler

9.5

Jayasuriya to Shahid Afridi, 1 leg bye, big heave, tried to bend low and clear square leg, pitched outside leg, slightly short and caught him on the pads, they get a leg bye

9.6

Jayasuriya to Umar Akmal, FOUR, picked the length quickly there, hurled in short on middle, rocked back and pulled it away powerfully over midwicket to beat the gap between long-on and deep midwicket for a boundary, had picked his spot

Decent going by Pakistan. Umar Akmal's gotten into his groove fairly quickly

End of over 10 (10 runs) Pakistan 76/3 (RR: 7.60)
Umar Akmal    11* (6b 1x4)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-9-0
Shahid Afridi    8* (15b)      AD Mathews    1-0-6-0

10.1

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, length ball outside off, drilled back past the bowler towards long-off for a single

10.2

Mathews to Umar Akmal, 1 run, just a fraction outside off, eased through the off side towards deep cover for one more

10.3

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, SIX, Six! For quite some time it seemed that long-on was in a good position to pouch it but it just cleared him, not there to the pitch but a mighty swing from the powerful man, got a lot of elevation and long-on would have been tempted but in the end he had no chance

10.4

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, full outside off, steered down to third man for a single

10.5

Mathews to Umar Akmal, FOUR, shot! Full and wide, makes room and slices it hard over point for four more, poor delivery, there's a massive gap between third man and deep point and he bisects it perfectly

10.6

Mathews to Umar Akmal, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, chopped into the deep for a single to keep the strike

End of over 11 (14 runs) Pakistan 90/3 (RR: 8.18)
Umar Akmal    17* (9b 2x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-20-0
Shahid Afridi    16* (18b 1x6)      ST Jayasuriya    1-0-9-0

Murali is back

11.1

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, 1 run, short of a length outside off, waited for it to turn in and caned it towards deep cover for a single

11.2

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, tossed up outside leg stump, Afridi gets into position early and sweeps it down towards long leg for a single

11.3

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, 1 run, turned in sharply from a good length outside off, tapped into the leg side for a quick single

11.4

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, swept again, tried to make room but Murali was targeting leg, shuffled across and played it down to long leg for one more

11.5

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, 1 run, short on the off stump, made room to cut it towards deep point for a single, too close to cut one would think but Akmal had no problems playing it

11.6

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, fullish outside off, Afridi dances down and smacks it down to long-on, just the one run

End of over 12 (6 runs) Pakistan 96/3 (RR: 8.00)
Shahid Afridi    19* (21b 1x6)      M Muralitharan    2-0-13-0
Umar Akmal    20* (12b 2x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-20-0

Thushara back into the attack

12.1

Thushara to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, starts with a rubbish delivery, full toss on leg stump, picked up easily behind square for a boundary, brings up the 100

12.2

Thushara to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, low full toss on middle, thumped down to long-on, calls for the second but Umar Akma sends him back in time

12.3

Thushara to Umar Akmal, no run, appeal for lbw, full and wide, makes room to drive that hard to extra cover, misses, there is a sound and the keeper goes up, perhaps the bat hitting the ground, Asoka probably got it right there

12.4

Thushara to Umar Akmal, FOUR, shot! Slower one bowled full outside off, waited for it, picked his spot and flayed it between long-off and deep cover for four more, expensive comeback for Thushara

12.5

Thushara to Umar Akmal, no run, slower one again, cut away as Akmal tried to nudge it down to third man, dot ball

12.6

Thushara to Umar Akmal, FOUR, poor delivery, full on leg stump, meaty length ball, flicked away elegantly wide of short fine leg for a boundary, they're piling it on, brings up the 50-stand

End of over 13 (13 runs) Pakistan 109/3 (RR: 8.38)
Umar Akmal    28* (16b 4x4)      T Thushara    3-0-34-1
Shahid Afridi    24* (23b 1x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    2-0-13-0

13.1

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven down to long-on for a single

13.2

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, no run, short on the off stump, makes room to slap that to extra cover,Afridi calls for a single and is sent back in time, the dive saves him

13.3

Muralitharan to Umar Akmal, 1 run, short again, makes room to hammer that to deep cover for a single

13.4

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, four more, Afridi does it beautifully, flighted outside off, charges down the track and crashes it over extra cover for a boundary

13.5

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, another one, saw him coming down and hurled it wide, reached for it and smacked it again in the same region, huge gap between deep cover and long-off

13.6

Muralitharan to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, keeps the strike, bowled short on leg stump, paddled down fine for a single

End of over 14 (11 runs) Pakistan 120/3 (RR: 8.57)
Shahid Afridi    34* (27b 3x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    3-0-24-0
Umar Akmal    29* (18b 4x4)      T Thushara    3-0-34-1

14.1

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, bowled full outside off, makes room to drive, gets an under-edge, it bounces over the keeper, they get two more

Matthews replaces Thushara

14.2

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, no run, down the leg side, not too much, Afridi walks across to scoop it over short fine, doesn't connect, not called a wide

14.3

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, low full toss on the off stump, clubbed to Murali at long-on who returns a sharp throw to keep them down to one

14.4

Mathews to Umar Akmal, 1 run, full toss again, outside off, thumped down the ground to long-off for a single

14.5

Mathews to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, slower one bowled short outside off, dragged down to long-on for a single

14.6

Mathews to Umar Akmal, OUT, gone! An unusual dismissal, low full toss outside off, Akmal attempts the scoop but is a little too early into the shot, gets a top edge and Sanga just has to run back a couple of steps to take a simple catch

Umar Akmal c †Sangakkara b Mathews 30 (31m 20b 4x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Nevertheless, that ends a superb stand. Akmal impressed again in his innings of 30, and it's upto Afridi and the ones to follow to take them to a formidable score. They're in a good position to get it from here.

End of over 15 (5 runs) Pakistan 125/4 (RR: 8.33)
     AD Mathews    3-0-25-1
Shahid Afridi    38* (31b 3x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    3-0-24-0

Malinga comes on. Abdul Razzaq is the new batsman

15.1

Malinga to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, shortish on the off, pushed wide of extra cover for a single

15.2

Malinga to Abdul Razzaq, no run, back of a length on middle, Razzaq rocks back and defends it to extra cover

15.3

Malinga to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, slightly short outside off, moves away and eases it down to deep cover for a single

15.4

Malinga to Shahid Afridi, 1 wide, saw him make room and hurled it short well outside off, there was no way the batsman could have reached it, called a wide

15.4

Malinga to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, delicately done, Afridi showing his subtle side, short outside off, waited for it and opened the face at the last moment to guide it past the keeper and third man for a boundary

15.5

Malinga to Shahid Afridi, SIX, picked this one beautifully, overpitched on middle and just a flick of the wrists, timed it superbly to clear wide long-on, on 49 now

15.6

Malinga to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, yorker outside off, dug out just wide of cover for a single, gets his half-century, his third in a row in Twenty20's, remember his exploits the semis and the final of the World Twenty20

End of over 16 (14 runs) Pakistan 139/4 (RR: 8.68)
Shahid Afridi    50* (35b 4x4 2x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-22-1
Abdul Razzaq    1* (2b)      AD Mathews    3-0-25-1

Thushara comes on

16.1

Thushara to Shahid Afridi, no run, slower one, a full toss outside off, makes room to smash that past cover, misses

16.2

Thushara to Shahid Afridi, OUT, gone this time, the low full toss does the trick. Afridi got into a good position to execute his attempt to clear long-off but didn't time it all too well, straight to Kulasekara who takes it comfortably

Shahid Afridi c Kulasekara b Thushara 50 (58m 37b 4x4 2x6) SR: 135.13

Led by example did Afridi, and Misbah has continue the good work

16.3

Thushara to Abdul Razzaq, no run, full and wide, Razzak makes room and steers that to point, no run there

16.4

Thushara to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, another full toss, makes room to place it just wide of point for a single

16.5

Thushara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, walked across first up, the bowler chased him and hurled it wide of the off stump, guided down to third man for a single

16.6

Thushara to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, saw him make room, pushed it wide, tapped down to deep cover for a single, just three off the over

End of over 17 (3 runs) Pakistan 142/5 (RR: 8.35)
Abdul Razzaq    3* (5b)      T Thushara    4-0-37-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    1* (1b)      SL Malinga    3-0-22-1

17.1

Muralitharan to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, Murali tosses it up outside leg stump, swept down to long leg for a single

17.2

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, straying down leg, swept down wide of short fine for a single

17.3

Muralitharan to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, on middle and leg, closes the face to work it wide of square leg for a single

17.4

Muralitharan to Misbah-ul-Haq, 3 byes, flighted just outside leg stump and his eyes lit up, went for the big one, attempting to clear long-on, missed it, and Sangakkara failed to pouch it, three more to the total

17.5

Muralitharan to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, on leg stump, swept away down towards long leg for a couple more

17.6

Muralitharan to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, fired it really quick outside off, tapped just short of extra cover for a single

End of over 18 (9 runs) Pakistan 151/5 (RR: 8.38)
Abdul Razzaq    8* (9b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-30-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    2* (3b)      T Thushara    4-0-37-2

18.1

Kulasekara to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, in the slot outside off, length delivery, makes room and chips it over extra cover for a couple

18.2

Kulasekara to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, doling out length balls here, full and wide, smacked wide of deep cover and the fielder there, Jayawardene, makes a complete mess of it as he overruns the ball and concedes a boundary

18.3

Kulasekara to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, poor delivery, low full toss on middle, has no trouble swinging it away over midwicket for a boundary

18.4

Kulasekara to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, well fielded by Jayawardene in the deep, overpitched outside off, smashed over extra cover, Jayawardene runs yards to his left from deep cover and drags it just back in, diving full length to his right, to keep them down to two

18.5

Kulasekara to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, full toss outside off, thwacked down to Jayawardene again but just for a single

18.6

Kulasekara to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full and wide, makes room to crash it past point, gets a thick outside edge down to third man for a single

End of over 19 (14 runs) Pakistan 165/5 (RR: 8.68)
Misbah-ul-Haq    3* (4b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-37-1
Abdul Razzaq    21* (14b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    4-0-30-0

The last over coming up. Malinga will bowl it. They'll be targeting at least 175.

19.1

Malinga to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, lands on a good length on middle, driven hard down to long-on for a single

19.2

Malinga to Abdul Razzaq, FOUR, nicely timed, had picked his spot, full and wide, made room and chipped it firmly over extra cover, four more to the score

19.3

Malinga to Abdul Razzaq, no run, slower one, deceived him there, bowled at 122.3 kmph, Razzak was too early into the heave, missed it completely

19.4

Malinga to Abdul Razzaq, 1 bye, another slower one, this one's bowled at 123.3 kmph, Razzaq is into the pull a little too early, misses, and it goes just over the stumps, Sanga fumbles and allows them a single

19.5

Malinga to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, swing and a miss, slower one bowled at 119.8 kmph, Malinga's recovered well after conceding that boundary, Misbah tries to clear midwicket but it cuts away from it, another dot ball

19.6

Malinga to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, Jayawardene drops it, slower one bowled short outside off, heaved away straight to Jayawardene at deep square leg, he bends low and gets it into good position to pouch it but is unable to hold on, the batsmen just squeeze a single

172 is a challenging score though they would have wanted a little more once Afridi was gone. However, Sri Lanka have a big test ahead of them. Though the experts said at the start of play that 175 was chaseable, Pakistan have the runs on the board to put some pressure early on. Join us in a bit for the chase.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Pakistan 172/5
Misbah-ul-Haq    5* (7b)      SL Malinga    4-0-28-1
Abdul Razzaq    25* (17b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-37-1
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Kamran Akmal savours the win with his daughter, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, only Twenty20 international, Colombo, August 12, 2009

Kamran Akmal savours the win with his daughter

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Kumar Sangakkara goes for the sweep, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, only Twenty20 international, Colombo, August 12, 2009

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