Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 1st T20I: Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Hambantota, Jun 1, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 37 runs

Sohail Tanvir will start off with the new ball. Dilshan and Mahela will open for Sri Lanka. Two slips in place

Amin: "I understand that Hammad Azam is a replacement of Abdul Razzaq but you don't have to treat him like you treated Razzaq. Let this poor guy prove himself."

6.55 pm Time for the national anthems

Angelo Mathews says these games are good practice for Sri Lanka as they are scheduled to play their group games in the World T20 in Hambantota

Faisal: "Why on earth Abdur Rehman not in the squad ? Is Pakistan still playing in the sandbox with few months away from World T20?"

Gareth: "I'm looking forward to this entire series. Pakistan will be excited to play some good tough cricket, and Lanka will be excited to play any team that isn't India." Their excitement will last as long as the last week of July then, when they are scheduled to play another series against the neighbours from across the Palk Strait.

6.45 pm Dav Whatmore, Pakistan coach, says that separate teams for separate formats is the way forward for Pakistan, despite there being lots of talk about it back home.

6.40 pm Russell Arnold doing the pitch report on air says that it is hard, has a few cracks, but there are some patches of concern for the captains. He says they have been patched up, and thinks that the pitch behaviour might be unpredictable

Kanishkaa, our man at the ground, informs us that it is quite a sparse crowd at the moment, slowly filling up, but to expect a full house would be very optimistic.

6.30 pm Mahela wins the toss and Sri Lanka will bat first

Mahela: "Looks like a good wicket, might slow down later on. Pakistan keep producing a lot of talented players, we have to be on our guard." Senanayake, the offspinner, and Lokuarachchi, the legspinner, are making their T20I debuts. Lokuarachchi last played for Sri Lanka in 2007.

Hafeez: "Captaincy is the biggest honour you can get as a player. I am honoured." 33-year old Shakeel Ansar is debuting as a wicketkeeper-batsman. And that man Mohammad Sami, who you can somehow never write off, is back

More from Kanishkaa: "Lasith Malinga bowling off a 2-step run-up on the practice wicket. Now won't Pakistan wish for that?" You bet

6.25 pm To say that the new ground in Hambantota is in a remote location is an understatement. This is what Kanishkaa Balachandran, our man at the ground, has to say. "This ground is an oasis in the jungle. Very similar in appearance to the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Swap the sand for trees."

Pakistan have a new captain, Mohammad Hafeez, and these two games are more important than just a preparation for the World Twenty20 for them, says Kanishkaa in his series preview.

6.15 pm Less than six months after Pakistan and Sri Lanka played a full series in the UAE, they will clash with each other in the island nation in two T20Is, five ODIs and three Tests over the course of this month and the next. The T20Is, usually devoid of much significance, acquire importance this time as the World Twenty20, to be played in Sri Lanka in September, approaches closer. Both the T20Is will be played in Hambantota, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, and Mahela Jayawardene says that Sri Lanka will use these two games to find the right combination ahead of the world event


Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, 2 runs, starts off with a length ball that moves across from outside leg, tucked away wide of fine leg


Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, no run, again pitching outside leg on a good length, worked straight to midwicket


Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, OUT, Tanvir strikes in the first over, Mahela, looking to work a length ball to leg after taking a couple of steps out, has spooned it high up in the air off a leading edge instead, and Shoaib Malik manages to hold onto the steepler as he tumbles to the ground at cover, he had to shield his eyes initially from the floodlights as he steadied himself for the take

DPMD Jayawardene c Shoaib Malik b Sohail Tanvir 2 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, holds the bat well inside the line and lets this one angle across him


Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, flicked off the pad to midwicket


Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, 1 run, bouncing across him from back of a length, he opens the face and guides it wide of point to third man

End of over 1 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 3/1 (RR: 3.00)

    • TM Dilshan 1 (3b)
    • KC Sangakkara 0 (0b)
    • Sohail Tanvir 1-0-3-1

Gul from the other end, no sign of Hafeez the bowler


Umar Gul to Dilshan, 3 runs, swings into the pads from a fullish length, he adjusts to work it past midwicket from middle and leg


Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, opens the face and pushes a length ball going across him, to point


Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, moves into the left-hander from back of a length, worked softly towards midwicket for one


Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 wide, too much with the angle into the right-hander, and down the leg side from a good length


Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, ending on off stump and bouncing a tad, worked awkwardly in front of square leg


Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, drives a pitched up ball neatly but straight to mid off


Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Sanga gets away, advances out, makes some room outside leg, and slashes this one hard in the air, but it bounces in front of Tanvir running across from squarish third man

End of over 2 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 11/1 (RR: 5.50)

    • KC Sangakkara 3 (4b)
    • TM Dilshan 5 (5b)
    • Umar Gul 1-0-8-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 1-0-3-1

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, well bowled, has him pushing at a good length ball which leaves him with the angle just outside off, and beats him, it bounced as well


Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, slightly wider outside off, and Dilshan goes for the drive, beaten again


Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, OUT, Tanvir is smiling, it was a rather poor line, fullish and down the leg side, but Dilshan has flicked it straight to fine leg, he saw the line and went after it powerfully, but picked the man in the deep

TM Dilshan c Umar Gul b Sohail Tanvir 5 (13m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 62.50


Sohail Tanvir to Chandimal, no run, he is troubling the right-handers with the angle across them, this one pitches on a length around middle and off, draws him into an uncertain prod, and beats him with slight away movement


Sohail Tanvir to Chandimal, no run, steady line on middle and leg, played out towards midwicket

Two slips, gully


Sohail Tanvir to Chandimal, 1 run, he's run a length ball with the angle between second slip and gully, third man is around

End of over 3 (1 run) Sri Lanka 12/2 (RR: 4.00)

    • LD Chandimal 1 (3b)
    • KC Sangakkara 3 (4b)
    • Sohail Tanvir 2-0-4-2
    • Umar Gul 1-0-8-0

The comeback man Sami to bowl now


Mohammad Sami to Chandimal, 1 run, steady back of a length ball outside off, steered to third man


Mohammad Sami to Sangakkara, FOUR, loose from Sami, short, skiddy and wide outside off, Sanga goes hard at the cut, hits it in the air and picks up four to the left of third man


Mohammad Sami to Sangakkara, FOUR, slightly fuller this time, but width given again, and accepted, this time scythed wide of point along the ground


Mohammad Sami to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sami under pressure right away on comeback, still fuller but width again outside off, this time Sanga gets forward and goes for the drive, thumps it in the air past point


Mohammad Sami to Sangakkara, no run, goes back of a length and into the body now, Sanga works it to midwicket


Mohammad Sami to Sangakkara, 1 run, that could have been another boundary, but mid off scrambles to his left, dives and manages to stop the firm push from Sanga

End of over 4 (14 runs) Sri Lanka 26/2 (RR: 6.50)

    • KC Sangakkara 16 (9b 3x4)
    • LD Chandimal 2 (4b)
    • Mohammad Sami 1-0-14-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 2-0-4-2

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 3 runs, pitched up around off and straightening a bit, Sanga gets forward to push it firmly, Afridi's dive is not enough at mid on


Sohail Tanvir to Chandimal, 1 run, direct hit and Chandimal was gone, by miles, he was hesitant as he worked this one towards midwicket, then gathered pace late, but had no chance if the throw had hit


Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off stump, Tanvir getting decent bounce


Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 wide, sends it down leg from back of a length, again getting good lift


Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, OUT, Tanvir's productive night continues, now he has Sanga chopping a drive on to his stumps, Sanga walks back in disappointment, he went for a big cover drive, there was some width available off the pitched up ball, but all he managed was a big inside edge

KC Sangakkara b Sohail Tanvir 19 (22m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 158.33


Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, no run, left alone outside off


Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, no run, they have no clue about these tight deliveries going across, he is opened up by the angle, and pushes inside the line to be beaten

End of over 5 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 31/3 (RR: 6.20)

    • AD Mathews 0 (2b)
    • LD Chandimal 3 (5b)
    • Sohail Tanvir 3-0-9-3
    • Mohammad Sami 1-0-14-0

Umar Gul to Chandimal, no run, another direct hit, and Angelo was out comfortably, Chandimal pushing a length ball in front of extra cover, Angelo wanted the single, he was halfway up the pitch before he turned back, he was so far out that after the throw missed, the man backing up at mid on also had another go, but he too missed, Angelo was back by then though


Umar Gul to Chandimal, 1 run, worked off the pad through square leg


Umar Gul to Mathews, 1 run


Umar Gul to Chandimal, 3 runs, goes for a slog to a back of a length ball, manages to get it over mid on, it is stopped just inside the rope eventually


Umar Gul to Mathews, no run, works to midwicket and holds up a hand immediately to the advancing Chandimal


Umar Gul to Mathews, no run, that looked very close in real time, he was caught in the crease to one that nipped back in, no appeal from Pakistan, height? did not seem to be an inside edge

End of over 6 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 36/3 (RR: 6.00)

    • AD Mathews 1 (5b)
    • LD Chandimal 7 (8b)
    • Umar Gul 2-0-13-0
    • Sohail Tanvir 3-0-9-3

Ali: "All the IPL champs are gone in a jiffy! Hafeez, are you watching?"


Sohail Tanvir to Chandimal, 2 runs, worked off the pad to deep square leg, there is an overthrow as well, the ball ricocheting off a direct hit


Sohail Tanvir to Chandimal, no run, that angle again, reaches well forward and across and hangs his bat out at a length ball leaving him, pulls the bat away after he is beaten


Sohail Tanvir to Chandimal, no run, slightly wider with the angle, and left alone this time


Sohail Tanvir to Chandimal, no run, now he goes for a cut to a widish length ball outside off, not much pace on it off the pitch, beaten

Manish: "Good to see all the players from same country playing for the same side in a T20 match." About time

Around the stumps


Sohail Tanvir to Chandimal, 1 run, a completely different angle now, comes in from wide of the crease, slashed away past the lone slip to third man


Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, no run, coming in from back of a length now, quietly defended to the off side

End of over 7 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 39/3 (RR: 5.57)

    • AD Mathews 1 (6b)
    • LD Chandimal 10 (13b)
    • Sohail Tanvir 4-0-12-3
    • Umar Gul 2-0-13-0

abdullah: "noticed that shakeel ansar does not make noise behind the wicket like akmal brothers."

Sami is back


Mohammad Sami to Chandimal, no run, pitched up ball around off pushed away


Mohammad Sami to Chandimal, OUT, Sami strikes, Chandimal's heave misses, and Sri Lanka are in trouble now, Chandimal saw the length ball angled in, and decided to slog wildly over midwicket, but missed

LD Chandimal b Mohammad Sami 10 (24m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


Mohammad Sami to Thirimanne, FOUR, that is a fine drive from Thirimanne first ball, bends the knee, opens the face and times the length ball through point


Mohammad Sami to Thirimanne, no run, shortish one now, played out towards point


Mohammad Sami to Thirimanne, FOUR, Sami is going for more runs, wide again, short too, Thirimanne slashes, and the thick edge flies over and past the lone slip


Mohammad Sami to Thirimanne, no run, much better delivery, pitched up around the off stump, seemed to hold its line a tad, defended

End of over 8 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 47/4 (RR: 5.87)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 8 (4b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 1 (6b)
    • Mohammad Sami 2-0-22-1
    • Sohail Tanvir 4-0-12-3

Afridi to bowl now


Shahid Afridi to Mathews, no run, tossed up generously outside off, pushed to extra cover


Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 2 runs, leading edge runs behind point now as he looks to work a flighted legbreak through midwicket


Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw but that struck him about a foot outside the line, he was looking to turn it behind square leg


Shahid Afridi to Thirimanne, no run, looks to make room, but that turned in and he had to defend off the back foot


Shahid Afridi to Thirimanne, no run, missed stumping, Afridi has hands on his head, Thirimanne walked out after playing over a yorker just outside off, but the debutant missed the take


Shahid Afridi to Thirimanne, no run, pushes a full one to extra cover

End of over 9 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 50/4 (RR: 5.55)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 8 (7b 2x4)
    • AD Mathews 3 (9b)
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-2-0
    • Mohammad Sami 2-0-22-1

Captain Hafeez to bowl


Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, no run, defends a spinning offbreak off the front foot


Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, 1 run, turns in but going down the pads, worked to square leg


Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run, stays in the crease to a fullish one and punches it wide of extra cover


Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, no run, the straighter one from Hafeez, Angelo pushes inside the line, keeper cannot collect it again


Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, no run, now a big spinning offbreak, bounces too, he pushes forward and takes it on the body


Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, 1 run, punched down to long on from the crease

End of over 10 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 53/4 (RR: 5.30)

    • AD Mathews 5 (14b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 9 (8b 2x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-3-0
    • Shahid Afridi 1-0-2-0

Shahid Afridi to Mathews, no run


Shahid Afridi to Mathews, no run, looks to drive a flighted ball outside off, mistimes the stroke to extra cover


Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, they pinch a tight single in front of backward point who lobs the ball to the keeper as he dives forward, Thirimanne has made it though


Shahid Afridi to Thirimanne, FOUR, fine shot, lofted over extra cover, seemed to be the wrong 'un, but he got forward and hit it very cleanly


Shahid Afridi to Thirimanne, 1 run, worked with the spin to deep square


Shahid Afridi to Mathews, 1 run, 103 kph from Afridi as he rips it in on middle, Angelo manages to force it away to leg for one

End of over 11 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 60/4 (RR: 5.45)

    • AD Mathews 7 (18b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 14 (10b 3x4)
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-9-0
    • Mohammad Hafeez 1-0-3-0

Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, 1 run, down the track, gets a shade too close to the pitch, hits it down to long on


Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, cuts a flat and skiddy one from off, straight to point


Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run, wants to push through extra cover, but this one drifts in, goes straight in with the angle, and produces an inside edge through midwicket


Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, 1 run


Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run, gets front leg forward and across and paddles it fine down leg


Mohammad Hafeez to Mathews, no run, gets bat in front of pad to nudge it to leg but Hafeez gets to it quickly

End of over 12 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 64/4 (RR: 5.33)

    • AD Mathews 9 (21b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 16 (13b 3x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-7-0
    • Shahid Afridi 2-0-9-0

Bilal: "Ansar hasn't impressed me so far.Why can't Pakistan produce a wicketkeeper who is not only handy with the bat but can keep wicket to the best spinners in the world?"

And here is Ajmal now, finally


Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, 1 run, starts off very wide outside off from around the stumps, slapped away to deep point


Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, turning in at 93.9 kph on middle, punched to extra cover


Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, gets down on a knee for a big sweep, but misses, not called a wide


Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, cramped for room as it spins in quickly on middle and leg, punched to the bowler


Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, OUT, it is not easy to hit Ajmal anytime, even harder to go after him under the pressure of T20, Angelo tries to slog with the turn, this one is bowled slightly slower, and strikes the stumps after going past Angelo's swipe

AD Mathews b Saeed Ajmal 9 (31m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 36.00


Saeed Ajmal to Lokuarachchi, 1 run, full ball swept neatly from outside off to fine leg

End of over 13 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 66/5 (RR: 5.07)

    • KS Lokuarachchi 1 (1b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 17 (14b 3x4)
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-2-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 2-0-7-0

Mohammad Hafeez to Lokuarachchi, no run, worked to square leg and could have been a run out, confusion whether to go for the run, both batsmen were out of the crease, got back to their respective ends in the end


Mohammad Hafeez to Lokuarachchi, 1 run, worked in front of midwicket


Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, appeal for lbw, the straighter delivery from around the stumps looked to be going down leg


Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, no run, cannot get it away, punched to the bowler


Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run, turned to fine leg off the pad


Mohammad Hafeez to Lokuarachchi, 1 run, goes across and nudges with the spin to midwicket

End of over 14 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 69/5 (RR: 4.92)

    • KS Lokuarachchi 3 (4b)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 18 (17b 3x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-10-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 1-0-2-1

James: "12 overs of a T20, and Bilal wants a new keeper! Have some patience, man!!"

Slip for Ajmal


Saeed Ajmal to Lokuarachchi, 1 run, length ball dropped behind point for one


Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, no run, tries to reverse sweep this one with the spin, but it goes under the bat-swing


Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, FOUR, width again, and Thirimanne connects this time, slices hard behind point


Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, 1 run, driven down to long on


Saeed Ajmal to Lokuarachchi, 1 run, swept with the spin down to fine leg

Mazher Arshad has this for us: "STAT ALERT: Mohammad Sami, at the moment, is only Pakistan bowler to have Economy Rate of 10+ in Twenty20 Internationals. Also with, 10-over cut-off, he is only 4th bowler of the world with 10+ Economy Rate - other 3 are Jan Stander (11.55), Sajid Mahmood (11.07) and Farhad Raza (10.93)."


Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, 1 run, chipped in the air wide of long off

End of over 15 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 77/5 (RR: 5.13)

    • HDRL Thirimanne 24 (21b 4x4)
    • KS Lokuarachchi 5 (6b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-10-1
    • Mohammad Hafeez 3-0-10-0

Mustafa: "He seems very relaxed, we shall see, for now he is a rookie, and acting like one too, but Afridi and co are not an easy bunch to keep."


Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run, sweeps a flighted full toss from middle and gets it past short fine leg


Mohammad Hafeez to Lokuarachchi, FOUR, fired in full on the pads, turned through square leg


Mohammad Hafeez to Lokuarachchi, 1 run, that has been slog-swept in the air to the deep midwicket boundary, Thirimanne getting another one away, picking it up from middle


Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, FOUR, nudged behind square leg for one


Mohammad Hafeez to Thirimanne, 1 run, spins in from outside off, and worked away in front of square leg


Mohammad Hafeez to Lokuarachchi, 1 run

End of over 16 (12 runs) Sri Lanka 89/5 (RR: 5.56)

    • KS Lokuarachchi 11 (9b 1x4)
    • HDRL Thirimanne 30 (24b 5x4)
    • Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-22-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 2-0-10-1

Saeed Ajmal to Lokuarachchi, OUT, he's not collected cleanly, but now Ansar hits the stumps with an underarm lob, they were going for a sharp single after a soft push on the off side, batsman dived at the other end, the lower end of his bat was in the air, and he was consequently out of the crease marginally, as the bails came off

KS Lokuarachchi run out 11 (11m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 110.00


Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, OUT, connects well with the reverse sweep but hits it straight to Gul at short third man, he takes a sharp catch as he tumbles to the ground, it was a quick doosra from Ajmal just outside off

HDRL Thirimanne c Umar Gul b Saeed Ajmal 30 (32m 25b 5x4 0x6) SR: 120.00


Saeed Ajmal to Kulasekara, 1 run, pushed off the front foot to long off


Saeed Ajmal to Perera, no run, leading edge almost carries to the bowler, bounces in front of him, it was a tossed up offbreak this time, he wanted to work it to leg


Saeed Ajmal to Perera, no run, quicker one pushed back to the bowler


Saeed Ajmal to Perera, 1 run, chops an attempted cut past the lone slip

End of over 17 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 91/7 (RR: 5.35)

    • NLTC Perera 1 (3b)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1 (1b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-12-2
    • Mohammad Hafeez 4-0-22-0

Umar Gul to Perera, 2 runs, back of a length ball guided past point from close to the body


Umar Gul to Perera, 2 runs, turned to midwicket but it goes through Afridi's hands, he stands with hand on head and watches the ball roll to long on


Umar Gul to Perera, no run, he was getting forward, but Gul has him weaving out of the way of an accurate and sharp bouncer


Umar Gul to Perera, FOUR, shortish and into the body, he swings hard and gets it high and over short fine leg, it rolls into the rope


Umar Gul to Perera, SIX, smack! that is in his zone, pitched up on the stumps, he gets forward, makes some room and thumps it high over long on


Umar Gul to Perera, 1 run, Gul goes for the yorker, not quite there, but full enough to prevent Perera from getting underneath it for a swing, rolls to the off side

End of over 18 (15 runs) Sri Lanka 106/7 (RR: 5.88)

    • NLTC Perera 16 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1 (1b)
    • Umar Gul 3-0-28-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 3-0-12-2

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, 2 runs, down the track and pushed down the ground, fumble at long off allows them the second


Saeed Ajmal to Perera, 1 run, that was close to being a run out, Perera was a touch late in plonking his bat down, seemed to have got his bat just in time as there was a direct hit


Saeed Ajmal to Kulasekara, 1 leg bye, advanced out, gets into a tangle with the offbreak, but ends up getting a run as he drags the ball down the pitch with his body as he runs


Saeed Ajmal to Perera, 1 run, tries to get underneath the full ball but it was in the blockhole and he can only hit it to long off


Saeed Ajmal to Kulasekara, 1 leg bye, misses as he looks to sweep from outside off, a run to short third man


Saeed Ajmal to Perera, FOUR, Perera gets one away, low full toss, he bashes it straight down the ground

End of over 19 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 116/7 (RR: 6.10)

    • NLTC Perera 24 (13b 2x4 1x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 1 (3b)
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-0-20-2
    • Umar Gul 3-0-28-0

Umar Gul to Kulasekara, no run, swing and a miss outside off to the pitched up ball


Umar Gul to Kulasekara, FOUR, slower one has been handled well, short just outside off, Kula pulls it through midwicket


Umar Gul to Kulasekara, 1 run, punches a full toss straight past the bowler, long off manages to cut it off


Umar Gul to Perera, 1 bye, Gul gets some bad bounce as keeper under-arms the ball along the ground to him, and they take the bye


Umar Gul to Kulasekara, 2 wides, bouncer now, Gul cannot collect the lob from the keeper yet again, and it is a wide for height as well, comfortably over the batsman


Umar Gul to Perera, SIX, goes full, Perera likes it, he makes some room outside leg and lifts it over wide long on


Umar Gul to Perera, 2 runs, slogs at a slower one outside off, it sails over square leg and they take two more

Sri Lanka were going nowhere after Tanvir picked up those three wickets, but Perera has given them something to defend; the eighth-wicket stand worth 43 in 22 balls

End of over 20 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 132/7

    • NLTC Perera 32 (16b 2x4 2x6)
    • KMDN Kulasekara 6 (6b 1x4)
    • Umar Gul 4-0-43-0
    • Saeed Ajmal 4-0-20-2





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