Right. Read to roll. Mohammad Hafeez has had three ducks in a row. He is looking to get off the mark. Kula to bowl

6.55pm "Clever move by Mahela to sit out, and also to rest Malinga. They want to test Kapu and Udana before the start of the World Cup, but also not drop the guys they tried out last game. Hopefully it pays off for today as well as in the long run!" Kumma might have a point

"I can't fathom why Gul isn't playing. He obviously doesn't need rest and Sami was pretty poor last match. It if was a question of balance, they could bring in a real all-rounder." PDTM, Sami is anyway surplus. He wasn't even needed last game: Gul, Tanvir, Ajmal, Afridi and Hafeez were there. Instead a batsman could strengthen the weaker suit

6.50pm "So Mahela and Malinga can play every game for their IPL franchise as long as their fit but cant play 2 games for their own country? and in front of their own fans...wow!!" Din is livid, and not sure I can fault him. Ten minutes to go the start of the game

Stats alert from Shakil: Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi has become the first man to 50 Twenty20 Internationals. Meanwhile Sohail Tanvir has a chat with Waqar Younis, and informs us he is going to represent Worcestershire in this year's domestic Twenty20 in England. He is pleased at being back to full fitness, and his usual pace

6.40pm Mathews says the team needed to rest both Jayawardene and Malinga. Don't forget the two are just back from the IPL. If you still need evidence there is too much cricket happening, I'll give you my optometrist's number. Pity those who have turned up at Hambantota hoping for a match between the best Twenty20 players in Sri Lanka against those in Pakistan. And Kanishkaa Balachandran, who is there, tells me a bigger crowd is expected because today is Sunday and tomorrow happens to be a public holiday

Meanwhile Hafeez says the pitch - which didn't misbehave much, and only offered decent bounce - is not conducive to fancy shots, and they will need to be more careful.

6.35pm Angelo Mathews at the toss. That means Mahela Jayawardene is not playing. Pakistan has won the toss and will bat first. Yasir Arafat replaces Umar Gul

Mathews drops another bomb. Along with Mahela, Lasith Malinga has been rested too. Chamara Kapudegedara and Isuru Udana replace them

6.15pm Hello everybody. Welcome to our live coverage of the second Twenty20 international between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Sri Lanka lead the series after winning the first game by 37 runs, and to say it was a low-scoring game.

Sri Lanka were reckless (not that Twenty20 dictionary identifies that word), but they did enough with late runs and with the ball.

Meanwhile Pakistan seem to have the bowlers to kill for but batsmen (right now, at least) to kill because of. Wonder how Dav Whatmore - he is not known for his patience - would have taken the chase the other night.

Looking ahead, here is the preview for tonight's game. Toss in 15 minutes

0.1

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 bye, and nearly the fourth duck... This is a peach. Lenght ball, outside off, seams in alarmingly, and cuts him in two. Lucky to not edge it. Gets a bye

0.2

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, FOUR, short and wide, and this time - unlike the other night - a Pakistan batsman doesn't oblige KUla by hitting it straight to Dilshan at point. Shehzad hits it straight of the backward point, and gets four for it

0.3

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, short of a length, closer to the stumps, defended off the back foot

0.4

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, length ball outside off, winging in, pushed wide of mid-off for one

0.5

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length, outside off, holding its line, left alone

Hafeez still on nought

0.6

Kulasekara to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, huge inswinger, Hafeez looks to turn this to leg, is beaten, but the ball is headed down leg

"Playing internationals and ipl isn't straight forward as people make it to be, especially for Sri Lankans. We must remember these guys jobs are cricketers, making a living this way. Ipl pays as you play. Sri Lankans don't get payed by the board half the time. What would you do if you're company doesn't pay your wages and someone else offers you?" Ray presents the other side of the story

End of over 1 (6 runs) Pakistan 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
Mohammad Hafeez    0* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-5-0
Ahmed Shehzad    5* (3b 1x4)     

Mathews takes the new ball ahead of "slower-ball" Udana

1.1

Mathews to Ahmed Shehzad, no run, length ball outside off, swings away, left alone

1.2

Mathews to Ahmed Shehzad, 1 run, slightly short, and he gets on top of it, and cuts it to third man for one

1.3

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, Hafeez still edgy. Pushes tentatively at a length ball, gets an inside edge onto the pad. The ball has gone nowhere but he wants a single. Rightly sent back

1.4

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched to straight cover - five balls, no run for Hafeez

1.5

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, wildish. Shimmies down slightly, makes a bit of room, looks to go over extra, but is beaten by the swing

1.6

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Hafeez off the mark finally. Outswinger, on a length, wide, and he has driven this along the ground, through cover

End of over 2 (5 runs) Pakistan 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
Mohammad Hafeez    4* (7b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-5-0
Ahmed Shehzad    6* (5b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-5-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Ahmed Shehzad, OUT, Shehzad is gone. Dead plumb. Inswinger from Kula, on a length, and Shehzad is caught on the back foot and beaten. Hit right in front. When Kula gets the inswingers right and accurate, he is a tough customer

Ahmed Shehzad lbw b Kulasekara 6 (8m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Latif is the new man in

2.2

Kulasekara to Khalid Latif, no run, defends a shortish delivery outside off

2.3

Kulasekara to Khalid Latif, no run, another big inswinger, headed towards top of off, defended off the front foot

2.4

Kulasekara to Khalid Latif, no run, this one holds its line outside off, pushed to cover

2.5

Kulasekara to Khalid Latif, no run, inswinger now, and Latif is right forward to defend it back. Are we headed towards a wicket-maiden?

2.6

Kulasekara to Khalid Latif, no run, the outswinger now. Good over from Kula. Alternating inswingers and straighter deliveries. This one not only holds its line, it leaves Latif a little. Latif drives, but is beaten. Wicket-maiden

End of over 3 (wicket maiden) Pakistan 11/1 (RR: 3.66)
Khalid Latif    0* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-5-1
Mohammad Hafeez    4* (7b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-5-0

3.1

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed to cover

3.2

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball, on off, defended back to Mathews

3.3

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length, holds its line outside off, played with an open face, to point

3.4

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tenth dot in a row. Short of a length, just outside off, Hafeez is not adventurous, and defends this to point

Adnan: "Pakistan's opening combination is not right for T20 cricket, Hafeez and Shehzad are both anchor openers, they need to have an all out attack opener, to balance it out."

3.5

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, Now kicks in the adventure. Hafeez comes down the track, and even though this is not on a driving length, he lofts it over extra cover

Sanga comes up to the stumps

3.6

Mathews to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, and has he dropped one? Hafeez drives at an outsiwnger, and it passes very close to the bat. Sanga fails to make a clean collection, and it doesn't matter if Hafeez edged it or no

End of over 4 (4 runs) Pakistan 15/1 (RR: 3.75)
Mohammad Hafeez    8* (13b 2x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-9-0
Khalid Latif    0* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-1-5-1

Thisara Perera replaces Kula. One wide slip in place

4.1

Perera to Khalid Latif, 1 run, this ball stops at him a little as Latif checks the shot, and hits it uppishly past the bowler for one

4.2

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, slower ball, another check shot, but this time along the ground, and straight to cover

4.3

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, another ball that stops at him. It grips too. A bit of a legcutter, and it hits the sticker of a defensive bat

4.4

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, absolute heave-ho this time, but the bat and ball are in different zip/pin codes. Again the ball stops and bounces

4.5

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, straighter this time, clipped away off the pad, gets a couple to deep midwicket

4.6

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, Hafeez has hit a straight drive to claim the wicket of Latif! Crisply hit back at Perera. This is going for four. But Perera gets a touch to it, and the ball hits the stumps. Latif is backing up, and hasn't had time to get back. They don't even call for the replays. The finger goes up, Latif goes out

Khalid Latif run out 1 (11m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

End of over 5 (3 runs) Pakistan 18/2 (RR: 3.60)
Mohammad Hafeez    10* (18b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-3-0
     AD Mathews    2-0-9-0

"A great start to this Test match by Pakistan ..." Saeed Rasul, not sure 18 for 2 is good. Thankfully Pakistan consider Umar Akmal as a batsman in this game. Here is UAkmal and IUdana

5.1

Udana to Umar Akmal, no run, length ball outside off, defended back to him

5.2

Udana to Umar Akmal, no run, angled sharply away, left alone outside off

5.3

Udana to Umar Akmal, no run, short of a length, on off, punched to mid-off

5.4

Udana to Umar Akmal, no run, nice seam movement away from Akmal, and beats his drive outside off. No slower balls so far from Udana

5.5

Udana to Umar Akmal, no run, drives this outside off, with a slightly open face, can't beat point

5.6

Udana to Umar Akmal, no run, short and wide, cut straight to cover-point. Second maiden in the Powerplay. Twenty-nine dot balls. You'd think they are playing on a fifth day pitch in a parched land

End of over 6 (maiden) Pakistan 18/2 (RR: 3.00)
Umar Akmal    0* (6b)      I Udana    1-1-0-0
Mohammad Hafeez    10* (18b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-3-0

6.1

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, flicked away nicely, wide of deep midwicket

6.2

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball, outside off, defended to cover

"Pakistan are just over-compensating a little bit" How about Djoker, Gav?

6.3

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length, outside off, pushed back to him

6.4

Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, short of a length, not much room, dabbed down to third man for one

6.5

Perera to Umar Akmal, no run, length ball, on off, Akmal moves across, defends to cover

6.6

Perera to Umar Akmal, 1 run, short of a length, on the stumps, pushed to mid-on for a quick single

End of over 7 (4 runs) Pakistan 22/2 (RR: 3.14)
Umar Akmal    1* (8b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-7-0
Mohammad Hafeez    13* (22b 2x4)      I Udana    1-1-0-0

"This is not the same Hafeez that we know. He's not confident, what's wrong? Captaincy is not for everyone." Ali, I wouldn't judge by Twenty20

7.1

Udana to Umar Akmal, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, pushed wide of mid-on for one

7.2

Udana to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, short and wide, late-cuts it, square of thid man, gets a couple

Meanwhile a dog has stopped play. Refuses to move off the field. Finally the players and the dogs have decided to coexist, and play continues even with it on the field

7.3

Udana to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 leg bye, full, swinging in a touch, beats the drive, but concedes a leg-bye

7.4

Udana to Umar Akmal, 2 runs, low full toss on the pads, helped away for a couple into the leg side

7.5

Udana to Umar Akmal, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away for one

"We at least had hope in Misbah that he'll wake up in some over." Ha, Ali Mushaf, I bet Misbah is being missed

7.6

Udana to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length, not much room, cut straight to point

End of over 8 (7 runs) Pakistan 29/2 (RR: 3.62)
Mohammad Hafeez    15* (25b 2x4)      I Udana    2-1-6-0
Umar Akmal    5* (11b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-7-0

Kaushal Lokuarachchi to bowl legspin now

8.1

Lokuarachchi to Umar Akmal, OUT, and he strikes first ball. Akmal premeditates a paddle, Kaushal bowls a flat legbreak, and he misses. My first reaction says Akmal is unlucky, but I am still waiting for replays. I am wrong. This is a good decision. Length ball, pi6ches outside off, doesn't turn, goes with the angle, hits him in front of off. The lack of turn did him in

Umar Akmal lbw b Lokuarachchi 5 (13m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

A slip in for Malik

8.2

Lokuarachchi to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of a length, punched away for an easy single

8.3

Lokuarachchi to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, flat legbreak, Hafeez waits for it, and then back-cuts it past point. A welcome boundary indeed

8.4

Lokuarachchi to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, flat, on a length, on off, defended off the front foot

8.5

Lokuarachchi to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, straying onto the pads, pushed straight to midwicket

8.6

Lokuarachchi to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, short of a length, straight, Malik stays back and defends

End of over 9 (5 runs) Pakistan 34/3 (RR: 3.77)
Mohammad Hafeez    19* (29b 3x4)      KS Lokuarachchi    1-0-5-1
Shoaib Malik    1* (1b)      I Udana    2-1-6-0

Eliya Abbas: "Pakistan are simply experimenting too much... Why suddenly bring back the likes of Sami, Yasir Arafat, Khalid Lateef, etc who have been tried plenty of times in the past and have failed?!! And I also reckon Kamran Akmal needs to be brought back to the T20 team, he has played more than handy innings in T20 matches in the past and hasn't dropped many catches in this format of the game either. Shakeel Ansar did not impress me at all!!" Also thanks, Gav for Djoker updates. I can't publish those here: some of the readers might be taping it to watch a repeat

9.1

Udana to Shoaib Malik, no run, short of a length, on off, pushed back to the bowler

9.2

Udana to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, dabbed to third man for a single

9.3

Udana to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, length ball, no room, on the front foot, defends to cover-point

9.4

Udana to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, dropped by Perera. Ugly swipe from Hafeez, gets a thick top edge towards Perera, who runs in from third man, reaches the ball, but can't hold it low

"oops! drop catch, thats because somebody mentioned kamran akmal's name !" Ouch, Farhan

9.5

Udana to Mohammad Hafeez, 2 runs, short now, and pulled away to deep midwicket

9.6

Udana to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, short, on off, pulled away to deep midwicket

End of over 10 (6 runs) Pakistan 40/3 (RR: 4.00)
Mohammad Hafeez    24* (33b 3x4)      I Udana    3-1-12-0
Shoaib Malik    2* (3b)      KS Lokuarachchi    1-0-5-1

10.1

Lokuarachchi to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 wide, pushed down the leg side, wide

10.1

Lokuarachchi to Mohammad Hafeez, OUT, Kaushal gets another. Soft dismissal. Short, on the pads, stays a touch low, hurries onto him, and he has hit it straight to shortish midwicket

Mohammad Hafeez c Thirimanne b Lokuarachchi 24 (43m 34b 3x4 0x6) SR: 70.58

Afridi comes in

10.2

Lokuarachchi to Shahid Afridi, no run, full on the pads, no turn, beaten, hit on the pad outside leg

10.3

Lokuarachchi to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, full ball, he gets across and paddles it fine of fine leg for two

10.4

Lokuarachchi to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, huge shout for lbw. Pretty similar to Akmal. Length ball, on off, beats the paddle sweep, hit right in front, but the umpire reckons it has hit the glove. Can't tell from the replays

10.5

Lokuarachchi to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed off the back foot, past point for one

10.6

Lokuarachchi to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, short, outside off, punched to long-off for one

End of over 11 (6 runs) Pakistan 46/4 (RR: 4.18)
Shahid Afridi    4* (4b)      KS Lokuarachchi    2-0-11-2
Shoaib Malik    3* (4b)      I Udana    3-1-12-0

Senanayake to bowl offspin now

11.1

Senanayake to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, full toss, on off, driven down to long-on for one

11.2

Senanayake to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, flighted outside off, driven wide of long-on for two

11.3

Senanayake to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of a length, holds its line outside off, pushed wide of cover

11.4

Senanayake to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, shot of the day so far. Pitched up outside off, and even though he is going against the turn, he clears extra cover with ease

11.5

Senanayake to Shahid Afridi, no run, flatter quicker delivery as expected, Afridi stays back to defend. No room there

11.6

Senanayake to Shahid Afridi, no run, turning into the pads, looks to work it around the corner, can't beat short fine leg

End of over 12 (8 runs) Pakistan 54/4 (RR: 4.50)
Shahid Afridi    9* (8b 1x4)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-8-0
Shoaib Malik    6* (6b)      KS Lokuarachchi    2-0-11-2

"When everyone is getting 2nd chance why not for Imran Nazir," asks Salman Khan

12.1

Lokuarachchi to Shoaib Malik, no run, flighted around off, not turn, Malik defends to cover

12.2

Lokuarachchi to Shoaib Malik, no run, flatter, into the pads, pushed to short midwicket

12.3

Lokuarachchi to Shoaib Malik, no run, again no turn, no room either, and Malik defends it back to him

12.4

Lokuarachchi to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short and wide, cut away to deep point

"Is this the new generation of spinners in Sri Lanka? They call them spinners for a reason, you know..." PDTM, welcome to the post-T20 world, where spinners don't want to turn, fast bowlers are told not to give the batsmen pace to work with

12.5

Lokuarachchi to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, Afridi makes room, he follows, and Afridi manages to lob this over his head for a couple

12.6

Lokuarachchi to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, short of a length, punched wide of sweeper-cover

End of over 13 (5 runs) Pakistan 59/4 (RR: 4.53)
Shahid Afridi    13* (10b 1x4)      KS Lokuarachchi    3-0-16-2
Shoaib Malik    7* (10b)      SMSM Senanayake    1-0-8-0

13.1

Senanayake to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of a length, not much room, played with an open face, gets a single

13.2

Senanayake to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, fired in, worked past midwicket for one

13.3

Senanayake to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushed wide of cover-point

"This "New look" Pakistan team gives me the creeps, lets bring back old N trusty tried and failed folks." Muneeb has seen enough

13.4

Senanayake to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, lovely shot from Afridi. Always good to watch someone go over extra cover. Afridi makes room early, Senanayake bowls full and just outside off, Afridi lofts over cover. Inches short of being a six

13.5

Senanayake to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, quick, into the pads, worked away for one

13.6

Senanayake to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-on

"Since everyone has being arguing for their favorite players to get second chances, I'll go one step further and ask for the 1992 World Cup squad to be given another chance!" Randy, I want Mudassar Nazar back. For T20s

End of over 14 (9 runs) Pakistan 68/4 (RR: 4.85)
Shoaib Malik    10* (13b)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-17-0
Shahid Afridi    19* (13b 2x4)      KS Lokuarachchi    3-0-16-2

14.1

Lokuarachchi to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, nice shot. Malik shimmies down the track, not too close to the pitch of the ball, has some room to swing through, and lofts it straight. At long-on, Thirimanne drives straight over it

14.2

Lokuarachchi to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, Malik pulls out the extra-cover drive this time. Beautiful shot. Comes down the track, and goes inside-out, along the ground too

14.3

Lokuarachchi to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, He is expecting the shorter, flatter delivery, and sure enough he gets it. Malik pulls this over midwicket for the third straight boundary. How badly Pakistan needed this

Midwicket goes back now

14.4

Lokuarachchi to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, fired in again, punched along the ground to deep midwicket

14.5

Lokuarachchi to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, short of a length, flicked away powerfully to deep midwicket

14.6

Lokuarachchi to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full on the pads, worked away for a single - at 15 runs, the best over for Pakistan so far

End of over 15 (15 runs) Pakistan 83/4 (RR: 5.53)
Shoaib Malik    24* (18b 3x4)      KS Lokuarachchi    4-0-31-2
Shahid Afridi    20* (14b 2x4)      SMSM Senanayake    2-0-17-0

"Shoaib Malik might go on to score 50 for Pakistan tonight but - selected to play only T20s - he will be taking flight back to home tomorrow." Mazher Arshad, personally I think Malik could have been an ODI great. He used to be a master chaser, and manipulator in the middle overs

15.1

Udana to Shoaib Malik, no run, short delivery, he cuts it, but can't beat point

Udana is back by the way

15.2

Udana to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, a good yorker, dug out for one. That's good. Not sure why many bowlers don't bowl the yorker

15.3

Udana to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, overpitched, driven down the ground, not timed sweetly, which actually allows them the time to take the second

15.4

Udana to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, slower ball, short and wide, guided to third man for one

15.5

Udana to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, slower ball again, not much room, but he manages to cut it to deep point for one

15.6

Udana to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, low full toss, driven to long-on just for one

End of over 16 (6 runs) Pakistan 89/4 (RR: 5.56)
Shahid Afridi    24* (17b 2x4)      I Udana    4-1-18-0
Shoaib Malik    26* (21b 3x4)      KS Lokuarachchi    4-0-31-2

Anees: "I want Ghulam Ali back to repeat his unforgettable ( not for him, though ) knock of 13 off 49 balls." Perera comes back now

16.1

Perera to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, full and wide, driven over point, gets a couple to square of third man

16.2

Perera to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, full, just outside off, Afridi moves across and violently whips it away for four through midwicket

Midwicket goes back now. Perera goes round the stumps

16.3

Perera to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, Afridi sees the plan, and beats it. Makes room, a lot of room, and takes this full delivery from well outside leg, and goes inside-out over cover

Back over the wicket now. And we have a sweeper-cover too

16.4

Perera to Shahid Afridi, no run, bouncer with third man and fine leg in the circle, Afridi tries the upper cut and misses. What a grunt he lets out. Sanga isn't impressed with the bowler either

Third man goes back now

16.5

Perera to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, sharp delivery, short of a length, into the pads, no room, and he gets a leg-bye

16.6

Perera to Shoaib Malik, no run, Malik moves across, Perera follows him, gets decent bounce too, and all Malik manages is a push to point

End of over 17 (11 runs) Pakistan 100/4 (RR: 5.88)
Shoaib Malik    26* (22b 3x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-18-0
Shahid Afridi    35* (22b 4x4)      I Udana    4-1-18-0

Kulasekara comes back. Likely to bowl 18 and 20

17.1

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, goes for a big hit down the ground, doesn't hit it well, which is just as well because this doesn't carry to long-on

17.2

Kulasekara to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, slower ball, too full, but Malik has lost all timing because of the change of pace, and gets a single to long-on

The ball has lost parts of its seam, and we are waiting for them to get a new one. Meanwhile Djoker and Seppi putting on quite a match in Paris

17.3

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, no run, that's eight runs in the credit for the stumps at the non-striker's end. At least this time no wicket falls. Afridi absolutely smashes this half-volley into the stumps. Kula doesn't even want to get a hand to it

17.4

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, whipped to deep midwicket for one. No room again

17.5

Kulasekara to Shoaib Malik, no run, slower ball outside off, doesn't bounce at all, beats his attempt to cut it

17.6

Kulasekara to Shoaib Malik, 1 wide, big wide down the leg side as this slower one goes wrong

17.6

Kulasekara to Shoaib Malik, no run, another slower one, legcutter, outside off, and Malik is beaten again. Bounces well short of Sanga. Top over from Kula

End of over 18 (4 runs) Pakistan 104/4 (RR: 5.77)
Shoaib Malik    27* (25b 3x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-9-1
Shahid Afridi    37* (25b 4x4)      NLTC Perera    3-0-18-0

18.1

Perera to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, slower legcutter, for a moment it seems to have done Afridi in, but he stands back, and just powers it over the bowler's hand. Off the back foot

18.2

Perera to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, Dilshan has dropped a sitter. Would you drop it? Long hop from Perera, Afridi toe-ends a pull, but Dilshan lets it slip through at deep midwicket

18.3

Perera to Shoaib Malik, OUT, Dilshan takes this one, but is still cross with himself for having dropped the previous one. Short again, but stays a little low. Malik pulls, and finds Dilshan to perfection. Dilshan throws the ball away in disgust, and doesn't even join the others in celebrating. Clearly disappointed with the previous delivery

Shoaib Malik c Dilshan b Perera 27 (47m 26b 3x4 0x6) SR: 103.84

Yasir Arafat to take strike for the first time today

18.4

Perera to Shahid Afridi, 1 run

18.5

Perera to Yasir Arafat, 1 run, pushed towards long-off for a single. Over to Lala

18.6

Perera to Shahid Afridi, SIX, full, on the stumps, and the first six of the match. Lala goes boom. Clears the front leg, gets under this, and goes straight over the bowler's head. One short of a fifty in his 50th game

End of over 19 (13 runs) Pakistan 117/5 (RR: 6.15)
Shahid Afridi    49* (29b 5x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    4-0-31-1
Yasir Arafat    1* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-9-1

19.1

Kulasekara to Yasir Arafat, 1 run, Arafat punches this to sweeper-cover, and gives the strike to Afridi

19.2

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, nice yorker, middle and leg, dug out to long-off for one. Reaches the fifty. Muted celebrations. Afridi is not thrilled. Team still in the woods

19.3

Kulasekara to Yasir Arafat, OUT, bouncer, Arafat comes down the track, and cuts it in the air, straight to Dilshan at sweeper-cover. Dilshan still not emoting much. Arafat has at least brought Afridi back on strike

Yasir Arafat c Dilshan b Kulasekara 2 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

19.4

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, no run, full toss down leg, Afridi premeditates a paddle, misses, but this is not called a wide. Umpire reckons it brushed the pad

19.5

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, full toss, drilled down the ground, between long-on and long-off, Perera saves it with his foot

19.6

Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, 1 bye, another paddle missed, once again not called a wide. That's because this ball has hit the leg stump without dislodging the bail. Kulasekara fiddles with the stumps, wondering why it wouldn't let go off the bail. Afridi is disappointed at missing out on two deliveries on the pads

So much like Sri Lanka the other night, Pakistan have given themselves a fighting chance after an uninspired start. Afridi scored a fifty for them, in his 50th T20I. The top order has a lot of catching up to do. Sri Lanka were disciplined, and benefited from an unremarkable Pakistan effort. Join us soon for the chase

End of over 20 (5 runs) Pakistan 122/6
Shahid Afridi    52* (33b 5x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-1-13-2
Sohail Tanvir    0* (0b)      NLTC Perera    4-0-31-1
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Jun 3, 2012

Mohammad Hafeez and Mahela Jayawardene with the series trophy, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Hambantota

Mohammad Hafeez and Mahela Jayawardene with the series trophy

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Jun 3, 2012

Mohammad Sami bowled with pace and picked up three wickets, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Hambantota

Mohammad Sami bowled with pace and picked up three wickets

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