Pakistan in Sri Lanka ODI Series - 4th ODI

Sri Lanka v Pakistan

Sri Lanka won by 44 runs

It is bright and sunny in Colombo as we Tharanga marks his guard. Umar Gul ready to bowl. Two slips in. Play

2.05pm We have a decent bag of Saturday reading for after the toss and before the start of play. The Numbers Game looks at how the Pakistan bowlers have been bailing out their batsmen. Kanishkaa Balachandran has more on the Josephian Mafia - Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera. And do catch Martin Williamson's Rewind on the bad old days of Pakistan-England cricket

Mahela Jayawardene has won the toss, and Sri Lanka are batting first. No changes for Sri Lanka. Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan will continue opening the innings. The left-hand Tharanga counters Sohail Tanvir's angle, says Jayawardene. Pakistan are going in with the same XI too, which means Mohammad Sami stays out, and Pakistan persist with six batsmen and Shahid Afridi at No. 7

2pm An update on playing conditions with the reserve day. They will make every effort - reduced overs and all - to finish the game on the original day. If they can't, though, on the reserve day the game will resume from where they have left

1.45pm Welcome to the ODI Saturday. The one in Sri Lanka first. As many of you would know, we now have reserve days for the remaining games. For those like me, who have been under a rock for the last two days, here is the story. We are trying to find out if they will continue the play from where they left or start afresh should a reserve day be used

Once again it's a hot afternoon to start off with. And a big Saturday crowd has lined up. Toss in 15 minutes

0.1

Umar Gul to Tharanga, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, angling towards off, Tharanga looks to turn this to leg, and is slightly early into it

0.2

Umar Gul to Tharanga, 1 wide, wide down leg side, swinging further away after passing the stumps. Sarfraz has to make a diving save

0.2

Umar Gul to Tharanga, no run, loose flirty shot outside off. Short of a length, wide already, angling away, and he follows it without any feet. Beaten

0.3

Umar Gul to Tharanga, 4 leg byes, on the pads again, too straight. Pitched outside leg, angling towards leg, and even though Tharanga doesn't get any bat on it, four leg-byes accrue

0.4

Umar Gul to Tharanga, no run, that's better, pitched on leg, angling towards off, Tharanga is squared up in defence

0.5

Umar Gul to Tharanga, no run, short of a length, just outside off, punched away to cover-point

0.6

Umar Gul to Tharanga, FOUR, first runs off the bat. Short of a length again, but this provides him the width. Tharanga follows it, and opens the face late to place it between point and cover-point

End of over 1 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 9/0 (RR: 9.00)
WU Tharanga    4* (6b 1x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    0* (0b)     

Sohail Tanvir takes the second new ball

1.1

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, length ball, just outside off, seaming away, left alone

1.2

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, another delivery wide enough to not make Dilshan play

1.3

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, better. Length ball, not too wide, Dilshan fancies a drive, and is beaten by the seam movement

1.4

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, another delivery seaming away from just outside off. Dilshan is well forward before shouldering arms

1.5

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, slightly shorter, but Dilshan is not following them outside off

1.6

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, Tanvir begins with a maiden. Length ball, well outside off, left alone

End of over 2 (maiden) Sri Lanka 9/0 (RR: 4.50)
TM Dilshan    0* (6b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-1-0-0
WU Tharanga    4* (6b 1x4)      Umar Gul    1-0-5-0

2.1

Umar Gul to Tharanga, no run, length ball, accurate, no room outside off, defended to mid-off

Round the stumps goes Gul

2.2

Umar Gul to Tharanga, OUT, a sharp slip catch by Younis. Loose shot from Tharanga. Short of a length, outside off, holding the line a bit if anything, and Tharanga drives at it without any foot movement. It's a healthy edge to the left of second slip, and YK is alert there

WU Tharanga c Younis Khan b Umar Gul 4 (9m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

In comes Kumar Sangakkara. Gul stays round the stumps

2.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, angling in towards off, Sanga defends it solidly to leg

2.4

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, dug in short, chest-high, outside off, keeps it down with a solid back-foot defensive

2.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, fuller, angling in towards top of off, Sanga defends off the front foot

2.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Afridi misfields. That's a rare occurrence. This is a full ball into the pads, Sanga turns the bat face too early, and gets a leading edge towards mid-on, where Afridi sort of dives over the ball, and allows two runs. Should have stopped that, and kept this over down to a maiden

End of over 3 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 11/1 (RR: 3.66)
KC Sangakkara    2* (4b)      Umar Gul    2-0-7-1
TM Dilshan    0* (6b)      Sohail Tanvir    1-1-0-0

3.1

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, 3 runs, Afridi again. This is push-driven nicely between the bowler and Afridi, and Afridi doesn't give the chase, presuming the ball is headed for the boundary. To his horror, the ball holds up inside, and they take three

3.2

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 wide, and now Tanvir slips one down the pads of the left-hand batsman

3.2

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, this one swings away from the left-hand batsman, but wide enough for Sanga to not play at

3.3

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, another good delivery. Short of a length, just outside off, moving away, defended with an open face

3.4

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 run, slightly short, slightly wide, cut away to third man for one

Two wide slips in place

3.5

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, length ball outside off, left alone to seam away

3.6

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, FOUR, Shot. He has had a sighter, and now goes after one. Length again, widish again, and he plants the front foot down to drive it at the top of the bounce. Through extra cover it goes

End of over 4 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 20/1 (RR: 5.00)
TM Dilshan    7* (9b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    2-1-9-0
KC Sangakkara    3* (7b)      Umar Gul    2-0-7-1

Dilshan seems to have taken a painkiller between the overs

4.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, oh what a ripper. Short of a length, pitching just outside off, Sanga has to play and cover the angle. And then the ball leaves him. Can't do much with these, except hope you don't edge it, which is what happened

4.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 2 runs, Overthrow. Steered away to third man, and Tanvir's throw from there hits the stumps direct, and the deflection gets them a second

4.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, drives outside off, gets an inside edge to fine leg

4.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, short of a length, angling in towards middle, defended back to him

4.5

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, flashy drive outside off, doesn't connect well, and is fielded at cover-point

4.6

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, length, on off, defended to cover-point

End of over 5 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 23/1 (RR: 4.60)
TM Dilshan    7* (12b 1x4)      Umar Gul    3-0-10-1
KC Sangakkara    6* (10b)      Sohail Tanvir    2-1-9-0

5.1

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended towards cover-point

5.2

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, lovely delivery. Pitches this up, swinging in towards off and middle, gets the inside edge onto the pad

5.3

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 wide, tries the one that swings the other way, but this starts too wide, and takes the best of Sarfraz to keep this from going for byes

Seven extras already, out of 24

5.3

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 2 runs, this one is slightly slower, 133ks, angling into the stumps, takes the inside edge, and Sanga comes back for two

5.4

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, slower ball, and Tanvir can't believe he is not given out. Bowled from close to the stumps, on a length, just outside off, beats the inside edge, hits him flush in front, just above the roll, on the crease, and he is not given out by Umpire Martinesz. That's very very close

5.5

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 run, angling into the pads, and worked away for one

Goes round the stumps for Dilshan

5.6

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, gets this one leave him against the angle. Left alone

End of over 6 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 27/1 (RR: 4.50)
TM Dilshan    7* (13b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    3-1-13-0
KC Sangakkara    9* (15b)      Umar Gul    3-0-10-1

6.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, angling in, defended to leg

6.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, angling in towards off, defended off the front foot

6.3

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, angling in towards middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

6.4

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, angling in towards the top of off, Sanga solidly behind it

6.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run

6.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, left alone outside off to finish the second maiden of the innings

End of over 7 (maiden) Sri Lanka 27/1 (RR: 3.85)
KC Sangakkara    9* (21b)      Umar Gul    4-1-10-1
TM Dilshan    7* (13b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    3-1-13-0

Round the stumps to Dilshan

7.1

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, heavy ball. On a length, angling in, hits the sticker of the bat. One hand comes off the bat

7.2

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, angling in again, defended to midwicket

7.3

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, lovely delivery. Leaving him against the angle, bouncing too, beating the cut

7.4

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, angling in this time, defended off the back foot

Pakistan have done away with the yellow patches on the bottoms of their pants. It's all green now

7.5

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, angling in, but well outside off, and is left alone

7.6

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, this one holds its line outside off, and is left alone

Back-to-back maidens now

End of over 8 (maiden) Sri Lanka 27/1 (RR: 3.37)
TM Dilshan    7* (19b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    4-2-13-0
KC Sangakkara    9* (21b)      Umar Gul    4-1-10-1

8.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, thick edge as he pushes at one outside off, and he gets a single to third man

8.2

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, short of a length, into the pads, worked to square leg, wants a single, is sent back. Rightly too

8.3

Umar Gul to Dilshan, no run, Another beauty from Gul. On a length, outside off, Dilshan wants a big, booming drive, but the ball holds its line, and beats the outside edge

8.4

Umar Gul to Dilshan, 1 run, another delivery that holds its line, and all the pressure has resulted in a risky single. Thick edge to point, Sanga calls him through, and Umar Akmal's throw misses. Had he hit, Sanga was a goner

Round the stumps

8.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended to cover

8.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, FOUR, nice shot. Length ball, angling in, Sanga moves inside the line, and flicks this between square leg and midwicket

End of over 9 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 33/1 (RR: 3.66)
KC Sangakkara    14* (24b 1x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-16-1
TM Dilshan    8* (22b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    4-2-13-0

Stays round the stumps to Dilshan

9.1

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, no run, another length ball that holds its line outside off, pushed to cover

9.2

Sohail Tanvir to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, yorker down the leg side, goes off the toe for a leg-bye

Round the stumps to Sanga too

9.3

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 wide, this one moves against the angle, but has started outside leg, and is called a wide

Goes over the stumps

9.3

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, angling in, defended to leg

9.4

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, moves away after pitching just outside off, defended to leg

9.5

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

9.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, angling in, pushed to square leg

End of over 10 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 35/1 (RR: 3.50)
KC Sangakkara    14* (28b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    5-2-14-0
TM Dilshan    8* (24b 1x4)      Umar Gul    5-1-16-1

Shahid Afridi is the first of the three spinners to be introduced

10.1

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, 2 runs, short and wide first ball, and is cut away square of sweeper-cover for a couple

10.2

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, FOUR, short and wide again, and this time Dilshan delays the cut even more to go so square of backward point. This one goes for four

Poor day for Lala so far. Two misfields, two poor deliveries

10.3

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, no run, short and wide again, and luckily for Afridi this time he finds point

10.4

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, no run, now the slider, fuller too, gets the inside edge, but it is safe

10.5

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, no run, tossed up now, 86ks, defended back to Afridi

10.6

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, 1 run, slow and teasing again, 89ks, driven down to long-off for one

End of over 11 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 42/1 (RR: 3.81)
TM Dilshan    15* (30b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-7-0
KC Sangakkara    14* (28b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    5-2-14-0

Younis Khan to bowl seam-up. That's interesting. He is a handy bowler. Fitting in for a third seamer here. One wide slip in

11.1

Younis Khan to Dilshan, 1 wide, swing right away, but it starts wide, and is called too

Did Younis know before the game he would be bowling?

11.1

Younis Khan to Dilshan, no run, full and straight, pushed into the stumps at the non-striker's end

11.2

Younis Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball, outside off, 118ks, punched to sweeper-cover for one

One wide slip for Sanga too

11.3

Younis Khan to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, middle and leg, angling towards off, defended to leg

This is the 19th time Younis has bowled in an ODI

11.4

Younis Khan to Sangakkara, 1 wide, angled too far outside off. Younis not happy with the wide call, especially because Sanga has walked down and across. That call was a touch harsh

11.4

Younis Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, walks down and across again, pushes this to long-off for one

11.5

Younis Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, sliding down leg, worked away to fine leg

Keeper up to the stumps to keep Sanga from walking down the wicket

11.6

Younis Khan to Sangakkara, no run, length ball outside off, left alone

End of over 12 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 47/1 (RR: 3.91)
KC Sangakkara    15* (31b 1x4)      Younis Khan    1-0-5-0
TM Dilshan    17* (33b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    1-0-7-0

12.1

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, no run, Afridi teasing him again. Flighted on middle and leg, 83ks, hits the pad

12.2

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, 1 run, steps out of the crease to drive this to long-on for one

12.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, short again, punched away to sweeper-cover for one

12.4

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, 1 run, comes down the wicket and drives this to long-off for one

12.5

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, flighted outside off, Sanga plays for the turn, this one slides away with the angle, and beats the outside edge

12.6

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, stays back to defend a length ball back to him

End of over 13 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 50/1 (RR: 3.84)
KC Sangakkara    16* (34b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-10-0
TM Dilshan    19* (36b 2x4)      Younis Khan    1-0-5-0

13.1

Younis Khan to Dilshan, 1 wide, another wide from Younis

13.1

Younis Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed to straight extra cover, and Afridi tries to sneak in a run-out. Concedes an overthrow

13.2

Younis Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga pushes outside off, gets an inside edge that beats the stumps

13.3

Younis Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length, on off, pushed to straight extra cover

13.4

Younis Khan to Sangakkara, 1 run, wide and full, driven to long-off for one

13.5

Younis Khan to Dilshan, 1 run, short of a length, on off, worked wide of midwicket for one

13.6

Younis Khan to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, outside off, solidly pushed to cover

End of over 14 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 56/1 (RR: 4.00)
KC Sangakkara    18* (37b 1x4)      Younis Khan    2-0-11-0
TM Dilshan    22* (39b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    2-0-10-0

14.1

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, no run, flighted on middle and leg, slides down as Dilshan plays for the turn. Beaten

14.2

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, no run, full, fast and wide, 95ks, and beats Dilshan's drive

14.3

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, 1 run, slows it down now, 80ks, but bowls a touch short, and is punched away to sweeper-cover

14.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, chips down the track, works this length ball to deep midwicket for one

14.5

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, no run, flat, shortish, late-cuts it, but can't beat point

14.6

Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, no run, hat's the risky cut. Quick delivery, angling in towards off, he plays the cut, and just about manages to keep it out

"Do Pakistan play lankans oftener than indians?" Interesting question, Kate. I think India-Sri Lanka still holds the record with 134 matches, and Pakistan-Sri Lanka is right behind with 132. Pakistan will level that record in this series, only for India to reclaim it next month

End of over 15 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 58/1 (RR: 3.86)
TM Dilshan    23* (44b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-12-0
KC Sangakkara    19* (38b 1x4)      Younis Khan    2-0-11-0

Bowling PP on. Which means Saeed Ajmal is on. One slip in place. Long-on, deep square and long-off are the three men out

15.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, FOUR, short and wide, and Sanga cashes in with a cut. Poor start from Ajmal. Fifty for the partnership

15.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, length ball now, slight turn away after pitching on off, defended to leg

15.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, fired in again, 91ks, worked away off the pads

Round the stumps to Dilshan

15.4

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, no run, length ball, on off, 87ks, defended to cover

15.5

Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, quicker, straighter, 89ks, worked away to deep midwicket

15.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga is sleepwalking here. Worked away straight to square leg, and he ambles up for a single. Dilshan sends him back, and he just about makes it back in time

Time for a drink

End of over 16 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 64/1 (RR: 4.00)
KC Sangakkara    24* (42b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-6-0
TM Dilshan    24* (46b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    3-0-12-0

"Isn't Misbah too predictable in PP regarding choice of bowlers ..." I agree, Usman. Moreover, Ajmal, who should be the strike bowler, is now bowling only with a defensive mindset because six of his overs come in PP. Look at his trajectory and speeds

And, predictably, Hafeez is the other man to bowl inside the Powerplay. All three deep men on the leg side

16.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Dilshan, OUT, Hafeez's golden arm strikes first ball. Premeditated sweep first ball. Dilshan misses the ball completely. On a length, just outside off, turning in slightly, hits him in front of middle and off. That's dead plumb

TM Dilshan lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 24 (74m 47b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.06

Dinesh Chandimal is the new batsman. One slip in place

16.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, no run, flighted outside off, defended

"In a way Kate, Pak and Ind compete each other via SL, when they are not playing a mutual series. That obviously add to Lankans work burden but being a neighbour ..." That's well put, Amjad

16.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, 1 run, full, driven to long-on for one

"Hafeez strikes right after I posted a comment about why Misbah isn't bringing him on to bowl! :D I should be Pakistan's new captain!! :P I swear I shall not tuk-tuk either ;)" Wait till you see Misbah, Eliya Abbas. He won't tuk-tuk then

16.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, on a length, in front of off, defended back to him

Round the stumps to Sanga

16.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, offbreak, middle and off, turning towards off, defended off the back foot

16.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, quick offbreak on off, 87ks, defended to extra cover

End of over 17 (1 run) Sri Lanka 65/2 (RR: 3.82)
KC Sangakkara    24* (45b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-1-1
LD Chandimal    1* (2b)      Saeed Ajmal    1-0-6-0

Back over the stumps now

17.1

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, no run, turning into the pads, pushed to square leg

17.2

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, no run, patting a burning dog there, cutting a quick offbreak. This is bowled at 90ks, on a length, and he is playing the cut. Just about keeps this out

17.3

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, no run, turning into the pads, defended to square leg

17.4

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, no run, topspinner now, 91ks, on middle and leg, defended to leg again

17.5

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, no run, flighted offbreak outside off, Ajmal runs to his right to prevent the single to long-on

17.6

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, no run, quick offbreak, 92ks, beats him, but this is turning down the leg side

Maiden over

End of over 18 (maiden) Sri Lanka 65/2 (RR: 3.61)
LD Chandimal    1* (8b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-1-6-0
KC Sangakkara    24* (45b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    1-0-1-1

18.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, Huge lbw appeal. Pitches middle, and doesn't turn enough to get the verdict. But the pressure is one

18.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, defended to leg

18.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, offbreak, slower through the air, defended off the front foot again

18.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, jumps out of the crease, is beaten in the flight, and kicks it away

18.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, out of the crease again, pushes this to midwicket

18.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, comes down the track again, works this length ball behind square on the leg side for the first run in 15 deliveries

End of over 19 (1 run) Sri Lanka 66/2 (RR: 3.47)
KC Sangakkara    25* (51b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-2-1
LD Chandimal    1* (8b)      Saeed Ajmal    2-1-6-0

19.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, offbreak, on off, defended solidly

19.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, length ball outside off, 91ks, defended with an open face

19.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, chips down the track again, pushes this full ball to long-on for one

19.4

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, no run, Dangerous premeditated sweep, and he is beaten. But he has just got outside the line of off

19.5

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, 1 run, full offbreak, pushed straight to mid-off, and substitute Rehman misses from there. The only time I have seen Pakistan hit the stumps is that throw from Tanvir from third man, which conceded an overthrow

19.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, defended in front of off

End of over 20 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 68/2 (RR: 3.40)
KC Sangakkara    26* (55b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-1-8-0
LD Chandimal    2* (10b)      Mohammad Hafeez    2-0-2-1

20.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, no run, flighted outside off, pushed to mid-off

Only 10 runs and a wicket in the PP

20.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, FOUR, Chandimal takes the risk, comes down the track, not quite to the pitch of the ball, doesn't quite get the elevation, but he has hit this between the bowler and mid-off

20.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, 1 run, full, and driven to long-on for one

20.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, slow through the air, a full toss, 86ks, pushed back to him

20.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, full, on off, driven to long-off for one

20.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, 1 run, full again, driven to long-on for another single

End of over 21 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 75/2 (RR: 3.57)
LD Chandimal    8* (14b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-9-1
KC Sangakkara    27* (57b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    3-1-8-0

Ajmal continues, thankfully, unlike the last time when he was taken off soon as the PP got over

21.1

Saeed Ajmal to Chandimal, 1 run, doosra, opens the face on it, places it past slip for one

21.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, shorter, flatter, quicker, pushed to midwicket

21.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, full offbreak, gets a thick edge towards point

21.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, straighter, non-turner, pushed back to him

21.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, comes down the track, is beaten in the flight, and kicks the ball away

21.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, shorter, 93ks, cut away, but finds point

End of over 22 (1 run) Sri Lanka 76/2 (RR: 3.45)
KC Sangakkara    27* (62b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-1-9-0
LD Chandimal    9* (15b 1x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    3-0-9-1

Shahid Afridi replaces Hafeez now

22.1

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, no run, starts with a quick legbreak, at 95ks, defended to cover

22.2

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, no run, slower, but a legbreak again, 87ks, defended off the back foot

22.3

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, 1 run, full, sliding one, gets a thick inside edge, wide of midwicket

22.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, another misfield. This is worked towards square leg, where the fielder dives over it, allowing a single

22.5

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, 1 wide, slides this down the leg for a wide

22.5

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, no run, slow legbreak, 84ks, on off, defended solidly

22.6

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, 1 run, full and fast, 96ks, dug out to long-on for one

End of over 23 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 80/2 (RR: 3.47)
LD Chandimal    11* (20b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-16-0
KC Sangakkara    28* (63b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    4-1-9-0

Hafeez replaces Ajmal now. Change of ends

23.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, no run, turning into middle and leg, worked to square leg

23.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, 1 run, short and straight, punched down to long-on for one

23.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, no turn on this shortish delivery, punched down to long-on for one

23.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, 1 run, full and fast, 90ks, pushed to long-on for one

23.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, stays back to play this length ball to straight extra cover

23.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, offbreak, pushed to the left of extra cover for a single

End of over 24 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 84/2 (RR: 3.50)
KC Sangakkara    30* (66b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-13-1
LD Chandimal    13* (23b 1x4)      Shahid Afridi    4-0-16-0

24.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, legbreak on the pads, pushed straight to Younis at square leg, sent back

24.2

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, slider, in front of off, pushed between point and short third for a single

24.3

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, FOUR, slog-sweep. Calculated risk to break the streak of tight overs. Drags this from outside off, and goes over the midwicket

24.4

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, no run, legbreak wide outside off, defended to cover

24.5

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, no run, slow now, 85ks, defended to cover again

24.6

Shahid Afridi to Chandimal, 1 run, angling into the pads, worked away for a single

End of over 25 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 90/2 (RR: 3.60)
LD Chandimal    18* (27b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-22-0
KC Sangakkara    31* (68b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    4-0-13-1

Round the wicket to Chandi now

25.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, no run, length ball on the pads, worked to square leg

25.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, no run, another sharp offbreak, hits him on the pad

25.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Chandimal, OUT, Two dots and gone. Chandi feels like he needs to do something extraordinary. Looks to make room and cut a length ball, and Hafeez hits the off stump. Chandimal really does show the pressure if you can block his singles

LD Chandimal b Mohammad Hafeez 18 (28m 30b 2x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Mahela Jayawardene is the new batsman. Rain not too far away. Ground staff is ready

25.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, 1 run, off the mark right away, pushing this offbreak to deep midwicket

5.20pm All covers off the field now. Pakistan fielders are out, and warming up

"So after this delay, will the game still be shortened by the Duckworth/Lewis method, or would the game continue with 50 overs per side, with any overs not completed today bowled in the spare day?" Lucus, they'll make every effort to finish the game tonight, although I don't think this has been a long enough break to start reducing the overs. Their first preference will be to get in 20 overs for both sides tonight itself. If they can't, they'll resume tomorrow from where they stop tonight

5.10pm Says Kanishkaa Balachandran: "They're trying to shake off the excess water off the covers. Supersopper doing the rounds." We can't be too far away from a resumption

4.55pm A few covers still on, but we shouldn't be too far from a resumption

4.31pm It has stopped raining at the Premadasa. Covers slowly coming off

4.25pm It did look bright, but the rain is heavier now, and more covers have come out

4.16pm The rain has arrived, so have the covers. This time we have a foam-like thing between the covers and the pitch. It doesn't look very dark in Colombo. Passing shower

Back on field. This innings is due to end on 7.09pm, with a 36-minute break to follow. Pakistan come out of their huddle. Hafeez will continue with his unfinished over. It's pretty bright for 5.25pm in Colombo

"June 16: Lets rewind to thirteen years back. Shoaib Akhtar at his menacing best, rattled New Zealand in World Cup Semi Final 1999 - including that famous yorker to Fleming, with hyped-up Tony Greig doing commentary. At the end, Wasim Akram standing at balcony of Old Trafford, pumping his fist, uttering 'One more to go!'." Mazher Arshad won't want to rewind to what happened a few days after June 16, 1999

News is in: we resume at 5.25pm. No reduction in overs

25.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven to long-off for one

25.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, 1 run, topspinner, middle and leg, Mahela gets inside the line, and works this behind square on the leg side

End of over 26 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 93/3 (RR: 3.57)
DPMD Jayawardene    2* (2b)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-16-2
KC Sangakkara    32* (69b 2x4)      Shahid Afridi    5-0-22-0

"So that means that if Sri Lanka bat 50 overs, the rain comes down and there's a shortened D/L innings of 20 overs for Pakistan, one over is bowled and they come off for the night, then they resume on the reserve day under clear sunny skies and bat out the D/L shortened innings? Bizarre." Alaithiran, you also have to keep in mind that the same set of players have to play on Monday too

26.1

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, legbreak, looks to back-cut, can't beat point

26.2

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, full, on the pads, worked away

26.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, quick, pushed to cover

26.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 bye, lovely delivery, and hits Sarfraz on the head. Slower through the air, on a length, on off, turns and bounces, takes the edge onto the pad, and then onto the coconut. No cut or gash. No helmet even. Strangely, ruled a bye

No helmet still for Sarf

26.5

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, quicker, shorter, looks to late-cut, finds short third man

26.6

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, quick, into the pads, the deflection goes to short fine leg

End of over 27 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 95/3 (RR: 3.51)
DPMD Jayawardene    3* (6b)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-23-0
KC Sangakkara    32* (71b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    5-0-16-2

"I must say Sid, a smart (Phantomesque?) move by SLC to introduce a reserve day; when was the last time an ODI was spread over 2 days?" Marcus, I remember a few of those in the 1999 World Cup

27.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, full, on off, pushed back to him

27.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, slower through the air, slight bite off the pitch again, pushed to long-off for one

27.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, 1 run, chips down the track, and chips this to long-on for one. Wanted to hit wide of long-on, but couldn't place it

27.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, full and straight, defended back to Hafeez

27.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, length ball, accurate, pushed to point where Afridi anticipates a single, and denies it through quick work

27.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, another dab to point, and Afridi is alert again

End of over 28 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 97/3 (RR: 3.46)
KC Sangakkara    33* (76b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-18-2
DPMD Jayawardene    4* (7b)      Shahid Afridi    6-0-23-0

28.1

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, full, on the pads, worked straight to midwicket

28.2

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, flighted outside off, turning away, defended with an open face

28.3

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, quicker legbreak, 102ks, Mahela opens the face, and still can't beat short third man

Midwicket goes back

28.4

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, full outside off, driven to extra cover

28.5

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 2 runs, full, on off, chipped towards long-on, where a fumble form Gul turns a sharp second into an easy one

28.6

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, plays for the turn, but the ball drifts in, and he hits it uppishly towards the vacant mid-on region

End of over 29 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 100/3 (RR: 3.44)
DPMD Jayawardene    7* (13b)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-26-0
KC Sangakkara    33* (76b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    6-0-18-2

29.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, 2 runs, the scoop. Down on a knee, in front of the stumps, and lobs this length ball over the keeper's head

Goes round the stumps

29.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, no run, tries the reverse sweep, and is beaten by a quick ball outside off

29.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, uppishly placed wide of midwicket for one

That's 11,000 runs for the partnership of Sanga and Mahela. Fourth pair to do so. Dravid and Tendulkar, Greenidge and Haynes, and Ganguly and Tendulkar are ahead of them

29.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, topspinner, no room, stays back to keep it out

29.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, leaves the crease, beaten in the flight, kicks it away

29.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, sharp offbreak, Sanga goes back to a length ball, and is beaten by the turn

End of over 30 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 103/3 (RR: 3.43)
KC Sangakkara    33* (79b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-21-2
DPMD Jayawardene    10* (16b)      Shahid Afridi    7-0-26-0

30.1

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, full, into the pads, gets a single off the inside edge

30.2

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 2 runs, takes the risk. Moves well across the stumps, Afridi bowls fastish, 95ks, and then he laps this full ball from in front of leg, gets a couple

30.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, flighted outside off, defended to cover

30.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, slider, pitches leg, angles towards off, Sanga opens the face, gets it to bounce in front of the keeper, and Sarf makes dive wide to prevent the single

30.5

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, Dropped. Sitter at long-on. And it's Gul. Sanga shows desperation by coming down the track and lofting this straight to Gul. Gul gets down on a knee, tries to take it low, but spills it

30.6

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, big appeal for lbw, but this is clearly headed down leg. A slider

End of over 31 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 107/3 (RR: 3.45)
DPMD Jayawardene    11* (18b)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-30-0
KC Sangakkara    36* (83b 2x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    7-0-21-2

31.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, FOUR, this will rub salt for Afridi. Two balls after being dropped off Afridi, Sanga despatches a long hop over midwicket

31.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, full, middle and off, driven to long-off for one

Round the stumps to Mahela

31.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, 1 run, mis-hits a reverse-sweep in front of square, gets a single

31.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, comes down the track, works a length ball around the corner

31.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, worked away for a single

31.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, just outside off, pushed to sweeper-cover for one

End of over 32 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 116/3 (RR: 3.62)
KC Sangakkara    43* (87b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-30-2
DPMD Jayawardene    13* (20b)      Shahid Afridi    8-0-30-0

32.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, sweeps a really full ball to deep square leg for a single

32.2

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, slower through the air, tries the lap shot, mis-times, and Ajmal is caught napping at short fine leg

32.3

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, flighted on middle and leg, this time Younis is alert at short fine leg

32.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven to sweeper-cover for one

32.5

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, tries the late-cut again, and fins short third man again

32.6

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, tries the scoop over the keeper's head this time, is beaten by a full ball, and is hit on the pad outside the line of off

End of over 33 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 119/3 (RR: 3.60)
DPMD Jayawardene    14* (23b)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-33-0
KC Sangakkara    45* (90b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    8-0-30-2

33.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, on off, played with the turn, gets a single to sweeper-cover

Continues round the stumps

33.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, no run, tries the late-cut again, and is beaten by the ball angled across him

33.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, 1 run, worked off the pads for a single

33.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, finds the only fielder in the circle on the leg side, Younis at midwicket

33.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, length ball on off now, pushed back to him

33.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, angling in towards off, punched down to long-off for one

Hafeez 9-0-33-2. He is likely to be replaced by Ajmal in the 36th over

End of over 34 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 122/3 (RR: 3.58)
KC Sangakkara    47* (94b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-33-2
DPMD Jayawardene    15* (25b)      Shahid Afridi    9-0-33-0

Afridi to bowl out. last over before PP

34.1

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, full, on off, thick-edged to point

34.2

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, full on off, driven to long-off for one

34.3

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, chipped away towards long-off, falls well short of Gul

34.4

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, no run, quicker one, angling across him, 98ks, takes the leading edge towards short third man

34.5

Shahid Afridi to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length, goes back to work it towards deep midwicket for one

34.6

Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, quicker ball, angled in for top of off, Mahela defends off the front foot

Afridi bowls out with figures of 10-0-36-0

End of over 35 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 125/3 (RR: 3.57)
DPMD Jayawardene    16* (27b)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-36-0
KC Sangakkara    49* (98b 3x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    9-0-33-2

As expected, Ajmal will bowl the first over of the Powerplay. Time for a change of tempo. Sri Lanka absolutely can't afford to lose wickets here. Long-off, long-on, and deep square are the men out

35.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, gets inside the line of a length ball, works it wide of short fine leg, reaches 50 off 99 balls. Sanga is not too pumped, he knows there is work left to do

35.2

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 run, length ball, on the pads, helped around the corner for a single

35.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, full, on off, driven back to Ajmal

35.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, tospinner, just outside off, Sanga cramped on the drive, hits it to cover

35.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, FOUR, nice shot. Calculated risk. Makes room, takes this length ball from outside leg, goes inside-out, and clears extra cover, not by much, but clears nonetheless

35.6

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, angling into the pads, helped away for a single behind square

End of over 36 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 132/3 (RR: 3.66)
KC Sangakkara    55* (103b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    5-1-16-0
DPMD Jayawardene    17* (28b)      Shahid Afridi    10-0-36-0

Gul getting some magic spray sprayed on the ring finger of his right hand. Ready to bowl now. Round the stumps. Deep point, long-off and deep square leg are out

36.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, SIX, Gul, who dropped Sanga, pays the heftiest of prices. No respect shown to him. Dances down to a length ball, and lofts him over long-on as if a spinner

Mid-on goes back. Not sure who has come in

36.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 wide, wide down the leg side now

36.2

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length, into the body, worked away into the on side for the 50th run of the stand

36.3

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side, except this has slid down the pads of a right-hand batsman

Gul going through an ordinary period of 15 minutes or so. Dropped catch, hurt finger, six first ball, two wides

36.3

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, short of a length, not much room, Mahela wants to run it fine, and is beaten. Slightly late into the shot

36.4

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, 1 run, short again, plays the regulation cut now, gets a single to deep point

Round the wicket to Gul

36.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, slower ball, driven nicely, but Hafeez is quick at extra cover, denies them even a single

36.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, no run, good bouncer, follows his head as he backs away, and Sanga drops out of the way at the last moment

End of over 37 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 142/3 (RR: 3.83)
KC Sangakkara    62* (107b 4x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    6-1-26-1
DPMD Jayawardene    18* (30b)      Saeed Ajmal    5-1-16-0

37.1

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, no run, tries the reverse-sweep, and Ajmal fires this down what would have been his leg stump. Not called a wide by the umpire

37.2

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, FOUR, this time plays the regulation lap, and takes this quick ball from outside leg, and guides this virtually over the keeper's head

37.3

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 run, length ball, on leg, worked away for a single to deep square

37.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, middle and leg, driven to long-off

These two have now added 5000 in company of each other in ODIs, to go with 11000 in all international cricket

37.5

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, no run, full, outside off, angling away, beats him open face

37.6

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, FOUR, that's right-arm filth, full, fast, well outside leg, at 102ks, and all Mahela has to do is get some bat, and boy he does. Past short fine leg it goes

End of over 38 (10 runs) Sri Lanka 152/3 (RR: 4.00)
DPMD Jayawardene    27* (35b 2x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-1-26-0
KC Sangakkara    63* (108b 4x4 1x6)      Umar Gul    6-1-26-1

Gul continues. Round the stumps to Sanga

38.1

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, 1 run, Sanga makes room, Gul follows him with a bouncer, but the top edge doesn't carry to deep square leg

38.2

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, no run, yorker, good old-fashioned yorker, swinging in towards off, dug out to Hafeez at midwicket

Deep point, third man, deep square are back

38.3

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, FOUR, short and wide, and he has murdered this cut shot. Never mind the presence of deep point, nothing is coming in the way of that one

Afridi, Misbah and Gul have a chat. Not very pleasant

38.4

Umar Gul to Jayawardene, 1 run, short again, this time MJ pulls, bottom-edges it towards midwicket, sneaks in a single

Round the stumps to Sanga

38.5

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, SIX, bouncer again. Too predictable. Third bouncer in a row to Sanga. He moves inside the line, and pulls this in the air, using all of Gul's pace, lofting it behind square

38.6

Umar Gul to Sangakkara, FOUR, top shot. Slower ball, following him, short of a length, but even as he moves backwards, Sanga punches this inside-out, from well outside leg, between mid-off and extra cover

End of over 39 (16 runs) Sri Lanka 168/3 (RR: 4.30)
KC Sangakkara    74* (111b 5x4 2x6)      Umar Gul    7-1-42-1
DPMD Jayawardene    32* (38b 3x4)      Saeed Ajmal    6-1-26-0

Ever since Gul dropped Sanga, Pakistan have been rattled. The last four overs have gone for 43 runs, and they are desperately short of ideas. Sanga and MJ turning the heat on here

39.1

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, FOUR, reverse-pull for a one-bounce four. Mahela shapes up for the reverse-sweep, Ajmal drops short, Mahela stands upright again, and pulls him over point. Nearly carried all the way

39.2

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 run, regulation sweep for a single

Another conference

39.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, short of a length, punched straight to extra cover

39.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, slower through the air, 92ks, middle and leg, pushed to the right of Ajmal, and he makes a diving save

39.5

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, nearly played on. Sanga backs away a long away, Ajmal bowls an offbreak on leg, and it turns away fast from Sanga. The bottom edge misses the stumps narrowly

Mid-on comes in, and point goes back. The effect of the constant reverse-sweeping. Ajmal goes over the stumps now

39.6

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, no run, doosra outside off, Mahela plays the forward-defensive

49 off the Powerplay. No wicket lost. Sri Lanka on the charge here. Time for a drink. Pakistan badly needed one

End of over 40 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 174/3 (RR: 4.35)
DPMD Jayawardene    37* (41b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-1-32-0
KC Sangakkara    75* (114b 5x4 2x6)      Umar Gul    7-1-42-1

Hafeez comes back

40.1

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, full, straight, pushed back to him

40.2

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, angled into the pads, worked towards deep midwicket, gets one, slips while turning, so has to stay content with one

Stays round the stumps to MJ

40.3

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, 1 run, tries the big sweep, mis-hits it for a single to deep square

40.4

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, 1 run, topspinner, on off, cramping him, dabbed away for a single

40.5

Mohammad Hafeez to Jayawardene, 1 run, pauses in the delivery stride, bowls short, pulled in the air, falls short of long-on

"Am I the only one against how Ajmal's used? You can't use the majority of the arguably best spinner's overs (6 or more) in the completely defensive role of restricting death over runs. That's just not the way it should be. You want atleast 6 of Ajmal's overs to be bowled before the 30th over with a purely attacking mindset of looking for wickets." Ace, you are not the only one. I expressed my frustration at that earlier. He is your best bowler by your admission, you should use him to take wickets

40.6

Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, no run, full outside off, driven straight to extra cover

End of over 41 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 178/3 (RR: 4.34)
KC Sangakkara    77* (118b 5x4 2x6)      Mohammad Hafeez    10-0-37-2
DPMD Jayawardene    39* (43b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    7-1-32-0

Tanvir comes back. Round the stumps

41.1

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, no run, wide of the crease, angling in, defended back to him

41.2

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, 1 run, angling in again, cramping him up, dabbed away to third man for one

Over the wicket to Sanga

41.3

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, SIX, Sanga is turning it on here. He has scored 33 off the last 20 balls he has faced. He is backing away, takes this slower ball, gets under it, and lofts it over long-off for a six

41.4

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, Sanga gives him the charge, his head falls away, and he is beaten outside off. The ball stays low too

41.5

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, no run, good bouncer, just outside off, umpires are happy this is between shoulders and head, but Sanga feels it should be a wide

41.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 run, short of a length, angling in, punched away for a single to sweeper-cover

End of over 42 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 186/3 (RR: 4.42)
KC Sangakkara    84* (122b 5x4 3x6)      Sohail Tanvir    6-2-22-0
DPMD Jayawardene    40* (45b 4x4)      Mohammad Hafeez    10-0-37-2

Ajmal replaces Hafeez

42.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, FOUR, Sanga is making room, and in an attempt to follow him, Ajmal drops this short, and he pulls it over midwicket

That's 100 for the stand

42.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, no run, full, offbreak, middle and off, edged to short third man

42.3

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, FOUR, Top shot. Sanga is putting up an exhibition here. Backs away again, Ajmal bowls flat again, and he goes inside-out, over extra cover. Lovely batting. Into the 90s

42.4

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 1 run, slows this down, middle and leg, worked away for a single to deep square

42.5

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 4 byes, that's four byes, but it would be pretty harsh on Sarfraz. Mahela hasmoved all over the place here, looking for a reverse-slog, and Sarf is blindsighted. Then it takes the top edge over the keeper's gloves. Still called byes

42.6

Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, no run, length ball, middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

End of over 43 (13 runs) Sri Lanka 199/3 (RR: 4.62)
DPMD Jayawardene    40* (47b 4x4)      Saeed Ajmal    8-1-41-0
KC Sangakkara    93* (126b 7x4 3x6)      Sohail Tanvir    6-2-22-0

43.1

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 run, length ball, no room, driven to sweeper-cover for one

Round the wicket to Mahela

43.2

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, no run, he tries to pull this, but is cramped by the angle, and mis-hits it to midwicket

43.3

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, no run, looks for the late-cut again, and he misses again. Mahela backs away again, the angle follows him, and passes over leg. Muted appeal for a catch at the wicket

43.4

Sohail Tanvir to Jayawardene, OUT, you can try all the fancy-shmancy slower balls, but I don't know many batsmen who can hit these. Yorker, angling in, headed for the base of the stumps, beats the open face, and uproots the leg pole

DPMD Jayawardene b Sohail Tanvir 40 (72m 50b 4x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Thisara Perera is the new batsman. Not sure we should continue calling it a promotion. It's a floating lower middle order

43.5

Sohail Tanvir to Perera, 1 run, throat ball first ball. Perera is on his toes, knocking his head back, fending in front of the body. The ball has hardly gone anywhere, but Sanga calls him through for a single. Tanvir fields, but misses the stumps. He was gone had Tanvir hit

43.6

Sohail Tanvir to Sangakkara, 1 run, dabbed to point, steals a single, another throw misses the stumps

End of over 44 (3 runs) Sri Lanka 202/4 (RR: 4.59)
KC Sangakkara    95* (128b 7x4 3x6)      Sohail Tanvir    7-2-25-1
NLTC Perera    1* (1b)      Saeed Ajmal    8-1-41-0

44.1

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, 2 runs, nice chip shot, over the bowler's head, between long-on and long-off, gets a couple

44.2

Saeed Ajmal to Sangakkara, OUT, Azhar has pulled off a blinder. Or has he? They are checking the replays. Pulled towards deep midwicket as Ajmal follows him. Cramped for room, he doesn't make a good connection. Azhar rushes in from deep midwicket, and dives forward to catch a low catch. After many replays and zoom-ins, the umpires are satisfied he got the finger underneath it. Sanga is not too pleased with the decision. Or perhaps he is just upset he missed out on a ton

KC Sangakkara c Azhar Ali b Saeed Ajmal 97 (173m 130b 7x4 3x6) SR: 74.61

The Josephian Mafia comes together. Angelo Mathews joins Thisara Perera. Read more about them here

44.3

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, flighted outside off, played with an open face, towards short third man

44.4

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, offbreak, just short of a length, steaks a single to midwicket, another instance where a direct hit would have resulted in a run-out

44.5

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, no run, as Ajmal cramps him with one that slides in. Replays show it hit the gloves of the batsman, that too well outside the line

44.6

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, 1 run, cut away for a single to deep cover

Apparently replays show Jayawardene was bowled off a front-foot no-ball that the umpire didn't pick

End of over 45 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 206/5 (RR: 4.57)
NLTC Perera    2* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-1-45-1
AD Mathews    1* (2b)      Sohail Tanvir    7-2-25-1

45.1

Sohail Tanvir to Perera, no run, slower-ball yorker, outside off, dug out, another dot

45.2

Sohail Tanvir to Perera, no run, length ball, outside off, in the slot, but he misses with the slog. Trying to hit too hard

45.3

Sohail Tanvir to Perera, FOUR, bouncer, following him, and even though Perera is not watching the ball, and even though that head is falling away, he has connected superbly for four through square leg

45.4

Sohail Tanvir to Perera, 1 run, wide length ball, trying to create distance as Perera is backing away. Toe-ended through extra cover for one

45.5

Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, 1 run, slower ball, runs off the thick outside edge for a single to third man

45.6

Sohail Tanvir to Perera, 1 run, slower ball, full outside off, completely mis-hit to long-on for one

End of over 46 (7 runs) Sri Lanka 213/5 (RR: 4.63)
NLTC Perera    8* (8b 1x4)      Sohail Tanvir    8-2-32-1
AD Mathews    2* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    9-1-45-1

46.1

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, 1 wide, fired down the leg side, a wide

46.1

Saeed Ajmal to Perera, OUT, Pakistan hold another catch. Perera tries the slog again. Clears the front leg, and swings. Not quite full enough for him, and hence the top edge into the deep on the leg side

NLTC Perera c Umar Akmal b Saeed Ajmal 8 (15m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

Ajmal one short of 100 wickets now. Mazher Arshad informs me 16 other Pakistan bowlers have reached that mark

46.2

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, short of a length, middle and off, dabbed away for one

Lahiru Thirimanne is the new batsman

46.3

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, 4 leg byes, full and slow, beats him in the flight, and with the doosra, but he has strayed too far down the leg side, and the deflection off the pad goes for four

46.4

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched away for a single

46.5

Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushed between cover and extra cover for one

46.6

Saeed Ajmal to Thirimanne, 1 run

End of over 47 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 222/6 (RR: 4.72)
HDRL Thirimanne    2* (3b)      Saeed Ajmal    10-1-50-2
AD Mathews    4* (5b)      Sohail Tanvir    8-2-32-1

47.1

Sohail Tanvir to Thirimanne, no run, length ball outside off, but he beats Thirimanne for the pace. A touch too quick for the new batsman

47.2

Sohail Tanvir to Thirimanne, 1 leg bye, looks to pull, beaten for pace again, hit on the pad, takes a leg-bye

47.3

Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, Mathews happy with those dabs for singles

47.4

Sohail Tanvir to Thirimanne, FOUR, lovely shot. Short ball, angling in, cramping him up, Thirimanne arches back to create room, and then guides it virtually over the keeper's head

47.5

Sohail Tanvir to Thirimanne, 1 run, length ball outside off, drives it square, can't beat point, but takes a single

47.6

Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, 1 run, slower ball, middle and leg, drops and runs, takes a single towards cover

End of over 48 (8 runs) Sri Lanka 230/6 (RR: 4.79)
AD Mathews    6* (7b)      Sohail Tanvir    9-2-39-1
HDRL Thirimanne    7* (7b 1x4)      Saeed Ajmal    10-1-50-2

Gul will have to bowl this over. I am sure Sri Lanka will target him

48.1

Umar Gul to Mathews, 1 run, Mathews tries his all to get lbw. Goes right across the stumps, whips across the line, but gets an inside edge onto the pad

Stays over the wicket

48.2

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, SIX, Thirimanne has slog-swept him for a six. No respect for quick men. And this is right in the slot. On a length, on leg, and he gets down on a knee, and lofts him over midwicket

48.3

Umar Gul to Thirimanne, OUT, Finally somebody hits the stumps direct when it matters. Low full toss, near yorker, dug out to point, tries to steal the single, Afridi hits the non-striker's end's stumps down. Beats him by half a frame. On the line when the bail comes off. Afridi is pretty thrilled with this

HDRL Thirimanne run out 13 (12m 9b 1x4 1x6) SR: 144.44

48.4

Umar Gul to Mathews, 1 run, full, middle and leg, driven to long-on for one

Kulasekara to face for the first time

48.5

Umar Gul to Kulasekara, no run, full, middle and leg, hit straight to Afridi at midwicket, and he tries another run-out. Mathews, who had lost his bat, would have just made it in had Afridi hit

48.6

Umar Gul to Kulasekara, 1 run, makes room to drive this full to sweeper-cover for one

End of over 49 (9 runs) Sri Lanka 239/7 (RR: 4.87)
KMDN Kulasekara    1* (2b)      Umar Gul    8-1-51-1
AD Mathews    8* (9b)      Sohail Tanvir    9-2-39-1

Continues round the stumps

49.1

Sohail Tanvir to Kulasekara, 1 run, slower ball, angling in, worked around the corner for one

49.2

Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, 1 run, short, Mathews makes room, toe-ends it to extra cover for one

49.3

Sohail Tanvir to Kulasekara, 1 run, full, on off, stays back to drive it to long-off for one

49.4

Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, 1 run, Misbah saves three. Mathews makes room to drive this inside-out, but Misbah dives to his left at extra cover to keep them down to one

49.5

Sohail Tanvir to Kulasekara, OUT, Timber. Short of a length. Kula stays back and swings, aiming for midwicket. Is beaten, and is bowled. This dismissal not only gets Pakistan a dot, it also keeps Mathews off strike for the last ball

KMDN Kulasekara b Sohail Tanvir 3 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

49.6

Sohail Tanvir to Malinga, no run, good sharp short ball at 133ks to beat Malinga's slog and earn another dot and a four-run over

7.17pm Sri Lanka will be the happier team right now even though Pakistan have pulled them back in the last five-six overs. At one point, though, when Sanga was dropped, Pakistan were looking at a total of around 220. Sanga then broke free, and went from 50 off 99 to 97 off 130. No team has ever chased more than 246 successfully against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. This total is just within that limit. Pakistan's innings begins at 7.45pm

End of over 50 (4 runs) Sri Lanka 243/8
SL Malinga    0* (1b)      Sohail Tanvir    10-2-43-2
AD Mathews    10* (11b)      Umar Gul    8-1-51-1
Series Results
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Jun 18, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Jun 16, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 44 runs
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Jun 13, 2012
No result
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Pallekele - Jun 9, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 76 runs
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Pallekele - Jun 7, 2012
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 47 balls remaining) (D/L method)
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Jun 16, 2012

Younis Khan was the first of Thisara Perera's hat-trick victims, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Colombo, June 16, 2012

Younis Khan was the first of Thisara Perera's hat-trick victims

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Jun 16, 2012

Thisara Perera dismissed Shahid Afridi for a golden duck, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Colombo, June 16, 2012

Thisara Perera dismissed Shahid Afridi for a golden duck

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