Sri Lanka hold on to seal tricky chase

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pallekele
The Pakistan openers began well, with a 59-run stand after rain had delayed the start of play by 30 minutes© AFP
© AFPThe Pakistan openers began well, with a 59-run stand after rain had delayed the start of play by 30 minutes

5

No. of fifty-plus scores by Azhar Ali in the eight ODIs that he has captained. He has made 537 runs at an average of 67.00

54.11

Average opening stand for Pakistan in ODIs this year - the highest by any team. Their openers have made four century and three fifty stands in 2015

Sachith Pathirana brought Sri Lanka back into the game with two wickets on debut. Milinda Siriwardana got the wicket of Babar Azam as Pakistan fell to 96 for 3© AFP
© AFPSachith Pathirana brought Sri Lanka back into the game with two wickets on debut. Milinda Siriwardana got the wicket of Babar Azam as Pakistan fell to 96 for 3
Azhar Ali and Shoaib Malik resurrected Pakistan's innings with an 83-run stand, both making half-centuries© AFP
© AFPAzhar Ali and Shoaib Malik resurrected Pakistan's innings with an 83-run stand, both making half-centuries
Shoaib Malik was dismissed in the 37th over for 51 and two more quick wickets followed as Pakistan were soon 217 for 6 in the 43rd over.© AFP
© AFPShoaib Malik was dismissed in the 37th over for 51 and two more quick wickets followed as Pakistan were soon 217 for 6 in the 43rd over.
Mohammad Rizwan made the third half-century of the innings as Pakistan surged to 287 for 8 - scoring 88 runs off the last 10 overs© AFP
© AFPMohammad Rizwan made the third half-century of the innings as Pakistan surged to 287 for 8 - scoring 88 runs off the last 10 overs
Kusal Perera blitzed the Pakistan attack from the outset, smashing a 17-ball half-century - the second-fastest in ODIs and joint-fastest for Sri Lanka© AFP
© AFPKusal Perera blitzed the Pakistan attack from the outset, smashing a 17-ball half-century - the second-fastest in ODIs and joint-fastest for Sri Lanka
The opening stand was 92 in just 50 balls before Kusal was caught for 68, but Tillakaratne Dilshan carried the chase for a while with a measured innings© AFP
© AFPThe opening stand was 92 in just 50 balls before Kusal was caught for 68, but Tillakaratne Dilshan carried the chase for a while with a measured innings
Dilshan and Upul Tharanga added 48 for the second wicket before Tharanga was bowled for 28 in the 19th over© AFP
© AFPDilshan and Upul Tharanga added 48 for the second wicket before Tharanga was bowled for 28 in the 19th over
Sri Lanka lost a clump of wickets, including that of Dilshan, as 155 for 2 soon turned to 159 for 5© AFP
© AFPSri Lanka lost a clump of wickets, including that of Dilshan, as 155 for 2 soon turned to 159 for 5
However, the hosts' lower middle-order contributed with handy cameos as Sri Lanka completed a tough chase with two wickets and 11 balls remaining© AFP
© AFPHowever, the hosts' lower middle-order contributed with handy cameos as Sri Lanka completed a tough chase with two wickets and 11 balls remaining

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  • Ted on July 15, 2015, 21:15 GMT

    Kusal (68)-Dilly (21) = 92 run stand was the best / Sachith (33) - Dinesh (17 ) = 52 runs was the 2nd Best stand / Tharanga (28)- Dilly (19) = 48 runs was the 3rd Best stand for SL.

    After, Upul Tharanga was unfortunately bowled for a beauty, ending a productive 48 run partnership put up for the 2nd wicket, THREE quick wickets fell for just 4 runs (Dilly, Mathews, Thirimanne). This middle-order collapse, suddenly crumbled the pretty good stable score of 155 for 2 to 159 for 5 wickets.!

    Openers Kusal Perera 68 (SR 272), TM Dilshan 47 (SR 74) benefited by First 10 over New PP1 rule, with just 2 fielders allowed outside the ring to cut down big runs (best ever PP1 benefit seen in ODI history),

    Chandimal 48* (SR 76), Pathirana 33 (SR 117), Tharanga 28 (SR 78) These scores were made, having 4 fielders outside the ring to cut down 4s (New PP2 rule).

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