Warid Cricket Series, 2007 / Commentary

Warid Cricket Series - 2nd ODI

Pakistan v Sri Lanka

Pakistan won by 98 runs

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the second one-day international between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi. I'm Jamie Alter and I'll be here all night to take you to the end of this match.

Toss: Pakistan have won the toss and will bat, with an unchanged side frome game one. Sri Lanka have made three changes: Sanath Jayasuriya, Ishara Amerasinghe, Lasith Malinga are out, with Malinda Warnapura - making his debut - Dilhara Fernando, and Ruchira Perera coming in.

As you know, Shahid Afridi hit 73 off just 34 balls as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by five wickets back in the first match on Friday. Today, Pakistan will be aiming to seal the series and crown Shoaib Malik's debut as captain in style.

"After the World Cup debacle this is the start we wanted," Malik was quoted as saying in Khaleej Times. "It is not easy to beat a tough opponent like Sri Lanka. Pakistan have never been short of talent but to channelise that energy is not an easy task."

Here we go, then, all set for play. Ruchira Perera has the new ball and he'll bowl to Salman Butt.

0.1

Perera to Salman Butt, 1 no ball

0.1

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, and he begins with a no-ball, which Butt defends tentatively to the off

0.2

Perera to Salman Butt, 1 wide, thats not a good ball either, well wide of the stumps, and Perera has some fixing of the radar to do

0.2

Perera to Salman Butt, FOUR, flicks a half volley off his pads through square leg for four, top shot, and brings up 1000 ODI runs

0.3

Perera to Salman Butt, FOUR, Butt pushes, rather than flicks this time, another leg-side offering, and the lightning fast outfield does the rest to the crowd's pleasure

0.4

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, played to short midwicket as Perera struggles to find his line

0.5

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, good length ball, outside off and moves away, he leaves it be

0.6

Perera to Salman Butt, 2 runs, lands it on leg stump again, and Butt turns it away to midwicket for two

End of over 1 (12 runs) Pakistan 12/0
Salman Butt    10* (7b 2x4)      PDRL Perera    1-0-12-0
Imran Nazir    0* (0b)     

Here's Dilhara Fernando

1.1

Fernando to Imran Nazir, no run, short of a length on off stump, he goes back and punches it to mid-off

1.2

Fernando to Imran Nazir, no run, short again but on on leg stump, Nazir tries to work it away but mistimes the stroke

1.3

Fernando to Imran Nazir, FOUR, fuller this time, on middle stump, and thats a lovely flick shot out to deep backward square leg for four more

1.4

Fernando to Imran Nazir, FOUR, short again, outside off stump, and he rocks back in a flash and punches it through the off side cordon for four more, and dont the crowd love it?

1.5

Fernando to Imran Nazir, 1 run, he compensates for the shorter stuff with a fuller delivery outside off stump, and Nazir drives on the up towards mid-off where Jayawardene dives and saves runs

1.6

Fernando to Salman Butt, 1 wide, poor delivery, well wide of off stump, Butt cant play it

1.6

Fernando to Salman Butt, 1 run, good length on leg stump, he plays with the swing and gets an inside-egde onto the pad, and as the ball rolls to leg they pinch a run

End of over 2 (11 runs) Pakistan 23/0
Salman Butt    11* (8b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    1-0-11-0
Imran Nazir    9* (5b 2x4)     

2.1

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, full on middle and leg, driven straight to mid-on

2.2

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, good length delivery on the stumps, drawing Butt forward as he defends to mid-on

2.3

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, a tad fuller just outside off stump, and its steered towards backward point, cant beat the fielders can Butt

2.4

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, good length outside off stump, pushed to cover

2.5

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, good length outside off stump again, driven to short cover

2.6

Perera to Salman Butt, FOUR, lovely, he sees a nice juicy half-volley on leg stump and sends it crashing away to deep midwicket with a sumptious flick off the pads

End of over 3 (4 runs) Pakistan 27/0
Salman Butt    15* (14b 3x4)      PDRL Perera    2-0-16-0
Imran Nazir    9* (5b 2x4)     

3.1

Fernando to Imran Nazir, FOUR, more fun! Now Nazir gets a rank short delivery outside off stump and cracks it away over gully for four

3.2

Fernando to Imran Nazir, no run, back of a length on the stumps, he gets behind the line and defends to the off side

3.3

Fernando to Imran Nazir, no run, banged in short now, he goes for the pull, misses, the ball clips the thigh pad somehow en route to the 'keeper and they all go up in appeal but that clearly not out

3.4

Fernando to Imran Nazir, no run, short of a length outside leg stump, he looks to nudge it away but cops one on the thigh

3.5

Fernando to Imran Nazir, 4 leg byes, short again outside leg stump, he looks to flick it fine but misses and the ball clips pads and runs away for leg-byes

3.6

Fernando to Imran Nazir, no run, fuller outside off stump, driven right to the man at cover

End of over 4 (8 runs) Pakistan 35/0
Imran Nazir    13* (11b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-15-0
Salman Butt    15* (14b 3x4)     

4.1

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, good length on about middle and leg stump, and Butt easily defends it to mid-on

4.2

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, fullish, a tad, outside off stump, and this time he drives to short extra cover

4.3

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, served up full on leg stump, he flicks but straight to short midwicket, good field placings from Jayawardene, doing his best to stem the run flow

4.4

Perera to Salman Butt, FOUR, but theres only so much he can do...this time its a slow ball, full outside off stump, and Butt drives with an open face of the bat in the gap between point and cover for four

4.5

Perera to Salman Butt, 1 run, full and wide outside off stump again, and he softly pushes towards Dilshan at backward point, where a misfield allows the sharp single

4.6

Perera to Imran Nazir, no run, back of a length just outside off stump, he goes back and drives to short cover

End of over 5 (5 runs) Pakistan 40/0
Imran Nazir    13* (12b 3x4)      PDRL Perera    3-0-21-0
Salman Butt    20* (19b 4x4)     

5.1

Fernando to Salman Butt, no run, full outside off stump, he comes forward and drives to mid-off

5.2

Fernando to Salman Butt, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump and he easily taps it to square leg and runs through for the single

5.3

Fernando to Imran Nazir, FOUR, his partner's not interested in these things called singles, as indicated by a that fierce back-foot smash through the covers for four!

5.4

Fernando to Imran Nazir, OUT, first strike! Fernando pitches it fuller and straighter, and Nazir plays all around it as it nipped in a touch

Imran Nazir b Fernando 17 (14b 4x4 0x6) SR: 121.42

5.5

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, FOUR, nice ball to receive first-up, a nice half-volley on the pads which he disdainfully flicks away for four

5.6

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, no run, good length on the stumps, he tentatively defends it away

End of over 6 (9 runs) Pakistan 49/1
Yasir Hameed    4* (2b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-24-1
Salman Butt    21* (21b 4x4)     

6.1

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, this time Butt just pats that back down the track as Perera finally finds his line

6.2

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, another good ball on the stump, and he defends it down the track again

6.3

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, now theres a bit of swing into Butt, who plays a pleasant drive to mid-off

6.4

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, reaches out to a wide ball to drive, his feet going nowhere and he almost inside-edges onto the stumps

6.5

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, strays onto the pads again and Butt times it beautifully but straight to short midwicket, where Warnapura fields, diving, on his ODI debut

6.6

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, drives another full ball straight to mid-off as Perera completes the first, much-needed maiden of the innings

End of over 7 (maiden) Pakistan 49/1
Salman Butt    21* (27b 4x4)      PDRL Perera    4-1-21-0
Yasir Hameed    4* (2b 1x4)     

7.1

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, no run, now he leaves theatrically outside off stump, where the bounce isn't great. The outfield is fast, so the bowlers could be in trouuble here

7.2

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, no run, good stuff, right up there on the stumps and Hameed can only defend it back to the bowler

7.3

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, FOUR, oh ho, overpitched on leg stump and Hameed tucks into one of his favourite shots, the extra cover drive

7.4

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, no run, good length, driven to cover

7.5

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, 2 runs, good length on leg stump, turned past square leg for a brace

7.6

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, 2 runs, full outside off stump, nicely driven down the ground for two more

End of over 8 (8 runs) Pakistan 57/1
Yasir Hameed    12* (8b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    4-0-32-1
Salman Butt    21* (27b 4x4)     

8.1

Perera to Salman Butt, FOUR, overpitched outside off stump, and he caresses that through the covers for four, top shot

8.2

Perera to Salman Butt, FOUR, and again! Butt opens the face of his bat and with a timing Saeed Anwar would've been proud of, guides it to point for another four

8.3

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, good comeback by Perera as Butt is forced to play a forward prod, straight to short cover, for no run

8.4

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, good length outside off stump and Butt drives confidently straight to the man at cover

8.5

Perera to Salman Butt, 1 wide, as if he wasn't struggling enough, Perera bowls an outside the off stump wide

8.5

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, short and wide outside off stump and he flashes a cut but misses

8.6

Perera to Salman Butt, FOUR, slower ball, and Butt drives without foot movement, straight down the ground for four to end the over

End of over 9 (13 runs) Pakistan 70/1
Salman Butt    33* (33b 7x4)      PDRL Perera    5-1-34-0
Yasir Hameed    12* (8b 2x4)     

Great start here for Pakistan, despite Nazir's dismissal, with Butt and Hameed looking confident. Bowling change: Maharoof on now for Fernando.

9.1

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, 1 no ball, on line, just outside off stump his first ball, which Hameed leaves, but its a no-ball...a tight call, you'd have to say

9.1

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, no run, a tad fuller on the stumps, and Hameed flicks to midwicket

9.2

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, FOUR, great shot, as Hameed steps across and clips a good ball in front of square leg for four...looking good

9.3

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, no run, fuller in length, just outside off, and its driven down the ground to mid-off

9.4

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, no run, slower ball, just outside off, Hameed leans into it and drives to cover

9.5

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, no run, back of a length just outside off stump, back he goes, pushing into the covers again

9.6

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, 1 run, tries a slower one, outside off stump, which Hameed runs down to third man for one

End of over 10 (6 runs) Pakistan 76/1
Yasir Hameed    17* (15b 3x4)      MF Maharoof    1-0-6-0
Salman Butt    33* (33b 7x4)     

Fernando back on

10.1

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, 3 runs, starts off with a full delivery outside off stump, and Hameed comes forward and drives on the up through covers for a hard-run three

10.2

Fernando to Salman Butt, no run, good length on middle and leg, and he pushes it to the fielder close-in

10.3

Fernando to Salman Butt, FOUR, with fine leg up, Butt sees a shorter delivery on leg stump, gets across and turns it away for four, top shot

10.4

Fernando to Salman Butt, no run, good length on off stump, defended back to Fernando

10.5

Fernando to Salman Butt, 2 runs, overpitched on leg stump, and he flicks it past square leg for a couple

10.6

Fernando to Salman Butt, no run, better stuff, on a good length on the stumps and Butt defend back to the bowler

End of over 11 (9 runs) Pakistan 85/1
Salman Butt    39* (38b 8x4)      CRD Fernando    5-0-41-1
Yasir Hameed    20* (16b 3x4)     

11.1

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, no run, full outside off stump, he drives hard towards point where Dilshan flings himself around athletically and pulls off a great stop, top-class effort that

11.2

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, no run, full again, and he pushes to Dilshan once more

11.3

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he opens the face and steers it to gully

11.4

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, no run, full, he drives back down the ground, and Maharoof does well to stop it with a hand

11.5

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, 1 run, good length outside off stump, he waits for it and then angles it down to third man for a single

11.6

Maharoof to Salman Butt, no run, good length outside off stump, pitches and shapes away as Butt leaves it be

End of over 12 (1 run) Pakistan 86/1
Salman Butt    39* (39b 8x4)      MF Maharoof    2-0-7-0
Yasir Hameed    21* (21b 3x4)     

12.1

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, 2 runs, back of a length outside off stump, cut hard down to third man where Perera covers good ground and dives to save runs, his captain'll like that effort

12.2

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, no run, overpitched, there to be driven, but Hameed can only drive to cover

12.3

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, no run, fullish again and he drives, this time squarer, where Dilshan again dives and stops it

12.4

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, no run, slower ball this time, fullish on off stump and Hameed drives down the ground, mid-on moves sharply and fields it

12.5

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, no run, full ball, swings in late, and Hameed hustles to drive to short midwicket

12.6

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, no run, good length on off stump, turned straight to short midwicket

End of over 13 (2 runs) Pakistan 88/1
Yasir Hameed    23* (27b 3x4)      CRD Fernando    6-0-43-1
Salman Butt    39* (39b 8x4)     

13.1

Maharoof to Salman Butt, no run, fuller in length, just outside off and its left alone

13.2

Maharoof to Salman Butt, no run, full outside off stump, he drives again but just cant beat the man at cover

13.3

Maharoof to Salman Butt, no run, middle and leg line, flicked to short midwicket

13.4

Maharoof to Salman Butt, 1 run, short of a length on middle and leg, nudged around the corner past square leg for one

13.5

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, steered down to third man

13.6

Maharoof to Salman Butt, no run, good length ball, on off stump, pushed to point

End of over 14 (2 runs) Pakistan 90/1
Salman Butt    40* (44b 8x4)      MF Maharoof    3-0-9-0
Yasir Hameed    24* (28b 3x4)     

14.1

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, FOUR, good length outside off stump, Hameed expertly dabs it to third man and it beats the fielder

14.2

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, no run, back of a length outside off stump, driven to the man at cover

14.3

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, no run, slower ball, fuller in length, just outside off, he goes for the expansive drive and gets beaten

14.4

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, 1 run, overpitched this time, he reaches for it and drives, getting a thick outside edge down to third man

14.5

Fernando to Salman Butt, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump, turned past square leg for one

14.6

Fernando to Yasir Hameed, no run, oh well bowled! Full, in the blockhole and he manages to get bat on it, jamming to short midwicket

And that, folks, is drinks at Abu Dhabi

End of over 15 (6 runs) Pakistan 96/1
Yasir Hameed    29* (33b 4x4)      CRD Fernando    7-0-49-1
Salman Butt    41* (45b 8x4)     

15.1

Maharoof to Salman Butt, no run, worked away towards cover, no room for a single there

15.2

Maharoof to Salman Butt, no run, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

15.3

Maharoof to Salman Butt, 1 run, cut away late and they scamper through for a single

15.4

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, Hameed goes for it and is beaten by a long way

15.5

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, FOUR, shot! full and on the pads, right in the slot and Hameed clips it away through midwicket for a fantastic boundary

15.6

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, no run, worked away on the leg side, bit of a mix up going for the single and in the end they decide not to go for it

End of over 16 (5 runs) Pakistan 101/1
Yasir Hameed    33* (36b 5x4)      MF Maharoof    4-0-14-0
Salman Butt    42* (48b 8x4)     

16.1

Perera to Salman Butt, FOUR, full and on the pads, this is poor bolwing from Perera. Butt waits for the ball and camly works it away through midwicket - no stopping that

16.2

Perera to Salman Butt, 2 runs, short of a good length delivery, drifting down the leg side and Butt works it down to fine leg for a brace.

16.3

Perera to Salman Butt, 1 wide, another wayward delivery, this one is way down the leg side and that's a clear wide

16.3

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, better line and length, punched down to

16.4

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, probably the slower one - Butt finds the man at midwicket

16.5

Perera to Salman Butt, no run, full and on the pads and Butt flicks it straight to the fielder placed at short fine leg, missed out there on some easy runs

16.6

Perera to Salman Butt, FOUR, this time he takes full toll. Another poor delivery on the pads, Butt plays late and gets it past the fielder at short fine leg. End of a poor over from Perera

End of over 17 (11 runs) Pakistan 112/1
Salman Butt    52* (54b 10x4)      PDRL Perera    6-1-45-0
Yasir Hameed    33* (36b 5x4)     

17.1

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, 3 runs, good length ball just outside off stump, Hameed looks to flick to leg and ends up with a leading edge out to deep cover

17.2

Maharoof to Salman Butt, 1 run, good length ball and he steers it down to third man

17.3

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, FOUR, class! Just a fraction short and he gets up on the toes and punches it through cover and point for four

17.4

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, no run, overpitched this time and he drives to backward point

17.5

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, no run, full again, and he drives on the up to the man at cover, fails to find the gap this time

17.6

Maharoof to Yasir Hameed, no run, slower, on a length and he gets behind it and drives to midwicket

Over in England, the home side are 56 for 2 in their second innings against West Indies at Lord's, leading by 172 runs

End of over 18 (8 runs) Pakistan 120/1
Yasir Hameed    40* (41b 6x4)      MF Maharoof    5-0-22-0
Salman Butt    53* (55b 10x4)     

Here's some spin in the form of Malinga Bandara

18.1

Bandara to Salman Butt, 1 run, well tossed up, driven to deep midwicket for a single

18.2

Bandara to Yasir Hameed, no run, tossed up again, he comes forward and drives into the covers

18.3

Bandara to Yasir Hameed, no run, short ball this time outside off, he goes back and cuts it to Dilshan at point

18.4

Bandara to Yasir Hameed, FOUR, nice shot! Short again from Bandara, and this time Hameed places his cut in the gap behind point and picks up four

18.5

Bandara to Yasir Hameed, 2 runs, another short ball outside off stump and he rocks back to punch it between the covers for an easy couple

18.6

Bandara to Yasir Hameed, no run, tossed up on off stump, he comes forward and pats it back to Bandara, who's begun with an average over

End of over 19 (7 runs) Pakistan 127/1
Yasir Hameed    46* (46b 7x4)      HMCM Bandara    1-0-7-0
Salman Butt    54* (56b 10x4)     

19.1

Maharoof to Salman Butt, FOUR, good length outside off stump, Butt drives, streakily, and sends the no-ball down to third man where the fielder dives over it

19.2

Maharoof to Salman Butt, no run, good length on middle and off, turned to square leg

19.3

Maharoof to Salman Butt, 2 runs, slower ball on leg stump, Butt nudges it to backward square leg for a brace

19.4

Maharoof to Salman Butt, 2 runs, ANOTHER ball on leg stump, to Butt's pleasure, and he picks up two more, easy as they come

19.5

Maharoof to Salman Butt, no run, good length outside off stump, driven to cover

19.6

Maharoof to Salman Butt, no run, it was too good to last, as he drifts back to his favoured leg stump, and Butt turns it to midwicket

End of over 20 (8 runs) Pakistan 135/1
Salman Butt    62* (62b 11x4)      MF Maharoof    6-0-30-0
Yasir Hameed    46* (46b 7x4)     

20.1

Bandara to Yasir Hameed, no run, tossed up, Hameed comes onto the front foot and defends calmly

20.2

Bandara to Yasir Hameed, no run, good flight and loop on that one, and its pushed back to the bowler

20.3

Bandara to Yasir Hameed, 2 runs, quicker, flatter and Hameed shuffles to nudge it around the corner for one

20.4

Bandara to Yasir Hameed, 1 run, flat again and he uses the feet well, driving down the ground to long-off

20.5

Bandara to Salman Butt, 1 run, tossed up, Butt too uses the feet well and drives for one out to long-on

20.6

Bandara to Yasir Hameed, no run, tossed up, and Hameed, on 49, patiently defends it back down the track

End of over 21 (4 runs) Pakistan 139/1
Yasir Hameed    49* (51b 7x4)      HMCM Bandara    2-0-11-0
Salman Butt    63* (63b 11x4)     

Here's Dilshan to bowl some off spin

21.1

Dilshan to Salman Butt, 1 run, flat trajectory, Butt rocks back and pushes it down the ground to long-on for one

21.2

Dilshan to Yasir Hameed, 1 run, and there's his 50, as he shuffles and turns one to deep square leg, well played sir

21.3

Dilshan to Salman Butt, no run, tossed up, defended back to Dilshan

21.4

Dilshan to Salman Butt, no run, well flighted, he comes out and drives to cover

21.5

Dilshan to Salman Butt, no run, flighted up again, invitingly, and he drives smack to that man at cover again

21.6

Dilshan to Salman Butt, 1 run, short in length, drifting into leg stump, Butt shuffles and drives to long-on for a single

End of over 22 (3 runs) Pakistan 142/1
Salman Butt    65* (68b 11x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-3-0
Yasir Hameed    50* (52b 7x4)     

An excellent partnership between these two

22.1

Bandara to Salman Butt, 1 run, tossed up, he comes down and sweeps it away to fine leg

22.2

Bandara to Yasir Hameed, OUT, got 'em! Bandara persists with this well looped up deliveries, tossing one out the back of the hand, landing it on about leg stump, and Hameed, after playing so well to get to his half-century, just tamely chips it back to Bandara for the softest of dismissals

Yasir Hameed c & b Bandara 50 (53b 7x4 0x6) SR: 94.33

Mohammad Yousuf comes in to bat

22.3

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, quick and flat, he goes back and drives it to long-on for a single

22.4

Bandara to Salman Butt, 1 run, well tossed up, driven down the ground to long-off

22.5

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, well tossed up, defended back to Bandara

22.6

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short and flat, he goes onto the backfoot and punches to cover

End of over 23 (3 runs) Pakistan 145/2
Mohammad Yousuf    1* (3b)      HMCM Bandara    3-0-14-1
Salman Butt    67* (70b 11x4)     

23.1

Dilshan to Salman Butt, 1 run, tossed up, he comes out and drives down to long-off

23.2

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tossed up again on off stump, he uses the soft hands to turn it straight to short midwicket

23.3

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, again tossed up, Yousuf uses his feet again and turns it to short midwicket

23.4

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, tossed up, driven to mid-on for a qiuck single

23.5

Dilshan to Salman Butt, no run, short on leg stump, turned to short midwicket

23.6

Dilshan to Salman Butt, no run, well tossed up, driven in the air but it lands short of Dilshan

End of over 24 (2 runs) Pakistan 147/2
Salman Butt    68* (73b 11x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-5-0
Mohammad Yousuf    2* (6b)     

24.1

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flighted up on leg stump, he looks to sweep but doesnt connect well on the shot at all

24.2

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, driven to long-on for a single

24.3

Bandara to Salman Butt, 1 run, short and flat, Butt rocks back and drives to long-off

24.4

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tossed up, he turns it to short midwicket

24.5

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tossed up on leg stump, he sweeps but misses, hit on the pad outside the line of impact

24.6

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, short and wide, he rocks back and slams the cut expertly behind point and the ball races away for four

End of over 25 (6 runs) Pakistan 153/2
Mohammad Yousuf    7* (11b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    4-0-20-1
Salman Butt    69* (74b 11x4)     

25.1

Dilshan to Salman Butt, no run, short and wide, Butt goes for the cut but connects with air

25.2

Dilshan to Salman Butt, 5 wides, now its the quicker one, fired down leg side, both batsman and 'keeper miss it and the ball escapes to the to fine leg fence for four

25.2

Dilshan to Salman Butt, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, and its swept away to short fine leg for one

25.3

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, tossed up, Yousuf opts for a reverse sweep to short third man

25.4

Dilshan to Salman Butt, 1 run, well tossed up outside off stump, driven to cover for a single

25.5

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, short, flat, he rocks back and punches out to long-on for one

25.6

Dilshan to Salman Butt, 1 run, on middle and leg stump, Butt shuffles and drives down to long-on for a single

End of over 26 (10 runs) Pakistan 163/2
Salman Butt    72* (78b 11x4)      TM Dilshan    3-0-15-0
Mohammad Yousuf    9* (13b 1x4)     

26.1

Bandara to Salman Butt, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, swept away to fine leg

26.2

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, tossed up again, and there's another nice-looking sweep shot for one

26.3

Bandara to Salman Butt, 1 run, well tossed up, driven down the ground to long-off for a single

26.4

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tossed up, he sweeps, not timed well, Butt's keen on the single but his senior parnter isn't and they resist

26.5

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flatter trajectory, slower too, he waits for it and punches it to long-on for an easy one

These two just milking the singes with ease, good to see

26.6

Bandara to Salman Butt, OUT, he strikes again! Like the delivery to Hameed a while back, Bandara perseveres with a tossed up ball on leg stump, and Butt, so fluent all innings, just chips this back in the air to give the bowler his second simple catch

Salman Butt c & b Bandara 74 (81b 11x4 0x6) SR: 91.35

End of over 27 (4 runs) Pakistan 167/3
     HMCM Bandara    5-0-24-2
Mohammad Yousuf    11* (16b 1x4)     

Dilshan is persisted with. Shoaib Maliks the new man in.

27.1

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, nice shot there, rocking back and pulling a rank long-hop over midwicket, one bounce and over the ropes for four

27.2

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, faster one, almost beating Yousuf all ends up

27.3

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, short, flat, he shuffles back in his crease and drives out to deep extra cover for two

27.4

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short again, he pushes to midwicket

27.5

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, just nudged in front of point for a quick single

27.6

Dilshan to Shoaib Malik, no run, tossed up, and Maliks defends it back to Dilshan

End of over 28 (7 runs) Pakistan 174/3
Shoaib Malik    0* (1b)      TM Dilshan    4-0-22-0
Mohammad Yousuf    18* (21b 2x4)     

28.1

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, well tossed up outside off, and its driven to deep cover

28.2

Bandara to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, ohhh close! Bandara again tosses it up, Malik comes out of his crease, dancing down and mishitting the drive in the air, and Perera at mid-on fails to judge it, dives, misses and gives up four

28.3

Bandara to Shoaib Malik, no run, tossed up, pushed to cover

28.4

Bandara to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, tossed up again, invitingly, Malik uses the feet well to pick up one out to long-off

28.5

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, yes, you guessed it...tossed up outside off stump, and Yousuf drives out to deep cover

28.6

Bandara to Shoaib Malik, 3 runs, short, wide, and Maliks cuts it late to third man for three

End of over 29 (10 runs) Pakistan 184/3
Shoaib Malik    8* (5b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    6-0-34-2
Mohammad Yousuf    20* (23b 2x4)     

Back into the attack comes Perera

29.1

Perera to Shoaib Malik, no run, good length delivery on off stump, he pushes it to mid-on

29.2

Perera to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump and he runs it off the face of the bat to third man

29.3

Perera to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, back of a length on leg stump, turned away to midwicket for one

29.4

Perera to Shoaib Malik, no run, beaten! Good length outside off stump, he stands there and chases it, looking for the single to third man, and misses

29.5

Perera to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, good length ball on middle and leg, Malik shuffles and tucks it away to midwicket for a brace

29.6

Perera to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, full on middle and leg and Malik times his drive down the ground

End of over 30 (8 runs) Pakistan 192/3
Shoaib Malik    15* (10b 2x4)      PDRL Perera    7-1-53-0
Mohammad Yousuf    21* (24b 2x4)     

30.1

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, well tossed up outside off, driven to long-off for one

30.2

Bandara to Shoaib Malik, SIX, big shot there ! Bandara tosses it up, Malik comes down the track, slamming it over long-off for half a dozen!

30.3

Bandara to Shoaib Malik, no run, well tossed up, driven to short cover

30.4

Bandara to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of a length, cut in front of point for a quick single

30.5

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, well tossed up, driven down the ground to long-off for a single

30.6

Bandara to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, short of a length outside off stump, he rocks back and times his cut well for two out to the deep

End of over 31 (11 runs) Pakistan 203/3
Shoaib Malik    24* (14b 2x4 1x6)      HMCM Bandara    7-0-45-2
Mohammad Yousuf    23* (26b 2x4)     

Dilshan back on

31.1

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tossed up, reverse swept for no run

31.2

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tossed up, pushed back to Dilshan patiently

31.3

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flatter, he shuffles and nudges it to leg for one

31.4

Dilshan to Shoaib Malik, no run, back of a length, driven to mid-on

31.5

Dilshan to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short and spinning in, shuffles and works it off the pads for one

31.6

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tossed up, shuffles and turns it to short fine leg, and the umpires call for refreshments

Match State: Drinks

End of over 32 (2 runs) Pakistan 205/3
Mohammad Yousuf    24* (30b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    5-0-24-0
Shoaib Malik    25* (16b 2x4 1x6)     

32.1

Bandara to Shoaib Malik, no run, tossed up, pushed to cover, failing to beat the man there

32.2

Bandara to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, tossed up on leg stump, swept away, via the top edge wide of short fine leg

32.3

Bandara to Shoaib Malik, OUT, and he gets a third! Call it a rush of blood to the head, but Malik dances down the track, no doubt eyeing the vacant leg side, Bandara sees him coming, pushes it in a bit faster, beating his charge and the ball thuds into the top of middle and leg, big, big wicket that

Shoaib Malik b Bandara 27 (19b 2x4 1x6) SR: 142.10

32.4

Bandara to Kamran Akmal, no run, tossed up, pushed to cover

32.5

Bandara to Kamran Akmal, (no ball) 1 run, oversteps, Akmal drives to long-on for one

32.5

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tossed up, Yousuf taps it to cover and sets off, Akmal sends him back, he turns and gets back in time and a direct hit is a tad late

32.6

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, tossed up, he drives to long-off and keeps strike

End of over 33 (5 runs) Pakistan 210/4
Mohammad Yousuf    25* (32b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    8-0-50-3
Kamran Akmal    1* (2b)     

33.1

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flat outside off stump, pushed into the covers for one

33.2

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, tossed up, nicely driven down to long-on

33.3

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, tossed up on leg stump, Yousuf turns it to short fine leg where a misfield allows two

33.4

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, short of a length, he pushes it into the covers and runs hard for the second

33.5

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, short on middle and leg, nudged fine for one

33.6

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short and flat, Akmal pushes to cover for the single

End of over 34 (8 runs) Pakistan 218/4
Kamran Akmal    3* (4b)      TM Dilshan    6-0-32-0
Mohammad Yousuf    31* (36b 2x4)     

34.1

Bandara to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short, flat, back he goes, cutting to cover for one more

34.2

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, tossed up, driven to cover for another simple run

34.3

Bandara to Kamran Akmal, no run, tossed up outside off stump, he reaches out to drive and gets a thick edge down to third man

34.4

Bandara to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, tossed up, uses the feet and drives to long-off

34.5

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, dropped! He should have had a fourth wicket, and third caught n bowled, but he failsto latch on to a mistimed drive back to him...wrong man to let down!

34.6

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tossed up, Yousuf defends back to him all along the ground this time

End of over 35 (3 runs) Pakistan 221/4
Mohammad Yousuf    32* (39b 2x4)      HMCM Bandara    9-0-53-3
Kamran Akmal    5* (7b)     

35.1

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, short outside off, Akmal goes back and places his cut behind square for four, nice timing on that one

35.2

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short on middle and leg this time, and he shuffles to drive into the midwicket region for one

35.3

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, quicker ball fired on leg stump, he too shuffles and picks up one to leg

35.4

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, no run, well tossed up, pushed to cover

35.5

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short and flat on middle stump, turned around the corner for one

35.6

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, tossed up, he dances down and drives into the covers for one

End of over 36 (8 runs) Pakistan 229/4
Mohammad Yousuf    34* (41b 2x4)      TM Dilshan    7-0-40-0
Kamran Akmal    11* (11b 1x4)     

36.1

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, well tossed up, pushed to point

36.2

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flatter outside off stump, pushed to the off side for one this time

36.3

Bandara to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, tossed up, he drives into the covers where Dilshan dives and takes some pace off the ball

36.4

Bandara to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, tossed up, uses the feet and drives out to the cover sweeper

36.5

Bandara to Kamran Akmal, no run, theres the flipper now, on the stumps, and Akmal hustles to defend

36.6

Bandara to Kamran Akmal, no run, tossed up, he comes forward and kills the spin

End of over 37 (3 runs) Pakistan 232/4
Kamran Akmal    12* (14b 1x4)      HMCM Bandara    10-0-56-3
Mohammad Yousuf    36* (44b 2x4)     

37.1

Dilshan to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, short, drifting into him and he shuffles, working it to leg for one

37.2

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, OUT, good stuff from Sri Lanka, madness from Pakistan! Dilshan tosses it up on leg stump, Akmal shuffles and turns it to short fine leg, and from the other end Yousuf harries down the track only to see his partner frantically wave him back, Warnapura swoops in, collects it, and fires a good throw back to Dilshan, who whips off the bails with Yousuf nowhere in the frame!

Mohammad Yousuf run out 37 (45b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.22

Shahid Afridi strides in to some applause

37.3

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, no run, quick on leg stump, turned to midwicket

37.4

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, quick on leg stump, turned to midwicket and he scampers one

37.5

Dilshan to Shahid Afridi, no run, tossed up, he comes out and drives to cover

37.6

Dilshan to Shahid Afridi, no run, quicker one, pushed through, and he gets forward in defense

End of over 38 (2 runs) Pakistan 234/5
Shahid Afridi    0* (2b)      TM Dilshan    8-0-42-0
Kamran Akmal    13* (17b 1x4)     

Maharoof called back on for a bowl. There's a call for a new ball now.

38.1

Maharoof to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, good length on leg stump, turned to deep square leg

38.2

Maharoof to Shahid Afridi, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he goes back and pushes to cover

38.3

Maharoof to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, a tad fuller, he plays across the line and picks up one

38.4

Maharoof to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, good length outside off stump, he drives, on the up, out to deep cover for one

38.5

Maharoof to Shahid Afridi, OUT, no boom boom from big man Afridi today! Maharoof gets him to flash his bat at a fuller one outside off stump, draws the leading edge that skies up in the air to deep cover, where Bandara, running in, dives forward and takes a very good low catch! Great effort!

Shahid Afridi c Bandara b Maharoof 1 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Razzaq is the new batsman

38.6

Maharoof to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, fractionally overpitched and he drives out towards long-off for a couple

End of over 39 (7 runs) Pakistan 239/6
Kamran Akmal    17* (20b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    7-0-35-1
Abdul Razzaq    0* (0b)     

39.1

Dilshan to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, short and flat, pushed to mid-on

39.2

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, no run, tossed up, he comes onto the front foot and drives to cover

39.3

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, flat and spins into him, he shuffles and picks up one to leg

39.4

Dilshan to Abdul Razzaq, no run, tossed up, he drives to the off side and wants one, but Akmal says no to that

39.5

Dilshan to Abdul Razzaq, no run, close! Dilshan bowls it on on leg stump, Razzaq turns it to midwicket, Akmal too charges down the track for the single, gets sent back, a good throw comes in and Dilshan removes the bails, the decision is referred but replays show Akmal was just in

39.6

Dilshan to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, short, turned to short midwicket

End of over 40 (3 runs) Pakistan 242/6
Abdul Razzaq    2* (4b)      TM Dilshan    9-0-45-0
Kamran Akmal    18* (22b 1x4)     

40.1

Maharoof to Abdul Razzaq, no run, back of a length outsid off stump, he goes back and drives to cover

40.2

Maharoof to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, good length on middle and leg, he drives down the ground

40.3

Maharoof to Kamran Akmal, no run, full outside off stump, pushed to mid-off

40.4

Maharoof to Kamran Akmal, no run, slower one outside off stump, he uses the feet and pushes to short cover

40.5

Maharoof to Kamran Akmal, 2 runs, overpitched outside off stump, he square-drives but a fantastic effort from Silva at backward point denies him runs

40.6

Maharoof to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, he opens the face of the bat and runs it to third man

End of over 41 (4 runs) Pakistan 246/6
Kamran Akmal    21* (26b 1x4)      MF Maharoof    8-0-39-1
Abdul Razzaq    3* (6b)     

41.1

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, back of a length on middle and leg, he shuffles and drives to long-on

41.2

Dilshan to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, turned to long leg for one

41.3

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, tossed up, driven down to long-on for one

41.4

Dilshan to Abdul Razzaq, no run, tossed up again outside off stump, and he drives it to cover

41.5

Dilshan to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, fraction short outside off stump and he carves it out to deep cover

41.6

Dilshan to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, flat on leg stump, he shuffles and works it to midwicket for a sharp single

End of over 42 (5 runs) Pakistan 251/6
Kamran Akmal    24* (29b 1x4)      TM Dilshan    10-0-50-0
Abdul Razzaq    5* (9b)     

Perera comes back on at the death

42.1

Perera to Kamran Akmal, no run, fullish outside off stump, left alone

42.2

Perera to Kamran Akmal, no run, well bowled! A quick yorker outside off stump, which he plays at and misses

42.3

Perera to Kamran Akmal, no run, full again, stays low too as he drives and gets saved by the inside-edge back onto the pads

42.4

Perera to Kamran Akmal, no run, full outside off stump, he stands rooted and drives, only to get beaten

42.5

Perera to Kamran Akmal, no run, good length outside off stump, pushed to point

42.6

Perera to Kamran Akmal, no run, good length outside off stump again, and he runs it to point once more

End of over 43 (maiden) Pakistan 251/6
Kamran Akmal    24* (35b 1x4)      PDRL Perera    8-2-53-0
Abdul Razzaq    5* (9b)     

Fernando back on

43.1

Fernando to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, full outside off stump, driven to cover

43.2

Fernando to Kamran Akmal, 1 leg bye, swings in from outside off stump, he drives and escapes with a leg-bye

43.3

Fernando to Abdul Razzaq, 5 wides, bad ball, too full down leg stump and it beats everyone for five wides

43.3

Fernando to Abdul Razzaq, no run, good length on middle and leg, turned right to the fielder

43.4

Fernando to Abdul Razzaq, no run, slower ball on leg stump, he misses out and the keeper collects

43.5

Fernando to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, shorter this time, he shuffles and flicks down to fine leg for one

43.6

Fernando to Kamran Akmal, no run, slower ball, well disguised, he drives and gets beaten

End of over 44 (8 runs) Pakistan 259/6
Kamran Akmal    24* (37b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    8-0-56-1
Abdul Razzaq    7* (13b)     

44.1

Perera to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, full outside off stump, driven into the covers

44.2

Perera to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, full on off stump, he shuffles and flicks into midwicket for one

44.3

Perera to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, overpitched, Razzaq drives down the ground for one more

44.4

Perera to Kamran Akmal, 1 wide, too full and wide outside off stump

44.4

Perera to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, overpitched wide of off stump, he leans into it and drives superbly through the covers for four

44.5

Perera to Kamran Akmal, no run, full outside off stump and Akmal gives it the kitchen sink only to gets beaten all ends up

44.6

Perera to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, dropped! Bandara! Akmal chases a good-length ball just outside off, mistimes it completely and Bandara also fails to judge it, letting one go in the covers

End of over 45 (7 runs) Pakistan 266/6
Kamran Akmal    29* (41b 2x4)      PDRL Perera    9-2-62-0
Abdul Razzaq    8* (15b)     

45.1

Maharoof to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, slower ball, comes in and Akmal drives with an inside-edge onto the front pad

45.2

Maharoof to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, full outside off stump and its driven to cover for a quick single

45.3

Maharoof to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, shot! Charges out of his box, gets to the pitch, and drives it up and over cover for four

45.4

Maharoof to Kamran Akmal, FOUR, and again! This time he cheekily walks across his stumps and flicks one away to the fine leg fence

45.5

Maharoof to Kamran Akmal, OUT, the fun ends for him this time though, as he slaps a slow full toss outside off stump in the air to Dilshan at backward point, who takes a simple chance

Kamran Akmal c Dilshan b Maharoof 38 (46b 4x4 0x6) SR: 82.60

Here's Mohammad Sami

45.6

Maharoof to Mohammad Sami, no run, another full toss, which Sami drives at and ends up with a thick inside-edge onto the pads

End of over 46 (10 runs) Pakistan 276/7
Mohammad Sami    0* (1b)      MF Maharoof    9-0-49-2
Abdul Razzaq    9* (15b)     

46.1

Perera to Abdul Razzaq, 2 runs, pitches fullish on leg stump, and Razzaq just turns it to fine leg and runs hard

46.2

Perera to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, dropped! By that man Dilshan, would you believe? Razzaq flays the bat at a good-length delivery just outside off, and the fielder watches the the top-edge only to spill the chance...whats happening out there?

46.3

Perera to Mohammad Sami, no run, back of a length outside off stump and he leaves it be

46.4

Perera to Mohammad Sami, no run, another back of a length ball outside off stump, and this time Sami cuts and misses

46.5

Perera to Mohammad Sami, 1 run, short of a length, he runs it down to third man for one

46.6

Perera to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, fuller now, on off stump, and he drives out to long-off

End of over 47 (5 runs) Pakistan 281/7
Abdul Razzaq    13* (18b)      PDRL Perera    10-2-67-0
Mohammad Sami    1* (4b)     

47.1

Fernando to Abdul Razzaq, 1 no ball, short of a length outside off stump, he leaves it be

47.1

Fernando to Abdul Razzaq, no run, now its the slower ball, and Razzaq heaves at it only to miss...and it wasnt very far from off stump either

47.2

Fernando to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, overpitched on this occasion, and Razzaq drives it to long-on

47.3

Fernando to Mohammad Sami, 1 run, full on off stump, Sami stand and flicks to midwicket and scampers down the track

47.4

Fernando to Abdul Razzaq, 1 wide, banged in way short over his head and called wide as he ducks

47.4

Fernando to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, full ono off stump, chipped down to long-on

47.5

Fernando to Mohammad Sami, FOUR, shot! Overpitched outside off stump and he stands and carves it, inside out, to the deep point ropes

47.6

Fernando to Mohammad Sami, 1 run, now its a low full toss, which he drives at and gets saved by a thick inside-edge onto the back leg

End of over 48 (11 runs) Pakistan 292/7
Mohammad Sami    7* (7b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    9-0-66-1
Abdul Razzaq    15* (22b)     

48.1

Maharoof to Mohammad Sami, 1 run, slower ball outside off stump, driven to cover for a quick single

48.2

Maharoof to Abdul Razzaq, 1 run, another chances goes begging, as Razzaq goes for the big shot, but the top-edge is misjudged by Silva on the leg side, allowing it to land safely for a single too

48.3

Maharoof to Mohammad Sami, FOUR, cracking shot, as Sami picks the slower one from Maharoof and creams it over mid-on for four

48.4

Maharoof to Mohammad Sami, FOUR, yes, he can bat! Now Sami judges a full delivery outside off stump to his best abilities and drives it over extra cover for another boundary

48.5

Maharoof to Mohammad Sami, SIX, now thats hit hard! Sami on fire! Comes out of his crease and sends one flat over extra cover for maximum!

48.6

Maharoof to Mohammad Sami, OUT, all over! Sami has another heave at one full on middle stump, fails to connect and hears the rattle of timber behind him, but well played

Mohammad Sami b Maharoof 22 (12b 3x4 1x6) SR: 183.33

End of over 49 (16 runs) Pakistan 308/8
     MF Maharoof    10-0-65-3
Abdul Razzaq    16* (23b)     

Last over coming up

49.1

Fernando to Abdul Razzaq, no run, slower ball just outside off stump and Razzaq flashes at it and gets beaten

49.2

Fernando to Abdul Razzaq, OUT, cleaned up by yet another slower delivery that pitches on leg stump, as Razzaq swings across the line and loses his leg stump

Abdul Razzaq b Fernando 16 (25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 64.00

49.3

Fernando to Mohammad Asif, no run, beaten by a good length ball outside off stump, which pitches and seams away, with good bounce

49.4

Fernando to Mohammad Asif, no run, fuller this time, he stands and drives only to miss it again

49.5

Fernando to Mohammad Asif, FOUR, banged in short, he goes for some sort of pull and ends up top-edging over the 'keeper's head

49.6

Fernando to Mohammad Asif, 1 run, slower, fuller and this time he drives it to long-off to end Pakistan's innings at 313 for 9

So Pakistan have a very healthy total, brought on by some fighting contributions all through the order. A good start, some little partnerships in the middle, and some good old-fashioned slogging by the tail. Sri Lanka need 314 to level the series with a game to play. Do join me in about 40 minutes time - thats 20:23 local, 16:23 GMT - for their reply. Cheers.

End of over 50 (5 runs) Pakistan 313/9
Mohammad Asif    5* (4b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    10-0-71-2
Umar Gul    0* (0b)     
Tournament Results
Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi - May 22, 2007
Sri Lanka won by 115 runs
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Pakistan won by 98 runs
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May 20, 2007

The sun sets on fans watching the second ODI, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi, 20 May 2007

The sun sets on fans watching the second ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan

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May 20, 2007

Pakistan celebrate their win, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Abu Dhabi, May 20, 2007

Pakistan celebrate their win

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