Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    8.3 Hafeez gets another left-hand batsman. Kusal left contemplating another start not converted. Pushed through outside off, non-turning ball. Kusal looks to push, or perhaps punch it through the covers. All he manages a thick edge to first slip. Sharp take from Rizwan just below chest height. Kusal did not move his feet and pays the price 44/1
    26.1 plays back to one that he should have been forward to. That's a timely strike for Pakistan and it's from their best bowler on show so far. Beautiful control from Hafeez. Doesn't quite loop this one up, which was why Dilshan jumps back in his crease to cut. Suddenly realises the shot is nowhere near on. Tries to protect his off stump. Fails 118/4
    16.3 he's been sucked into the drive and the edge is safely taken. Anwar claps in glee and then morphs into an airplane. Hands spread out, mouth wide open in a yell. Good ball, better celebrations. Good length ball skirting outside off, Thirimanne is tempted into a loose shot. Looked so good only for a soft dismissal. Pakistan are ringing in the changes, and they're working 82/2
    23.4 too good. He is just too good against the left-handers. Angles the good length ball in to force a shot. Tharanga flails at it after lunging outside his crease. The turn is too much, the outside edge is comprehensively beaten. Sarfraz takes care of the rest. Beaten in flight. 111/3
    41.5 is that a top edge? Yep. Looks for the big hit against the turn and is beaten in the flight. Mathews can't quite get as close to the ball as he wanted to with the slog sweep. That means the ball is able to spin just enough that he has to drag it away from outside off into the leg side. Azam at long-on is safe as houses 200/5
    not out
    42.6 ends his spell with a wicket. And that's his best figures in ODIs. Might need to get a gift for Rizwan for this. Beautiful low catch by him at first slip. Especially seeing as the batsman was backing away for a cut. So even if it was an edge, it would have come to him quite quickly. Nice, tight bowling from Hafeez. Good length on middle from around the wicket. Thisara was looking to slice it to third man and get off strike. But the ball went a bit too fine 204/6
    48.2 Rizwan, you little beauty! He is so good to watch in the field. Kisses the ball before tossing it away. Another skier, but this time the fielder has less distance to cover. I think he was in the covers, raced in and called for it. Anyway the only other man who could have caught it was Rahat, who you don't want under a tough catch. Rizwan has his eyes all the way on it, dives and holds on this time 244/7
    48.5 ah, he's slapped it away to extra cover. Simple dismissal. Enough room for him to swat it away, as he was trying to do. But the placement eludes him 245/8
    not out
    18 (b 4, lb 7, nb 1, w 6)
    255/8 (50 Overs, RR: 5.1)
    Did not bat: RAS Lakmal
    Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Kusal Perera, 8.3 ov), 2-82 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 16.3 ov), 3-111 (Upul Tharanga, 23.4 ov), 4-118 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 26.1 ov), 5-200 (Angelo Mathews, 41.5 ov), 6-204 (Thisara Perera, 42.6 ov), 7-244 (Milinda Siriwardana, 48.2 ov), 8-245 (Seekkuge Prasanna, 48.5 ov)
    Mohammad Irfan1004104.10372111
    Rahat Ali804425.50276010
    Anwar Ali703815.42194000
    Mohammad Hafeez1014144.10363110
    Yasir Shah1004614.60334100
    Shoaib Malik503406.8083030
    9.2 done him in! Chandimal and Mathews combine to bring Sri Lanka back again. It was wide, it was tempting Azhar to go for the booming drive through cover. In all honesty, the shot was on. But on a pitch where the bounce isn't true, there's always a risk involved with driving on the up. Azhar gets an under edge and Chandimal takes an absolute stunner. Stayed low, moved to his right along with the ball and snapped it up 47/1
    14.1 he's fished outside off and has been caught! Sri Lanka created the pressure. They stopped the singles. They got a few balls to bounce alarmingly. Shehzad weathered through all of them and will be filthy with himself at being sucked into playing so far away from his body. Didn't move across, flashed at it and feathers a simple edge to the keeper 65/2
    35.5 pops up a return catch! Jumps down the track for no good reason, Thisara bowls it short and quick on middle. Cramps the batsman up. Goes for a panicked pull, gets it on the splice and gives a simple catch to Thisara. But he's done his work. Gets a hug from his captain, a pat on the back from his coach. Good innings 198/4
    25.2 caught in front! Azam was walking off, but he is called back by his partner. Has a little chat with Hafeez and then makes the decision himself that he doesn't want to review. Azam goes for the sweep, but hasn't put that front leg too far across. Misses the ball hitting across the line and is struck in line with off stump, I think 123/3
    not out
    not out
    6 (lb 1, w 5)
    259/4 (45.2 Overs, RR: 5.71)
    Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Azhar Ali, 9.2 ov), 2-65 (Ahmed Shehzad, 14.1 ov), 3-123 (Babar Azam, 25.2 ov), 4-198 (Mohammad Hafeez, 35.5 ov)
    SL Malinga805607.00258050
    RAS Lakmal512114.20214000
    NLTC Perera803214.00293000
    AD Mathews502214.40183000
    S Prasanna907208.00216400
    TM Dilshan8.204515.40211200
    TAM Siriwardana201005.0061000

Match Details


Pakistan , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Pakistan led the 5-match series 1-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10.00 start, First Session 10.00-13.30 Interval 13.30-14.15, Second Session 14.15-17.45

Match days

11 July 2015 (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

Tons at No. 3


ODI tons by Hafeez at No. 3 for Pakistan - equals the most for them. Ijaz Ahmed, Younis Khan and Zaheer Abbaz also made six.

A rare all-round show


No. of times a Pakistan player has made fifty or more runs and taken four-plus wickets in ODIs including Mohammad Hafeez today.

Quick returns


Tillakaratne Dishan's bowling strike rate against Pakistan in ODIs before this match. His first wicket today took only eight balls.

Tricky opponent


No. of times Shehzad has been dismissed by Lakmal in ODIs, equals the most he has been dismissed by any bowler.

Starting well


No. of fifty-plus scores by Pakistan openers in their last-ten ODIs. They have collectively scored 1043 at an average of 54.89.

In-form Chandimal


Chandimal's score his highest in 18 ODI innings v Pakistan, and his 16th fifty-plus score in ODIs

Getting starts, getting out


Number of times Sri Lanka's top 5 batsmen have all scored between 20 and 40 in an ODI

Hafeez's best


Hafeez's figures, his best in ODIs. His previous best was 3 for 17 v B'desh in 2003

Chasing, the better option


Average score of teams batting first in day games in Dambulla since 2009; they've won 2, lost 4

Dawdling Dilshan


Number of times Dilshan has faced 50-plus balls in an ODI and scored at a slower SR than today's 58.46

Good venue for Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka's win-loss record in ODIs in Dambulla since the start of 2009. Pakistan have a 1-6 record in this time