Player of the Match
Player of the Match

10.40pm And that is all from me, Sid R, Sanjay and Gopi for tonight. Do join us for the third ODI at Dambulla, and keep sending in your comments. Good night!

10.30pm Presentation time! Misbah-ul-Haq says Pakistan had the Sri Lankan innings in control but their death bowling once again let the batsmen off the hook. "We had them six down and just needed one more wicket but we couldn't get it." He says eight an over in the last 15 could have been achieved but "we kept on losing wickets." He says they are missing Ajmal. "Of course. On a wicket like this, he would have certainly made a big difference."

Thisara Perera is the Man of the Match. "Angie told me take your time, because we were six wickets down," he says, when asked about his approach when he came in to bat. On his bowling: "First over I don't know what happened. I knew after that I would come back strongly."

Angelo Mathews: "Winning the toss was crucial. It was getting slower and slower as the match went on. We bowled badly in the first 10 overs, but we pulled it back. Spinners came into the party and did a good job. Seekuge was absolutely brilliant." The form of Malinga and Kulasekara, he says, isn't a concern. "They are coming after a long break, and they will be back in the groove." Mahela wasn't on the field, and he says "he has a bit of a niggle, and hopefully he will be back for the next game."

Uwaisul Karnain: "Not only Mathews failing to reach triple figures, he also failing to grab the man of the match awards somehow!" This one looks like it's headed Thisara's way, doesn't it?

Aftab: "Pakistan need Umar Akmal in good form as number 4 is the main position in the team" Yup. He's also getting used to it, since he's only just moved to number four. He's been at six for a long time.

Nostradamus: "When nostradamus predicted that Thisara will take wickets today and Afridi would fail, Cricinfo did not bother to publish it, cuz Thisara's figures were 1-0-14-0... But see how it has come true.."

Asif Raza: "Only Misba ul Haq should be blamed for this match. His partnership with Shehzad was unrealistic. There was need to be aggressive after playing one or two overs slow. Being his huge fan, it is heart breaking."

Loads of comments saying Misbah is responsible for the defeat, but at the time he came in, Pakistan simply couldn't afford to lose any more wickets. The spinners were bowling extremely tight, and Sri Lanka's close-in fielding was fantastic, and it was just very difficult for him. He did get out at the wrong time, though, right when he and Fawad were putting the pressure back on Sri Lanka. He got a boundary earlier in the over, and perished going for another big shot. As it happens so often, the batting Powerplay worked against the batting team and inadvertently brought to the bowling team the benefits of attacking fields.

10.15pm And that's a massive win for Sri Lanka, both in terms of run-margin and the number of overs left, but those numbers will mask how much they will have worried at one stage. Pakistan got off to a spectacular start thanks to Mohammad Hafeez, who came out and timed everything in unearthly manner, but the spinners put the brakes on in quite spectacular fashion. Fawad Alam kept Pakistan's hopes up for a while, first alongside Misbah-ul-Haq and then, briefly, with Shahid Afridi, but they lost too many wickets trying to catch up with the escalating required rate.

Malinga to Junaid Khan, OUT, and finally he gets it right, and the yorker sneaks through to clip the leg stump as Junaid plays all over it

Junaid Khan b Malinga 1 (9m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Malinga to Junaid Khan, no run, that's the leg-stumo yorker, and he tickles it onto his pad and it bounces down to the keeper
Malinga to Mohammad Irfan, 1 run, that's very full, outside off, and he scoops it in the air but Dilshan, scrambling backwards and to his right from point can't quite get his hands under it
Malinga to Mohammad Irfan, no run, that's the yorker, on middle stump, and he calmly brings his bat down to push that to cover
Malinga to Junaid Khan, 1 run, full on off stump, and he pokes it away towards mid-on

43 | 2 Runs 2 Wkts | PAK: 231/9 (80 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.37, RRR: 11.42)

  • Mohammad Irfan0 (3b)
  • Junaid Khan0 (0b)
  • Thisara Perera3-0-19-3
  • Rangana Herath10-2-38-2
Perera to Mohammad Irfan, no run, bouncer now, and he manages to sway out of the way, and keep his bat and gloves out of the way even though they shot up reflexively to shield his face
Perera to Mohammad Irfan, no run, back of a length, and Mohammad Irfan moves his feet less than a millimeter as he stands there and defends into the off side
Perera to Mohammad Irfan, no run, no hat-trick for Thisara. That's full outside off, and he opens his face and squeezes it towards slip

And here's Mohammad Irfan, to try and prevent the hat-trick

Perera to Fawad Alam, OUT, and he's on a hat trick! that's full and wide, slanted across, and he slashes hard at it and slaps the ball straight to cover

Fawad Alam c Mathews b Perera 30 (74m 40b 3x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Junaid Khan comes in now, with a cap on backwards under his helmet. It's Fawad on strike though

Perera to Wahab Riaz, OUT, full and wide again, and he goes hard at it and slices it way up. Herath almost drops it on the third man boundary as he tumbles forward, but he manages to hold on despite landing on his elbows. Very good catch in the end

Wahab Riaz c Herath b Perera 5 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Perera to Wahab Riaz, 2 runs, that's full and wide, and he drills it to deep extra cover

42 | 4 Runs | PAK: 229/7 (82 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.45, RRR: 10.25)

  • Wahab Riaz3 (4b)
  • Fawad Alam30 (39b)
  • Rangana Herath10-2-38-2
  • Thisara Perera2-0-17-1
Herath to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, length ball om off stump, and he pushes it into the off side with soft hands to steal a single
Herath to Fawad Alam, 1 run, down the leg side now, and he sweeps, but can't get it fine enough to beat short fine leg
Herath to Fawad Alam, no run, down the pitch now, and goes hard at it but hits it straight to wide mid-on
Herath to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, sweeps, and sweeps to short fine leg. If he missed, that was lbw, crashing into middle stump

Hafeez at No. 3


Mohammad Hafeez's ODI average in the 33 inns where he has batting at No. 3. In the 110 inns he opened, his average is 28.2

Fastest hundred


Number of overs Pakistan took to reach 100, their fourth fastest 100 since 2001

Quick start


Number of balls which Pakistan got to 50 - their fastest for the year, and 5th fastest while chasing, since 2001

Running dry


Number of times that Thisara Perera has scored 20 in his last 15 ODIs

The elusive fourth


Number of times that Hafeez has taken two or more wickets in an ODI innings, without ever taking 4

No. 6 batsman?


Number of times that Seekkuge Prasanna has got to double digits in his 11 ODI innings

Slowing down


Number of centuries that Tharanga has scored in his last 50 ODIs - in the 123 ODIs before that, he scored 11.