Player of the Match
Player of the Match

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Mathews: "We witnessed a great match, esp the stand between Seekkuge and Sachitra, very pleasing to see how they fought. We knew that the dew would come into play so we were happy to chase. I thought it was still a pleasing performance so no need to panic."

Ali Inam: "Not sure if it's a post match presentation or a birthday party !!"

Hafeez is the Man of the Match: "It was much needed for me, Maqsood batted well, Sharjeel started well. I really wanted to do something in this game."

Misbah: "It was a much needed innings from Hafeez, Sharjeel a good prospect. We need to improve on the bowling and fielding, too many lapses. If the team is winning, I don't want to bat."

That's it from us here. Good start to the series. Join us for game 2 on Friday in Dubai. Thanks for your mails and company. Cheers!

End of match: Najam Sethi tweets: "Yaaaayyyyyy Team Pak wins again!!!!"

Pakistan win by 11 runs but make heavy weather of it. They were comfortably placed to win this comfortably but panic set in and a pair of attacking 40s from Prasanna and Senanayake really gave Sri Lanka hope. Pakistan just about made enough. Makes you wonder what could have been had at least one of Sanga, Chandimal or Mathews had carried on. Also, had Afridi bowled out his quota. Ask Misbah.

Dew may have been a factor. Will captains be more comfortable bowling first going forward?

Ali Wazir: "Although I'm a Pakistan fan, they way the Sri Lankans played, they deserved the victory a tad more than Pakistan. Congratulations to them for putting on such a great fight and a thrilling match!"

AB: "Pakistanis weren't playing to win, they were playing to not lose. There is a difference and that was apparent in this match!"

49.4
W
Junaid Khan to Prasanna, OUT, the tension's over and Pakistan have won! Junaid fired this one full on the off stump, Prasanna made room looking to scoop it over the off side but it dipped and landed safely on Sharjeel's palms at mid-off

S Prasanna c Sharjeel Khan b Junaid Khan 42 (52m 25b 4x4 3x6) SR: 168.00

49.3
0
Junaid Khan to Prasanna, no run, he fires a length ball on the body and swings but can only place it slightly wide of short fine leg, Prasanna decides not to take the single
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Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
66TM DilshanMDKJ Perera
47KC SangakkaraMDKJ Perera
14KC SangakkaraLD Chandimal
14LD ChandimalHDRL Thirimanne
73AD MathewsLD Chandimal
2AD MathewsNLTC Perera
5NLTC PereraS Prasanna
87S PrasannaSMSM Senanayake
2SL MalingaS Prasanna
1RAS LakmalS Prasanna