Player of the Match
Player of the Match
261dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Afridi leads Pakistan to tense win

Maturity is an adjective that, at best, can only be sporadically applied to Shahid Afridi, but it was the hallmark of his blitz against Sri Lanka, as he struck an unbeaten 39 from 20 to lift his side to a three-wicket win in Dubai

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AD Mathews
AD Mathews
50(34) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %94%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 15 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
1 0 2 1 7 6 11 22
Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi
39(20) 2x4 - 3x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 10 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
4 4 11 0 8 2 2 8

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
SL Malinga
O4
M0
R26
W3
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Sohail Tanvir
O4
M0
R34
W2
Eco8.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Pakistan , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Pakistan led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00

Match days

11 December 2013 - night match (20-over match)

T20I debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: S Balasubramanian | Commentator: Rohan Sharma

Sri Lanka will now have their chance of levelling the series in just two days time. Till then, this is Rohan Sharma, on behalf of the scorer, wishing you good night (or morning) wherever you may be.

Here are some Hafeez quotes as well: "The boys really showed character, and we were looking for a good start, so the boys got that for us. We went into the middle and tried a couple of things, with the young players. In this game Shahid Afridi was brilliant. It's always difficult to set a total here, so that's what I was thinking. We had three spinners in the team, so we had the dew on our minds as well.

Some Afridi quotes from Andrew Fernando: "Pakistan won and I'm very happy for that. I have to mention Mohammad Hafeez, who was not feeling well but still he played for the country. We had good support from the crowd. The bowling was good, but I want to be more consistent in my batting"

Unfortunately folks I won't be able to provide any post-match presentation as the telecast has switched over to another program. Will be getting some quotes from my colleague, Andrew Fernando, so will add those in a little while. What you need to know though is that Pakistan have won this first encounter by three wickets, with Afridi hitting a ridiculous six outside off over to fine leg to seal the chase.

Shahid Afridi, for his unbeaten 39 off 20 balls, has been deemed Man of the Match

What an exciting finish to a match which seemed a foregone conclusion till Sri Lanka began taking out key wickets at important junctures of the chase. Lasith Malinga was the star of the show for them, and could have got more than his 3 for 26. But it was innings from Mohammed Hafeez (32), Sharjeel Khan (34) and Shahid Afridi (39*) that kept the Pakistan chase on course. We will take just a quick break before we are back for the match presentation

19.1
6
Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi, SIX runs, Afridi does it! He does it! Afridi paddle sweeps this ball pitching outside off beautifully over fine leg, timing it so sweetly that it just clears the rope to bring an end to the contest. What a knock from this experienced campaigner! He managed to hold his nerve to see his country through for a win

So 6 are required off the final over. What do we have in store for us?

END OF OVER:
19 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 140/7 (6 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.36, RRR: 6.00)

  • Shahid Afridi33 (19b)
  • Sohail Tanvir0 (0b)
  • Lasith Malinga4-0-26-3
  • Thisara Perera3-0-27-1
18.6
1
Malinga to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, Afridi on strike and hits this to the off side, hesitant as he runs down, before deciding to go ahead with it. Tanvir was a little slow out of the blocks as the fielder picks up the ball and fires it at the striker's end, with Sanga taking the ball and hitting the stumps. Replays show that Tanvir was just in. Pakistan will be pleased that Afridi will be on strike for the final over
18.5
W
Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti, OUT, Bhatti clears the front leg, looking to belt this out of Dubai Sports City, but instead succeeds in hitting this one straight up in the air. Thisara calls for the catch, even though Sanga is close with the gloves, and manages to hold on to the skier, with a nice roll to finish it off

Bilawal Bhatti c NLTC Perera b Malinga 10 (15m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

18.4
1
Malinga to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, tests him with a shorter one as Afridi takes the bait, hitting this one high in the air, but luckily it falls just before the fielder coming in deep from the boundary

Asim: "This is Afridi's format. He owns it.

18.3
1
Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti, 1 run, full and on middle as Bhatti just eases this to the leg side for one
18.2
2
Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti, 2 runs, cheeky shot from Bhatti as he angles his bat outside off to get this wide of third man, giving him enough to run back for the second
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Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st12Sharjeel KhanAhmed Shehzad
2nd57Mohammad HafeezSharjeel Khan
3rd7Mohammad HafeezUmar Akmal
4th0Sohaib MaqsoodUmar Akmal
5th20Sohaib MaqsoodUmar Amin
6th21Shahid AfridiSohaib Maqsood
7th22Shahid AfridiBilawal Bhatti
8th7Shahid AfridiSohail Tanvir