Player of the Match
Player of the Match
326dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Pakistan hang on to clinch 11-run win

Misbah-ul-Haq had implored his top order to produce an innings of substance in the approach to the series but even he may not have expected his top four to respond as emphatically as they did

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez
122(129) 7x4 - 4x6
Control %97%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 67 runs
  • 4x4 - 4x6
1 10 7 8 26 9 28 33
Sohaib Maqsood
Sohaib Maqsood
73(68) 2x4 - 4x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 42 runs
  • 0x4 - 4x6
0 4 3 2 16 10 26 12

Best performances - Bowlers

Junaid Khan
Junaid Khan
O5.4
M0
R44
W3
Eco7.76
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi
O7
M0
R30
W2
Eco4.28
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Pakistan , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Pakistan led the 5-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.15, Second Session 19.15-22.45

Match days

18 December 2013 - day/night match (50-over match)

ODI debut

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Kanishkaa Balachandran

Presentation:

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
49.2
1
Junaid Khan to Lakmal, 1 run, he can only jam out a full ball towards cover for a single
49.1
W
Junaid Khan to Prasanna, 1 run, OUT, and we have a run out off the first ball! Junaid fires a length ball and Prasanna swings and mistimes it to deep midwicket, Malinga sets off for the second to get off strike but his partner is not interested seeing Bhatti's accurate throw to Akmal, Malinga turns around but it's too late

SL Malinga run out (Bilawal Bhatti/†Umar Akmal) 0 (4m 0b 0x4 0x6)

END OF OVER:
49 | 13 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 309/8 (14 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.30, RRR: 14.00)

  • Seekkuge Prasanna41 (22b)
  • Lasith Malinga0 (0b)
  • Sohail Tanvir10-0-69-1
  • Bilawal Bhatti7-0-56-1

Hats off to Senanayake for that fighting innings

48.6
1
Sohail Tanvir to Prasanna, 1 run, on the pads and he tickles it to the on side, only a run
48.5
W
Sohail Tanvir to Senanayake, OUT, and the 12th man Anwar Ali takes it on the second attempt! Senanayake made room and scooped it over cover, didn't time it well, Anwar ran forward from sweeper cover, had it covered and the ball popped out, he had the presence of mind to stick his right hand out, turn around and take the catch, phew!

SMSM Senanayake c sub (Anwar Ali) b Sohail Tanvir 42 (40m 24b 7x4 1x6) SR: 175.00

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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