Player of the Match
Player of the Match

So we move to Colombo with the series level. Thanks for joining us tonight. Cheers

"We were not far away from putting everything together, so credit to the guys for doing so," says Mahela Jayawardene. "We swapped the batting order in Australia, so we can be flexible. It's good that we can keep changing. It was important that one of us stays till the end so it was good Dilshan did so. Perera is brilliant. It;s great to have such allrounders, Angelo and him. Hopefully we keep them both healthy for a long period of time."

"They played really well," says Misbah-ul-Haq. "Their opening partnership was very good. Dilshan, Mahela, then the finish. The wicket was very good. The way we started it was gettable. When me and Umar Akmal, the game turned. We have to work really hard in all three departments. They were better than us in all three departments."

Thisara Perera is the Man of the Match. Says he: "It is a 50-50 wicket. You can hit also, and you can get wickets too. Really enjoyed myself. I could play my natural game. Now it's 1-1, and we have to carry this performance forward."

Comprehensive win for Sri Lanka. It began with Dilshan switching to ODI mode, and the rest batting around him. A responsible, hard-working century from Dilshan and cameos at the other end helped SL post a total much bigger than has even been successfully chased against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. Pakistan were surprisingly not as aggressive the other day: Ajmal was used as a container during Powerplay overs, while sides usually use their best bowlers to try to pick wickets.

Pakistan made a good start to their chase, but again in the middle overs fell back a little bit, and Sri Lanka were happy to slowly and gradually mount pressure. It was a combination of thin batting (Afridi bats at No. 6), low confidence, and defensive mindset that took the asking rate to over 7 for the last 20, and close to nine for the last 15. Wickets fell under pressure, but Perera's effort should not be forgotten. He kept Pakistan under check with regular wickets, six of them. And that catch to dismiss Hafeez was an absolute blinder. How about this? Sri Lanka conceded only two extras, and that too leg-byes. A toss-up between Dilshan and Perera for the Man of the Match. I am biased towards bowlers, so my pick will be Perera, but let's see who the official MoM is.

Kulasekara to Sarfraz Ahmed, OUT, slower ball, huge appeal for lbw as he misses a flick, and he is given. Was down the wicket, but that looked straight. Going down as it was an offcutter, but given. That levels the series

Sarfraz Ahmed lbw b Kulasekara 20 (44m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 74.07

Kulasekara to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run, length ball into the pads, wants to flick it behind square, but is beaten

Rahat Ali walks out. Batsmen that tall are not known for long innings. Sarf is on strike, though. Kula is back

46 | 7 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 204/9 (77 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.43, RRR: 19.25)

  • Sarfaraz Ahmed20 (25b)
  • Lasith Malinga8-1-40-2
  • Thisara Perera10-0-44-6
Malinga to Saeed Ajmal, OUT, another short ball, Ajmal backs away and swings again, edges it safely through to Sanga. Better out than injured

Saeed Ajmal c †Sangakkara b Malinga 4 (5m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

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Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st48Azhar AliMohammad Hafeez
2nd30Younis KhanAzhar Ali
3rd49Azhar AliMisbah-ul-Haq
4th12Azhar AliUmar Akmal
5th18Shahid AfridiAzhar Ali
6th8Shahid AfridiSarfaraz Ahmed
7th5Sohail TanvirSarfaraz Ahmed
8th27Umar GulSarfaraz Ahmed
9th7Saeed AjmalSarfaraz Ahmed
10th0Sarfaraz AhmedRahat Ali