Player of the Match
Player of the Match
331dThe Report by Nitin Sundar

Spinners and Gul give Pakistan 2-1 lead

For the second time in six days, a game was won and lost in the batting Powerplay, but this time Sri Lanka were at the receiving end

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez
83(101) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
12 9 17 7 14 2 8 14
Imran Farhat
70(82) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 18 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
7 2 14 8 10 12 6 11

Best performances - Bowlers

Saeed Ajmal
O10
M0
R42
W3
Eco4.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Umar Gul
O8.5
M0
R48
W3
Eco5.43
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 2-1

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 November 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Kanishkaa Balachandran

In the end Angelo had too much to do and kept losing support. But Pakistan deserve a lot of credit for applying the stranglehold and not letting things slip after they got rid of Sangakkara and Dilshan. Fittingly, it was Afridi who turned things around with that direct hit to send back Sangakkara. What also didn't help Sri Lanka was that the final Powerplay had too many dot balls. You could see that Mathews was struggling for confidence. It was always going to be difficult getting the spinners away.

All in all a fascinating one-day contest. These close chases of scores involving 250 always make for compelling viewing. We will be back for the presentation.

Hafeez is the Man of the Match: "It was a bit hard to time the ball because it was stopping a bit. It was a bit tough bowling in these conditions but the captain had confidence in me."

Dilshan: Sanga's riun-out and my dismissal was disappointing. The bowlers did really well to come back in the last 20 overs. I should have batted through."

Misbah: At one stage we were looking to score 300 but we kept on losing wickets. The bowlers did a really good job for us, especially Hafeez. We were hopeful that once we made their required run-rate over six, we were in with a good chance."

So Pakistan were the deserved winners today. They applied the pressure when it mattered the most. Thanks for joining us today. The next game is on Sunday at Sharjah. Same time. We'll see you then. Cheers!

48.5
W
Umar Gul to Fernando, OUT, Timber! Gul finishes the innings the same manner in which he started, full and straight on the pads, Fernando was rooted to the crease, the ball hits his pad and rebounds to the off stump

CRD Fernando b Umar Gul 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

48.4
0
Umar Gul to Fernando, no run, bowls the slower ball and Fernando jams it down on the pitch

Angelo sends for some more bats. He's trying everything now

48.3
1
Umar Gul to Mathews, 1 run, difficult to put those away, close to a yorker length, he forces it down to long-on

Now Angelo can only play in one gear. He has to go for it and not play safe anymore

48.2
W
Umar Gul to Prasanna, OUT, the slog sweep and Afridi takes the catch, Prasanna got forward and tried to get under the bounce and slog it over deep midwicket, the slower ball did him in, Afridi was there to take it

S Prasanna c Shahid Afridi b Umar Gul 5 (15m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

48.1
1
Umar Gul to Mathews, 1 run, full and swinging towards the pads, makes room and pushes it down to the deep on the on side

END OF OVER:
48 | 7 Runs | SL: 234/8 (24 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.87, RRR: 12.00)

  • Angelo Mathews30 (38b)
  • Seekkuge Prasanna5 (9b)
  • Sohail Tanvir9-0-52-0
  • Umar Gul8-0-46-1
47.6
1
Sohail Tanvir to Mathews, 1 run, another low full toss and he clips it towards long-on

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
5TM DilshanWU Tharanga
106TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
22TM DilshanLD Chandimal
35DPMD JayawardeneLD Chandimal
18AD MathewsLD Chandimal
0SL MalingaAD Mathews
32BMAJ MendisAD Mathews
6AD MathewsNLTC Perera
11AD MathewsS Prasanna
1CRD FernandoAD Mathews