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Player of the Match
    8.4 He's gone this time, short ball, sat up to be hit, Dilshan pulls it but straight to Salman Butt at fine leg. That's a huge relief for Pakistan and the fans find their voice again 71/1
    12.2 Gul strikes again, Jayasuriya is plumb lbw. A very full ball on middle and leg, Jayasuriya was stuck in his crease and he missed it, no doubt at all about that decision, huge wicket for Pakistan 86/2
    34.3 The big wicket of Sangakkara. His innings is sawed off at 49, as Sangakkara decides to upper cut the ball at the last moment, after intially shaping to let the bouncer outside off go, Salman Butt at backward point dives to his right and completes an athletic catch 176/6
    13.1 Gone! Jayawardene's horror run continues, short of a length ball, pitches on off and moves a touch away, Jayawardene feathers it through to the keeper and the complexion of the game has changed in five deliveries 89/3
    25.3 he's gone this time, bowled him, Kapugedera steps out and tries to work a length ball on middle and off towards the leg side, against the spin too, he misses it completely and that's Pakistan's fourth wicket 143/4
    32.2 A run-out as the batsmen looked to pinch a quick double, Sangakkara turns it towards square leg, Mubarak charges out of his crease believing a second was there for the taking but is is sent back, Misbah-ul-Haq fires a flat throw and Mubarak is nowhere in the scene 170/5
    43.3 Maharoof's gone, Sri Lanka seem to have developed a knack of losing wickets just as a partnership is developing, Maharoof sweeps Malik in the air but only manages to find Misbah-ul-Haq at the midwicket boundary 209/8
    34.4 A footwork-free waft, to a short of length ball just outside off, from Thushara ends up in a simple catch to the keeper, the faintest of edges and Iftikhar is on a hat-trick 176/7
    44.1 short of a length ball, moving a bit away from the batsmen, Kulasekara is drawn towards it and nicks it through to the keeper, that's another Sri Lankan wicket going down after a stroke which involved no footwork 211/9
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    45.2 And that's the end of the innings, Mendis goes for a Hollywood drive, he misses completely as the ball moves in a little and crashes into middle stump. 219/10
    11 (lb 3, nb 2, w 6)
    219 all out (45.2 Overs, RR: 4.83)
    Fall of wickets: 1-71 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 8.4 ov), 2-86 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 12.2 ov), 3-89 (Mahela Jayawardene, 13.1 ov), 4-143 (Chamara Kapugedera, 25.3 ov), 5-170 (Jehan Mubarak, 32.2 ov), 6-176 (Kumar Sangakkara, 34.3 ov), 7-176 (Thilan Thushara, 34.4 ov), 8-209 (Farveez Maharoof, 43.3 ov), 9-211 (Nuwan Kulasekara, 44.1 ov), 10-219 (Ajantha Mendis, 45.2 ov)
    Shoaib Akhtar704306.14195000
    Sohail Tanvir503507.00135021
    Iftikhar Anjum8.214245.04305001
    Umar Gul903033.33361010
    Shahid Afridi1014714.70304030
    Shoaib Malik601913.16201000

Match Notes

  • Butt century powers Pakistan to easy win

    A country starved of international cricket for over six months celebrated with a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka to take a 1-0 lead in the series, thanks to the efforts of Salman Butt and Khurram Manzoor, who made light work of a target

  • Another wow from Rao

    Is it sacrilegious to suggest that what Pakistan needs more of is a Rao Iftikhar Anjum and less of the flash that we've become accustomed to? Rao is as far removed from the bling of Pakistan's pace lineage as is possible.

  • Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Karachi

    Match home for the first ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka played in Karachi

  • Pakistan win early Mendis battle

    Whatever Pakistan had planned for Ajantha Mendis, it worked in the first ODI at the National Stadium in Karachi

  • The game is back and it is on

    A fine series is set up. Pakistan will battle, if only because they have hardly played. Sri Lanka will be formidable hurdles to overcome

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st168Salman ButtKhurram Manzoor
2nd37Younis KhanSalman Butt
3rd15Shoaib MalikSalman Butt