Player of the Match
Player of the Match
290dThe Bulletin by Siddarth Ravindran

Sangakkara ton sets up 64-run win

Kumar Sangakkara's flawless century was backed by a disciplined bowling performance as Sri Lanka took a giant stride towards the final with a comfortable 64-run win

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KC Sangakkara
KC Sangakkara
112(110) 10x4 - 1x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 41 runs
  • 4x4 - 1x6
6 4 12 31 23 5 15 16
Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah-ul-Haq
76(70) 3x4 - 4x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 19 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 2 7 7 7 0 29 24

Best performances - Bowlers

Sohail Tanvir
O10
M1
R48
W5
Eco4.80
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
BAW Mendis
O10
M0
R47
W4
Eco4.70
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

END OF OVER:
50 | 2 Runs | PAK: 238/9 (65 runs required, RR: 4.76)

  • Sohail Tanvir9 (9b)
  • Wahab Riaz1 (5b)
  • Nuwan Kulasekara9-1-35-2
  • Muttiah Muralitharan10-0-46-1

11.51 pm local time: Sri Lanka have moved level with India with four points in the Super Four round. Pakistan don't have any points yet and their slim chances of qualification for the final will now depend on factors outside their control.

Sangakkara set up the victory with a fluent century that set Pakistan a target of 304. Pakistan lost Butt off the very first ball off the run chase but the period that shut them out of the game was the passage of play immediately after Younis' dismissal. Malik and Yousuf were unable to score against either pace and or spin and it was too difficult to score at seven an over against the Murali-Mendis combination. Mendis struck vital blows during his spell of 4-47 to cripple Pakistan.

I'll have the presentation for you in a moment ...

Malik isn't at the presentation because he is indisposed. So Misbah goes up. "We've played a lot of cricket here and the wicket is a bit slow. The ball wasn't coming on to the bat ...

"Murali and Mendis were bowling well. Not giving anything away. Once the fast bowlers were off we needed over seven an over. We need to improve our bowling with the new ball and also our batting at the start. We needed a good start."

The Man of the Match is Kumar Sangakkara for his century. "It was just a case of batting as long as possible. 50 overs is along time. You play the right strokes and back yourself to bat a lot of time. Kapugedera played really well, hit boundaries and took the pressure off. Silva also batted superbly.

"I'm looking forward to playing tomorrow, it's tiring when you have to play double-headers but I'd much rather play in Karachi than in Lahore (where it was much hotter)."

Mahela Jayawardene: "We made a few mistakes in the first few games and we needed to brush up. I think we played a perfect game today."

Thank you for all your emails today, tomorrow's game is between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. A win for Sri Lanka will cement their place in the final. This is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.

49.6
0
Kulasekara to Sohail Tanvir, no run, that's it, Sri Lanka have won by 64 runs, the last ball was an excellent yorker which Tanvir could only defend
49.5
1
Kulasekara to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, the bouncer is followed by the yorker which Wahab just about manages to keep out
49.4
0
Kulasekara to Wahab Riaz, no run, excellent bouncer, Wahab gets out of the way in a hurry
49.3
0
Kulasekara to Wahab Riaz, no run, Wahab tries to plat towards long on but gets a leading edge towards cover
49.2
1
Kulasekara to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run, full delivery and Tanvir lashes it through the covers for one
49.1
0
Kulasekara to Sohail Tanvir, no run, bowled full in the block hole outside off stump, Tanvir tries to dig it out but gets beaten

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0Shoaib MalikSalman Butt
2nd72Shoaib MalikYounis Khan
3rd36Mohammad YousufShoaib Malik
4th25Shoaib MalikMisbah-ul-Haq
5th2Shahid AfridiMisbah-ul-Haq
6th18Misbah-ul-HaqMansoor Amjad
7th66Misbah-ul-HaqSarfaraz Ahmed
8th4Sohail TanvirSarfaraz Ahmed
9th13Iftikhar AnjumSohail Tanvir
10th2Wahab RiazSohail Tanvir