Result
8th Match, Karachi, Jun 29 2008, Super Four (N), Asia Cup
302/7
(50 ov, target 303)
238/9
Sri Lanka won by 64 runs
Player Of The Match
1y
• The 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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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka302/7(50 overs)
Pakistan238/9(50 overs)
end of over 502 runs
PAK: 238/9CRR: 4.76 
Sohail Tanvir9 (9)
Wahab Riaz1 (5)
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
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
Kulasekara to Wahab Riaz, no run
excellent bouncer, Wahab gets out of the way in a hurry
49.3
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
Kulasekara to Sohail Tanvir, no run
bowled full in the block hole outside off stump, Tanvir tries to dig it out but gets beaten
end of over 497 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 236/9CRR: 4.81 • RRR: 67.00
Wahab Riaz0 (2)
Sohail Tanvir8 (6)
Muttiah Muralitharan10-0-46-1
Nuwan Kulasekara8-1-33-2
48.6
Muralitharan to Wahab Riaz, no run
Wahab once again stretches a long way forward and defends with bat close to the front pad, did I hear cheers from the crowd?
48.5
Muralitharan to Wahab Riaz, no run
Wahab thrusts his pad outside the line of off stump and defends

Wahab Riaz is the last man for Pakistan.

48.4
w
Muralitharan to Iftikhar Anjum, OUT
caught! Murali picks up his first wicket, Iftikhar tries to play the slog sweep but gets a top edge which lands safely in Kulasekara's hands at short fine leg
Iftikhar Anjum c Kulasekara b Muralitharan 7 (6m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 140.00
48.3
2
Muralitharan to Iftikhar Anjum, 2 runs
pushed off the back foot towards cover point, there's a large gap there so they run two
48.2
1
Muralitharan to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run
Tanvir stills sweeps the ball from way outside off stump towards deep midwicket

Murali's going round the wicket now and Tanvir wants the sight screen moved.

48.1
4
Muralitharan to Sohail Tanvir, FOUR runs
Tanvir gets his front foot across and sweeps the ball in the air to the deep square leg boundary
end of over 487 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 229/8CRR: 4.77 • RRR: 37.00
Iftikhar Anjum5 (3)
Sohail Tanvir3 (4)
Nuwan Kulasekara8-1-33-2
Ajantha Mendis10-0-47-4
47.6
4
Kulasekara to Iftikhar Anjum, FOUR runs
Iftikhar flicks a full ball off his pads through midwicket for four
47.5
1
Kulasekara to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run
lofted towards long on for another single
47.4
1
Kulasekara to Iftikhar Anjum, 1 run
pushed towards midwicket where a misfields allows the single
47.3
Kulasekara to Iftikhar Anjum, no run
Kulasekara beats Iftikhar with a good length ball that seams past the off stump
47.2
w
Kulasekara to Sarfraz Ahmed, OUT
bowled him! Kulasekara pitches the slower ball on a good length on off stump and slants it into the right-hander, Sarfraz tries to cut but gets beaten by the change of pace
Sarfraz Ahmed b Kulasekara 19 (48m 31b 0x4 0x6) SR: 61.29
47.1
1
Kulasekara to Sohail Tanvir, 1 run
pushed off the front foot towards midwicket for a single
Best performances - batsmen
KC Sangakkara
112 runs (110)
10 fours
1 sixes
Control95%
Productive shot
leg glance
41 runs
4 fours
1 sixes
6412312351516
Misbah-ul-Haq
76 runs (70)
3 fours
4 sixes
Control88%
Productive shot
leg glance
19 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Sohail Tanvir
O
10
M
1
R
48
W
5
Eco
4.80
BAW Mendis
O
10
M
0
R
47
W
4
Eco
4.70
Match details
National Stadium, Karachi
TossPakistan , elected to field first
SeriesAsia Cup 2008
Player Of The Match
Kumar Sangakkara
Match numberODI no. 2723
Season2008
Hours of play (local time)16.00 start, First Session 16.00-19.30 Interval 19.30-20.15, Second Session 20.15-23.45
Match days29 June 2008 - night match (50-over match)
ODI debut
Mansoor Amjad
Umpires
Ian Gould
Tony Hill
TV Umpire
AFM Akhtaruddin
Reserve Umpire
Shozab Raza
Match Referee
Alan Hurst
PointsSri Lanka 2, Pakistan 0