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Best performances - Batsmen

LD Chandimal
LD Chandimal
50(39) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 14 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
6 0 8 2 10 0 4 20
SP Patil
SP Patil
37(36) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %60%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 8 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
4 2 7 0 3 8 1 12

Best performances - Bowlers

SL Malinga
SL Malinga
O4
M0
R26
W4
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
KMDN Kulasekara
KMDN Kulasekara
O4
M1
R10
W3
Eco2.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Series

Toss

United Arab Emirates , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.30 start, First Session 19.30-20.55, Interval 20.55-21.15, Second Session 21.15-22.40

Match days

25 February 2016 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Points

Sri Lanka 2, United Arab Emirates 0

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

END OF OVER:
20 | 14 Runs | UAE: 115/9 (15 runs required, RR: 5.75)

  • Ahmed Raza9 (8b)
  • Qadeer Ahmed2 (4b)
  • Angelo Mathews3.4-0-24-0
  • Lasith Malinga4-0-26-4

10:55pm: Malinga set to work right away; his first over since November 2015 began and ended with a wicket. He let rip the yorker as well as the slow dipping full toss during his top-quality spell. He finished with four wickets to send UAE hurting to defeat with helping hands from the other returning seniors - Kula and Herath. SL begin their Asia Cup defence with a 14-run win, despite making only 129.

Amjad: The whole game was excellent. We put them [Sri Lanka] under pressure with the bowling. It was a big set back to lose two wickets to Malinga in the first over. Then we lost two more wickets and it is always difficult to chase. We have a match tomorrow. We will come back and try to do our best.

Malinga is the Man of the Match: I am not alright. I have still not fully recovered. I wanted to play this match and help the other players and show them you can do whatever the team needs. I have good experience playing international cricket and IPL. Sanga and Mahela have experience, we will have to give time to the youngsters.

Kulasekara: I came back from injury. It is a great comeback. We expected these pitches; BPL matches were also like this. Low scores are a pressure game. UAE bowled really well.

That is all we have for you tonight. Do come back tomorrow as well. Same place. Same time. Until then, goodbye and cheerio.

19.6
1
Mathews to Ahmed Raza, 1 run, full on middle, down the track and belted to cover
19.5
2
Mathews to Ahmed Raza, 2 runs, short, slower ball outside off at 111.4ks, flat-bat thump over the bowler's head
19.4
1b
Mathews to Qadeer Ahmed, 1 bye, nice slower ball outside off, swing and a miss. They pinch a bye
19.3
1
Mathews to Ahmed Raza, 1 run, Quadeer skips out, he meets a short ball, and flat-bats it to cover

Mathews to fill in

19.3
2nb
Chameera to Qadeer Ahmed, (no ball) 1 run, another beamer, this is hurled at 142ks, Chameera has been taken out of the attack. He looks to hook, but is caught in a tangle. Lobbed towards square leg
19.2
1
Chameera to Ahmed Raza, 1 run, Raza makes room, he gets a full toss, which is carved through point

Quite slow

1

No. of bowlers (out of 11) who took more matches to complete 50 T20I wickets, than Kulasekara who got there in his 45th match today. N McCullum took 53 matches.

Good start, bad end

61

Runs added by Sri Lanka in the last 11 overs, losing 8 wickets. At the end of 9th over, they were 68 for 0.

Moderate batting

129

Sri Lanka's total in the first innings - lowest against an associate side. Their previous lowest was 144 for 9 against Ireland at Lord's in 2009 WT20.