Player of the Match
Player of the Match

The Pakistan team are on the field and ecstatic. They had a miserable World Cup on the field and had to face the shattering news of coach Bob Woolmer's death as well. They did well in the field, though they ended up conceding a bit too many in the final overs, but had enough ammunition with the bat while chasing. There were many blunders, especially with the run-outs, but Shahid Afridi and Akmal sealed the issue with an emphatic partnership. Afridi in such a mood can be one of the most dangerous sights in cricket while Akmal showed his maturity when faced with a mini-crisis.

Shoaib Malik's first game as captain was a memorable one. Sri Lanka, runners up in the recent World Cup, tried hard but were hit by a cyclone called Afridi towards the latter stages. Malinga Bandara will remember this game for long, one where he was smashed for 32 runs in an over, and Sri Lanka had no answers to Afridi's pyrotechniques. So Pakistan take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Join us for the second game on Sunday. Hope you enjoyed the coverage and I'm Siddhartha Vaidyanathan signing off for the day. Good night and good luck

Maharoof to Kamran Akmal, (no ball) FOUR runs, What a way to finish. Short ball and Akmal dismisses it with disdain, stands tall and clatters an imperious pull through midwicket for a four. It brings up his fifty and ends the match in style. Akmal and Afridi embrace each other in whoops of delight and are soon mobbed by spectators who invade the ground

42 | 9 Runs | PAK: 234/5 (2 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.57, RRR: 0.25)

  • Shahid Afridi73 (34b)
  • Kamran Akmal47 (50b)
  • Lasith Malinga9-1-53-0
  • Farveez Maharoof8-1-42-1
Malinga to Shahid Afridi, no run, short ball again, Afridi gives himself room and decides to have some fun with his defence. Stands there, like an emperor in his land, and pats it tamely to gully. A short ball is supposed to intimidate, here is seems to be a lark
Malinga to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, short one and pulled away to square leg for a single. Crisply done
Malinga to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, clubbed a full one through extra cover for a single
Malinga to Shahid Afridi, 1 wide, down the leg side, Afridi moves across and tries to flick it away past the keeper but he can't get to it. It's too wide
Malinga to Shahid Afridi, FOUR runs, Now the umpire needs to take cover. Backs away and sees the short of a length ball, forehand top-spin down the ground that time and it judders down the ground for another four. Boom, boom all the way
Malinga to Kamran Akmal, 1 run, finds the gap through cover and dabs a full ball for a single in that region
Malinga to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, slower ball and Afridi manages to read that one, driven well down the ground

41 | 8 Runs | PAK: 225/5 (11 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.48, RRR: 1.22)

  • Shahid Afridi67 (30b)
  • Kamran Akmal45 (48b)
  • Farveez Maharoof8-1-42-1
  • Lasith Malinga8-1-44-0
Maharoof to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, short arm pull, crisply struck but there's a sweeper there and they're kept down to one
Maharoof to Shahid Afridi, FOUR runs, Pulped that one, clubbed a full-length ball down the ground and Maharoof does well to get out of the way. That could have injured him. The ball screams away to the straight boundary and almost takes the cameraman along the way. More boom, boom
Maharoof to Shahid Afridi, 2 runs, dropped, that would have been a sensational catch but he grassed it while falling over. Afridi slaps a short one over cover, can't get the timing and it soars towards extra cover. Amarasingle dives full length, gets his hands around it but fluffs it while his arms hits the ground

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st53Imran NazirSalman Butt
2nd31Salman ButtYasir Hameed
3rd4Mohammad YousufSalman Butt
4th17Mohammad YousufShoaib Malik
5th32Shoaib MalikKamran Akmal
6th102Shahid AfridiKamran Akmal