8th Match, Super Four (N), Karachi, Jun 29 2008, Asia Cup
(50 ov, target 303)238/9
Sri Lanka won by 64 runs
Player Of The Match
112 (110)
end of over 502 runs
PAK: 238/9CRR: 4.76 
Sohail Tanvir9 (9)
Wahab Riaz1 (5)
Nuwan Kulasekara 9-1-35-2
Muthiah Muralidaran 10-0-46-1

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.

Kulasekara to 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

Kulasekara to Wahab Riaz, 1 run

the bouncer is followed by the yorker which Wahab just about manages to keep out

Kulasekara to Wahab Riaz, no run

excellent bouncer, Wahab gets out of the way in a hurry

Kulasekara to Wahab Riaz, no run

Wahab tries to plat towards long on but gets a leading edge towards cover

Kulasekara to Tanvir, 1 run

full delivery and Tanvir lashes it through the covers for one

Kulasekara to 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)
Muthiah Muralidaran 10-0-46-1
Nuwan Kulasekara 8-1-33-2
Murali 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?

Murali 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.

Murali to Iftikhar, 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
Murali to Iftikhar, 2 runs

pushed off the back foot towards cover point, there's a large gap there so they run two

Murali to 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.

Murali to Tanvir, FOUR runs

Tanvir gets his front foot across and sweeps the ball in the air to the deep square leg boundary