result
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)
kumar-sangakkara
13y
• 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 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.

49.6
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

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 Tanvir, 1 run

full delivery and Tanvir lashes it through the covers for one

49.1
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
48.6
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?

48.5
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.

48.4
W
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
48.3
2
Murali to Iftikhar, 2 runs

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

48.2
1
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.

48.1
4
Murali to 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 Kulasekara 8-1-33-2
Ajantha Mendis 10-0-47-4
47.6
4
Kulasekara to Iftikhar, FOUR runs

Iftikhar flicks a full ball off his pads through midwicket for four

47.5
1
Kulasekara to Tanvir, 1 run

lofted towards long on for another single

47.4
1
Kulasekara to Iftikhar, 1 run

pushed towards midwicket where a misfields allows the single

47.3
Kulasekara to Iftikhar, no run

Kulasekara beats Iftikhar with a good length ball that seams past the off stump

47.2
W
Kulasekara to Sarfaraz, 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

Sarfaraz Ahmed b Kulasekara 19 (48m 31b 0x4 0x6) SR: 61.29
47.1
1
Kulasekara to Tanvir, 1 run

pushed off the front foot towards midwicket for a single

end of over 474 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 222/7CRR: 4.72 RRR: 27.00
Sarfaraz Ahmed19 (30)
Sohail Tanvir1 (2)
Ajantha Mendis 10-0-47-4
Nuwan Kulasekara 7-1-26-1
46.6
2
Mendis to Sarfaraz, 2 runs

driven off the back foot towards sweeper cover

46.5
1
Mendis to Tanvir, 1 run

Tanvir moves his front foot outside the line and defends towards the off side, they run a quick single

Best performances - batters
Kumar Sangakkara portrait
KC Sangakkara SL
112 runs (110)
10 fours
1 six
Control96%
Productive shot
leg glance
41 runs
4 fours
1 six
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Misbah-ul-Haq portrait
Misbah-ul-Haq PAK
76 runs (70)
3 fours
4 sixes
Control89%
Productive shot
leg glance
19 runs
1 four
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Sohail Tanvir
Sohail Tanvir PAK
O
10
M
1
R
48
W
5
ECO
4.8
Ajantha Mendis portrait
BAW Mendis SL
O
10
M
0
R
47
W
4
ECO
4.7
Match details
National Stadium, Karachi
TossPakistan, elected to field first
SeriesAsia Cup
Season2008
Player Of The Match
Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara
Match numberODI no. 2723
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 (50-over match)
ODI debut
Mansoor Amjad
Mansoor Amjad
Umpires
England Image
Ian Gould
New Zealand Image
Tony Hill
TV Umpire
Bangladesh Image
AFM Akhtaruddin
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan Image
Shozab Raza
Match Referee
Australia Image
Alan Hurst
PointsSri Lanka 2, Pakistan 0