3rd Match (D/N), Dhaka, Mar 15 2012, Asia Cup
(39.5/50 ov)189/4
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 61 balls remaining)
player of the match
Aizaz Cheema
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• The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Misbah, Akmal complete clinical win

Pakistan put one foot in the final of the Asia Cup with a six-wicket win over a tired Sri Lankan outfit, which didn't have enough steam needed to defend a modest 188

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Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Abhishek Purohit
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka188/10(45.4 overs)
Pakistan189/4(39.5 overs)

That is all from us for this match then. Have a look at Kanishkaa Balachandran's match report. Siddarth Ravindran will have more stories later from the ground. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off for the moment. Cheers

Aizaz Cheema is the Man of the Match for his four wickets. Cheema: "I was under lot of pressure but captain came to me and said bowl attacking deliveries and don't worry. With the new ball, I thought it would come on to the bat even if I bowled the slower one, so I kept it for later. The kind of start they got against me, I thought there is no way out. But the captain and Shahid Afridi supported me."

Misbah: "It was a really good partnership between me and Umar Akmal. I told him to play his normal game, the runs automatically came. Cheema was hit for a lot of fours in his first couple of overs. I told him your main weapon is aggression, so bowl with aggression, No point containing batsmen on these pitches, best to take wickets. It was important for me to get my confidence back, England series was not good for me, so this innings is a confidence booster. We have to be more consistent with the bat, the bowling is always keeping us in hunt."

Mahela: "Batting first we felt 250-260 would have been a good score, we had a good start, but we lost too many wickets and exposed our lower middle order. I thought the Pakistanis bowled really well. They had a much better game than us today. The argument [about the Sri Lanka batting being top-heavy] can go both ways. If we [seniors] bat in the middle order, the day we go, there will be no one in the middle order. The youngsters will learn from these mistakes. When we click at the top, we finish off games."

Pakistan's batsmen not letting down their bowlers, who set up what was an easy win in the end. Misbah-ul-Haq is applauded off the ground by an appreciative Mirpur crowd. Calm, risk-free batting from both Misbah and Umar Akmal taking Pakistan all but into the Asia Cup final.

jackthelad: "Best thing that could happen, Sri being bundled out early - they should never have been there in the first place, given the crazy fixture congestion. I'm hoping to see some competitive cricket against England, not a team of walking wounded!"

Prasanna to Hammad, FOUR runs

Pakistan will get the bonus point after all, Azam finishes it with a loft between the bowler and mid off, takes on the tossed up ball on off stump, and mows it down the ground

Prasanna to Hammad, no run

moves a long way across and outside off stump, and forces it to midwicket

Prasanna to Hammad, no run

beats him totally, carries straight on with the angle after being flighted, he ends up pushing outside the line

Prasanna to Hammad, no run

blocked off the front foot

Prasanna to Hammad, no run

pushed away to extra cover

end of over 3910 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 185/4CRR: 4.74 RRR: 0.36 • Need 4 from 11 overs
Misbah-ul-Haq72 (93)
Farveez Maharoof7-0-23-1
Seekkuge Prasanna7-1-45-1
Maharoof to Umar Akmal, OUT

he perishes, but after having set up Pakistan's win, wanted to finish it with another six over midwicket, instead he ended up hitting it high, almost vertically, in the air, I don't envy the fielder who has to settle under it, it is Tharanga, and he does a very good job in the end, tumbles down on the ground around midwicket, remains there for a moment, but he has pouched it

Umar Akmal c Tharanga b Maharoof 77 (121m 72b 7x4 2x6) SR: 106.94
Maharoof to Misbah, 1 run

yet another short ball, going down leg, does not get up much, Misbah helps it along to fine leg with a controlled pull

Maharoof to Misbah, no run

drives a pitched up ball back to the bowler

Maharoof to Umar Akmal, 1 run

down to fine leg for one

Maharoof to Umar Akmal, SIX runs

Umar launches this into the Dhaka night, opens up, clears front leg, and lifts the length ball from off stump over wide long on

Fasahat: "Amazing cricket from Pakistan. Whatmore could you ask for?

Maharoof to Umar Akmal, 2 runs

walks down the pitch before the bowler enters his delivery stride and works the length ball behind square

Karan: "Umar Akmal did some justice to his talent as compared to Rohit Sharma of India."

vivek: "Sri Lanka ousted India out of the finals in the CB series so that India could get some rest before Asia Cup. Now, Sri Lanka are on the verge of crashing out of the Asia Cup. This way they can get optimum rest before the England series."

end of over 386 runs
PAK: 175/3CRR: 4.60 RRR: 1.17 • Need 14 from 12 overs
Umar Akmal68 (68)
Misbah-ul-Haq71 (91)
Seekkuge Prasanna7-1-45-1
Lasith Malinga8-1-44-0
Prasanna to Umar Akmal, 1 run

they go for the single after a cut to short third man, Umar has to hurry, but he makes it in the end

Prasanna to Umar Akmal, no run

make some room and punches from middle and off to extra cover

Prasanna to Umar Akmal, no run

cuts the widish delivery violently, but straight to cover

Prasanna to Umar Akmal, no run

defended off the front foot

Leg gully in place

Prasanna to Misbah, 1 run

standing way outside off stump and bashes it down to long on

Prasanna to Misbah, FOUR runs

sets himself up for the reverse dab very early and helps it along fine on the off side

Haroon: "Unbelievable batting, what did Whatmore put in their lunch boxes?"

Varun: "I dont know why you guys think that Umar Akmal does not do justice to his talent.....he is averaging 39+ in middle order...that is very good....and he is 12th in the world in ICC odi batsmen far the highest ranked pakistani batsmen...what else do you want from the young boy???" A cooler head, for starters

end of over 379 runs
PAK: 169/3CRR: 4.56 RRR: 1.54 • Need 20 from 13 overs
Umar Akmal67 (64)
Misbah-ul-Haq66 (89)
Lasith Malinga8-1-44-0
Suranga Lakmal8-1-37-2
Malinga to Umar Akmal, no run

he is completely at ease with the yorker length around off stump, remains steady, bat comes down in time to squeeze it out to point

Malinga to Misbah, 1 run

Malinga drops it short again, into Misbah, he swivels and pulls it through square

Malinga to Misbah, 2 runs

short ball into the body, the pull is on, Misbah gets it wide of deep midwicket for a couple

Best performances - batters
Umar Akmal portrait
Umar Akmal
77 runs (72)
7 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
20 runs
2 fours
0 six
Misbah-ul-Haq portrait
72 runs (93)
9 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
21 runs
2 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Aizaz Cheema
Aizaz Cheema
Saeed Ajmal portrait
Saeed Ajmal
Match details
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesAsia Cup
Player Of The Match
Aizaz Cheema
Aizaz Cheema
Match numberODI no. 3260
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45
Match days15 March 2012 - daynight(50-over match)
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Paul Reiffel
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Steve Davis
TV Umpire
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Reserve Umpire
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Masudur Rahman
Match Referee
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David Boon
PointsPakistan 5, Sri Lanka 0