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1st ODI (D/N), Dubai (DSC), October 13, 2017, Pakistan tour of United Arab Emirates
(50 ov, T:293) 209/8

Pakistan won by 83 runs

Player Of The Match
81 (61)
Full commentary
end of over 507 runs
SL: 209/8CRR: 4.18 
Suranga Lakmal7 (9)
Akila Dananjaya50 (72)
Hasan Ali 9-0-36-3
Rumman Raees 9-1-49-3

10.35pm The snooze fest is over. Fine, fine win from Pakistan. Babar laid the ground work, Malik lent the finishing touches. Then with the ball, Raees did the early damage before Hasan Ali came into his own. Sri Lanka were only briefly in it, but the procession which they witnessed time and again during the series against India continued here in the Middle East. This is Sri Lanka's eighth consecutive ODI defeat. Plenty of work to do. On that note, this is Shashank Kishore signing off on behalf of Akshay Gopalakrishnan. Do join us for the second ODI on 16th October in Abu Dhabi. Until then, it's goodbye from the cricinfo desk. Cheers!

If they were to look for some consolation, they'd consider Thirimanne's half-century as one of the entries. Akila Dananjaya, who could've so easily looked to smash the ball, dug in and fought it out to bring up a maiden fifty of his own. But there was a sense of inevitability to this chase more than halfway in. Sri Lanka never looked to be in the game.

On a lighter note, I really wish someone's capturing all these moods of Mickey Arthur. I reckon just from this tour, there are plenty of pictures of varying emotions. Would be a fun compilation if someone manages to pull it off

Time for the presentation now

Sarfraz Ahmed: When you lose one series, the first match of the next series becomes very important. Credit to the boys. We've got a lot of bowling options. This bodes well for us. The way we've done today, we'll look to carry this template forward. If you set up runs on the board, with this bowling attack we can defend well. We will of course decide based on conditions. There is a lot of quality in this side.

Shoaib Malik is the Player of the Match for his 61-ball 81.

"In the middle overs, Sri Lanka were bowling well, so strike rotation was key," he says. "I knew I could cover up in the end. Credit to Babar and Hafeez. That was the innings that gave us the confidence. End of the day, the bowlers did pretty well. Being an experienced player, it's my responsibility to turn up when things are down. I didn't take any pressure. My role was to rotate strike. Those few boundaries helped our total."

Upul Tharanga: Pakistan batted really well. At one stage, we thought we could restrict them to below 270. We haven't batted to potential in the last few series, we haven't been able to bat 50 overs. It's time we deliver.

Hasan Ali to Lakmal, 1 run

slices this full delivery down to third man courtesy a misfield at point. Pakistan now have their fifth successive ODI win

Hasan Ali to Dananjaya, 1 run

there's the fifty. Looked to clear his front leg and pull this skiddy bouncer but could only get some bat on it as it rolled no more than a couple of yards away. He scampered through even as Hasan hared across to prevent it.

Sarfraz is mindful of the fifty, so brings in the field. There's cover, short third man, point, mid-off, mid-on, midwicket. This should be fun

Hasan Ali to Lakmal, 1 run

thick inside edge on an attempted slog to deep square leg. Wanted to go over long-on again. Dananjaya walks to the striker's end.

Hasan Ali to Lakmal, FOUR runs

picks this short ball well. Hammered from outside off to the wide long-on boundary. Dananjaya's wait for a maiden ODI fifty continues

Hasan Ali to Lakmal, no run

deceived by the slower one. Much fuller on length, he was backing away to go over cover

Hasan Ali to Lakmal, no run

looks to smash this over midwicket, gets a thick inside edge onto the pad. This was a length ball so he didn't get anywhere underneath that as he attempted the cross-batted swipe

end of over 492 runs
SL: 202/8CRR: 4.12 RRR: 91.00
Suranga Lakmal1 (4)
Akila Dananjaya49 (71)
Rumman Raees 9-1-49-3
Hasan Ali 8-0-29-3
Raees to Lakmal, 1 run

high full toss on the stumps, looks to go downtown, gets it high on the bat. Down to long-on

Raees to Lakmal, no run

looks to smash this back over the bowler's head, toe-ends this instead

Raees to Lakmal, no run

angles in a full delivery on middle from wide of the crease, blocked

Raees to Dananjaya, 1 run

yorker-length on middle, works this down to deep midwicket

Raees to Dananjaya, no run

makes room and bunts this slower ball to point

Fifth consecutive ODI where Hasan Ali has three or more wickets

Raees to Dananjaya, no run

back-of-the-hand slower delivery at length on middle, defended

end of over 482 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 200/8CRR: 4.16 RRR: 46.50
Suranga Lakmal0 (1)
Akila Dananjaya48 (68)
Hasan Ali 8-0-29-3
Rumman Raees 8-1-47-3
Hasan Ali to Lakmal, no run

another short ball that angles in to hit him on the glove as he looks to sway out of the way. This one didn't lob up though.

Hasan Ali to Vandersay, OUT

has he gloved this bouncer? Yes. This is a stunning short delivery that veers back in from wide of the crease, Vandersay looks to sway out of the way initially but then decides he has an opportunity to perhaps ramp this over the keeper. Unfortunately he was caught in a tangle as the ball brushed his glove on the way through to Sarfraz. He was off balance as well as the ball closed in on him.

Jeffrey Vandersay c †Sarfaraz Ahmed b Hasan Ali 25 (47b 1x4 0x6) SR: 53.19
Hasan Ali to Vandersay, no run

slower and fuller on middle stump, defended to the leg side

Words exchanged between Shadab and Dananjaya. I can tell you they weren't pleasant ones.

Hasan Ali to Dananjaya, 1 run

angles it down to third man. This was another disconcerting bouncer on middle

Hasan Ali to Dananjaya, no run

skiddy bouncer, Dananjaya is on his toes as he fends this uncomfortably to the offside

Hasan Ali to Vandersay, 1 run

thick inside edge down to fine leg. Played down the wrong line, the ball reversed back in late

Dananjaya's ODI highest prior to this was 11. Here he is on the verge of a maiden fifty

end of over 4711 runs
SL: 198/7CRR: 4.21 RRR: 31.66
Akila Dananjaya47 (66)
Jeffrey Vandersay24 (44)
Rumman Raees 8-1-47-3
Imad Wasim 4-0-15-0
Raees to Dananjaya, FOUR runs

clears his front leg, and slaps this short-arm jab towards wide long-on. Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur can't believe what he just saw

Raees to Dananjaya, no run

low full toss which he turns from outside off towards midwicket

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