1st ODI, Dambulla, Jul 30 2009, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka
(44.4/50 ov, target 233)196
Sri Lanka won by 36 runs
Player Of The Match
32 (15) & 2/46

Well, Umar Gul and Mohammad Aamer caused some late excitement but yet another batting failure from Pakistan means Sri Lanka came out on top by 36 runs.

Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga were superb with the new ball, and some poor shot selection from Pakistan's batsmen meant they were almost out of the game by the 26th over.

Post-match presentation:

Younis Khan says the problem is that they are unable to forge partnerships in the top order. He also wants better fielding from his side. He praises Mohammad Aamer for his tight bowling on debut.

Sangakkara: "We let it get away a bit at the end, perhaps we got a bit complacent." He says the win is a result of a team performance, with many players chipping in. He ends by saying:" I'm proud to have such depth of talent and ability in the dressing room."

Murali is the Man of the Match. "I'm taking my batting a bit more seriously. As far as bowling goes, with Mendis out, there was more pressure on me, and I'm glad I could justify my place in the side."

That's it from me, Siddarth Ravindran. Thanks for all the mails, join us again for the second ODI on Saturday.

Malinga to Umar Gul, OUT

that's the end of that, Malinga gets the perfect yorker on middle and leg, Gul misses, the stumps are shattered, Sri Lanka are 1-0 up in this series

Umar Gul b Malinga 33 (45m 21b 6x4 0x6) SR: 157.14

Last man Saeed Ajmal comes in

Malinga to Amir, OUT

Aamer jabs a fullish delivery to backward point and is run out, Jayawardene has done the job for Sri Lanka, the bowlers were struggling to break the partnership, but Jayawardene throws down the stumps at the bowler's end with a direct hit, Aamer forgets to drag his bat into the crease and that error means he doesn't make his ground, he has to go

Mohammad Amir run out (Jayawardene) 23 (39m 26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.46
Malinga to Amir, no run

keeps it full and on middle, Aamer defends with the full face of the bat

Malinga to Umar Gul, 1 run

length ball on off, Gul strikes it towards sweeper cover like a top-order batsman

end of over 448 runs
PAK: 195/8CRR: 4.43 RRR: 6.33
Mohammad Amir23 (24)
Umar Gul32 (19)
Thilan Thushara 8-0-29-3
Lasith Malinga 8-0-49-0
Thushara to Amir, no run

pitched up, well outside off, driven firmly to point, that's a dot ball

Thushara to Amir, 1 wide

similar ball from Thushara, wider outside off this time, another free run for Pakistan

Thushara to Amir, 1 wide

length ball ball outside off, left alone by Aamer, umpire deems it a 'wide', Sangakkara is unhappy with the decision

Thushara to Amir, no run

pitched up by Thushara, outside off, left alone by Aamer

Thushara to Amir, FOUR runs

very short and wide, Aamer plays that fine past the keeper to get another boundary

Thushara to Amir, no run

short and well outside off, Aamer stands tall and looks to cut it past point but can't beat the man

Thushara to Umar Gul, 1 run

length ball on middle and leg, Gul swings it around to midwicket, Jayasuriya has to run around to cut it off

Thushara to Amir, 1 run

short and wide, dabbed to third man by Thushara

end of over 4320 runs
PAK: 187/8CRR: 4.34 RRR: 6.57
Mohammad Amir18 (19)
Umar Gul31 (18)
Lasith Malinga 8-0-49-0
Muthiah Muralidaran 10-0-46-2

Some treatment for Gul, who was hit on the elbow by Malinga in the previous over. Gul is now the joint highest scorer of the innings, and this is his highest ODI scorer

Malinga to Amir, 1 run

back of length, on the leg stump, turned to fine leg for a single

Malinga to Umar Gul, 1 leg bye

another bouncer, Gul goes for the pull and misses, is hit on the body and runs away to fine leg

Malinga to Umar Gul, 1 wide

short and very wide outside off, Malinga will have to bowl that again

Malinga to Umar Gul, FOUR runs

more frustration for Sri Lanka, slower ball on a length, heading for offstump, Gul gets an outside edge past the keeper and too fine for the third man, that's the 50 partnership

Malinga to Umar Gul, (no ball) FOUR runs

Gul plays the sort of shot that got led to Afridi's dismissal, a bouncer outside off, Gul cheekily upper cuts it over short third man and that's the third boundary of the over, and that's a no-ball as it's the second high bouncer of the over

Malinga to Umar Gul, no run

Malinga replies with the quick bouncer, it's outside off and Gul is not bothered by that one

Sangakkara lectures the bowler,six fielders in the ring on the off side

Malinga to Umar Gul, FOUR runs

another boundary for Gul, this time to the cover boundary, fullish ball outside off, Gul crashes it through the covers

Malinga to Umar Gul, FOUR runs

full toss on the pads, Gul flicks it to the square leg boundary, runs starting to flow now for Pakistan

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