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2nd ODI (D/N), Hambantota, August 26, 2014, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka
(43.5/50 ov, T:311) 233

Sri Lanka won by 77 runs

Player Of The Match
65 (36) & 3/19
Full commentary

10.40pm And that is all from me, Sid R, Sanjay and Gopi for tonight. Do join us for the third ODI at Dambulla, and keep sending in your comments. Good night!

10.30pm Presentation time! Misbah-ul-Haq says Pakistan had the Sri Lankan innings in control but their death bowling once again let the batsmen off the hook.

"We had them six down and just needed one more wicket but we couldn't get it." He says eight an over in the last 15 could have been achieved but "we kept on losing wickets." He says they are missing Ajmal. "Of course. On a wicket like this, he would have certainly made a big difference."

Thisara Perera is the Man of the Match. "Angie told me take your time, because we were six wickets down," he says, when asked about his approach when he came in to bat. On his bowling: "First over I don't know what happened. I knew after that I would come back strongly."

Angelo Mathews: "Winning the toss was crucial. It was getting slower and slower as the match went on. We bowled badly in the first 10 overs, but we pulled it back. Spinners came into the party and did a good job. Seekuge was absolutely brilliant." The form of Malinga and Kulasekara, he says, isn't a concern. "They are coming after a long break, and they will be back in the groove." Mahela wasn't on the field, and he says "he has a bit of a niggle, and hopefully he will be back for the next game."

Uwaisul Karnain: "Not only Mathews failing to reach triple figures, he also failing to grab the man of the match awards somehow!" This one looks like it's headed Thisara's way, doesn't it?

Aftab: "Pakistan need Umar Akmal in good form as number 4 is the main position in the team" Yup. He's also getting used to it, since he's only just moved to number four. He's been at six for a long time.

Nostradamus: "When nostradamus predicted that Thisara will take wickets today and Afridi would fail, Cricinfo did not bother to publish it, cuz Thisara's figures were 1-0-14-0... But see how it has come true.."

Asif Raza: "Only Misba ul Haq should be blamed for this match. His partnership with Shehzad was unrealistic. There was need to be aggressive after playing one or two overs slow. Being his huge fan, it is heart breaking."

Loads of comments saying Misbah is responsible for the defeat, but at the time he came in, Pakistan simply couldn't afford to lose any more wickets. The spinners were bowling extremely tight, and Sri Lanka's close-in fielding was fantastic, and it was just very difficult for him. He did get out at the wrong time, though, right when he and Fawad were putting the pressure back on Sri Lanka. He got a boundary earlier in the over, and perished going for another big shot. As it happens so often, the batting Powerplay worked against the batting team and inadvertently brought to the bowling team the benefits of attacking fields.

10.15pm And that's a massive win for Sri Lanka, both in terms of run-margin and the number of overs left, but those numbers will mask how much they will have worried at one stage. Pakistan got off to a spectacular start thanks to Mohammad Hafeez, who came out and timed everything in unearthly manner, but the spinners put the brakes on in quite spectacular fashion. Fawad Alam kept Pakistan's hopes up for a while, first alongside Misbah-ul-Haq and then, briefly, with Shahid Afridi, but they lost too many wickets trying to catch up with the escalating required rate.

Malinga to Junaid, OUT

and finally he gets it right, and the yorker sneaks through to clip the leg stump as Junaid plays all over it

Junaid Khan b Malinga 1 (9m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Malinga to Junaid, no run

that's the leg-stumo yorker, and he tickles it onto his pad and it bounces down to the keeper

Malinga to Irfan, 1 run

that's very full, outside off, and he scoops it in the air but Dilshan, scrambling backwards and to his right from point can't quite get his hands under it

Malinga to Irfan, no run

that's the yorker, on middle stump, and he calmly brings his bat down to push that to cover

Malinga to Junaid, 1 run

full on off stump, and he pokes it away towards mid-on

end of over 432 runs • 2 wickets
PAK: 231/9CRR: 5.37 RRR: 11.42
Mohammad Irfan0 (3)
Junaid Khan0 (0)
Thisara Perera 3-0-19-3
Rangana Herath 10-2-38-2
Perera to Irfan, no run

bouncer now, and he manages to sway out of the way, and keep his bat and gloves out of the way even though they shot up reflexively to shield his face

Perera to Irfan, no run

back of a length, and Mohammad Irfan moves his feet less than a millimeter as he stands there and defends into the off side

Perera to Irfan, no run

no hat-trick for Thisara. That's full outside off, and he opens his face and squeezes it towards slip

And here's Mohammad Irfan, to try and prevent the hat-trick

Perera to Fawad Alam, OUT

and he's on a hat trick! that's full and wide, slanted across, and he slashes hard at it and slaps the ball straight to cover

Fawad Alam c Mathews b Perera 30 (74m 40b 3x4 0x6) SR: 75

Junaid Khan comes in now, with a cap on backwards under his helmet. It's Fawad on strike though

Perera to Wahab Riaz, OUT

full and wide again, and he goes hard at it and slices it way up. Herath almost drops it on the third man boundary as he tumbles forward, but he manages to hold on despite landing on his elbows. Very good catch in the end

Wahab Riaz c Herath b Perera 5 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 83.33
Perera to Wahab Riaz, 2 runs

that's full and wide, and he drills it to deep extra cover

end of over 424 runs
PAK: 229/7CRR: 5.45 RRR: 10.25
Wahab Riaz3 (4)
Fawad Alam30 (39)
Rangana Herath 10-2-38-2
Thisara Perera 2-0-17-1
Herath to Wahab Riaz, 1 run

length ball om off stump, and he pushes it into the off side with soft hands to steal a single

Herath to Fawad Alam, 1 run

down the leg side now, and he sweeps, but can't get it fine enough to beat short fine leg

Herath to Fawad Alam, no run

down the pitch now, and goes hard at it but hits it straight to wide mid-on

Herath to Wahab Riaz, 1 run

sweeps, and sweeps to short fine leg. If he missed, that was lbw, crashing into middle stump

Herath to Wahab Riaz, no run

flat and full outside off. Wahab is taking guard outside leg stump, and he pushes it out towards backward point

Herath to Fawad Alam, 1 run

low full-toss on the stumps and he nurdles it down to deep backward square leg

end of over 413 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 225/7CRR: 5.48 RRR: 9.55
Fawad Alam28 (36)
Wahab Riaz1 (1)
Thisara Perera 2-0-17-1
Rangana Herath 9-2-34-2
Perera to Fawad Alam, 1 run

walks across the crease, outside off, and flicks this low full-toss to mid-on

Perera to Fawad Alam, no run

that's full, slanted across, and he drives it down to mid-off

Perera to Wahab Riaz, 1 run

back of a length, and he pushes it wide of short cover to bring Fawad back on strike

Wahab Riaz walks in now. He looked good with the bat during the SSC Test, but this is an entirely different situation, the asking rate here is 9.26

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