2nd ODI (D/N), Kandy, Jul 15 2015, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka
(48.1/50 ov)288/8
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
player of the match
Kusal Perera
Sri Lanka

Time for the presentation:

Azhar Ali: We had a decent total on the board but the first 10 overs were crucial. The way Perera batted it was tough to come back but I'm proud of my team for fighting back. When we took five wickets we needed to take another one but could not, that's what changed things. We were looking for wickets but unfortunately it didn't pay over. Rizwan made the difference in the end in our innings, he played exceptional shots. The young guys are working very hard on their fielding, it's a very good sign for us. Yasir is fine.

Man of the Match Kusal Perera: We had to win this game after losing this first one so we played well. We didn't want to think about too many things, we took some calculated risks in the first 10 overs. I had to do that because the target was a bit stiff. I try to do my best.

Angelo Mathews: Both teams made a real game out of it, Kusal and Dilshan gave a really good start and they bowled very well to come back. But I thought Chandimal was brilliant, the way he pulled it through with the others. Our terrible display of fielding was embarrassing, to be honest, and we tried to put it behind us when we batted. The run out was just a misunderstanding, it happens so it's all good. Sachithra had an outstanding game with the bat and ball.

That's all we have folks, from the second ODI. The series is level 1-1 and do join us for the third ODI and the other ongoing matches. Until then, goodbye and good luck!

11.08pm A bit topsy-turvy in the middle and towards the end, otherwise SL looked pretty comfortable throughout the chase after Kusal's record fifty - that was 50 off 17. They were cruising at one point before Mathews' run out and Rahat Ali brought Pakistan back. Chandimal then made sure he was there till the end to hit the wining runs after some useful contributions from Siriwardana and debutant Pathirana under pressure. Series level 1-1 and we'll bring the presentation soon.

Waqas: "Poor captaincy by Azhar ali.. Rahat ali was given more overs though he was expensive.. and the bowler with the best economy and who sustained pressured was given only 6 overs... Anwar ali has improved also.. He should have given more overs. :("

Hassan: "poor captaincy cost Pakistan match"

Omair Siddiqui: "Fantastic match and fantastic to see both teams fighting it down to the wire. The game changed pace dramatically after Perera's dismissal."

Rahat Ali to Chandimal, 1 run

it's done rather easily, Chanidmal clips the ball off his hips to fine leg and seals it with a single

Scores level with Chandimal on strike

end of over 482 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 287/8CRR: 5.97 • RRR: 0.50 • Need 1 run from 12b
Lasith Malinga2 (5)
Dinesh Chandimal47 (62)
Anwar Ali7-0-33-1
Rahat Ali9-0-72-3
Anwar Ali to Malinga, 2 runs

fuller on the stumps and Malinga flicks it away, past midwicket and mid-on, they want two, Yasir slides after running from mid-on and twists his ankle while getting up from the slide, unable to throw the ball back

Anwar Ali to Malinga, no run

straight on the stumps again, Malinga doesn't move much and defends on the leg side

Babar comes at short leg under the helmet

Anwar Ali to Malinga, no run

slow and full offcutter on the stumps, Malinga defends carefully on the leg side

Anwar runs in, goes through the action but doesn't bowl this time. Then smiles as the crowd cheers

Anwar Ali to Malinga, no run

swings and misses! It was well outside off, Malinga threw in his bat horizontally and nearly got an outside edge

Anwar Ali to Malinga, no run

straight ball on the off stump, he blocks it back

Malinga walks out, SL need three runs, Pakistan need two wickets. A slip for him

Anwar Ali to Perera, OUT

he's given a catch on the off side! He looked to turn the ball to leg but closed his bat too early and a thick edge ballooned towards point, Shoaib went to his right from cover point and put in a dive to put his fingers under that one

Thisara Perera c Shoaib Malik b Anwar Ali 15 (34m 22b 0x4 0x6) SR: 68.18

Time for Anwar Ali to run in, a slip in place

end of over 475 runs
SL: 285/7CRR: 6.06 • RRR: 1.00 • Need 3 runs from 18b
Dinesh Chandimal47 (62)
Thisara Perera15 (21)
Rahat Ali9-0-72-3
Shoaib Malik2-0-7-0
Rahat Ali to Chandimal, 2 runs

not too far outside off, he guides it wide of third man and they run very quickly to come back for the second

shahzad: "This is a game Pakistan should have easily won, even after the onslaught by Kusal!"

Rahat Ali to Perera, 1 run

pushes the ball to point and calls for a quick signle

Rahat Ali to Perera, 1 wide

bouncer on the off side, he ducks under it and it's called a wide

Rahat Ali to Perera, no run

fullish on the stumps, clipped to square leg

Chandimal gesturing with his right hand to Thisara, maybe saying the ball is cutting off the pitch

Rahat Ali to Chandimal, 1 run

on length outside off again, runs this down to third man for one

Rahat Ali to Chandimal, no run

stays back this time and guides the back of length ball to point

Rahat Ali to Chandimal, no run

inside edge onto the pad after a forward lean on the off side

Just eight more to go, Rahat runs in