game over, good return game for Gul, he finishes it off with a full ball that crashes into the stumps, three dots and the fourth one takes out the stumps, completes a dominant performance from Pakistan
The first one-sided game of the series, Pakistan got a solid foundation with Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez, who went on to a career-best 140* after Malinga put down a sitter early on. Misbah and Umar Akmal played key cameos, after which the bowlers did their job. Umar gul made a fine return to international cricket with a double-strike early on to cripple SL, who never really looked like they had a chance in the chase. The asking rate was never in control, and in the attempted big hits to match the required rate resulted in regular wickets. Top performance from Pakistan this.
Najam Sethi sums up his team's performance in a tweet: "Yaaayyyyyyyyyyyy!"
Omar Iqbal: "Good comeback by Gul, and for once selectors made a good decision by sending him to Sharjah. His comeback is a huge boost to Pakistans bowling lineup. Bye bye Tanveer!"
Time for the presentation ceremony:
Angelo Mathews: "It was a disappointing performance all round to be honest. If you are chasing 320, you need to get a good start and give the middle order players a chance, that didn't happen. We need to win next game to stay alive in the series so we'll come out firing."
Mohammad Hafeez: is the Man of the Match. He thanks his team-mates, supporters and his critics for motivating him. "I was trying to not get bogged down, I was trying to play technical shots, Ahmed played really well, took the pressure on, the partnership gave us momentum, bowlers did a great job on this sort of pitch."
Misbah-ul-Haq: "I'm really happy with the performance. Happy to bat first, top order showed responsibility, Hafeez and Ahmed provided the platform, and good finish too. The way Gul came and took wickets set the tone, as we weren't taking wickets with the new ball. I was happy with the way the spinners performed as well."
Steve Austin: "The award ceremony is longer and more exhausting than the match."
On that note, I'll sign out. See you all for game four...
Ashar : "Malinga can make up the 124 runs from Hafeezs dropped catch"
short of length ball, looks to mow that but misses, struck on the body
there's the yorker, between the bowler and the stumps
starts with the bouncer though, Malinga ducks under
Here's Gul. Still time to see that world-famous yorker
full and on leg stump, driven down to long-on for a single
connects properly this time and another boundary through the cover
looks to thump that over the off side, the ball rolls tamely towards the bowler
slaps it to point where a misfield allows the ball to run away for four, Sharjeel makes the mistake
off the toe end of the bat to the off side
full ball on off stump, defended to the off side
tries to slog and misses
tries to slog and misses
a doosra, played uppishly towards cover, lands short of the fielder there, SL prolonging this
wild mows the order of the day now, no contact outside off
looking to skip down the track, can't get bat on it
scythed that through the covers to take Sri Lanka past 200
he does bowl it fast and full, Senanayake jams his bat down in time to keep that out
Tip to Junaid: bowl it fast and full on the stumps
short ball, Senanayake ducks under that one
length ball into the pads, clipped behind square leg for a single
slower ball on offstump, 107kph, defended to the off side