2nd ODI (N), Abu Dhabi, May 20 2007, Warid Cricket Series
(39.5/50 ov, target 314)215
Pakistan won by 98 runs
Player Of The Match
74 (81)
• The Bulletin by Osman Samiuddin

Afridi bowls Pakistan to series win

Shahid Afridi claimed three wickets as Pakistan trounced Sri Lanka by 98 runs in the second ODI to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series

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Scorecard summary
Pakistan313/9(50 overs)
Sri Lanka215/10(39.5 overs)

Pakistan trounce Sri Lanka to take an unassailable 2-0 lead and with it the series here in Abu Dhabi. Shoaib Malik will be a happy man, as will tons of fans back home. A depleted Sri Lanka looked undercooked in both games, and they'll hope to bounce back in the final game on May 22. Do join Sriram Veera then as he brings you the live commentary.

I apologize for the screw-up here at the end. We had some technical difficulties and thus were unable to bring you the proper ball-by-ball details during the last couple overs. For now, its good night and good luck from me, Jamie Alter, and I hope you enjoyed the coverage. Cheers!

Umar Gul to Perera, OUT

and he goes first ball, playing all over a full and straight delivery that crashes into middle stump as Sri Lanka go down by 98 runs

Ruchira Perera b Umar Gul 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

In lopes Perera

Umar Gul to Bandara, OUT

he too falls, pulling Gul straight to Hameed at midwicket, and this match is almost over

Malinga Bandara c Yasir Hameed b Umar Gul 11 (16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 68.75
Umar Gul to Bandara, FOUR runs
Umar Gul to Bandara, FOUR runs
Umar Gul to Fernando, 1 run
end of over 391 run • 1 wicket
SL: 206/8CRR: 5.28 RRR: 9.81
Malinga Bandara3 (13)
Dilhara Fernando1 (3)
Mohammad Sami 6-1-27-2
Sami to Bandara, no run
Sami to Fernando, 1 run
Sami to Fernando, no run
Sami to Fernando, no run
Sami to Maharoof, OUT

and he's gone, looping up a well disguised slow, full delivery straight to Butt at cover

Farveez Maharoof c Salman Butt b Mohammad Sami 17 (18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 94.44
Sami to Maharoof, no run

naah, not if they keep getting dot balls like that, as Maharoof fails to put one way outside off stump

Okay, so its 109 from nine overs at 9.08. What're the odds? Guess who's back? Sami's back...

end of over 383 runs
SL: 205/7CRR: 5.39 RRR: 9.08
Farveez Maharoof17 (16)
Malinga Bandara3 (12)
Mohammad Asif 10-0-59-2
Mohammad Asif to Maharoof, 1 run

fullish outside off stump, but Maharoof can only drive into the covers for one...well then again, thats what he probably wants, to keep strike ahead of Bandara

Mohammad Asif to Bandara, 1 run

back of a length but on leg stump, allowing him to turn it to fine leg for one

Mohammad Asif to Bandara, no run

now its a slower ball, full outside off stump, thats beats him

Mohammad Asif to Bandara, no run

back of a length outside off stump, Bandara pushes straight to cover

Mohammad Asif to Bandara, (no ball)

he oversteps, its on the pads and rolls away towards short fine leg

Mohammad Asif to Bandara, no run

this one lifts off a short length outside off stump, beating Bandara, who flashes and misses

Mohammad Asif to Bandara, no run

full on off stump, driven to midwicket

end of over 3713 runs
SL: 202/7CRR: 5.45 RRR: 8.61
Farveez Maharoof16 (15)
Malinga Bandara2 (6)
Umar Gul 3-0-29-0
Umar Gul to Maharoof, FOUR runs

make it three in a row! Gul's problems continue, as he bowls one fuller on middle and leg stump, and sees it smacked wide of long-on for another boundary

Umar Gul to Maharoof, FOUR runs

okay, he says, I can try and do this, pulling another short delivery and looking on as the inside-edge races away to fine leg for four more

Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
SeriesWarid Cricket Series
Player Of The Match
Salman Butt
Salman Butt
Series resultPakistan led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberODI no. 2585
Hours of play (local time)16.00 start, First Session 16.00-19.30 Interval 19.30-20.15, Second Session 20.15-23.45
Match days20 May 2007 - night (50-over match)
ODI debut
Malinda Warnapura
Malinda Warnapura
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