Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
Pakistan win by 11 runs
It's hard to believe it but Pakistan have won this by just 11 runs. Sri Lanka looked down and out when Sangakkara was dismissed with 1089 still required but the tailenders have put up a good showing; on another day, Pakistan may have been made to pay for some lapses in the field. Int he end the hard work was done by Misbah and Younus with the bat, with Afridi shining with the ball.
Over 50 Gul 0-1-4-0-W-lb
266-9 - Herath needs to get Kulasekara onto strike but he can't do so on the first ball, that could be costly. Herath scrambles a single to short fine leg to bring him on strike with 17 needed from four. He goes for a big heave and the ball flies off the edge and to the third man fence! It wasn't where he wanted to go but none of the Sri Lankans will be complaining! That should be it as Gul follows Kulasekara as he moves down the leg side and it's a dot ball. Kulasekara heaves the ball down the ground but he just can't get enough on it and Umar Akmal takes the catch at long on. It ends with a leg bye and Pakistan win by 11 runs.
Over 49 Hafeez 1lb-1-1-1-1lb-6
260-8 - Interesting stuff from Afridi as he calls for Hafeez to bowl the penultimate over. He does the job though, preventing the batsman from getting any room to crack the ball away, firing it in. That is until the last ball though when he ends with a rubbish full toss that is thumped into the stands behind midwicket. Eighteen from the last over!
Over 48 Akhtar 0-1b-1-1-2-2
249-8 - Akhtar to bowl his last over. And he starts with a single, just what Sri Lanka didn't need! Some great full bowling is restricting the batsmen here, Akhtar is showing his class. Kulasekara manages to loft the final delivery into the deep but he can't find the fence, it's just two.
Over 47 Rehman W-1lb-4-0-0-2-1
242-8 - Wicket! Kamran at last gets a stumping! Silva comes down the track and tries to heave a wide one over cover but he can't get to it (it was that wide!) and the 'keeper collects and whips off the bails. Sweetly played by Kulasekara as he waits till the last moment before guiding the ball past the 'keeper and to the third man fence. A bit of comical fielding in the deep as one man slides in and flicks the ball back to his team-mate, the only problem being the fielder was nowhere near where the ball was thrown! 36 required from 18 balls now.
Over 46 Akhtar 2-4-1-2-W-0
232-7 - Five overs to go, 55 runs required! Interesting stuff as Silva comes back for a second and it's a tight one, umpire Harper doesn't call for the third umpire but Kamran is certain he should be doing so. Pakistan have no reviews left though so there is nothing that can be done. No matter though, Silva was in anyway. Four more to Silva as he monsters the ball in front of midwicket! Perera flicks the ball around the corner, Younus running back gets a hand to it but can't take the catch. Wicket! Shoaib gets his man! Full and straight and Perera is beaten as he looks to heave the ball over midwicket.
Over 45 Gul wd-4-1-0-1-1-4
222-6 - Short and Silva is onto it on a flash, hooking behind square with aplomb. Perera struggles to get the ball away, Sri Lanka really can't afford any dot balls. Silva picks up a single to bring up his fifty, it's been a hard grafting knock but probably won't be enough. No mistake from Perera this time though as he hammers the final ball of the over down the ground.
Over 44 Afridi 1-4-1-W-1-1lb
211-6 - It's time for Afridi's final over. The flurry of boundaries continues as Silvaopens the face of the bat and guides the ball past Gul at short third man. Wicket! Afridi gets another one! Mathews looks to go over long off but can't get enough elevation, depositing it down the fielder's throat.
Over 43 Rehman 1-4-4-1-1-4
203-5 - A bumper over for Sri Lanka as Silva gets down on one knee and helps the ball round the corner for four. It's two on the trot as Rehman again strays on leg and with fine leg in the circle it's an easy boundary. Silva picks upa thir for the over as he heaves the ball wide of midwicket.
Over 42 Afridi 4-0-0-1-1-1
Some consolation for Sri Lanka as Mathews get a four and there is even a light moment as Silva tries to sweep but loses his bat in the process, it goes flying towards the umpire who had to duck to save his head.
Over 41 0-1-0-1-1-1
182-5 Just singles now, Sri Lanka aren't even trying anymore. It would be interesting to see whether Pakistan can build some momentum and pick up a few more wickets.
Over 40 Afridi 0-1-1-1-1
178-5 Just singles off the over. Sri Lanka need 100 more off 60 balls to win. That's not going to happen, they're just trying to save themselves from too much embarrassment right now.
Over 39 Rehman 1-1-0-0-1-2
171-5 Err, a bit daft the way players have used the referral system today. The keeper goes up and appeals for the caught behind, but there is no snicko, no hot spot in this World Cup so all the umpires can do is look at the replays and since there is no conclusive evidence, the decision stands. Silly.
Over 38 Afridi 0-0-0-2-W-0-0
167-4 And what do you know? Afridi is into the attack. There's an appeal for leg before, but that pitched a mile outside, okay not a mile, a foot. It pitched a foot outside. It's reviewed, perhaps more out of desperate frustration. Decision stands. WICKET! Ah, there goes Sanga and that is Afridi's 300th wicket in one-dayers. He spun that away outside off, Sanga came chasing after it and mistimed it. Shehzad takes the catch as he comes running in from the long on fence.
Over 37 Rehman 1-1-1-0-nb-2
167-4 A more subdued over compared to the excitement of the previous few. Time for Afridi to return to the attack? The batsmen must be pretty frustrated by now, Afridi like cashing in on that.
Over 36 Gul 0-1-1lb-1-6-1
1594 Pakistan trying their hardest to help Sri Lanka get back into this game. Gul gets a little bit of extra bounce and ends up edging it to Rehamn at midwicket, he settles underneath it but fluffs it. That's more like the Pakistan we all know. Sanga adds six of the penultimate ball of the over, outsideoff and the edge goes flying towards third man. Afrida now with his usual arm-around-his-men-to-encourage-them.
Over 35 Rehman 0-1-0-1-2-0-wd-4
149-4 Running between the wickets continue, before Kamran misses another stumping chance. Sanga came forward, missed it by a mile, as did Kamran. That was wide to rub salt in the wounds of the bowler. Sanga ends the over with a lucky four, goes for the sweep and gets a bottom edge that goes fine and to the fence.
Over 34 Gul 1-1-1-1-1-1
136-4 Ah, finally. The batting powerplay has been taken, but singles still seem to be at the order of the day. Sri Lanka are trying to lose this game as slowly as possible.
Over 33 Hafeez 0-1-1-1-1-0
134-4 Hafeez is into the attack now, still now sign of the powerplay being take. Sanga and Silva are content with the singles, it seems. Has anybody told them what the run rate is sitting at? Silva sweeps wildly towards backward square leg but all he'll get for that is a single. Pakistan have been really good in the field today.
Over 32 Gul 0-0-0-1-1-0
130-4 Things creeping along at a snail's pace for Sri Lanka. They need to become more positive and take the powerplay. The required rate is at 8.22 per over and SL are scoring at 4.06 an over. Drinks are on the field now, maybe that'll help wake them up.
- 26th Feb 2011
- Colombo RPS
- I J Gould and D J Harper
sri lanka BATTING CARD
|Tharanga||c Afridi b Hafeez||33|
|Sangakkara||c Shehzad b Afridi||49|
|Samaraweera||st Akmal b Afridi||1|
|Silva||st Akmal b Rehman||57|
|Mathews||c Shehzad b Afridi||18|
|Kulasekara||c Akmal b Gul||24|
|Extras||2nb, 16w, 1b, 10lb||29|
|Total||Close, 50.0 Overs||266 - 9|