Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
Sri Lanka Win By 37 Runs
So that's first blood of the two-match series to the hosts. The final match is at the same venue on Sunday. Pakistan were unable to match a spirited showing with the ball with a complementary performance with the bat.
Over 17.4 Perera 1-4-0-W
95-10 - Ajmal, the animated character that he is, i't going to go down without a fight. He quickly smears four through the on-side, and then misses his next big heave across the line. WICKET! He goes again, and this time there is a faint edge involved. Sangakkara pouches it. That's the ball game, folks.
Over 17 Malinga 0-W-0-1-1-1
90-9 - WICKET! Malinga offers Gul a couple of slower deliveries in a row, and the tail-ender bites at the second one in unsuccessful fashion. Thirimanne gets under the catch at midwicket, almost overruns the ball, but back pedals enough to hang on safely. Ajmal is the last man in. Chandimal later almost gets to the ball on the full at fine-leg, but can't get his fingers there on the dive. That would have sealed the result, instead the contest will go into another over.
Over 16 Senanayake 6-W-0-0-1-1
87-8 - Shehzad hoists six high and hard over the on-side, but is then too delicate for his own good. WICKET! The big shot is followed by an attempt at a deft dribble down to thirdman, but he misses the shot and looks on in dismay as his stumps are rattled. It was a straight one, no real turn in that one. He was Pakistan's last, lone hope. Sami is in now.
Over 15 Perera 1-0-0-2-0-2
79-7 - Perera back into the attack in a bid to make up for an expensive first over and his return blow weighs in as a short ball, which cops Gul flush on the helmet. The tail-ender is momentarily rattled, but after an apology from the bowler walks it off.
Over 14 Senanayake W-1-W-0-2wd-1-0
74-7 - Afridi, true to irresponsible form, thinks he can tonk the ball out of the ground before getting his eye in. He danced down the wicket, didn't get to the pitch of the ball, copped an edge on the back of the turn and rubbernecked to see short thirdman to take a good catch. The bowler is delighted. That's a big breakthrough for Sri Lanka, who look set to clinch first blood of the two-match series here. Tanvir in now. WICKET! He doe't last long at all, instead run-out at the striker's end as Dilshan's return throw from midwicket rockets in to Sangakkara, who whips off the bails in a flash. Tanvir i't in the frame. Pakistan imploding. Gul in now.
Over 13 Malinga 1-W-0-0-1-1
70-5 - The pace ace's return to the attack brings the key breakthrough for Sri Lanka. Akmal wa't going to bail out of his pull shot, despite the bounce getting big on him. The result was a big top-edge, which ultimately holed out to Kulasekara at mid-off. The fielder waited a long time for that to drop from the night sky to pocket it safely in the end. Afridi in now and ready to tuck into some potential theatrics.
Over 12 Senanayake 4-1-0-1-1-1
67-4 - Deft timing from the right-handed Akmal brings him four run delicately through thirdman. When the ball is pitched up, though, he is eager to get onto the frontfoot as much as possible. There is turn to be combated, and he is not taking any chances, stifling it into the ground with textbook shot selection for singles.
Over 11 Lokuarachchi 0-1wd-4wd-1-1-0-1-0
59-4 - Bowler and wicketkeeper combine in an attempt to have Shehzad stumped down the leg-side, but instead it's a wide, and then another. Sri Lanka are far too prepared to give away extras in a rather modest chase.
Over 10 Mathews 0-W-1-0-4-0
51-4 - A mere three runs into his three-over spell, Mathews strikes again in his fourth. WICKET! It takes a sublime catch on the fence to get rid of Malik, who can hardly believe his eyes as Perera holds onto a blinder. At full stretch and midair, the fielder at thirdman gets both hands to the ball and holds on. He was glad not to have the ball bobble out of his hands once his elbows hit the deck. Malik, on the upper cut, wanted that squarer. Alas. Akmal in now. 51 up for Pakistan. At the halfway mark of the innings, the tourists need another 82 runs from 60 balls to draw first blood of the two-match series.
Over 9 Lokuarachchi 0-1-0-1-3-4
46-3 - The leg-spinner is into the attack. It's his first over in international cricket in almost five years. Not much turn, but a reliance on superb accuracy, and a bit of additional bounce. The asking rate is more than eight to the over now, on a slow pitch, one of these Pakistanis need to contemplate upping their ante, and soon. Shehzad does exactly that in the face of a lame, short ball, duly fetching four runs for his heave marginally wide of midwicket's clasping hands.
Over 8 Mathews 0-0-1-0-0-0
37-3 - Shehzad and Malik bordering on digging their side into an insurmountable hole here. Something has to give, either way. Sri Lanka on top of the contest thanks to another fine over from their vice-captain.
Over 7 Perera 1-5wd-1-2-2-1-1
36-3 - Five more wides from the hands of a Sri Lankan seamer, with Pakistan again gifted freebies down the leg-side. Later Malik edges to Mathews at 'fly' slip. DROPPED! He can't quite get there. It would have gone straight to a regulation first slip, so that'll go down as a chance foresaken.
Over 6 Mathews 0-0-0-0-0-2
23-3 - One really has to question Malik's presence in this side. The former captain is past his former glory despite his domestic side's Twenty20 triumph recently. The substandard right-hander seems intent on blocking as much as possible, and then pokes two down to thirdman. I'm all for playing one's self in, but this is too pedestrian.
Over 5 Kulasekara 0-5wd-0-0-0-0-4
21-3 - Wasteful from the seamer, who coughs up five ugly wides down the leg-side. It didn't swing, just came out of the hand badly. Later he spews to the same area again, with Shehzad this time getting bat on it to wield four through the vacant fine-leg area. The fielder was up in the circle, so that was always racing to the fence.
Over 4 Mathews 0-0-0-0-2lb-W
12-3 - Sri Lanka, like Pakistan, delaying the entry of their spin bowlers. Instead, another right-arm seamer is into the fray. Having beaten Latif outside the off-stump on a couple of occasions, the bowler cleverly tweaks his line to something closer to the batsman. The edge ensues, with Jayawardene getting to the catch at slip. There is some questions around the legitimacy of the take, though, despite the fielder's straight celebration. Television replays prove inconclusive, there might have been grass between fingers and ball, and at the end of it all Latif stays. Benefit of the doubt to the batsman, right there. Jayawardene i't happy at all. He thought that was a clean catch - fair and square. Sri Lanka get there man in the end anyway, with an edge to wicketkeeper Sangakkara on the dive bringing Latif's downfall at the end of a tight, probing over from the all-rounder. Malik in now.
Over 3 Kulasekara 0-1-0-1-0-0
10-2 - We've some very ordinary running between the wickets. Here is no exception, with Shehzad seeking a suicidal single, slipping, losing his bat but ultimately regaining his ground in the nick of time. He eventually gets off the deck, redfaced and foolish in his inadequate communication with his batting partner. Meanwhile, a short run well spotted by umpire de Silva at the non-striker's end. Lazy stuff from Pakistan, this.
Over 2 Malinga 4-0-0-0-2-0
8-2 - Mumbai's top wicket-taker in this year's Indian Premier League duly shares the new ball with Kulasekara. Plenty of slingy, full deliveries from him, but no characteristically toe-cracking yorkers yet. Shehzad, meanwhile, won't let some rogue width go unpunished and duly whips four through the on-side.
Over 1 Kulasekara W-W-0-0-0-2
2-2 - WICKET! Sri Lanka enjoy a remarkably strong start as Hafeez perishes for a first-ball quacker. The Pakistan captain latched onto a bit of width, but struck the ball straight to backward point. Dilshan was at hand for a good catch. Ansar, looking to make up for an ordinary debut behind the wicket, also lasts all of one delivery. WICKET! In a near exact replica of the previous dismissal, he too lambastes the ball straight into Dilshan's welcoming hands at backward point, again. Shehzad watches in despair from the non-striker's end. Now Latif is the new man at the crease, surviving the hat-trick delivery but later almost holing out on the pull in the midwicket region. Lady Luck pays him a visit, thuogh, with the ball plugging into no-man's land in fortunate fashion.
All and sundry back on the field after a quick change of innings. Kulasekara has the new ball in hand. Hafeez and Shehzad to open the batting.
- 1st Jun 2012
- E A R de Silva and R E J Martinesz
pakistan BATTING CARD
|Hafeez||c Dilshan b Kulasekara||0|
|Ansar||c Dilshan b Kulasekara||0|
|Latif||c Sangakkara b Mathews||3|
|Malik||c Perera b Mathews||9|
|Akmal||c Kulasekara b Malinga||12|
|Afridi||c Lokuarachchi b Senanayake||1|
|Gul||c Thirimanne b Malinga||5|
|Ajmal||c Sangakkara b Perera||5|
|Total||All out, 17.4 Overs||95|