Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
And they've called the game early rather than waste time further. So Sri Lanka win the series 1-0, and stay in sixth on the ICC rankings. Thanks for sticking with us today!
Over 62 Ajmal 0-0-0-4-0-4
195-4 - Well! Two nifty boundaries off the usually steel trap-like Ajmal.
Over 61 Sami 0-1lb-1-1-0-0
187-4 - It's almost like there aren't any commentators because they haven't spoken in ages. It's really not very exciting out there and there is a sense of disappointment that the Lankans gave up the ghost. The crowd has gone quiet, even those annoying vuvuzela-type horns have gone quiet.
Over 60 Ajmal 0-1-0-0-1-0
184-4 - Ajmal is as miserly as ever, and there are now a mere 11 overs left in the day for Sri Lanka to get 86 runs. Hands up if you think they'll get them.
Over 59 Sami 0-0-0-4-0-0
182-4 - Lovely cover drive by Sangakkara to break the deadlock.
Over 58 Ajmal 0-0-0-0-0-0
178-4 - And that's three maidens. Mathews blocks Ajmal for all he's worth, and we're headed for a draw it seems.
Over 57 Hafeez 0-0-0-0-0-0
178-4 - Sri Lanka look like they may play for a draw rather than risk losing. Sanga's all defence. How disappointing, if that is the case. Second maiden in a row.
Over 56 Ajmal W-0-0-0-0-0
178-4 - WICKET! Ajmal is certainly a find for Pakistan. He bowls Samaraweera's off stump, and the batsman plays all around it. Could this be the game changer? Will Mathews be able to help Sanga? They really need to get cracking now.
Over 55 Hafeez 0-0-1-0-1-0
178-3 - If this game ends in a draw, Pakistan remain ahead on the ICC rankings. If the Lankans win, they will move above them. Two runs from the over and it's going to be tight!
Over 54 Ajmal 0-1-0-1-0-0
176-3 - The run rate is creeping up to six per over now, and Ajmal is proving to be a thorn in the Sri Lankan side with his economical bowling.
Over 53 Gul 0-0-1-1-0-4
174-3 - And we're under 100 runs to go! Sangakkara ends the over with a four as the required runs drop to 96 off 18 overs. It's not a done deal though...
Over 52 Ajmal 4-0-1-0-0-0
169-3 - Ajmal is unlucky to conceded a four off the first ball, as he beats Samaraweera all ends up and gets an outside edge that flies to third man.
Over 51 Gul 0-0-4-0-0-0
164-3 - Junaid makes way for Gul as Pakistan seek a wicket. Sanga records his fifty with a streaky four that narrowly evades a diving gully.
Over 50 Ajmal 0-0-0-0-2-0
160-3 - Good over from the spinner. The two runs came from an outside edge that evaded the close fielder and ran to fine leg, where it was picked up before the ropes.
Over 49 Khan 4-4-0-0-0-0
158-3 - That's more like it! Sangakkara flicks the ball off his pads for consecutive boundaries as Junaid strays onto his legs. It looks like he might have been jolted into action by that wicket, given that they only have around 20 more overs to get 112 runs. That might seem like a lot of time, but not on day five of a Test.
Over 48 Ajmal 1-0-2-W-0-0
150-3 - WICKET! Superb field placement by Misbah. Jayawardene tries to lift the ball over his head to fine leg, but there is a man in short and he takes it easily. Mahela can't believe it, I don't think he was Hafeez standing there.
Over 47 Khan 1-1-0-0-0-0
147-2 - Junaid is back to try and get rid of one of these veterans. Sri Lanka are losing overs rapidly and they will need to get a move on if they want to get these runs.
Over 46Ajmal 0-1-0-0-1-0
145-2 - Ajmal continues to strange the runs and the excitement for the fans in the ground, with only two singles coming off it.
Over 45 Sami 0-1-0-4-0-0
143-2 - Mahela pulls for four and the pace is picking up again! 128 more to go, at a run rate of just over 4.
Over 44 Ajmal 0-0-0-0-0-0
138-2 - Maiden. Sri Lanka need 132 more to win, and fans are streaming into the ground.
- 8th - 12th Jul 2012
- Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
- S J Davis and S J A Taufel
sri lanka BATTING CARD
|N.T. Paranavitana||c Khan b J.M. Khan||22|
|L.D. Chandimal||c Shafiq b Ajmal||65|
|Jayawardene||c Hafeez b Ajmal||11|
|Total||62.0 Overs||195 - 4|