Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
SRI LANKA WIN BY 16 RUNS
Both teams rocked up this evening knowing that nothing less than a win was needed, given that it was indeed a Semi-Final, but in the end it was Sri Lanka who pretty much controlled the game from start to finish.With the home supporters behind them from the first ball, Jaywaredene's troops did well to continue their fine form and catapult them into the final on Sunday.Pakistan really just self-destructed during their batting innings after thinking maybe they'd done enough to get Sri Lanka to a sub-150 score.In the end, the men in green will go home while the folks in blue and yellow will celebrate their victory as they move one step closer to a World Championship on home soil.Join us tomorrow for Australia vs West Indies to see who will join the hosts in the final.
Over 20 - PAK 123/7 (Akmal 29, Gul 2)
Kulasekara is tasked with the last over - he starts with a slower ball yorker - dangerous, but it's done the job! Akmal removes his helmet - he's obviously pretty confident! Well, no, he answers with a swing and a miss - I think his back is somewhere in the middle of the pitch after that one! Akmal comes down the pitch, taps it away on the off side and with just three balls remaining that's pretty much the ball game unless a few wides and no-balls get bowled. Banners donning the words 'we are the champions' are hoisted by the crowd - a bit premature one may think... it's all over in Colombo - Sri Lanka qualify for the final with a 16-run victory over Pakistan!
Over 19 - PAK 117/7 (Akmal 24, Gul 1)
There's a run out attempt here - as Malinga releases the ball from his hand the bail takes a few moments to dislodge - replays show the bails out of the grove as the bat is sliding onto the line - ohhhh, this is touch and go! Benefit goes to the batsman though, so we continue with Pakistan unscathed.
Over 18 - PAK 113/7 (Akmal 22, Gul 0)
Excellent running from Akmal, he knows he must get the most out of this over from Mendis and gets a couple from the first with some quick feet. He lashes out at the next and slices it away for a couple more. WICKET! Tanvir has no clue on the fourth as one spins away from him and Sangakkara stumps him with ease! Here comes Umar Gul - the 'Gulanator' as they're calling him right now - some may remember his onslaught against South Africa a few days ago in this competition - he casually sees out Mendis for now.
Over 17 - PAK 108/6 (Akmal 17, Tanvir 8)
Tanvir gets a somewhat slower ball and smashes it away for four! Umar Akmal causes a bit of a scene as he changes his gloves - the Umpire tries to tell him he cannot just go doing these things without permission. Lots of weird awkward looks from Umpire to player now. Tanvir plants one down at mid-on - Akmal takes strike for the last of the over, Malinga bowls a wide and Akmal sets off for a single off the last.
Over 16 - PAK 101/6 (Akmal 16, Tanvir 3)
Mathews gets an over as Tanvir picks up another single. Akmal comes down the wicket and goes up and over cover - he got a little lucky there as the ball just snips the finger of the fielder as it goes through for four.
Over 15 - PAK 92/6 (Akmal 9, Tanvir 1)
HUGE WICKET! Hafeez is gone, Sangakkara has done the work behind the stumps as Herath keeps one low and wide as Hafeez darts down the pitch. No doubt about it, he's out which brings Shahid Afridi to the crease. Could he save Pakistan? NO! WICKET! Afridi is out, can you believe this! He's bowled first ball thanks to a tiny inside edge! Herath is on a hat-trick ball as Sohail Tanvir takes over but the new man spoils the party by sticking around and remaining safe.
Pakistan are currently scoring at 6.50 per over but would need to up that to 8.16 - not impossible...
Over 14 - PAK 91/4 (Hafeez 42, Akmal 9)
Mendis takes the ball with his first beating the outside edge. Akmal finds a boundary off the second followed by a single off the third. A single to Hafeez puts Akmal back on strike and he manages another two before defending off the last of the over.
Over 13 - PAK 83/4 (Hafeez 41, Akmal 2)
Hafeez gets another boundary as he reverse sweeps the fist of the over up and over for four. He's not done yet as he plays a really brave shot straight down the ground and just inches over Kulasekara's head at long-on - SIX RUNS! That's the first maximum of the game!
Over 12 - PAK 71/4 (Hafeez 30, Akmal 1)
Malinga has dropped an absolute sitter! Hafeez scoops one right up to the paceman on the boundary and as it drops into his hands he takes his eye of the ball - what a costly error that could prove to be! Hafeez manages four runs with a boundary off the fourth.
Over 11 - PAK 64/4 (Hafeez 24)
Herath continues his bowling duties while Malik and Hafeez both pick up a single to start. Malik lofts one inside-out to the extra-cover region - a couple from it. Malik picks up another couple before getting clean bowled by an absolute beaut! Is it all over for Pakistan now?
Over 10 - PAK 58/3 (Hafeez 23, Malik 1)
Mathews returns to have a bowl and immediately makes a very important break by trapping Jamshed in the line - that's a WICKET! LBW! Kamran Akmal takes the spot of the dismissed batsman. Hawkeye shows us that one was actually pitching outside leg stump - how vital will that decision prove to be for Pakistan?! WICKET! Mathews picks up his second of the over with a slower ball lofted to Mahela at short midwicket! What an easy catch - Akmal had no clue about that one! Time for a bit of Shoaib Malik - can he save Pakistan?
Over 9 - PAK 55/1 (Hafeez 22, Jamshed 4)
Rangana Herath joins the bowling attack now and his first one up offers an appeal as Jamshed comes through for a leg-bye. Hafeez brings up Pakistan's 50 with a single to long-on. Mathews does some good work on the ropes to deny a boundary off the last as Hafeez manages just a couple from his effort.
Over 8 - PAK 48/1 (Hafeez 17, Jamshed 3)
Jamshed picks up a single off the second wide of midwicket. Malinga slips up in the field, fumbles, and concedes three as he makes it easy for the batsmen to get back safe after some work on the boundary ropes. Hafeez puts in a wonderful strike to end the over, smashing in from the middle of the bat and over cover for four.
Over 7 - PAK 39/1 (Hafeez 10, Jamshed 1)
Four runs off the first as Hafeez punches one safe past long-on. What an effort from Herath who goes flying across the mid-on boundary to try make a catch - he wasn't far off as he got an outstretched arm to the ball, how unlucky - that would have been a wonderful catch, in the end though it's just two runs! Hafeez taps one to mid-off - Kulasekara picks it up and has a shy but he doesn't make direct contact and the batsman is safe!
Over 6 - PAK 31/1 (Hafeez 3, Jamshed 0)
Sri Lanka are doing a brilliant job in the field as Dilshan dives across the field to stop a certain boundary - literally putting their bodies on the line here! Eventually Nazir silences the crowd and gets one through the field with a cute sweep for four past short fine-leg. Imran Nazir is shocked. So am I! He defends one straight down into the ground but the ball manages to squeeze itself right up to the stumps and a slight knock removes the bails. What a shame that Nazir's innings has to come to an end this way! Sri Lanka won't worry though, that's a huge wicket for them! Nasir Jamshed is the new man.
Over 5 - PAK 26/0 (Hafeez 2, Nazir 16)
Nazir adds a single to his tally with one off the first. Hafeez can't seem to find one for himself but manages to add a leg-bye to the score while Nazir forward defends the final one of the over.
Over 4 - PAK 24/0 (Hafeez 2, Nazir 15)
Nuwan continues to Hafeez who swipes one away to the leg side for a single, giving Nazir the strike once more. He picks up a single too, giving Hafeez back the strike. Hafeez ends the over swinging from the hip to no avail - this comes after he's just told Nazir to take it easy!
Over 3 - PAK 22/0 (Hafeez 1, Nazir 14)
Malinga propels himself into the attack and does the same with his second delivery which goes far wide down leg side for four byes - awful awful ball! Nazir edges the next one down to third man as the batsmen comes through for two. Malinga screams for an LBW appeal along with every Sri Lankan supporter in Colombo, but the Umpire says it's not out.
- 4th Oct 2012
- Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
- R. Premadasa Stadium
- S J A Taufel and R J Tucker
pakistan BATTING CARD
|Hafeez||st Sangakkara b Herath||42|
|Nazir||b B.A.W. Mendis||20|
|Jamshed||lbw b Mathews||4|
|Tanvir||st Sangakkara b B.A.W. Mendis||8|
|Total||20.0 Overs||123 - 7|