Nuwan Kulasekara opens from the opposite end with his inswingers. Nazir seems a little out of sorts as Kula opens with three beauts followed by two wides - but Nazir eventually shows some good technique as he angles one fine of third man for four.
Hafeez picks up a single off the second. Nazir slices away past point who manages to get a flying left-hand to the ball as it passes at speed - not really a drop catch I reckon, but a certain boundary-saver! Nazir tries to pull a bouncer but doesn't connect - although Kumar reckons there was a huge edge, and as such appeals madly. Eventually Nazir shows his class by lofting one off the back foot over cover - what a fantastic shot!
Welome back, Angelo Mathews will take the first over and Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Nazir are the two in the middle. Pakistan need 140 at a run rate of seven per over.
A pretty fair innings from Sri Lanka, but it's going to probably be a slightly tough ask for them to defend against a pretty good Pakistan batting unit. They may have felt a little safer in the 150-area but don't be fooled, 140 is a tough total to chase under these conditions. Join us in a few minutes - the winner here faces either Australia or West Indies!
Saeed Ajmal takes the ball for the penultimate over. WICKET! An easy stumping first up gives Pakistan a "walk in the park" type of wicket as Mendis comes down the pitch quite early and Ajmal drops it short and wide, leaving Kamran to do the honours behind the stumps. Angelo Mathews, the vice-captain, joins Perera in the middle. A wicket and six runs from the over, you can't help but feel Sri Lanka want to do far better than that for the last over.
Gul continues and bowls three great deliveries. Mendis isn't quite sure how to put those kind of balls away - he chooses to shuffle over and try play it off the pads but instead is struck low down right in front of the stumps, and Gul gets his man LBW! OH BUT WAIT! There is some drama! It was a no-ball!! Can you believe it! Instead of walking to the dugout, Mendis now has a chance to send Gul packing off the free delivery - Mendis doesn't time it too well and only manages a single from it. Gul drops a yorker in the mix and Dilshan clearly didn't expect that - he's out LBW! WICKET! This time it's definitely not a no-ball and Thisara Perera makes his way to the middle.
Dilshan isn't getting drawn into the big shots, not yet at least. He plays one away for a single before Mendis picks up just one as well. Ajmal is trying to make the batsmen lift it a little in the hope someone could take the catch. Dilshan pulls a shorter one from Ajmal and sends it past the short fine-leg for four.
Umar Gul gets a chance to shine with the ball and opens with two excellent ones just passing the batsman. Mendis eventually gets one away for a couple off the pads to the man deep at square-leg. Mendis pulls one which just somehow misses the hands of the man at midwicket as it flies over the fielder - just a couple from it. Gul responds with a short ball but the Umpire feels that's a little too high a bouncer, and issues a wide. Mendis pulls the last, this time with just one hand on the bat - but it's straight to the filder and just a couple from it.
A single a piece before Mendis goes for the reverse sweep against the spin from Hafeez - four more! I wonder if they've been practicing that reverse sweep in their sleep as it seems a be somewhat of a trademark shot here! Mendis ends with a single as he lashes onto one and sends it down to mid-off.
Afridi comes back into the attack to finish his spell. Mendis and Dilshan both pick up a single before Mendis punishes a full toss for four - that was indeed a terrible delivery. The batsmen end the over with two into space on the leg-side as Afridi gives chase off his own bowling.
Hafeez looks for the break as he takes the ball for the first time today. Dilshan manages a single off the first. Some drama on the third of the over as Kamran goes for the stumping of Sangakkara - the third Umpire is called into action once more, and yet again offers the not-out sign - quite interesting to note that delivery spun a long way and came at a much quicker speed. Sangakkara doesn't look phased as he lashes out at one and sends it wide of long-on - they manage to pick up two thanks to some fantastic running between the wickets. WICKET! Sangakkara skies one straight down the ground - Malik gets himself under it during the descent and takes another easy textbook catch. Jeevan Mendis will take Kumar's place in the middle. Hafeez is super-chuffed with that wicket!
Ajmal drops the first of the over outside off stump, giving Kumar plenty of space to slice it past point for four. A fumble on the next ball gives Sri Lanka a chance to come through for a second, easy running that was. Sangakkara plays the fourth of the over off the middle of the bat over the top of extra cover - just two bounces and that's four more!
In the air..... OUT! Mahela tries to scoop one right over short fine-leg but only manages to send it straight down Raza's throat - such a simple catch and as Mahela trods off he shows his anger at such a terrible shot choice. Kumar Sangakkara is the new man to the middle and wastes no time, punishing a flighted delivery between mid-on and midwicket for four. Kumar goes across the line next up and just manages a single for his efforts. Loud appeal from Afridi off the last but the Umpire probably reckons that one is travelling down leg as Dilshan is struck on the pads.
A quick single off the first and great fielding by midwicket knocks the bails off - Mahela is given not out as the third umpire has to make a decision on that one. Mahela responds connecting really well with another reverse sweep but this time just a couple from it. He follows by playing a more orthodox sweep - this time over the head of short fine-leg for another couple. Raza places one in a good spot and Mahela hits it straight to cover - just inches short though as the crowd prematurely celebrate a wicket. Mahela ends the over coming down the wicket and hitting it straight over the bowler for four more.
Dilshan scores a couple playing Afridi's first deep on the off side. Dilshan then slaps a wide one outside off stump away to deep cover, just a single from it. Mahela takes the strike and glorious puts one over the top of cover for four before setting off for a single leg-bye. Dilshan ends the over by scooping one out and sending it down to long-off for a single.
Raza continues. Mahela plays an inside-out drive past cover for a single while Dilshan does pretty much the same a few balls later. Mahela easily guides another single off to deep cover before Dilshan ends the over with another single toward long-off.
Afridi gets a chance with the ball as Dilshan adds a single off the first of the over to his tally. Mahela improvises brilliantly - he uses the bounce from Afridi to go up and over square leg for four!
Short, on the pads, and Saeed Ajmal's first loosener is punished by Mahela for four. Mahela goes down to try sweep the next, but offers a reverse sweep and completely misses the ball as it trickles down to the boundary for two byes. Saeed goes for an appeal on the fourth but Mahela is too far outside off stump for the Umpire to consider that one. Mahela attemps another reverse sweep and this time he makes no mistake, connecting brilliantly as it runs away for four more.
Tanvir notices as Mahela darts down the pitch long before the ball is released and drops him one short and slow. The batsman puts in a full stretch to get to it as he slots it just wide of mid-on for a single. Tanvir responds with a dot-ball followed by a wide and two more dots before Dilshan edges one - Kamran dives to his right but can only get a glove to it as the batsmen make it through for a simple two.
Four runs there as Jayawardene sweeps it furiously over square leg, that was one of Raza's worse balls of the over. Mahela follows with two dots and eventually sneaks a single from the last of the over.
Tanvir continues and gets some away movement to the right-hander. Mahela gets an outside edge for a single but it will be a worry as there is a big puff of dust when the ball pitches. Keep in mind that this pitch will be used for the other semi tomorrow and the final on Sunday. They grab a quick single off the final ball and there are only two runs from it.
Dilshan gets his account opened with a wonderful cut for four off Raza Hasan, while Mahela adds three to his tally. The little spinner does well to adjust later in the over, forcing the batsmen to come forward and defend.
Sohail Tanvir starts us off with a bit of pace, sending down a dot ball to start. He strays down the leg side next ball and Mahela flicks it off his pads to the fine leg boundary, where Umar Gul misfields and it hits the ropes. Tanvir recovers well though and they only get another single.
Right, the players are on the field, as are the umpires. The pitch is pretty dry, which should be good for the many spinners in Pakistan's team.
Five minutes later, Sri Lanka's anthem is still going strong.
The anthems are being belted out now, with the little mascot kiddies grinning maniacally into the camera.
Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis
Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez says he would have done the same.
While the Pakistanis will rely on their bowlers, the Sri Lankans not only have the home advantage but their batsmen seem to have a knack for playing spin. Mahela Jayawardene believes he has the right players in the squad to take them all the way with pace bowlers Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga there to bolster the bowling attack.
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez will put plenty of hope into his slower bowlers as he has been aided in this series by some clinical bowling from fellow spinners in Raza Hasan, Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal.
Hello and welcome to Colombo for the first semi-final, featuring Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Australia tackle the West Indies in tomorrow's other semi-final, giving today's winner an additional day of rest ahead of the final here in Colombo.