A single to start the over, de Silva is bowling well under pressure. Just two runs from the over.
A single to start the over, then Akmal takes a couple of runs. Terrible length from Mathews, the off cutter is dragged too short and Akmal hits it for a six. Nine runs from the over.
A maiden from de Silva, Akmal plays it out.
Umar Akmal to face Perera, pushes the first ball to point for no run. Seven runs from the over.
Five singles from the over, Akmal looking to settle at the crease.
Misbah hits a six, after playing a few dots.
Senanayake starts his 4th over, WICKET! Poor ball from Senanayake, he drops it in short and Maqsood goes for the pull. A top edge and the man at deep square leg runs to his left and takes a smart catch, Sri Lanka's fielding has been top notch today. Maqsood falls for 17, the bowler can't believe he got a wicket off that ball. Umar Akmal walks out to bat with his captain. Good over from Senanayake.
Perera starts his third over, Misbah plays a few dots and then drills one down the ground, Perera does well to stop it and only give away a single. Maqsood flicks it off his hips on the leg side for a couple of runs. Maqsood picks up a single square of the wicket on the off side. Four from the over.
Misbah pushes the ball into the leg side for a single. Senanayake continues, Maqsood gets a single through point. Misbah drives the ball through midwicket for a single, good fielding in the deep again. Good ball, goes through the batsman, but Sanga is unable to stop it behind the stumps and it goes for four, lucky runs for Pakistan.
Thisara Perera comes into the attack, a single through mid-off to start the over. Misbah takes another single to bring Maqsood back on strike, it was an inside edge that missed the stumps. A quick single, Misbah drops the ball to cover and runs. Four singles from the over, Pakistan need 187 more runs to win.
Senanayake comes back into the attack. Misbah takes a single on the off side to start the over. Misbah tries to reverse sweep it but misses, after Maqsood takes a single.
de Silva continues, Maqsood takes a single from the first ball to long-on. A full ball from the spinner and Misbah pushes it through the leg side for a couple of runs, places it in the gap. A couple more as Misbah pushes this through the midwicket region. The slog sweep from Misbah, gets down on one knee and thumps it through midwicket for four. A drive to long-off gets Misbah a single.
Misbah takes a single from the first ball, brings Maqsood on strike. Sri Lanka are slowing this game down, with dots that create pressure and lead to wickets. Maqsood pulls one in the air to fine leg, for a single, he tries to keep it down but gets it high on the bat. Misbah pushes it through the point region for a couple of runs, good placement and timing. Four runs from the over.
The run rate is 5.5 and the required rate is 6.14, de Silva starts his 4th over. A single to Maqsood and then Misbah takes a single after playing a couple of dots, just two from the over.
Misbah tries to work the ball for a single, but the point fielder runs in and stops it. A good bouncer from Mathews to Misbah, who does not expect it and has to duck under in at the last minute. Good fielding from Sri Lanka again, the point fielder dives and stops a few runs adding to the pressure. Good maiden from Mathews, well supported by the fielders.
de Silva continues, a shout for lbw but there was some bat on that. Maqsood gets a single down the ground, Misbah drives it through the off side for a single. Just two singles from the over.
Mathews comes into the attack, Hafeez pushes it through the point region for a single. Maqsood drops the ball and runs a quick single. WICKET! The captain strikes, Hafeez is trapped on his crease and hit on his pads and is out lbw. Important strikes for Sri Lanka, Hafeez departs and Misbah walks out to bat. A couple of runs and Misbah gets off the mark.
A short delay in the proceedings as Shehzad asks for a new grip for his bat, de Silva starts off with five wides. Shehzad takes a single to short fine leg. WICKET! After two disappointing wides, de Silva goes through Shehzad's defenses and bowls him. A big wicket for Sri Lanka, Shehzad departs for 28. Sohaib Maqsood comes out to bat. He gets off the mark with a single from the first ball. Hafeez flicks it to deep square leg for three runs.
Thisara Perera comes into the attack, Mathews having a chat with him. Shehzad hits it through point for a couple of runs, half a stop from the point fielder. An appeal for caught behind, but it felt like a late appeal and the umpire is not interested. Replays show the umpire was right. Shehzad edges it to third man for a single. Hafeez hits it through the off side for four, there was a fielder sweeping the boundary but he had no chance of stopping that. Another square cut for a single, good over for Pakistan.
Chaturanga de Silva comes into the attack, making his debut for Sri Lanka. He starts off with a wide down leg and Sanga fails to collect it, results in three wides. A single to bring Hafeez on strike. Hafeez cuts it through point for a couple of runs to the sweeper on the off side. Six from the over.
Last over of the mandatory power play, Malinga to bowl it. Shehzad pulls it in the air over midwicket for four, another boundary through midwicket. Four more, Shehzad drives it through the covers for four, the flick and the drive are his favourite shots. Another flick through midwicket, three runs to end the over.
Lakmal continues, Shehzad flicks it from outside off through midwicket for four, great wrist work. A single to Shehzad, he comes down the pitch but does not get hold of this one.
Shehzad joins the action, a classy cover drive for four, beats the man at extra cover with ease, Malinga is shuffled back into the attack. Another strong drive from Shehzad through the covers, Chandimal puts in the dive and stops a certain boundary, keeps it down to a single. Good fielding from Sri Lanka again, a straight drive from Hafeez stopped at mid-off.
Sri Lanka need a wicket here, preferably Sharjeel. Lakmal changes ends and replaces Malinga. WICKET! Brilliant, brilliant from Lakmal, he knows Sharjeel wants to hit everything, bowls it slower and Sharjeel gets a leading edge to mid-on and Mathews takes the catch. Hafeez comes in to bat at number 3. Hafeez flicks the first ball to the boundary at deep square leg, gets off the mark in style. Another flick on the leg side, this time Hafeez gets a couple of runs.
Senanayake is brought into the attack to change the pace on the ball. Sharjeel hits the first ball from outside off to over midwicket for a six, attaking the spinner straightaway. A single straight down the ground brings Shehzad on strike. Seven from the over.
Malinga starts his third over, Sharjeel drills it through the off side but some good fielding at mid-off denies him the single. Malinga bowls it full and straight and Sharjeel hits it straight down the ground for four, almost a yorker but not quite and Sharjeel capitalizes. Sharjeel flicks this one through the leg side for four, not in control of it at all but gets a boundary. A single to end the over.
Sharjeel pulls Lakmal for four through midwicket, strong shot from him, it was short from Lakmal but did not bounce high enough. Another shout for lbw, but the height would have been a factor again. Good comeback from Lakmal.
A single as Sharjeel defends it off his back foot. Shehzad pushes the ball to fine leg for a single. Another single, Sharjeel flicks the ball into the leg side. Three runs from the over.
Suranga Lakmal starts from the other end. A big shout for lbw, Lakmal bowls a few dots and then squares up Shehzad, height may have been an issue, umpire unmoved. A maiden from Lakmal to start the innings.
Malinga is warming up and ready to go. He has a knack of picking up early wickets. Pakistan have not chased a target of 290-plus successfully since 2008. This will be a test for their batting line up. Four, Sharjeel hits the last ball of the over for four, squeeze it from off stump on to the leg side.
Sri Lanka finish on 296 for 6 after a strong partnership between Sangakkara and Thirimanne. Mathews added some impetus to the innings at the end, but they will consider themselves 20 to 30 runs short. It is still a good target, Pakistan will have to bat well to chase it down.
Junaid Khan to finish off the innings for Pakistan, Mathews inside edges the first ball to the deep square leg boundary for a couple of runs, Sri Lanka need 13 from 5 balls to reach 300. A yorker that becomes a full toss, Mathews plays it to deep cover for a single, took his bottom hand off the bat while hitting that. Mathews reaches his 50, a quiet celebration from him. A couple of runs to Chandimal and then he takes a single to bring Mathews on strike. Four, the slower ball and Mathews muscles it through the off side for four. A single to end the over, Sri Lanka finish on 296 for 6.
Ajmal runs in to bowl his final over. A couple of singles from the first two balls. Mathews pulls it ball onto the leg side for a couple of runs. Good over from Ajmal.
Good yorker from Junaid to start the over, Mathews digs it out. A couple of runs to Mathews as he hits it wide of long-off. A couple of singles, Sri Lanka reach 275. Mathews comes down the wicket, hits Junaid inside out for four, brilliant shot from the captain. The slower ball to end the over, Mathews gets a single.
Three singles from the start of the over, Ajmal into his 9th over. Good over from Pakistan, just three from it.
Chandimal takes a couple of runs from the first ball, Junaid Khan starts his 7th over. Chandimal pulls it in front of the deep square leg fielder for four, good shot from him. A yorker from Junaid, Chandimal digs it out and takes a single. Umar Akmal fails to collect it, Junaid is not happy, and it goes for four as Chandimal edges it past the keeper.
Ajmal comes back into the attack, he has three overs remaining. Pakistan have definitely pulled Sri Lanka back. Just four singles from the over, regular wickets slowing down Sri Lanka.
de Silva hits it straight down the ground and takes a single, Junaid comes into the attack. A quick single and this could have been a run out. WICKET! This time it is a run out, another risky single and de Silva is run out. Mathews edges it to point and de Silva is already half way down the pitch wanting a single, Shehzad is the best fielder in the Pakistani side, a direct hit from him and de Silva is out. Chandimal walks out to bat, everyone would have expected him earlier.
Perera hits it powerfully to deep square leg but there is a fielder there and he takes a good catch to get rid of the danger man. Afridi gets the wicket, Shehzad takes the catch and Perera goes for 6. Chaturanga de Silva comes in to bat, no sign of Chandimal. Mathews gets a couple more runs and then two wides from Afridi. Sri Lanka get to 250, they will want 50 more.
Bhatti is brought back into the attack, Misbah having a chat with him before the over. Mathews takes a single to bring Perera on strike. Perera takes a single and then Mathews takes a couple of runs. Mathews hits the last ball straight down the ground and it just bounces inside the ropes and goes for four. Good finish to the over.
A wide from Afridi, three singles follow and Mathews takes a single of the last ball to make it five runs from the over.
Three singles from the over and then Mathews cuts it through point for four, a much needed boundary for Sri Lanka. Seven from the over.
12 overs to go, Sri Lanka will be looking for something in the range of 300 to 320. A single to Mahela, then one to Mathews and then Mahela sweeps it uppishly to deep square leg for another single. WICKET! Afridi cramps Mahela for width, it is too close to the stumps to play the cut shot and Mahela inside edges it on to the stumps and is bowled. He is disappointed with himself, Sri Lanka struggling at 224 for 4. Thisara Perera walks out to bat, he can be destructive at the end of an innings.
Mahela takes a single from the first ball to bring Mathews on strike. Sri Lanka need to keep the momentum going if they want to get to 300. Mathews plays a couple of dots and then, sweeps it over the inner circle for four to deep fine leg. Shouts of catch it, but Mathews has dispatched that over the ropes for a six, good acceleration from the captain.
Mahela gets a single to bring Mathews on strike, two new batsmen at the crease for Sri Lanka. Mahela pulls it away to deep square leg for three runs, Afridi is not happy with the fielding. Good couple of overs from Pakistan in the power play.
The batting powerplay has been taken, Ajmal comes back into the attack for Pakistan. Mahela flicks the ball to deep square leg for a single. A short delay as Lahiru Thirimane calls for the physio. He has a bit of problem in his left hand. Ajmal gets a WICKET! a break in play, a loss in concentration and Thirimanne plays inside the ball and it hits the off stump. Thirimanne bowled for 102, in the power play. Mathews, the captain, walks out to bat.
A single and Sri Lanka go over 200 runs. A couple more singles, Mahela wants to settle at the crease before going in the hitting mode. Four singles from the over.
Thirimanne takes a single to move on to 99. A single to end the over, Thirimanne gets his 2nd ODI 100, brilliant knock from him.
Mahela is playing in his 600th international match, ODIs and tests included. Another single to Mahela, he is happy to give the strike to Thirimanne. Thirimanne keeps Sri Lanka going, hits Afridi inside out over long off for four. A single takes Thirimanne on to 98.
A single to Thirimanne brings Sanga on strike. Gul bowls it straight and Sanga pushes it through the off side for a single. Another single, this pair is doing it with ease. WICKET! Gul strikes, Sanga tries to pull this through midwicket, does not hit it well, edges it to short midwicket, Shehzad takes then catch. Sanga departs for 67 against the run of play, and Mahela comes out to bat. Mahela puts a full toss through the off side to get off the mark.
Hafeez continues into his 9th over. A couple of singles down the ground, and a couple of more singles follow. Thirimanne looks it sweeps it and hits it over the top and out of the ground for a six over midwicket. He finishes the over with a single and moves on to 91.
Gul comes back into the attack to stop the run flow. Another quick single, Thirimanne just dabs it to short third man and takes a run. Sanga takes a stride forward and lifts the ball through long-off for four. A push down the ground and another single for Sanga, he moves on to 64. Thirimanne hits it to mid-off for another single.
A single to start the over, and then Thirimanne sweeps Hafeez away for four, risk free batting by these two. Sri Lanka 168 for 1.
A couple of singles and then Thirimanne takes two runs on the off side. Then a single down the ground to bring Sanga on strike.
A single to Thirimanne from the first ball and then Sanga pulls Hafeez over midwicket for four to bring up his 50. Sanga gets to his 84th ODI 50, he is a run machine. Sanga cuts it behind point, effortlessly gets another boundary. A couple more to end the over, 11 runs from it.
A single to start the over, then Thirimanne hits it straight down the ground for four. It is not an easy shot to play against Afridi, but Thirimanne does it confidently. Another single brings Sanga on strike, he then drives it through the covers for four. 10 runs from the over.
A couple of singles to start the over, and then a couple of runs to end the over. Five from the over, Sri Lanka 135 for 1 after 25 overs.
A single to start the over, Sanga brings Thirimanne on strike. Four, brilliant shot against Afridi, Thirimanne leans into the drive and hits it through the covers for four.
A couple of singles to start the over, and then Thirimanne edges it past the vacant slip region for four. Five runs from the over, Sri Lanka going at around 5.5 runs per over.
Afirdi comes back into the attack. Thirimanne glances it down the leg side for four, good shot from him. A quick single from Thirimanne, there is a direct hit but Pakistan don't seem confident. Replays show it is not out, this pair has been running very well. Six from the over.
This partnership is now worth more than 80 runs. Four byes, that misses everything, goes through the batsman and the keeper for four. A couple of singles and then another one to end the over, 7 runs from it.
Bhatti replaces Junaid, a shout for lbw, but the umpire is not interested, a leg bye to Sanga in the end. Sri Lanka get to 100, another single and Thirimanne gets his 50. Four leg byes, Sanga nudges it off his hips for four to fine leg. Another good over for Sri Lanka, 8 runs from it.
Ajmal comes into the attack, Thirimanne takes a single and then Sanga takes a single on the off side. Four singles from the first four balls, make that six singles from six balls.
Junaid Khan continues after drinks. Sanga takes a step forward and across his stumps and punches it straight down the ground for four. A wide from Junaid, and then Sanga punches it to mid-on and takes a quick run.
Bhatti continues, Thirimanne hits it through midwicket for a couple of runs. A single to follow, then Thirimanne cuts it behind point for four, another good shot from him. Bhatti bowls it straighter and Thirimanne pulls it for four on the leg side, 12 runs from the over.
Sanga drives it to deep cover for a couple of runs, good running between to wicket, the throw is slightly wide which gives Thirimanne enough time to come back. A couple of quick singles follow, this pair is fast between the wicket. A wide down leg from Junaid. Another drive through the off side and another single to deep cover. A single to end the over, good one for Sri Lanka.
Bilawal Bhatti comes into the attack, Thirimanne edges it to third man for a couple of runs, Junaid cuts it off. A single to Thirimanne who angles the ball into the leg side. Sanga gets a leading edge on it and it goes through the off side for a single. Four runs from the over.
Shouts for caught behind, Akmal takes it down the leg side, the umpire thinks there was no edge on it. A couple of dots and then Sanga drives it straight down the ground for four, what a shot from him. Sanga pushes it to mid-on and takes a quick single. Thirimanne hits it in the air and square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
Sanga skips down the wicket and hits it on the leg side for four. He follows it up with a single, Sri Lanka go past 50. A couple more singles, and Sri Lanka are 57 for 1 after 13 overs.
A change of ends for Junaid, Umar Gul is taken out of the attack. A quick single to Sanga, a drop and run on the leg side. Slightly wide from Junaid, and Thirimanne is quick to cuts it through the point and gully for four. Thirimanne pulls it into the leg side for a single. Six runs from the over.
Hafeez comes back into the attack, just one over from Junaid and he is taken off. Hafeez around the wicket to the left-handed batsmen. Sanga walks out of his crease but is not able to get any runs. Similar shot, this time Sanga pushes it past the bowler to mid-off for a single. After 11 overs, Sri Lanka going just under 4 runs per over.
A single to Thirimanne who drives it between point and cover. Gul goes for the bouncer against Sanga, who leaves it and it goes over the keeper, called a wide in the end. Slightly wide from Gul and Thirimanne drives it through the covers for four, good shot from him. A single to end the over.
Junaid Khan comes into the attack, Hafeez is replaced after is replaced after four overs from him. A few dots and then Thirimanne drives it through the off side for a single.
Gul continues into his 4th over. Perera pulls it over mid-on for four, hit it over the in-field and timed it well. WICKET! Gul gets his man, bowling across him and inducing the edge, Perera can't make room for the cut shot and edges it to the keeper. Sangakkara walks out to bat. A slip comes in for the new batsman. Four, Sanga takes a step forward and hits it through the covers for four, starts off with a boundary.
Hafeez continues, Thirimanne punches it down the ground for a single. Another single, this time Perera comes down the ground and pushes it to mid-on. Thirimanne puts the stride in and hits a beautiful cover drive for four, easy as you like.
Thirimanne pushes the first ball from Gul down to third man for a single. A big shout for lbw, but height would have been an issue, the umpire gives it not out. Sharp swing for Gul. Just a single from the over.
Hafeez conitnues, Perera creates width by stepping away from his stumps and cuts it behind point for four, skillfully done. Just the boundary from the over.
Four good dot balls from Gul to start the over, Thirimanne playing a couple of loose shots. He wants to run it down to the third man, but swings and misses the ball. Gul bowls the last ball straighter and Thirimanne flicks it away on the leg side for a couple of runs, preventing a maiden.
It is short and wide from Hafeez and Perera cuts it away powerfully for four behind point. He controlled it well, hitting in along the ground. Just the boundary from the over.
Mohammad Akram had a long chat with Junaid on the boundary, but Gul will get a chance to bowl first. A wide called as Gul pushes it outside the off stump and the batsman leaves it. Gul changes angles and Thirimanne drives it through the covers for four, good balance and timing. Two overs gone, Sri Lanka 7 for no loss.
Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne start for Sri Lanka, Misbah throws the ball to Hafeez to open the bowling. A couple of singles from the first two balls, both openers off the mark. Perera gets a top edge on it and it flies just over the first slip, Shehzad puts in the dive but can't grab that. Two runs from the over.
Mathews confirms that Dilshan and Kulasekara will not be playing for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bat first at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
Hello and welcome to the first game of the Asia Cup from Bangladesh. Two Asian giants, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will face each other in the opening game. Sri Lanka will play without Kulasekara and Dilshan, against a well-established Pakistan side.