Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Pakistan win by 3 wickets (with 5 balls to spare). Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Hafeez both got into the 30s chasing a target of 146 before there was a mid innings wobble. Shahid Afridi sorted that out, lashing an unbeaten 39 off just 20 balls to get Pakistan over the line. Malinga did his best for the losers, claiming three wickets and a run out, but lacked sufficient support. Afridi has been named Man of the Match.
Over 19.1 - Pak 146/7 - Afridi 39 (20) Tanvir 0 (0)
Six needed off the last 6 balls, but Afridi only needs one of them, flicking the ball over wide fine leg to complete the victory. Kulasekara 3.1-0-30-0.
Over 19 - Pak 140/7 - Afridi 33 (19) Tanvir 0 (0)
WICKET! Baliwal Bhatti c T Perera b Malinga 10 (8). Baliwal hits one straight up in the air and Perera gets underneath it. Tanvir is almost run out without facing as Afridi looks to keep the strike. Malinga 4-0-26-3.
Over 18 - Pak 134/6 - Afridi 31 (16) Bilawal 7 (5)
Some drama in that over as Dilshan gets the direct hit, but Bilawal was home after getting a top edge which jsut beat Malinga at third man. Afridi stepped across the wicket and slapped a full toss to fine leg. Just 12 needed off the last 12 balls. T Perera 3-0-27-1.
Over 17 - Pak 121/6 - Afridi 22 (12) Bilawal 2 (3)
WICKET! Sohaib Maqsood lbw b Malinga 13 (9). A slower ball, and Maqsood is right in front. He almost has Bilawal first ball, but it might have brushed the bat on its way through to the pad. Malinga has another big LBW shout off the last ball. 25 needed off the last 18 balls. Malinga 3-0-20-2.
Over 16 - Pak 117/5 - Maqsood 13 (8) Afridi 21 (10)
The Sri Lankans are struggling with a wet ball. Afrdi dispatches a full toss way back into the stands at deep mid wicket. Kulasekara gets one right with the wide yorker, but can't repeat the medicine and is lashed over cover for a second six in the over. The requirement has suddenly dropped to 29 off 24 balls. Kulasekara 3-0-24-0.
Over 15 - Pak 103/5 - Maqsood 12 (7) Afridi 7 (5)
WICKET! Umar Amin c Chandimal b Malinga 8 (9). Malinga returns, and his first ball is driven in the air to extra cover. Afridi is peppered by some short bowling, but nudges one to 3rd man with the most delicate of uppercuts. Pakistan need 43 off the last 30 balls. Malinga 2-0-16-1.
Over 14 - Pak 96/4 - Maqsood 12 (7) Amin 8 (8)
Time for big hits, and Maqsood obliges by putting the last ball of the Mendis spell over mid wicket. Mendis 4-0-29-1.
Over 13 - Pak 87/4 - Maqsood 5 (5) Amin 6 (4)
Umar Amin takes full advantage of a delivery sliding down leg side; helping it on its way to the boundary. T Perera 2-0-14-1.
Over 12 - Pak 80/4 - Maqsood 4 (3) Amin 0 (0)
WICKET! Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Mendis 32 (27). Mendis slides one through the attempted sweep of Hafeez, and he will have to go. WICKET! Umar Akmal run out (Mendis) 5 (3). There is more despair for Pakistan as Maqsood drives the ball back down the pitch, but Mendis gets his fingers to it and it hits the stumps with Akmal's bat still in the air. There is some compensation as Maqsood finds the cover boundary with a well-timed drive. Mendis 3-0-20-1.
Over 11 - Pak 74/2 - Hafeez 31 (25) Akmal 4 (2)
WICKET! Sharjeel Khan c Dilshan b T Perera 34 (31). The young man does not get under one fully, and Dilshan takes the catch at long on albeit on the second attempt. Umar Akmal is beaten by the first one he faces, but drills the next one down the ground for a crunching four. T Perera 1-0-7-1.
Over 10 - Pak 67/1 - Sharjeel 33 (29) Hafeez 29 (23)
Hafeez on the move now as he steps across his stumps to flick one over short fine leg, and follows that with a glorious straight drive into the stands which raises the 50 partnership.. Mathews 2-0-20-0.
Over 9 - Pak 52/1 - Sharjeel 30 (26) Hafeez 16 (20)
Mathews almost pulls off a brilliant catch at short fine leg, while Thisara Perera misfields again at the other end - fortunately this one only costs one run. Mendis 2-0-14-0.
Over 8 - Pak 45/1 - Sharjeel 26 (23) Hafeez 13 (17)
There is almost a run out as Mathews finds the edge of Sharjeel's bat, but it lands short of Sangakarra with Hafeez charging through for the run. He gets back in time. Mathews 1-0-5-0.
Over 7 - Pak 40/1 - Sharjeel 24 (20) Hafeez 11 (14)
Good placing and good running as the required rate drifts above 8 to the over. Senanayake 3-0-14-0.
Over 6 - Pak 36/1 - Sharjeel 22 (17) Hafeez 9 (11)
A mistake by Thisara Perera at long on gifts Sharjeel a much needed boundary. Mendis 1-0-7-0.
Over 5 - Pak 29/1 - Sharjeel 17 (15) Hafeez 7 (7)
Tidy bowling from Senanayake as he looks to peg back the good start made by Pakistan. Senanayake 2-0-10-1.
Over 4 - Pak 26/1 - Sharjeel 15 (11) Hafeez 6 (5)
Sharjeel drives sweetly down the ground for 4, and would have had a second but for some super fielding by Malinga at fine leg. Kulasekara 2-0-10-0.
Over 3 - Pak 18/1 - Sharjeel 8 (7) Hafeez 5 (3)
WICKET! Ahmed Shehzad c Thirimanne b Senanayake 4 (9). A lusty drive from Shehzad, but Thirimanne threw himself to his left at extra cover and held a brilliant catch. Hafeez is soon playing with the spin to the mid wicket boundary. Senanayake 1-0-7-1.
Over 2 - Pak 11/0 - Sharjeel 6 (5) Shehzad 4 (8)
Good start for Kulasekara from the other end, backed up by some keen fielding. Kulasekara 1-0-2-0.
Over 1 - Pak 9/0 - Sharjeel 5 (4) Shehzad 3 (3)
A good start for Pakistan, partly thanks to some inside edges from Sharjeel. One of them was admittedly off a free hit after Malinga overstepped. Malinga 1-0-9-0.
End of innings
So Sri Lanka have posted 145 in their 20 overs, and will be hard pressed to defend that. The innings never got into top gear although Mathews did hit some telling blows at the death to finish on 50. The spinners kept the batsmen in check, ensuring that the target is less than 7.5 to the over.
Over 20 - SL 145/5 - Thirimanne 23 (16) T Perera 2 (2)
FIFTY for Mathews as he drives down the ground, going to the milestone off 32 balls. WICKET! Mathews c Sharjeel Khan b Sohail Tanvir 50 (33). Mathews lasts just one more ball, being taken on the mid wicket boundary. The over ends tamely as both batsmen fail to bring off the big hits they attempt. Tanvir 4-0-34-2.
Over 19 - SL 138/4 - Mathews 46 (32) Thirimanne 22 (14)
50 partnership comes up as Thirimanne pounces on a short final ball and clouts it over the square leg boundary. Ajmal 4-0-35-2.
Over 18 - SL 126/4 - Mathews 44 (30) Thirimanne 12 (10)
A big over as Bilalwal battles with his length. Mathews hit three boundaries, two to leg and a flat batter over the bowler to end the over. He might not have survived though, skying a catch into the covers where Hafeez made a mess of it. Bilalwal 3-0-23-0.
Over 17 - SL 108/4 - Mathews 26 (24) Thirimanne 12 (10)
A productive over for Sri Lanka, producing 11 runs. Thirimanne made good contact with a shorter ball, pulling it to the square leg boundary. Sri Lanka are still far short of where they would like to be. Tanvir 3-0-27-1.
Over 16 - SL 97/4 - Mathews 24 (22) Thirimanne 4 (6)
Mathews makes solid contact with a slog sweep over mid wicket for a boundary, but otherwise battles to find the gaps. Ajmal 3-0-23-2.
Over 15 - SL 89/4 - Mathews 18 (19) Thirimanne 2 (3)
Afridi almost snares another one in his final over, but a good shout for lbw is turned down. Afridi 4-0-20-1.
Over 14 - SL 86/4 - Mathews 16 (15) Thirimanne 1 (1)
WICKET! Sangakarra c Ahmed Shehzad b Saeed Ajmal 21 (22). There is an air of desperation creeping in now as both batsmen are looking to up the scoring rate, but Sangakarra hits one to extra cover. Ajmal 2-0-15-2.
Over 13 - SL 82/3 - Sangakarra 20 (19) Mathews 14 (13)
Mathews uses the feet well to loft Hafeez over long on for a much-needed boundary, but otherwise the singles dominate as the skipper completes his spell. Hafeez 4-0-24-0.
Over 12 - SL 72/3 - Sangakarra 18 (17) Mathews 6 (9)
Some good running from Sangakarra forces a second, but shortly afterwards he is almost run out as Mathews sends him back. Afridi 3-0-17-1.
Over 11 - SL 66/3 - Sangakarra 14 (13) Mathews 4 (7)
Just singles again. Sangakarra chips the last ball over the bowler but it is well weighted and lands well short of the deep fielder. Hafeez 3-0-14-0.
Over 10 - SL 62/3 - Sangakarra 12 (11) Mathews 2 (3)
WICKET! Chandimal lbw b Shahid Afridi 22 (22). Afridi slides that one into the pads, and the umpire agrees with an animated appeal. Just a few singles as Mathews comes out into the middle. Afridi 2-0-11-1.
Over 9 - SL 59/2 - Chandimal 22 (21) Sangakarra 11 (9)
No risks yet as the batsmen work the ball around off the returning skipper. Hafeez 2-0-10-0.
Over 8 - SL 52/2 - Chandimal 20 (19) Sangakarra 6 (5)
A bottom edge on the sweep ruins a tidy over from Shahid Afridi, and brings up the 50 for Sri Lanka. Afridi 1-0-8-0.
Over 7 - SL 44/2 - Chandimal 18 (16) Sangakarra 1 (3)
Another good over from Balilwal, ending it off by having Sangakarra weaving away from the short ball. Balilwal 2-0-5-0.
Over 6 - SL 41/2 - Chandimal 16 (13)
WICKET! K Perera lbw b Saeed Ajmal 15 (16). A mixed bag in Ajmal's opening over as he could have had Perera stumped off a wide, but was hit riskily over short fine leg and then beautifully down the ground. Ajmal 1-0-11-1.
Over 5 - SL 30/1 - K Perera 14 (14) Chandimal 7 (9)
Now Baliwal Bhatti into the attack, and he keeps it tight with a good line and length. Balilwal 1-0-2-0.
Over 4 - SL 28/1 - K Perera 13 (11) Chandimal 6 (5)
Perera nudges a few off the pads, but when Tanvir drops one short on off stump it disappears over the mid wicket boundary for the first 6 of the match. Tanvir 2-0-16-1.
Over 3 - SL 18/1 - K Perera 3 (5) Chandimal 6 (5)
Usman Khan into the attack, but he is too leg side and concedes a few wides, while Chandimal flicks one nicely to fine leg for his first boundary. Usman 1-0-9-0.
Over 2 - SL 9/1 - K Perera 2 (4)
WICKET! Dilshan c Ahmed Shehzad b Sohail Tanvir 7 (8). Tanvir slanted the ball across the right hander, who connected with a stunning back foot drive for the first boundary, but on repeating the shot was well taken at point. Tanvir 1-0-6-1.
Over 1 - SL 3/0 - Dilshan 2 (3) K Perera 1 (3)
Hafeez opens the bowling and concedes just three singles. The first almost saw Kasul Perera run out without facing a ball as Dilshan was eager to get off the mark. Hafeez 1-0-3-0.
Sri Lanka team
Sri Lanka have selected an experienced line up. Their team is: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakarra, Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga & Ajantha Mendis.
Pakistan have included the 19 year old left arm seamer Usman Khan. Their team is: Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Bilalwal Bhatti, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal & Usman Khan.
Pakistan have won the toss, and have elected to field first.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the first Twenty20 International - in the two-match series - between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates.
- 11th Dec 2013
- Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Dubai International Cricket Stadium
- A Ahsan, S Shozab
- TV Umpire
- Z Zameer
- Match Referee
- D C David
- Reserve Umpire
- A Ahmed
pakistan BATTING CARD
|S. Khan||c Dilshan b Perera||34|
|A. Shehzad||c Thirimanne b Senanayake||4|
|M. Hafeez||lbw Mendis||32|
|U. Akmal||run out (Mendis)||5|
|S. Maqsood||lbw Malinga||13|
|U. Amin||c Chandimal b Malinga||8|
|S.S.M.K. Afridi||Not out||39|
|B. Bhatti||c Perera b Malinga||10|
|Total||19.1 Overs||146 - 7|