Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
SL win by 12 runs
Sri Lanka win the first game of the Asia Cup by 12 runs, Malinga took 5 wickets to wrap up the Pakistani batting.
Over 48.5 - Pak 284/10 (J Khan 1)
Can Malinga pull this game back again? 17 runs needed from 12 balls. Bhatti hoicks it to deep square leg for a single. Ajmal on strike. WICKET! Ajmal trapped in front of the stumps, the full ball from Malinga and the umpire agrees it is out. Ajmal falls and Junaid comes out to bat. Pakistan need 16 from 10 balls with one wicket in hand. Junaid flicks it to deep square leg for a single, brings Bhatti on strike for the last three balls. Bhatti pulls it to fine leg for a couple of runs, scampering through for the second, good running. WICKET! Malinga cleans it up, Bhatti makes room for himself and Malinga yorks his off stump. Sri Lanka win.
Over 48 - Pak 280/8 (Bhatti 15, Ajmal 10)
Bhatti hits the first ball for four through the covers, Lakmal starts his 9th over. A couple more to Bhatti and then he takes a single to bring Ajmal on strike. Ajmal pulls it through the leg side for a couple of runs, and then Ajmal tries to top edge it and manages a boundary to fine leg. Very unlucky for the bowler, but Ajmal manages a crucial boundary for Pakistan. Four more, there is no third man, Ajmal under edges it for four to third man.
Over 47 - Pak 263/8 (Bhatti 8, Ajmal 0)
A couple of singles to start the over, WICKET! Gul tries to work one on the leg side and top edges it, de Silva takes a good catch at point. Malinga claims another wicket, Pakistan in trouble. Ajmal walks out to bat, Bhatti will have to do most of the work now. Bhatti takes a single to stay on strike.
Over 46 - Pak 260/7 (Bhatti 6, Gul 1)
Pakistan go from a winning position to a losing one, after just one over from Malinga. He claims the wickets of Afridi and Misbah. Gul is the new man in. Perera to bowl with Malinga. Bhatti lifts the ball over mid-off and it runs away for four, he was not in control of the shot, but Pakistan will take every run they get. The slower ball from Perera and Bhatti takes a single. Six runs from the over.
Over 45 - Pak 254/7 (Bhatti 1)
Malinga comes back into the attack, he has three overs remaining. Afridi takes a single down the ground. Misbah pushes the ball to fine leg for a single. WICKET! Afridi drills this one to short cover, Chandimal has hurt himself but manages to hold on to it as he falls down, big wicket for Sri Lanka, Malinga getting the breakthrough. Chandimal gets more tape on an already taped up hand, but he will be smiling. A wide down leg, Bhatti tries to flick it but can't. A drop and a run from Bhatti. WICKET! Malinga strikes again, unbelievable scenes, Misbah pulls it straight to deep square leg and is caught on the fence.
Over 44 - Pak 250/5 (Misbah 72, Afridi 3)
Thisara brought back into the attack, Mathews giving him marching orders. Misbah walks across his stumps and takes two on the leg side, pre-meditated from the captain. A single down to deep midwicket, Afridi on strike. Afridi flicks it to deep square leg for a single. Another single on the leg side, Afridi on strike for the last ball. A single to end the over, Pakistan reach 250.
Over 43 - Pak 244/5 (Misbah 68, Afridi 1)
Lakmal continues, Mathews seems to be out of ideas. 57 runs needed from 48 balls. A wide full toss, Akmal throws his bat at it and gets a couple of runs to third man. With Afridi still to come, Pakistan are in a strong position. WICKET! Akmal is caught behind, Sanga celebrates as the umpire raises his finger. Lakmal bowls it wider and Akmal throws his bat at it. An opportunity for Sri Lanka here, can they pull this game back? Afridi walks out to bat, the stage is set. Afridi takes a single down the ground. A single to end the over.
Over 42 - Pak 240/4 (Misbah 67, U Akmal 72)
de Silva comes into the attack, Akmal goes inside out and hits him over extra cover for four. Four more, Akmal wants to finish this quickly, cuts it to third man for four. A single makes it 9 runs from the over.
Over 41 - Pak 231/4 (Misbah 67, U Akmal 63)
Lakmal replaces Malinga, Mathews dives to stop a boundary and keeps it down to a single. Akmal pulls it through midwicket for four, that region has been peppered by the Pakistanis today, first by Shehzad and Maqsood, now by Akmal and Misbah. Four more, Akmal drives it down the ground for four, drilled through long-off with power. Akmal races past 50, moves on to 56. Whack! Akmal hits it over midwicket for a six, brilliant shot, it made a sweet sound as it hit the bat. A single to end the over.
Over 40 - Pak 215/4 (Misbah 66, U Akmal 48)
Senanayake starts his 9th over, Three singles from the first three balls, and then Akmal hits it in the air away from cover for four, that is the boundary that Pakistan wanted. A couple more singles, this is a good over for Pakistan, 9 runs from it. Pakistan need 82 from the last 10 overs.
Over 39 - Pak 206/4 (Misbah 63, U Akmal 42)
Malinga bowls a couple of dots and then Akmal pushes it to short fine leg for a single. Misbah takes another single. Akmal tries to run it down to the third man boundary, but short third man does well to keep it to a single. Four from the over.
Over 38 - Pak 202/4 (Misbah 61, U Akmal 41)
Pakistan need 102 from 78 balls, Senanayake comes into the attack. A chance for a stumping, the foot goes outside the crease but comes back in, Akmal may be safe here. The third umpire agrees, Akmal survives and the crowd cheers. Misbah targets the midwicket region again and hits a six over it. Seven from the over.
Over 37 - Pak 195/4 (Misbah 55, U Akmal 40)
Malinga comes back into the attack to bowl in the power play. Mathews and Malinga take a few minutes to set the field. Four, MIsbah flicks Malinga on the leg side for four. He takes a single to bring Akmal on strike. Akmal takes a single on the off side to bring the captain back on strike. Six runs from the over, the required rate is 7.74.
Over 36 - Pak 189/4 (Misbah 50, U Akmal 39)
The power play has been taken by Pakistan and this is a good move with Misbah and Akmal at the crease. Senanayake continues and Misbah takes a single. Akmal takes a single to bring Misbah back on strike. A couple of runs to end the over, Pakistan 189 for 4, Misbah gets to his 50 with a single from the last ball.
Over 35 - Pak 182/4 (Misbah 45, U Akmal 37)
After drinks, Lakmal comes back into the attack. A big shout for caught behind and the umpire is not interested. Sanga thinks it is out, throws the ball in the air only to find out that the umpire is not budging. A single to end the over, Lakmal and Akmal have words with each other.
Over 34 - Pak 180/4 (Misbah 44, U Akmal 36)
Senanayake continues to Misbah, who pushes it around the corner for a single. Another single, this time Akmal hits it down the ground. Three singles in four ball, so far a good over. Akmal flicks it on the leg side for a single, four from the over.
Over 33 - Pak 176/4 (Misbah 42, U Akmal 34)
Misbah flicks this powerfully through midwicket for a one bounce four. A single and then Umar Akmal plays the same shot through midwicket for four more, this was drilled all along the ground. Nine runs from the over.
Over 32 - Pak 167/4 (Misbah 37, U Akmal 30)
A couple of singles to start the over, Senanayake starts a new spell. A couple of runs as Akmal edges it to third man.
Over 31 - Pak 163/4 (Misbah 37, U Akmal 27)
Akmal walks down the wicket and hits a six, Lakmal comes back into the attack and is greeted with a six. Four more, Akmal proving how dangerous he is at the end of an innings. It is angled down the leg side and Akmal helps it on its way for four. A single to end the over, 11 runs from it.
Over 30 - Pak 152/4 (Misbah 37, U Akmal 16)
A single to start the over, de Silva is bowling well under pressure. Just two runs from the over.
Over 29 - Pak 150/4 (Misbah 35, U Akmal 15)
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.
Over 28 - Pak 141/4 (Misbah 35, U Akmal 7)
A maiden from de Silva, Akmal plays it out.
Over 27 - Pak 141/4 (Misbah 35, U Akmal 7)
Umar Akmal to face Perera, pushes the first ball to point for no run. Seven runs from the over.
Over 26 - Pak 134/4 (Misbah 30, U Akmal 5)
Five singles from the over, Akmal looking to settle at the crease.
Over 25 - Pak 129/4 (Misbah 35, U Akmal 7)
Misbah hits a six, after playing a few dots.
Over 24 - Pak 122/4 (Misbah 22, U Akmal 1)
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.
Over 23 - Pak 121/3 (Misbah 22, Maqsood 17)
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.
Over 22 - Pak 117/3 (Misbah 21, Maqsood 14)
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.
Over 21 - Pak 110/3 (Misbah 19, Maqsood 9)
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.
Over 20 - Pak 106/3 (Misbah 17, Maqsood 7)
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.
Over 19 - Pak 104/3 (Misbah 16, Maqsood 6)
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.
Over 18 - Pak 94/3 (Misbah 7, Maqsood 5)
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.
Over 17 - Pak 90/3 (Misbah 4, Maqsood 4)
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.
Over 16 - Pak 88/3 (Misbah 3, Maqsood 3)
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.
Over 15 - Pak 88/3 (Misbah 3, Maqsood 3)
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.
Over 14 - Pak 86/3 (Misbah 2, Maqsood 2)
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.
Over 13 - Pak 81/2 (Hafeez 17, Maqsood 1)
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.
Over 12 - Pak 70/1 (Hafeez 13, Shehzad 27)
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.
Over 11 - Pak 61/1 (Hafeez 8, Shehzad 23)
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.
Over 10 - Pak 55/1 (Hafeez 6, Shehzad 19)
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.
Over 9 - Pak 44/1 (Hafeez 6, Shehzad 11)
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.
Over 8 - Pak 39/1 (Hafeez 6, Shehzad 6)
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.
Over 7 - Pak 34/1 (Hafeez 6, Shehzad 1)
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.
Over 6 - Pak 28/0 (S Khan 26, Shehzad 1)
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.
Over 5 - Pak 21/0 (S Khan 19, Shehzad 1)
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.
Over 4 - Pak 12/0 (S Khan 10, Shehzad 1)
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.
Over 3 - Pak 7/0 (S Khan 6, Shehzad 1)
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.
Over 2 - Pak 4/0 (S Khan 4, Shehzad 0)
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.
Over 1 - Pak 4/0 (S Khan 4, Shehzad 0)
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 296 for 6 after 50 overs
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.
Over 50 - SL 296/6 (Chandimal 19, Mathews 55)
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.
Over 49 - SL 285/6 (Chandimal 16, Mathews 47)
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.
Over 48 - SL 279/6 (Chandimal 15, Mathews 43)
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.
Over 47 - SL 271/6 (Chandimal 14, Mathews 35)
Three singles from the start of the over, Ajmal into his 9th over. Good over from Pakistan, just three from it.
Over 46 - SL 268/6 (Chandimal 13, Mathews 33)
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.
Over 45 - SL 256/6 (Chandimal 2, Mathews 32)
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.
Over 44 - SL 252/6 (Chandimal 0, Mathews 30)
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.
Over 43 - SL 250/5 (de Silva 1, Mathews 29)
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.
Over 42 - SL 249/4 (T Perera 6, Mathews 27)
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.
Over 41 - SL 237/4 (T Perera 5, Mathews 20)
A wide from Afridi, three singles follow and Mathews takes a single of the last ball to make it five runs from the over.
Over 40 - SL 232/4 (T Perera 3, Mathews 18)
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.
Over 39 - SL 225/4 (T Perera 1, Mathews 13)
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.
Over 38 - SL 220/3 (Jayawardene 11, Mathews 11)
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.
Over 37 - SL 209/3 (Jayawardene 10, Mathews 1)
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.
Over 36 - SL 204/3 (Jayawardene 6, Mathews 0)
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.
Over 35 - SL 203/2 (Jayawardene 5, Thirimanne 102)
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.
Over 34 - SL 199/2 (Jayawardene 3, Thirimanne 100)
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.
Over 33 - SL 196/2 (Jayawardene 2, Thirimanne 98)
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.
Over 32 - SL 190/2 (Jayawardene 1, Thirimanne 93)
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.
Over 31 - SL 185/1 (Sangakkara 66, Thirimanne 91)
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.
Over 30 - SL 175/1 (Sangakkara 64, Thirimanne 82)
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.
Over 29 - SL 168/1 (Sangakkara 59, Thirimanne 80)
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.
Over 28 - SL 162/1 (Sangakkara 58, Thirimanne 75)
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.
Over 27 - SL 156/1 (Sangakkara 56, Thirimanne 71)
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.
Over 26 - SL 145/1 (Sangakkara 46, Thirimanne 70)
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.
Over 25 - SL 135/1 (Sangakkara 41, Thirimanne 66)
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.
Over 24 - SL 130/1 (Sangakkara 39, Thirimanne 63)
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.
Over 23 - SL 125/1 (Sangakkara 35, Thirimanne 62)
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.
Over 22 - SL 120/1 (Sangakkara 34, Thirimanne 58)
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.
Over 21 - SL 114/1 (Sangakkara 33, Thirimanne 53)
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.
Over 20 - SL 107/1 (Sangakkara 32, Thirimanne 51)
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.
Over 19 - SL 99/1 (Sangakkara 31, Thirimanne 49)
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.
Over 18 - SL 93/1 (Sangakkara 28, Thirimanne 46)
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.
Over 17 - SL 86/1 (Sangakkara 23, Thirimanne 41)
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.
Over 16 - SL 74/1 (Sangakkara 22, Thirimanne 34)
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.
Over 15 - SL 67/1 (Sangakkara 18, Thirimanne 32)
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.
Over 14 - SL 63/1 (Sangakkara 17, Thirimanne 29)
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.
Over 13 - SL 57/1 (Sangakkara 12, Thirimanne 28)
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.
Over 12 - SL 49/1 (Sangakkara 6, Thirimanne 26)
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.
Over 11 - SL 43/1 (Sangakkara 5, Thirimanne 21)
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.
Over 10 - SL 41/1 (Sangakkara 4, Thirimanne 20)
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.
Over 9 - SL 33/1 (Sangakkara 4, Thirimanne 14)
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.
Over 8 - SL 32/1 (Sangakkara 4, Thirimanne 13)
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.
Over 7 - SL 24/0 (Perera 10, Thirimanne 13)
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.
Over 6 - SL 18/0 (Perera 9, Thirimanne 8)
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.
Over 5 - SL 17/0 (Perera 9, Thirimanne 7)
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.
Over 4 - SL 13/0 (Perera 5, Thirimanne 7)
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.
Over 3 - SL 11/0 (Perera 5, Thirimanne 5)
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.
Over 2 - SL 7/0 (Perera 1, Thirimanne 5)
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.
Over 1 - SL 2/0 (Perera 1, Thirimanne 1)
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.
- 25th Feb 2014
- Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
- Narayanganj Osmani Stadium
- J D Cloete, B N J Oxenford
- TV Umpire
- A Rahman
- Match Referee
- J J Crowe
- Reserve Umpire
- M Rahman
pakistan BATTING CARD
|S. Khan||c Mathews b Lakmal||26|
|A. Shehzad||b de Silva||28|
|M. Hafeez||lbw Mathews||18|
|S. Maqsood||c de Silva b Senanayake||17|
|M.K. Niazi||c Senanayake b Malinga||73|
|U. Akmal||c Sangakkara b Lakmal||74|
|S.S.M.K. Afridi||c Chandimal b Malinga||4|
|B. Bhatti||b Malinga||18|
|U. Gul||c de Silva b Malinga||2|
|S. Ajmal||lbw Malinga||10|
|J.M. Khan||Not out||1|
|Total||All Out, 48.5 Overs||284|