Asia Cup 2014: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai & Suyash Srivastava
Over 48.5 || Score 284/10
Just imagine, Lasith Malinga had conceded 32 runs in his first five overs and was yet to take a wicket. In the next five, he turned the game for Sri Lanka as he scalped five wickets from 29 balls for just 20 runs. Unfortunately, Pakistani tail-enders tried to score off his toe-crushing yorkers and paid the price. Pakistan was in total command of the game when Misbah and Akmal were unleashing a flurry of strokes, at the same time batting sensibly. Sri Lanka win by 12 runs!
Bilawal Bhatti b Malinga 18 (13b)
Saeed Ajmal lbw b Malinga 10 (4b)
Umar Gul c de Silva b Malinga 2 (6b)
Over 45 || Score 254/7
Akmal changed gears in the 41st over where he first smashed Lakmal for a boundary to reach his half century, and then followed it with a boundary and a six off consecutive balls. The magnificent fifth-wicket stand came to an end when while trying to score off every ball, Umar edged one to Sangakkara off Lakmal in the 43rd over of the innings. Lasith Malinga scalped the huge wicket of Shahid Afridi who was offered some width, which he hit straight to Chandimal at short cover. With required run-rate increasing, Misbah took a chance off the last ball of Malinga's same over, but found the man at deep square leg. The tide has turned in Sri Lanka's favour with those two blows by Malinga. He is yet to bowl two of the remaining five overs. Pakistan need 43 runs from the last five overs, with three wickets remaining.
Misbah-ul-Haq c Senanayake b Malinga 73 (84b)
Shahid Afridi c Chandimal b Malinga 4 (7b)
Umar Akmal c Sangakkara b Lakmal 74 (72b)
Over 40 || Score 215/4
Misbah and Akmal have batted extremely well in the last ten overs and they have got their side into a commanding position. Misbah as usual has been very patient, at the same time hasn't hesitated in smashing the loose deliveries for boundaries. Umar Akmal has played his natural game, and with these two out there, it is very much Pakistan's game.
Misbah-ul-Haq 66* (75b) Umar Akmal 48* (59b)
Over 30 || Score 152/4
Pakistan lost another wicket when Sohaib Maqsood hit one straight to deep midwicket. Misbah is now joined in by Umar Akmal, who can change the course of this game with some lusty blows. Pakistan now need 145 runs from 20 overs with six wickets remaining.
Sohaib Maqsood c de Silva b Senanayake 17 (27b)
Over 20 || Score 106/3
Sri Lanka were back in the match as they picked the wickets of two set batsmen – Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez. Shehzad was bowled by a delivery from PC de Silva which didn't spin and hit the stumps. Hafeez on the other hand was trapped in front of the wicket when he failed to play a straight delivery from Mathews which nipped in slightly. Two new batsmen – Sohaib Maqsood and Misbah are at the crease.
Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Mathews 18 (19b)
Ahmed Shehzad b de Silva 28 (37b)
Over 10 || Score 55/1
Over 10 || Score 55/1
Suranga Lakmal got the first breakthrough for Sri Lanka when Sharjeel Khan was caught by Angelo Mathews in the seventh over of the innings. Since then, Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad have added unbeaten 27 runs for the second-wicket partnership. Pakistan have a deep batting line-up and with wickets in hands, they can for sure chase this total. Lasith Malinga bowled five overs so far and went without a wicket. Angelo Mathews would now expect his spinners to weave some sort of magic to put Pakistan under pressure.
Sri Lanka innings:
Over 50 || Score 296/6
Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal have got their side almost near 300 runs, but considering they were 232/4 at the end of 40 overs, Sri Lanka would be upset as they couldn't breach that 300-run mark. Pakistan have the batting line-up to chase the total, but then Sri Lanka have someone like Lasith Malinga who's 10 overs could probably make the difference.
Angelo Mathews 55* (50b) Dinesh Chandimal 19* (19b)
Over 40 || Score 232/4
Pakistan bounced back in the game as Sri Lanka lost three key wickets in the last ten overs. Umar Gul got the second breakthrough for Pakistan when Sangakkara played a short ball straight to midwicket. It ended the massive 161-run stand between Sanga and Thirimanne. Soon after reaching his century, Thirimanne too lost his concentration as he was bowled by Saeed Ajmal. Mahela's stay at the crease didn't last for long and he was bowled by Shahid Afridi. Sri Lanka have already reached 232 runs in 40 overs and they up for a huge total here.
DPMD Jayawardene b Shahid Afridi 13 (19b)
HDRL Thirimanne b Saeed Ajmal 102 (110b)
KC Sangakkara c Ahmed Shehzad b Umar Gul 67 (65b)
Over 30 || Score 175/1
Sri Lanka is heading towards a big total here in the first ODI of the Asia Cup as Sangakkara and Thirimanne have been playing super knocks for their team. Both of them have already stitched 147 runs for the second wicket and are toying with the Pakistan bowlers. Thirimanne is just 18 runs shy of his ODI hundred, whereas in-form Sangakkara is on 64 with the help of eight boundaries. Pakistani bowlers are looking clueless at the moment.
Over 20 || Score 107/1
Pakistan desperately need a wicket here. Sri Lanka have crossed the mark of 100 runs in the 20th over and both the batsmen –- Sangakkara and Thirimanne -- have now started scoring boundaries at will. Meanwhile, opener Thirimanne has also completed his fifty run-mark with the help of six boundaries. Sri Lanka are maintaining a good run rate of 5.35. Pakistan have to break this partnership as its now getting dangerous with passing over.
Over 15 || Score 67/1
In last five overs Sangakkara and Thirimanne have added 26 runs. Both the batsmen are playing Pakistani bowlers with an ease. With the help of four boundaries Thirimanne has reached to 32, whereas Sangakkara has quickly moved to 18 in mere 20 balls. They have already added 39 runs for the second wicket and are looking solid at the crease.
Over 10 || Score 41/1
Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Gul have started the bowling proceedings for Pakistan. Both of them bowled at a tight line and hardly gave any loose deliveries to the Sri Lankan openers to score freely. In the seventh over Umar Gul gave Pakistan its first breakthrough in the form of M Perera. Perera edged Gul to wicketkeeper Umar Akmal, who did no mistake behind the wickets. He got out after scoring 14 runs. Kumar Sangakkara joined H Thirimanne in the middle after the fall of first Sri Lankan wicket.
MDKJ Perera c Umar Akmal b Umar Gul 14 (26b)
Angelo Mathew has won the toss and elected to bat first. And Mathew's confirmed that T Dilshan is not playing in this match.
Fatullah: So within few minutes, the 12th edition of the Asia Cup is going to start when defending champions Pakistan will lock horns with Sri Lanka at Fatullah, Bangladesh. Both the teams are well balanced and have won their last ODI tournaments. But when it comes to bowling department, Pakistan have an upped hand. Good thing from Pakistan`s point of view is that their skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez have been in good form. Similarly, for Sri Lanka their one of the most experienced campaigners, Kumar Sanagakkara has been in sublime form. Though Pakistan might have a slight edge in bowling department they can`t take Sri Lanka lightly who have won the Asia Cup four times and are strong contenders to lift the trophy this time around as well.
As it`s the first match, both the teams will try to it to start their campaign on a positive note.