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PAK VS SL, ICC 2023 Match 8 – Full Scorecard, Commentary, Squad

02
nd Innings Pakistan
Right then, that's all from this game. With this emphatic victory, Pakistan are now second in the standings. The action in the 2023 ODI World Cup continues on Wednesday, October 11th, when the hosts India will take on Afghanistan at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The first ball will be bowled at 2.00 pm IST (8.30 am GMT), but our build-up will begin much sooner. Until then, take care and goodbye!
Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam starts by thanking the almighty. Credits the bowlers and Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan for the win. He says that they were not up to the mark in the first 30 overs and appreciates Kusal Mendis for his knock. He mentions that the bowlers did well to restrict the opposition at the end. He appreciates Abdullah Shafique for playing brilliantly and making the most out of this opportunity. He mentions that it is good to have others winning the match for them especially when the top order is out of form. He thanks the crowd for the support and the curators for preparing good pitches.
Sri Lanka's captain Dasun Shanaka starts off by appreciating Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama for their brilliant knocks and says that they both have worked hard for their acheivements but adds that they should have finished stronger. He mentions that with the way the wicket behaved, they were 30 runs short and credits the opposition for bowling well. He adds that they need to work on the number of extras bowled. He says that he will encourage the yougsters and motivate them to work harder.
Mohammad Rizwan is the Player of the Match for his scintillating knock of 131 runs from 121 balls. He says that it is a proud moment for him and to be involved in a match-winning performance is special. He adds that it was difficult and that he decided to build partnerships. He mentions that chasing 300+ is a difficult task and his discussion with Abdullah Shafique was about taking the innings forward step by step. He jokes that his cramps come up at important times.
Time for the presentation ceremony…
Earlier in the game, after Dasun Shanaka called it right and opted to bat first, Sri Lanka lost an early wicket in the form of Kusal Perera. Coming in at number 3, Kusal Mendis continued where he left off against South Africa and got his side off to a decent start alongside Pathum Nissanka. The two batters were watchful in the first few overs and slowly began to take on the Pakistan bowlers. Nissanka departed shortly after reaching his fifty, but Mendis was unperturbed and took the innings forward with Sadeera Samarawickrama. Thanks to centuries from Mendis and Samarawickrama, Sri Lanka had a solid base for their innings. They could not finish in a fashion they would have liked, but the two centurions had done enough to get Sri Lanka to a daunting total. For Pakistan, Hasan Ali was on the expensive side but had four wickets to his name. Haris Rauf accounted for two wickets, while Shaheen Afridi, Shadab Khan, and Mohammad Nawaz took one wicket each.
As far as Sri Lanka are concerned, it was a game of two halves for them. Having missed out on a few runs towards the back end of their innings, it was more than made up with a good start with the ball from Dilshan Madushanka. With the wickets of Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam, Madushanka put Pakistan in some early trouble. However, once the first powerplay ended, Sri Lanka were unable to mount the pressure, which opened the floodgates for Pakistan. The spinners were not effective as well, and Dasun Shanaka soon began to run out of options in the middle phase. Thanks to a blinder by Dushan Hemantha to get rid of Abdullah Shafique, Sri Lanka sensed an opening but they were stalled by the gritty stand between Mohammad Rizwan and Saud Shakeel. It was all Pakistan post that as the wheels began to come off for Sri Lanka as Mohammad Rizwan saw his side home comfortably.
In their pursuit of 345, Pakistan's opening struggles continued as Imam-ul-Haq departed cheaply. They were pegged back even more as skipper Babar Azam was dismissed for another low score. Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan then got together and started the rebuilding job. After the field restrictions were lifted, both batters changed gears and got Pakistan's chase on track with a 176-run stand. Replacing Fakhar Zaman for this game, Shafique repaid the faith shown in him with his maiden ODI hundred, while Rizwan was at his fluent best. Shafiuque's departure did not deter Rizwan nor did the cramps as he marched his way to his third ODI hundred. He found an able ally in Saud Shakeel as did Iftikhar Ahmed who provided the finishing touches before Rizwan hit the winning runs. Pakistan cruised to a victory with 10 balls to spare and 6 wickets in hand.
Wow, we have witnessed an absolute run-fest in Hyderabad! Pakistan pull off the highest run chase in ODI World Cup history and make it two wins out of two in the 2023 ODI World Cup. On the other hand, Sri Lanka have been handed their second straight defeat, and Dasun Shanaka's men now have a lot to ponder.
48.2
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Dilshan Madushanka goes full and on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it towards cover and takes the single needed to seal this match as Pakistan pulls off this mammoth run chase. Pakistan win by 6 wickets!
48.1
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, A full toss on off. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it off to mid-wicket.
47.6
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, A slow yorker on middle. Mohammad Rizwan digs it out to mid on for a single. 1 run required to win.
47.5
4
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! What a shot! Matheesha Pathirana drops it short and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it away wide of deep mid-wicket all the way racing to the fence for another four.
47.4
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Iftikhar Ahmed, Another full toss on off. Iftikhar Ahmed drives it to mid off for a single.
47.3
4
Matheesha Pathirana to Iftikhar Ahmed, FOUR! Again! Matheesha Pathirana goes very full and outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed drives it in the gap and wide of deep cover as the ball runs away to the fence for another boundary.
47.3
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Iftikhar Ahmed, On length but way outside off. Iftikhar Ahmed leaves it alone as the umpire signals a wide.
47.2
4
Matheesha Pathirana to Iftikhar Ahmed, FOUR! Lucky! Matheesha Pathirana bowls a full toss on the pads. Iftikhar Ahmed gets a leading edge sending the ball over short fine leg all the way running to the fence for another boundary.
47.1
4
Matheesha Pathirana to Iftikhar Ahmed, FOUR! Shot! Matheesha Pathirana goes full and on middle. Iftikhar Ahmed lofts it straight over the bowler's head all the way bouncing away to the fence for four runs.
46.6
1
Dunith Wellalage to Iftikhar Ahmed, Floated up on middle. Iftikhar Ahmed drives it down to long on and takes a single.
46.5
1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Tossed up on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it to cover for one run.
46.4
2
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, A bit short and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan sweeps it to deep square leg for a couple of runs.
46.3
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated up on middle. Mohammad Rizwan blocks it back to the bowler.
46.2
1
Dunith Wellalage to Iftikhar Ahmed, Tossed up on middle. Iftikhar Ahmed digs it out to long on and runs one.
46.1
1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on off. Mohammad Rizwan slaps it to long off for a single.
45.6
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Very full angled in on the toes. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it to deep mid-wicket and takes a single to end the over.
45.5
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it to the fielder at cover.
45.4
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Iftikhar Ahmed, Full again on middle. Iftikhar Ahmed flicks it to deep mid-wicket for one more run.
45.3
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Just short! Dilshan Madushanka goes full and on leg. Mohammad Rizwan lofts it towards long on but the ball falls just short of the fielder. They take a single.
45.2
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Iftikhar Ahmed, Short and over off. Iftikhar Ahmed pulls it away wide of deep mid-wicket. Kasun Rajitha there makes a good stop and keeps it down to a single.
45.1
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it to long on for one.
44.6
4
Maheesh Theekshana to Iftikhar Ahmed, EDGED AND FOUR! Fired in, full and at the stumps, Iftikhar Ahmed looks to drive it down the ground. The ball straightens a bit, catches the outside edge and races past short third man for a boundary.
44.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and turning into the pads, Mohammad Rizwan nudges it through square leg and rotates the strike.
44.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Iftikhar Ahmed, Bowls the wrong 'un, turning in, short and on off, Iftikhar Ahmed reads it well and punches it to deep point for a single.
Iftikhar Ahmed walks out to bat next.
44.3
W
Maheesh Theekshana to Saud Shakeel, OUT! TAKEN! Maheesh Theekshana finally strikes, but is it too late now? Comes from 'round the wicket and floats it up, full and outside off, Saud Shakeel drives away from the body nor he manages to get to the pitch of the ball. Ends up slicing it straight to backward point where Dunith Wellalage takes the simplest of catches. Pakistan lose Saud Shakeel but it is still their game to lose.
44.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, Looped up, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan plants his foot forward and eases it to long on for one.
44.1
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Saud Shakeel, Fired in full and on middle, Saud Shakeel knocks it down to long on for a single.
43.6
2
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Offers flight, full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan makes room and goes inside out. Hits it wide of deep point for two runs more.
43.5
2
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on the pads, Mohammad Rizwan lunges forward and places it in the vacant mid-wicket region for a couple of runs. A direct hit at the non-striker's end would have caught Saud Shakeel short of his crease.
43.4
6
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, SIX! Cracking shot! Tossed up, around off, Mohammad Rizwan gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
43.3
1
Dunith Wellalage to Saud Shakeel, Short and turning in, on middle, Saud Shakeel goes on the back foot and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
43.2
1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Slanting in, on middle and leg, short in length, Mohammad Rizwan eases it in front of deep mid-wicket for a run.
43.1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Fuller and turning away, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan goes for the sweep but gets beaten by the bounce.
42.6
4
Maheesh Theekshana to Saud Shakeel, FOUR! Nicely swept! Full and angling in, on middle, Saud Shakeel gets down and sweeps it wide of deep square leg for a boundary.
42.5
2
Maheesh Theekshana to Saud Shakeel, DROPPED! Dushan Hemantha is the culprit this time! Fractionally short, on off, Saud Shakeel goes on the back foot to go down the ground. Mishits it towards long off where the substitute fielder, Dushan Hemantha sprints and slides forward but the ball pops out of his grasp. Two runs taken.
42.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, In the air..but safe! Floated up, on off, Mohammad Rizwan tries to go over extra cover. Ends up chipping it straight towards long off. However, the ball drops just short of the fielder sliding forward there.
42.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Saud Shakeel, Short and on middle, Saud Shakeel pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
42.2
2
Maheesh Theekshana to Saud Shakeel, Was that a chance? Yes, a tough one though. Tossed up, on middle, Saud Shakeel lofts with a straight bat and tries to go over extra cover. Dasun Shanaka leaps but fails to hang on. The ball parries towards long on which allows Rizwan to return for the second run with the dive.
42.1
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, Fullish delivery, on middle and leg, driven down to long on for a run.
41.6
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Slower again, short and wide outside off, Mohammad Rizwan cuts it along the ground to deep point and keeps the strike.
41.5
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Saud Shakeel, In the blockhole, at the stumps, Saud Shakeel bunts it towards long on for another single.
41.4
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Another slower delivery, full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan plants his foot forward and knocks it down to long on for one more run.
41.3
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Saud Shakeel, On a yorker length, on middle, Saud Shakeel pushes it in front of mid off and gets across for a single.
41.2
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Full again, on off, Mohammad Rizwan eases it towards mid-wicket and picks up a single.
41.2
2
Matheesha Pathirana to Saud Shakeel, TWO WIDES! Loses his radar and sprays a low full toss, close to going off the cut strip on the off side. Sadeera Samarawickrama fails to tidy it up on the off side and concedes an extra run.
41.1
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, HUNDRED FOR Mohammad Rizwan! A special knock by a special player. Despite his struggles with cramps, he has kept going for Pakistan. Full and dipping in, down leg, Mohammad Rizwan reaches out and bunts it towards deep mid-wicket for a single to bring up his third ODI fifty.
40.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and sliding down leg, Mohammad Rizwan helps it wide of short fine leg and retains the strike. Moves to 99 with this single.
40.5
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and wide outside off, Mohammad Rizwan throws his hands at the delivery but misses.
40.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Saud Shakeel, Angling into the pads, a bit short, Saud Shakeel turns this one in front of deep mid-wicket for a single.
40.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, Fired in, full and at the stumps, Mohammad Rizwan drives it down to long off for a single.
40.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Saud Shakeel, Slower this time, short and outside off, Saud Shakeel rocks on the back foot again and slaps it over point for a single.
40.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Saud Shakeel, Short and closer to off, Saud Shakeel goes back and cuts it late but straight to backwar point.
39.6
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Saud Shakeel, Short and outside off. Saud Shakeel pulls it to long on for one run to end the over.
Powerplay 3! Sri Lanka can now have 5 fielders outside the 30-yard circle until the end of the innings.
39.6
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Saud Shakeel, Banged in short over middle. Saud Shakeel ducks under it and the umpire signals a wide.
39.5
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Short on off. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it away to deep mid-wicket and wants two runs but he slips at the bowler's end.
39.4
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and over off. Mohammad Rizwan swings and misses.
39.3
2
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, On length and on off. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it away wide of deep mid-wicket for another two runs. He is struggling now.
39.2
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan swings and misses.
39.1
2
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, On length and on off. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for a quick couple of runs.
38.6
Maheesh Theekshana to Saud Shakeel, Fullish and on off. Saud Shakeel drives it to the fielder at cover for a dot ball to end the over.
38.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated up on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it to long on for an easy single.
38.4
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, A bit short over off. Mohammad Rizwan jumps back and tried to cut it but misses on the connection.
38.3
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, Tossed up on leg. Mohammad Rizwan drives it back to the bowler.
38.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Saud Shakeel, Full and on middle. Saud Shakeel flicks it to deep mid-wicket for one run.
38.1
2
Maheesh Theekshana to Saud Shakeel, Shortish and on middle. Saud Shakeel nudges it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
38.1
5
Maheesh Theekshana to Saud Shakeel, 5 Wides! Maheesh Theekshana drops it short but way down leg. The keepr fails to collect it as the ball runs away to the fence for 5 wides.
37.6
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Saud Shakeel, Very full and outside off. Saud Shakeel drives it to deep cover for a single to end the over.
37.5
Dilshan Madushanka to Saud Shakeel, Short and outside off. Saud Shakeel slaps it to mid off.
37.4
2
Dilshan Madushanka to Saud Shakeel, On length and on off. Saud Shakeel flicks it away to deep mid-wicket for a good couple of runs.
37.3
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, On a good length and on off. Mohammad Rizwan punches it to point and hobbles away for a single.
37.2
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Full again and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan gets an inside edge to his leg and drops his bat in pain.
37.1
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, On length and on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it to the fielder at cover.
Dilshan Madushanka (6-0-43-2) comes back into the attack.
36.6
4
Dhananjaya de Silva to Saud Shakeel, FOUR! What a way to end the over! Dhananjaya de Silva goes full and on middle. Saud Shakeel sweeps it away all the way to the fine leg fence for four good runs to end the over.
36.5
Dhananjaya de Silva to Saud Shakeel, Tossed up on off. Saud Shakeel cuts it to the fielder at point.
36.4
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on middle. Mohammad Rizwan sweeps it to deep square leg and limps away for a single.
Another halt! Mohammad Rizwan is in some serious discomfort as he is struggling with cramps now. He is down and the physio is out to stretch his legs. He sips some fluids and is back on his feet.
36.3
6
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mohammad Rizwan, SIX! What a shot! Dhananjaya de Silva tosses this up on off. Mohammad Rizwan danced down the track and muscled it straight down the ground all the way beyond the long on fence for a maximum. But he is on the ground. Seems to have had a cramp in his leg and is struggling.
36.2
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated up and on off. Mohammad Rizwan reverse sweeps it but misses the shot. He seems to have cramped his thigh as he is imping around.
36.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Saud Shakeel, Full and outside off. Saud Shakeel drives it to deep cover for one run to begin th over.
35.6
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Saud Shakeel, On the hard length and on leg. Saud Shakeel glanced it away to fine leg for one run to end the over.
Halt. Mohammad Rizwan is struggling with his back and needs medical attention. The treatment is complete and we are all good to go now.
35.5
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan punches it to deep point for a single.
35.5
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and way outside off. Mohammad Rizwan jumped to cut it but it was out of his reach. The umpire signals a wide.
35.4
4
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Cracking shot! Matheesha Pathirana goes full and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it with sweet timing through the gap at cover. The ball races away to the fence for a boundary.
35.3
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Saud Shakeel, Full and on leg. Saud Shakeel clips it to deep square leg for one run.
35.2
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, A yorker on middle. Mohammad Rizwan digs it out on the leg side to take a single.
35.1
2
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and around off. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it away wide of long on. DDJ there makes a good effort to stop the ball keeping the batters to a couple of runs.
34.6
Dhananjaya de Silva to Saud Shakeel, Pitched up on middle. Saud Shakeel sweeps it to short fine leg for a dot to end the over.
34.5
Dhananjaya de Silva to Saud Shakeel, Uppish again outside off. Saud Shakeel chips it to the fielder at cover.
34.4
Dhananjaya de Silva to Saud Shakeel, Fuller and on off. Saud Shakeel sweeps it to short fine leg.
34.3
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mohammad Rizwan, Shortish and on off. Mohammad Rizwan cuts it to deep cover for a single.
34.2
4
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! What a shot! Dhananjaya de Silva goes short and on middle. Mohammad Rizwan rocks back and punches it in the gap wide of long on. The ball races away for four runs.
34.1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it to cover.
33.6
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on middle. Mohammad Rizwan drives it to long on for one run to end the over.
33.5
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Saud Shakeel, A juicy full toss outside off. Saud Shakeel slices it to deep point for one more run.
33.4
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan cuts it away to deep point for another single.
33.3
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Saud Shakeel, Fuller and on middle. Saud Shakeel flicks it away to deep square leg for a single to get off the mark.
33.3
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Saud Shakeel, On length but way outside off. Saud Shakeel leaves it alone as it is another wide ball.
33.3
5
Matheesha Pathirana to Saud Shakeel, 5 Wides! That is trouble! Matheesha Pathirana goes full but way down leg side from around the wicket. The ball runs away to the fine leg fence as the keeper fails to collect it and ends up giving 5 runs.
33.2
Matheesha Pathirana to Saud Shakeel, Very full outside off now. Saud Shakeel is beaten as he tries to slice it away.
Saud Shakeel is the new man in.
33.1
W
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, OUT! STUNNER! Matheesha Pathirana drops it short and outside off. Abdullah Shafique cuts it aiming to go for the deep point region. He ends up lofting the ball towards point. Dushan Hemantha, the substitute fielder takes a blinder diving to his right and celebrates in style. What a catch as Matheesha Pathirana gets an important wicket of Abdullah Shafique.
32.6
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated up and in line with off. Mohammad Rizwan covers the line and blocks it to the left of the bowler.
32.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Tossed up on off. Abdullah Shafique drives it towards cover for a single.
32.4
4
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! Swept away! Maheesh Theekshana goes full and on the toes. Abdullah Shafique sweeps it perfectly in the gap at deep square leg. The ball runs away to the fence for four runs.
32.3
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Full again on off. Abdullah Shafique drives it to mid on.
32.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, A bit short and on middle. Mohammad Rizwan sweeps it to deep square leg for one run.
32.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, Quick and full on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it to mid off.
Drinks! Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan are turning it on for Pakistan here. With 138 runs more needed and two set batters present in the middle, Pakistan will fancy themselves to chase it down from here. Dasun Shanaka nad Co. are running out of options to break this partnership and almost all bowlers are being taken to the cleaners. They need a breakthrough soon or else the game will slip away from them.
31.6
4
Dilshan Madushanka to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! Smashed! Dilshan Madushanka goes short and outside off. Abdullah Shafique comes down the track and throws his bat at it. He finds the sweet spot and places it well in the gap wide of deep cover. The ball races away for four runs to end a very good over for Pakistan.
31.5
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, On the hard length and on off. Mohammad Rizwan punches it to mid on for one more run.
31.4
2
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and on off. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it with no timing towards deep mid-wicket to run a couple of runs.
31.4
7
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, SIX! Smacked Away! Dilshan Madushanka bangs it short and over off. Mohammad Rizwan stands tall and pulls it all the way over the fence at deep mid-wicket for a biggie. To add to the bowler's trouble, it is a no-ball as well as he has overstepped. 7 runs off that ball.
31.3
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Abdullah Shafique, Short and over off. Abdullah Shafique pulls it to mid-wicket for a single.
31.2
4
Dilshan Madushanka to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! HUNDRED FOR Abdullah Shafique! Dilshan Madushanka drops it short and over off. Abdullah Shafique pulls it away wide of deep mid-wicket all the way to the fence for four runs. He has hit a century in his first match in this World Cup. What a knock!
31.1
Dilshan Madushanka to Abdullah Shafique, Full and on off. Abdullah Shafique drives it to the fielder at cover as the bowler trips on his follow on.
30.6
1
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, On length and outside off. Abdullah Shafique pushes it past point for one to end the over.
30.5
1
Dasun Shanaka to Mohammad Rizwan, Banged in short over off. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it to long on for another run.
30.4
1
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, On length and on middle. Abdullah Shafique flicks it to deep mid-wicket to run one.
30.3
1
Dasun Shanaka to Mohammad Rizwan, Short again over middle. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it away to dep mid-wicket for one run.
30.2
1
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, Short and outside off. Abdullah Shafique guides it wide of point for a single.
30.1
1
Dasun Shanaka to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on off. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it away to square leg for a single to begin the over.
29.6
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Slower and shorter, wide outside off, Abdullah Shafique reaches out and cuts it without much timing to extra cover.
29.5
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Full this time, on off, Abdullah Shafique prods forward and blocks it out towards cover.
29.4
4
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! Top shot! Fractionally short, on middle and leg, Abdullah Shafique rocks on the back foot in a flash and pulls it wide of mid-wicket for a boundary. Moves to 96 now.
29.3
1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Quicker through the air, full and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan clips it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
29.2
1
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Drops it short and quicker, on middle, Abdullah Shafique punches it down to long on for a single.
29.1
6
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, SIX! Straight as an arrow! Tossed up, full and at the stumps, Abdullah Shafique uses his feet and stays still. Thumps it towards the sight screen for a maximum.
28.6
2
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and wide outside off again, Mohammad Rizwan cuts it in front of square and to the right of deep point for two runs more. Another great over for Pakistan.
28.5
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, Takes pace off and bowls it on a shortish length, around leg, Abdullah Shafique pulls it to fine leg for a single.
28.4
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, A bumper, at the batter, Abdullah Shafique ducks underneath and lets the ball go.
28.3
4
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! Nicely done! Short again, wide outside off, Abdullah Shafique hops and uses the pace of the delivery. Cuts it over backward point for four more runs.
28.2
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Angling into the pads, on a length, Mohammad Rizwan helps it down to fine leg for a single.
28.1
4
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, FIFTY for Mohammad Rizwan! He has stepped up when Pakistan wanted him to step up the most. Matheesha Pathirana serves it short and wide outside off, Mohammad Rizwan hangs back and cuts it hard with fast hands. Beats deep point to his left for a boundary.
27.6
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Short and quicker, on off, Abdullah Shafique cuts it late but straight to short fine leg.
27.5
1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and flatter, on off, Mohammad Rizwan knocks it with a straight bat to long off and gets across for one.
27.4
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Pushed through, full and on of, Mohammad Rizwan can only push it back to the bowler.
27.3
4
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Oh, absolutely gorgeous! Floated up, on off and middle, Mohammad Rizwan gives himself room and goes inside out. Hits it with the turn and right between long off and deep cover for a boundary.
27.2
1
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Full and on off, Abdullah Shafique drives it down to long on and rotates the strike.
27.1
1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and sliding down leg, Mohammad Rizwan sweeps well to the left of short fine leg. Maheesh Theekshana dives to his left and parries the ball to the deep backward square leg fielder. A single taken.
26.6
2
Charith Asalanka to Abdullah Shafique, Good running! Bowls it full and on middle, Abdullah Shafique plants his foot forward and places it with soft hands. Hits it to the left of deep square leg for two more runs. A good over for Pakistan, 10 runs off it.
26.5
2
Charith Asalanka to Abdullah Shafique, This is bowled short, on the pads, Abdullah Shafique eases it in front of deep square leg for a couple of runs.
26.4
4
Charith Asalanka to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! Smart batting! Tossed up, around leg, Abdullah Shafique moves leg side and lofts it over mid off with his bottom hand for a boundary.
26.3
1
Charith Asalanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Fullish delivery, quicker as well, Mohammad Rizwan sweeps it straight to deep backward square leg.
26.2
Charith Asalanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Turning in, short and on middle, Mohammad Rizwan plays it with the turn to short mid-wicket.
26.1
1
Charith Asalanka to Abdullah Shafique, Starts from 'round the wicket and bowls a low full toss, at the batter, Abdullah Shafique steps out and drills it down to long on for a single.
25.6
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Loses his radar and spills it full and down leg, Mohammad Rizwan sweeps well but straight to short fine leg.
25.5
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Drags his length back and bowls it on off, Mohammad Rizwan goes on the back foot and keeps it out on the off side.
25.4
1
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Offers flight again, full and on off, Abdullah Shafique knocks it with a straight bat to long off and gets across for a run.
25.3
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Pushed through, full and outside off, Abdullah Shafique makes room to go inside out. Miscues it towards short mid-wicket.
25.2
1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Slows it up, full and turning away, on leg, Mohammad Rizwan drops it in the vacant short mid-wicket region for a single.
25.1
1
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Coming in with the angle, full and on off, Abdullah Shafique lunges forward and drives it to deep cover for a run.
24.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Bowls it short again, on off, Abdullah Shafique whips it from the crease towards long on. The call is for two but the batters have to settle for a single.
24.5
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Keeps it short, on off, Abdullah Shafique pushes it from the crease to cover.
24.4
2
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Short and outside off, Abdullah Shafique hangs on the back foot and cuts it wide of deep point. The throw from the deep is an accurate one and Sadeera Samarawickrama takes the bails off quickly. However, the replays confirm that Shafique was safely in his crease.
24.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, Closer to off, short in length, Mohammad Rizwan runs it towards short third man for a run.
24.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Pushed through, short and on middle, Abdullah Shafique plays with a straight bat to long on for a single.
24.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Fired in from the front of the hand, short and outside off, the ball keeps a bit low and beats Abdullah Shafique as he tried to cut.
23.6
1
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, A bit fuller, around off, Abdullah Shafique opens the bat face and drives it to the left of extra cover. Keeps the strike with a single.
23.5
1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Short again, around off, Mohammad Rizwan goes on the back foot and pats it past extra cover for a single.
23.4
1
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Shortens his length and bowls it on off, Abdullah Shafique punches it down to long off for another run.
23.3
1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Slower through the air, full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan reaches out in front and sweeps it hard to deep square leg for one.
23.2
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and fired in, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan prods forward to defend. Gets an inside edge onto the front pad.
23.1
4
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Top shot! Tossed up, full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan gives himself room and goes inside out. Carves it over extra cover for a boundary.
22.6
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Quicker again, short and on off, Abdullah Shafique dabs it straight to backward point.
22.5
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Keeps it short and on middle, Abdullah Shafique bunts it back to short mid-wicket.
22.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, Short again and down leg, Mohammad Rizwan pulls it hard to deep backward square leg for one more run.
22.3
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Lands it short now, on middle, Abdullah Shafique whips it from the crease towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
22.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Mohammad Rizwan, Quicker through the air, full and sliding on, middle, Mohammad Rizwan somehow manages to get an inside edge as the ball rolls to backward square leg for a run.
22.1
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Around off, fraction short, Abdullah Shafique pats it wide of point and rotates the strike.
21.6
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Pushed through, short and around off, Mohammad Rizwan punches well but straight to extra cover. A quiet over by Dunith Wellalage, just the single off it.
21.5
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Another flighted delivery, on off, Mohammad Rizwan works it off the front foot but is unable to get it past backward point.
21.4
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Offers flight, full and on off, Mohammad Rizwan reaches out in front and dabs it towards backward point.
21.3
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Dropped short, on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
21.2
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Tossed up, on off, Mohammad Rizwan lunges forward and defends it out.
21.1
1
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Serves it full and on middle, Abdullah Shafique strokes it through mid on for a single.
20.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Abdullah Shafique, A bit too full, at the stumps, Abdullah Shafique knocks it down to long on. Retains the strike with a single.
20.5
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mohammad Rizwan, Goes full and on middle, driven down to long on for another single.
20.4
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Abdullah Shafique, Slower through the air, short and on middle, Abdullah Shafique tucks it through square leg and takes a single.
20.3
Dhananjaya de Silva to Abdullah Shafique, This is bowled short, on middle, Abdullah Shafique turns this one to square leg.
20.2
6
Dhananjaya de Silva to Abdullah Shafique, SIX! Abdullah Shafique goes huge! Floated up, on middle, Abdullah Shafique puts the dancing shoes on and latches onto the shot. Thumps it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
20.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mohammad Rizwan, Bowls it short and around off, Mohammad Rizwan rocks back and slaps it towards deep point for a single.
19.6
1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Fullish and on the off pole. Mohammad Rizwan cuts it away to deep cover for a single to end the over.
19.5
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Tossed up on off. Mohammad Rizwan punches it wide of cover but the fielder makes  good stop.
19.4
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Uppish and on middle. Mohammad Rizwan drives it towards the fielder at cover.
19.3
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Tossed up on off. Mohammad Rizwan blocks it out on the off side.
19.2
4
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Cracking shot! Dunith Wellalage floats this up an outside off. Mohammad Rizwan rocks back and muscles it in the gap wide of long on. The ball runs away to the fence for a boundary.
19.1
1
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Full and on off. Abdullah Shafique cuts it to point where the fielder gets a hand to it. The batters run one.
18.6
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Abdullah Shafique, FIFTY FOR Abdullah Shafique! Dhananjaya de Silva goes full and on the pads. Abdullah Shafique pats it to the on side and runs one to reach his milestone in his first match of the World Cup.
18.5
4
Dhananjaya de Silva to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! What a shot! Abdullah Shafique pulled away the short ball pitched in line with middle. The ball races away into the gap at deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
18.4
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mohammad Rizwan, Fullish and on middle. Mohammad Rizwan cuts it to deep cover for one more run.
18.3
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Abdullah Shafique, Full and on leg. Abdullah Shafique rocks back and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
18.2
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Mohammad Rizwan, A bit short and on middle. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for one.
18.1
1
Dhananjaya de Silva to Abdullah Shafique, Full and on middle. Abdullah Shafique nudges it to mid-wicket for a single to begin the over.
17.6
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Short again outside off. Mohammad Rizwan tries to cut it away but misses on the connection.
17.5
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, Short and over middle. Abdullah Shafique nudges it away to deep square leg for one run.
17.4
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, Banged in short and outside off. Abdullah Shafique leaves it alone as the ball bounces away to the keeper.
17.3
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and over leg. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it to fine leg for one run.
17.2
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, Full again on off. Abdullah Shafique drives it to deep cover for one run.
17.2
5
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, 5 Wides! Oh no! Matheesha Pathirana goes full but errs in line sending it way down the leg side. The keeper fails to stop it and the ball runs away to the fence for four runs along with a wide.
17.1
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, On length and outside off. Abdullah Shafique tries to drive it but is beaten.
17.1
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, On length and way down leg side. The umpire has signaled it as a wide.
16.6
1
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Uppish and on off. Abdullah Shafique drives it to long off for one more run to end the over.
16.5
1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Fullish and on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it to cover for one run.
16.4
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Pitched up on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it back to the bowler.
16.3
2
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Just short! Dunith Wellalage floats it up and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan slices it over point for a couple of runs.
16.2
1
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Tossed up on off. Abdullah Shafique drives it to long off for a single.
16.1
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Full and on off. Abdullah Shafique drives it to cover.
15.6
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, On length and on middle. Abdullah Shafique drives it wide of long on for one run to end the over.
15.6
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, Banged in short but way outside the off stump. The umpire calls it a wide.
15.5
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, Full and outside off. Abdullah Shafique drives it to the left of the bowler.
15.4
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and over middle. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
15.3
2
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, On length and on leg. Mohammad Rizwan nudges it away to square leg for a couple of runs.
15.2
4
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, FOUR! Well timed! Matheesha Pathirana goes full and on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it down the ground between two fielders and with sweet timing. The ball runs away to the fence for a boundary.
15.1
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, Short and over middle. Abdullah Shafique pats it to square leg for one run.
Drinks! The match is nicely poised at this stage but one with Babar Azam back in the hut, Sri Lanka have their noses ahead in the game. Abdullah Shafique has stood firm and will have to be there with the experienced Mohammad Rizwan if Pakistan are to stay in the hunt. Sri Lanka are keeping the runs in check and will have to bowl smartly in their quest to chip away with wickets.
14.6
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Flighted full and on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it wide of cover for a dot to end the over.
14.5
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Very full and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it to the fielder at cover who makes a good stop.
14.4
1
Dunith Wellalage to Abdullah Shafique, Tossed up on leg. Abdullah Shafique flicks it to deep mid-wicket for one more run.
14.3
1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Floated up on middle. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it to long on for one run.
14.2
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Pitched up on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it back to the bowler.
14.1
Dunith Wellalage to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it to the fielder at cover.
Dunith Wellalage comes into the attack now.
13.6
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Short again and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan slaps it to deep cover for one run to end the over.
13.5
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, On length and on off. Abdullah Shafique cuts it to deep point for one.
13.4
6
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, SIX! A much-needed boundary! Matheesha Pathirana drops it short and over middle. Abdullah Shafique pulls it away towards the fine leg fence. It is a half chance but it is between two fielders running to catch it. Neither one manages to reach the ball as it sails over the fence for a biggie.
13.3
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, Short and over off pole. Abdullah Shafique pushes it to cover for another dot ball.
13.2
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, A well-directed yorker on the off pole. Abdullah Shafique digs it out safely down the track.
13.1
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, Short and over off. Abdullah Shafique cuts it to the fielder at point.
12.6
1
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, Full and on the off pole. Abdullah Shafique flicks it to deep mid-wicket for one run to retain the strike in the next over.
12.5
2
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, Short over off. Abdullah Shafique pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. That is good running by the batters.
12.4
1
Dasun Shanaka to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on the off pole. Mohammad Rizwan drives it to mid on for one run.
12.3
Dasun Shanaka to Mohammad Rizwan, Very full and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan mishits towards mid-wicket.
12.2
1
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, Short and over middle. Abdullah Shafique punches it to mid off for another run.
12.1
1
Dasun Shanaka to Mohammad Rizwan, Full and on middle. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it to deep mid-wicket for one run.
11.6
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, Just short! Matheesha Pathirana bowls it on a good length and outside off. Abdullah Shafique slaps it towards cover as the ball just drops short of the fielder. A good over from Matheesha Pathirana.
11.5
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, A well-guided yorker on the toes. Abdullah Shafique flicks it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
11.4
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, Short again just outside off. Abdullah Shafique guides it to the fielder at point.
11.3
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Mohammad Rizwan, Short and outside off. Mohammad Rizwan slaps it to deep cover and runs one.
11.2
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, On the hard length and on off. Abdullah Shafique pushes it to point for a single.
11.2
1
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, Errs in line. Matheesha Pathirana bowls it short but way outside off. Abdullah Shafique doesn't offer a shot as the umpire signals a wide.
11.1
Matheesha Pathirana to Abdullah Shafique, Drops it short and over middle. Abdullah Shafique pats it towards mid-wicket.
10.6
1
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, On the hard length and outside off. Abdullah Shafique slaps it to deep cover for a single to end the over.
10.5
1
Dasun Shanaka to Mohammad Rizwan, Full again angled in on the pads. Mohammad Rizwan flicks it away to deep mid-wicket for one run.
10.4
Dasun Shanaka to Mohammad Rizwan, Dasun Shanaka goes full and on off. Mohammad Rizwan drives it to mid off.
10.3
Dasun Shanaka to Mohammad Rizwan, On a good length and over middle. Mohammad Rizwan stays back and pushes it towards mid on.
10.2
1
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, Fuller and in line with off. Abdullah Shafique drives it towards covers to take one run.
10.1
1
Dasun Shanaka to Mohammad Rizwan, On length and on middle. Mohammad Rizwan pulls it away to mid-wicket for a single to begin the over.
End of the 1st Powerplay. Now, Sri Lanka can have up to 4 fielders outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. A mandatory concussion check is conducted on Abdullah Shafique as he was hit on the helmet on the last delivery. All seems okay now as his helmet is swapped. Play resumes.
9.6
Dilshan Madushanka to Abdullah Shafique, A confident appeal for caught but turned down! Banged into the wicket and at the batter, the ball skids on and thuds Abdullah Shafique onto the helmet as he swivelled to pull. The ball lobs off his helmet and it is taken at extra cover. Sri Lanka go up in unison but the umpire says no. They are confident and Dasun Shanaka goes for a review. The UltraEdge shows no bat and Sri Lanka lose their review.
9.5
3
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, In the air..but just over! Shaping into the pads, a bit fuller as well, Mohammad Rizwan shapes to clip it away on the leg side. Closes the bat face early and gets a leading edge Lucikly for him, he gets it over the leaping cover fielder. Three runs taken.
9.4
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Abdullah Shafique, Switches to 'round the wicket and delivers it back of a length, at the hips, Abdullah Shafique helps it down to fine leg and rotates the strike.
9.3
Dilshan Madushanka to Abdullah Shafique, At the batter this time, on a hard length, Abdullah Shafique hops and pushes it towards backward point.
9.2
4
Dilshan Madushanka to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! Shot of authority! Fractionally short of a good length, on off and middle, Abdullah Shafique gets into a good position and pulls it between square leg and mid-wicket for a boundary.
9.1
Dilshan Madushanka to Abdullah Shafique, Angling in, on a good length, on middle, Abdullah Shafique nudges it from under his eyes but straight to mid-wicket.
8.6
1
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, Hurls it on a back of a length, on off, Abdullah Shafique knocks it from the crease and gets it wide of point for a single.
8.5
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, Oh…just short! Pitches it up this time, on off and middle, Abdullah Shafique plants his foot forward and pushes with a straight bat with hard hands. Gets an outside edge that drops in front of Pathum Nissanka at second slip.
8.4
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, Serves it a bit fuller, around off, Abdullah Shafique opens the bat face and steers it towards short third man.
8.3
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, Length delivery, on off, Abdullah Shafique gets behind the line and dabs it towards point.
8.2
2
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, Goes down leg this time, on a length, Abdullah Shafique helps it wide of deep backward square leg for a couple of runs.
8.1
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, At 120.2 kph, on a good length, outside off, Abdullah Shafique hangs his bat out to defend from the crease. The ball nips away a touch and beats Shafique on the outside edge.
7.6
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Beauty to end the over! Drags his length back and angles it across the batter, outside off, Mohammad Rizwan has a feel for the delivery and is lucky to not edge this one behind. Dilshan Madushanka seemed interested for a moment but Sri Lanka do not take the review.
7.5
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Angles it across, on a good length, on off, Mohammad Rizwan presents a straight bat and defends it towards extra cover.
7.4
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Shaping in, fuller in length, on middle, Mohammad Rizwan gets on the front foot and drives it firmly to mid on.
7.3
Dilshan Madushanka to Mohammad Rizwan, Madushanka nails the yorker this time, on off, Mohammad Rizwan digs it out back to the bowler.
Mohammad Rizwan walks out to bat next.
7.2
W
Dilshan Madushanka to Babar Azam, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Dilshan Madushanka strikes again and this time, he gets the big fish! Pakistan have been dealt a massive blow as they lose Babar Azam now. Not the best of deliveries by Madushanka, full and down the leg side, Babar Azam gets tempted by the line and length and tries to help it fine on the leg side. Can only manage to get a feather on it and Sadeera Samarawickrama behind the wicket, moves well to his left and pouches it with both hands. Dilshan Madushanka is delighted and so he should be.
7.1
Dilshan Madushanka to Babar Azam, On a good length now, on the off stump line, Babar Azam hangs on the back foot and punches without much timing to extra cover.
7.1
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Babar Azam, WIDE! Loses his radar and sprays it down leg, on a length, Babar Azam misses the tickle and the umpire signals a wide.
6.6
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, Short of a length, on middle, Abdullah Shafique steps out again and pats it back to the bowler.
6.5
4
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! Pulled away! This is bowled short, around off, Abdullah Shafique premeditates and uses his feet. Pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
6.4
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, Much straighter this time, full and on middle, Abdullah Shafique pushes with a straight bat and finds mid on.
6.3
4
Dasun Shanaka to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! Easy pickings! Dasun Shanaka errs in line and serves it down leg, fuller in length, Abdullah Shafique does not miss out as he tickles it to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
6.2
1
Dasun Shanaka to Babar Azam, On a length this time, on middle, Babar Azam works it off the pads to deep square leg for another single.
6.1
Dasun Shanaka to Babar Azam, Begins with a full delivery, on off, Babar Azam gets forward and drives it off the inner half of the bat to mid on.
5.6
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Babar Azam, Into the wicket this time, on off, Babar Azam goes for the pull. Does not manage to control his shot but gets it over mid-wicket for a run.
5.5
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Abdullah Shafique, Full this time, on off and middle, Abdullah Shafique drives it firmly and to the left of mid on for a quick single.
5.4
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Babar Azam, At the pads again, on a length, Babar Azam tucks it to deep square leg and rotates the strike.
5.3
2
Dilshan Madushanka to Babar Azam, On a length and sliding on the pads, Babar Azam rolls his wrists and tucks it in front of square. Babar was jogging for the first run as he thought he had timed it well enough for a boundary. Charith Asalanka pulls it back and the batters run only two.
5.2
Dilshan Madushanka to Babar Azam, A well-directed bumper, at the batter, Babar Azam ducks underneath and lets the ball go.
5.1
Dilshan Madushanka to Babar Azam, Shaping in, on middle, on a good length, Babar Azam taps it with soft hands and drops it at his feet. Wants a single but Abdullah Shafique says no.
4.6
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Shortens his length and bowls it on middle, Abdullah Shafique pushes it from the crease but is unable to get it past straightish mid-wicket.
4.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Babar Azam, Honing in at the stumps, full in length, Babar Azam clips it wide of short mid-wicket and picks up a run.
4.4
Maheesh Theekshana to Babar Azam, Curving in, full and on off, Babar Azam drives with a straight bat but finds mid off.
4.3
Maheesh Theekshana to Babar Azam, Drops it short, on middle, Babar Azam punches it off the back foot but straight to mid-wicket.
4.2
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Floated up again, full and on middle, Abdullah Shafique knocks it down to long on and gets across for a single.
4.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Full and turning in, on middle, Abdullah Shafique prods forward and blocks it out solidly.
3.6
Dilshan Madushanka to Babar Azam, Good-length delivery, on off, Babar Azam gets behind the line and defends it on the off side.
3.5
Dilshan Madushanka to Babar Azam, Full again and going across, outside off, Babar Azam shoulders arms and lets the ball go.
3.4
4
Dilshan Madushanka to Babar Azam, FOUR! Babar Azam is up and running! Full and swinging into the pads, Babar Azam allows the ball to come to swing and brings his wrists into play. Clips it wide of mid-wicket for his first boundary.
The Pakistani skipper, Babar Azam walks out to bat at number 3.
3.3
W
Dilshan Madushanka to Imam-ul-Haq, OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Dilshan Madushanka draws first blood and this is a very good catch by Kusal Perera! Dilshan Madushanka bends his back and bangs it into the wicket, Imam-ul-Haq hangs on the back foot and swivels to fetch it from outside off. Gets hurried into the shot and fails to get on top of the bounce as well. Gets a top edge that goes high in the Hyderabad night sky towards fine leg where Kusal Perera settles under the skier and completes the catch by getting low in front.
3.2
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Abdullah Shafique, A bit too straight, back of a length, at the hips, Abdullah Shafique helps it down to fine leg for a run.
3.1
1
Dilshan Madushanka to Imam-ul-Haq, Shaping away, on a good length, on off, Imam-ul-Haq runs it down to third man for a single.
2.6
3
Maheesh Theekshana to Imam-ul-Haq, Short and straying down leg, Imam-ul-Haq allows the ball to come to him and nudges it behind square on the leg side. Charith Asalanka in the deep, puts in a dive to his left and saves a run for his team. Imam-ul-Haq brings up 3000 ODI runs, 2nd fastest Pakistani batter to reach the landmark.
2.5
Maheesh Theekshana to Imam-ul-Haq, This is bowled short, turning away, on off, Imam-ul-Haq whips it from the crease but straight to mid-wicket.
2.4
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Angling into the pads, short in length, Abdullah Shafique tucks it in front of mid-wicket for a single.
2.3
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Fuller and quicker, on middle, Abdullah Shafique lunges forward and works it towards mid-wicket.
2.2
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Beaten! Short and just outside off, Abdullah Shafique hangs back to defend. The ball keeps straight and beats him on the outside edge.
2.1
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Bowls the carrom ball, full and on off, Abdullah Shafique plays for the turn and pushes it off the outer half of the bat to mid off.
1.6
Dilshan Madushanka to Imam-ul-Haq, Goes wide of the crease this time and hurls it in the channel on off, on a good length, Imam-ul-Haq is happy to leave the ball alone once again.
1.5
Dilshan Madushanka to Imam-ul-Haq, Pulls his length back a bit and bowls it outside off, a bit of away movement, Imam-ul-Haq lifts his bat and lets the ball pass.
1.4
4
Dilshan Madushanka to Imam-ul-Haq, FOUR! First boundary for Imam-ul-Haq and Pakistan! Serves it full again, angling in, on off, Imam-ul-Haq presents the full face of the bat and drives it to the right of mid on for a boundary.
1.3
Dilshan Madushanka to Imam-ul-Haq, Fuller this time, around off, Imam-ul-Haq presses forward and pats it back to Dilshan Madushanka.
1.2
Dilshan Madushanka to Imam-ul-Haq, Back of a length now, on off, Imam-ul-Haq camps back and defends it towards point.
1.1
Dilshan Madushanka to Imam-ul-Haq, Starts off on a shortish length, shaping away, outside off, Imam-ul-Haq has a feel for the delivery and withdraws his bat at the last moment.
Pace into the attack as Dilshan Madushanka is brought into the attack from the opposite end.
0.6
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Imam-ul-Haq, Short and sliding on the pads, Imam-ul-Haq nudges it through square leg and takes a single.
0.5
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Full again and curving in, on middle, Abdullah Shafique drives it down to long on for a run.
0.4
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Slanting in, full and on off, Abdullah Shafique blocks it out off the front foot.
0.3
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Full delivery, at the stumps, Abdullah Shafique knocks it back to the bowler.
0.2
3
Maheesh Theekshana to Imam-ul-Haq, Imam-ul-Haq is away as well! Tossed up, on middle, Imam-ul-Haq lunges forward and clips it wide of mid-wicket. Gets it to the left of mid on. A bit of mixup between the two batters for the third run. The throw from the deep is not the best towards the keeper. He flicks the ball towards the keeper but does not hit. Abdullah Shafique would have been in trouble had the ball hit the stumps.
0.1
1
Maheesh Theekshana to Abdullah Shafique, Abdullah Shafique and Pakistan are underway! Starts with a loosener, low full toss, swinging in, on middle, Abdullah Shafique drives with a straight bat to long for a single.
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st Innings Sri Lanka
We are back for the chase. The umpires are on the field. Dasun Shanaka is giving some last-minute instructions to his team as they are seen in a huddle along the boundary rope. Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique stride out to open the batting innings for Pakistan as they begin the journey to the target. Sri Lanka introduces spin early on in the innings as Maheesh Theekshana will have the new ball in hand and is raring to go. Let's go…
… THE RUN CHASE …
Right then, that was an amazing first innings and we saw both teams dominating each other during different phases of the game. The Lankans have managed to put 344 on the board courtesy of centuries from Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama. Hasan Ali's 4-wicket haul helped Pakistan to put the pressure on the batters. Will Pakistan manage to chase down its mammoth total or will the Lankan bowlers prevail? We will find out soon. Grab a cup of coffee and join us back for the chase.
One of the two centurions for Sri Lanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama is in for a chat. He says that he is really happy since it was his maiden ODI hundred. Credits Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis for the way they batted. Shares that his plan was to bat positively and give the strike to Mendis. Adds that it was a great partnership between them. Mentions that the wicket was good in the first few overs. Adds that the ball started gripping in the last few overs. Feels that once the ball gets old, taking the pace off will be a good option.
Pakistan had a very strong start to the innings by taking Kusal Perera's wicket off Hasan Ali's bowling. However, the bowlers couldn't maintain the pressure after that and allowed a few partnerships to be made by the Lankan batters. Shadab Khan stepped up and took a very crucial wicket of Pathum Nissanka. The bowlers were again dominated by the Lankans in the middle phases. Hasan Ali was the main attraction as he clinched the wickets of both centurions and gave crucial breakthroughs. After the dismissal of Dhananjaya de Silva, it was all about the bowling. Hasan Ali came to the rescue with a crucial 4-wicket haul along with Haris Rauf providing a strong end with his 2 wickets. A strong display at the end of the innings helped restrict the Lankans to 344 runs.
It's a very good score put on the board by Sri Lanka, it might be just enough to give a challenge to Pakistan to chase it down. At the start of the innings, Kusal Perera couldn't hold up to Hasan Ali's bowling, but after that, Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis put pressure back on the bowlers which favored Sri Lanka and allowed the batters to be aggressive. Pathum Nissanka was sent back to the pavilion just as he was setting the tone of the game, but Kusal Mendis carried on and played an exceptional innings. Sadeera Samarawickrama supported him throughout the innings and kept the scoreboard going. Both, Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama reached their centuries and made sure that their team reached a total of 344.
What an entertaining first innings it was, thanks to the amazing batting display by the Lankan batters who took apart the bowlers. This game saw two centurions the first one being Kusal Mendis followed by a maiden ODI ton by Sadeera Samarawickrama. A special knock by both of them along with a fifty by Pathum Nissanka helped Sri Lanka reach a very respectable total of 344.
50
over
50 | 1 Runs | HH: 344/9
49.6
W
Haris Rauf to Dunith Wellalage, OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! A wicket to end the innings then! Haris Rauf tries to go full but ends up bowling a low full toss, on off, Dunith Wellalage tries to slice it away on the off side. Does not get the distance nor he is able to find the gap. Hits it straight down the throat of Abdullah Shafique at deep point who makes no mistake. Haris Rauf has his second wicket and Sri Lanka end up with 344 on the board!
49.5
1
Haris Rauf to Matheesha Pathirana, Takes pace off and serves it fuller, on off, Matheesha Pathirana dabs it towards backward point for a single.
49.4
Haris Rauf to Matheesha Pathirana, Low full toss, outside off, Matheesha Pathirana tries to get bat to ball but misses out.
49.3
Haris Rauf to Matheesha Pathirana, Another well-executed yorker, on off, Matheesha Pathirana keeps it out on the off side.
Matheesha Pathirana is the new batter in.
49.2
W
Haris Rauf to Maheesh Theekshana, OUT! BOWLED'EM! Haris Rauf gets into the act now! Nails the yorker to perfection, on the off stump line, Maheesh Theekshana backs away to go through the off side. Fails to get his bat down in time and sees his off stump uprooted. Sri Lanka lose their eight wicket now.
49.1
Haris Rauf to Maheesh Theekshana, Swing and a miss! Back of a length, slower as well, outside off, Maheesh Theekshana goes for a swipe across the line but connects with thin air.
Pakistan will have one fielder less outside the 30-yard circle due to a penalty for maintaining a slow over rate.
49
over
49 | 8 Runs | HH: 343/7
48.6
4
Shaheen Afridi to Dunith Wellalage, FOUR! That is a shot and a half! A bit full and at the stumps. Dunith Wellalage gives himself room and thumps it towards wide long off for a boundary.
48.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Maheesh Theekshana, Leg bye! Into the wicket, at the batter, Maheesh Theekshana tries to duck underneath the delivery. Fails to do so and wears the ball on his elbow guard as the ball rolls on the leg side for a single.
48.4
Shaheen Afridi to Maheesh Theekshana, An optimistic shout for LBW but turned down! Full and honing in at the pads, Maheesh Theekshana gets beaten for pace and fails to clip it away. Gets pinged on the front pad but the ball was going down leg.
48.3
1
Shaheen Afridi to Dunith Wellalage, Just outside off, on a length, Dunith Wellalage walks across to the off side and scoops it over the keeper. The batters settle for a single.
48.2
2
Shaheen Afridi to Dunith Wellalage, On a length, outside off, Dunith Wellalage opens the face of his bat and steers it wide of third man for a couple of runs.
48.1
Shaheen Afridi to Dunith Wellalage, Searing yorker, on middle, Dunith Wellalage keeps it out on the off side.
Maheesh Theekshana is the new batter in.
48
over
48 | 4 Runs | HH: 335/7
47.6
W
Hasan Ali to Sadeera Samarawickrama, OUT! EDGED AND GONE! Hasan Ali continues to deliver for Pakistan! Pace on now and on a shortish length, on middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama shapes to use the pace of the delivery and tries to reverse paddle it fine on the off side. The ball skids on and catches the gloves and Mohammad Rizwan behind the wickets, does the rest. Hasan Ali pats Sadeera Samarawickrama on the back to applaud him for his knock.
47.5
1
Hasan Ali to Dunith Wellalage, Angling into the pads, on a good length, Dunith Wellalage tucks it through square leg for a run.
47.4
1
Hasan Ali to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Rolls his fingers over the ball and bowls it on a length, on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama gets deceived by the lack of pace and chips it wide of the bower. Hits it towards long off for a single.
47.3
Hasan Ali to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Bangs it in short, slower, and on middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama shapes to ramp it over the keeper but misses.
47.2
1
Hasan Ali to Dunith Wellalage, Hurls it on a yorker length, on middle, a bit slower as well, Dunith Wellalage bunts it to the left of the bowler and calls his partner through for a quick single. Hasan Ali in his follow through, picks the ball cleanly and hits at the non-striker's end but the replays show that Wellalage was saved because of the dive.
47.1
1
Hasan Ali to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Fullish delivery, on the pads, Sadeera Samarawickrama flicks it along the ground to deep backward square leg for a single.
47
over
47 | 10 Runs | HH: 331/6
46.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Pace taken off yet again, angling across, outside off, Sadeera Samarawickrama drops it in front of cover for a single.
46.5
4
Shaheen Afridi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FOUR! In the gap! Shaheen Afridi rolls his fingers over the ball and offers width outside off, on a good length, Sadeera Samarawickrama sits deep in his crease and dabs it right between backward point and short third man for a boundary.
46.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, WIDE! On a yorker length again, down leg, Sadeera Samarawickrama lets it go for a wide.
46.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Dunith Wellalage, Searing yorker, on off, Dunith Wellalage gets his bat down in time and digs it out in front of point and scampers across for a quick single.
Dunith Wellalage is the new batter in.
46.3
W
Shaheen Afridi to Dasun Shanaka, OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Shaheen Afridi has his first wicket and Sri Lanka lose Dasun Shanaka! Continues to bowl it slower and serves this one back of a length, outside off, Dasun Shanaka waits and tries to flat bat it down the ground. Gets down by the lack of pace and lofts it without much timing to long off. Babar Azam runs forward and does the rest. Sri Lanka lose their 6th wicket.
46.2
2
Shaheen Afridi to Dasun Shanaka, Buzzers! Another off pace delivery, on a length, outside off, Dasun Shanaka opens the bat face and steers it to backward point. Mohammad Nawaz has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses the stumps and concedes an overthrow.
46.1
1
Shaheen Afridi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Takes pace off and serves it on a length, near the tramline on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama reaches out and dabs it to backward point for a single.
46
over
46 | 6 Runs | HH: 321/5
45.6
2
Hasan Ali to Dasun Shanaka, Low full toss, angling in, on middle, Dasun Shanaka drills it to the left of long on for a couple of runs.
45.6
1
Hasan Ali to Dasun Shanaka, WIDE! Loses his radar and serves a slower delivery, beyond the tramline on off. Dasun Shanaka lets it go for a wide.
45.5
1
Hasan Ali to Sadeera Samarawickrama, MAIDEN ODI HUNDRED for Sadeera Samarawickrama! A special knock by Sadeera on the big stage of the ODI World Cup. Bangs it in short, slower and on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama waits for the ball to arrive and pulls it through square leg to bring up his hundred with a single.
45.4
1
Hasan Ali to Dasun Shanaka, Full and angling in, on middle and leg, Dasun Shanaka swats it in front of square on the leg side and gets across for a single.
45.3
Hasan Ali to Dasun Shanaka, Bangs it in short, slightly slower, on off, Dasun Shanaka looks to pull it away. Can only toe-end it back to the bowler.
45.2
Hasan Ali to Dasun Shanaka, Sees the batter advance and bowls it full and at the batter, tailing in sharply Dasun Shanaka tries to clip it away but gets cramped for room. Gets an inside edge onto the front pad.
45.1
1
Hasan Ali to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angling in, on a hard length, on middle and leg, Sadeera Samarawickrama tucks it in front of deep square leg. Moves to 99 with this single.
45
over
45 | 6 Runs | HH: 315/5
44.6
1
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Short and on middle. Sadeera Samarawickrama pushes it back to the right of the bowler and takes a single to retain strike.
44.5
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On the hard length and outside off. Sadeera Samarawickrama is beaten by the lack of bounce on that one.
44.4
1
Haris Rauf to Dasun Shanaka, Short again outside off. Dasun Shanaka pulls it away to deep mid-wicket and takes a single.
44.3
2
Haris Rauf to Dasun Shanaka, Slower short ball outside off. Dasun Shanaka slaps it to deep cover and runs a couple of runs. Good running!
44.2
1
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Very full and on middle. Sadeera Samarawickrama flicks it away to deep mid-wicket for a single to get to 97.
44.1
1
Haris Rauf to Dasun Shanaka, Full and on middle. Dasun Shanaka flicks it off to square leg for one.
44
over
44 | 11 Runs | HH: 309/5
43.6
2
Mohammad Nawaz to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Floated up on leg. Sadeera Samarawickrama flicks it off the deep square leg for a couple of runs.
43.5
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Dasun Shanaka, Fullish and over off. Dasun Shanaka misses the shot as the keeper fails to collect it. The batters run one.
43.4
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Shortish and on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama pulls it to square leg for a single.
43.3
6
Mohammad Nawaz to Sadeera Samarawickrama, SIX! BRILLIANT! Mohammad Nawaz tosses it up giving it some air and pitches it in line with middle. Sadeera Samarawickrama comes forward and creates room as he lofts it inside out all the way over the deep cover fence for a biggie. 300 comes up for Sri Lanka!
43.2
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Dasun Shanaka, Floated up on leg. Dasun Shanaka flicks it to long on for a single. The fielder there fails to collect the ball cleanly but manages to stop it.
43.1
Mohammad Nawaz to Dasun Shanaka, Full and on middle. Dasun Shanaka pushes it to the fielder at cover.
43
over
43 | 2 Runs | HH: 298/5
42.6
1
Haris Rauf to Dasun Shanaka, On the good length and outside off. Dasun Shanaka punches it to point for a single to end the over.
42.5
Haris Rauf to Dasun Shanaka, Lovely ball! Haris Rauf gets it on the hard length and just outside off. Dasun Shanaka tries to block it but gets the line wrong.
42.4
1
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On length and on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama flicks it off the deep mid-wicket and takes a single.
42.3
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Fuller on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama times his cover drive well but sends it straight to the fielder.
42.2
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Beaten! Haris Rauf using his pace well as he hits the deck hard and over off. Sadeera Samarawickrama tries to cut it but gets beaten on the outside edge.
42.1
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Short and over off. Sadeera Samarawickrama blocks it out watchfully.
42
over
42 | 2 Runs | HH: 296/5
41.6
Mohammad Nawaz to Dasun Shanaka, Pitched up on off. Dasun Shanaka edges it to short thrid man and sets off for a single only to be sent back by his partner. A close call for the skipper.
41.5
Mohammad Nawaz to Dasun Shanaka, Pitched up on leg. Dasun Shanaka blocks it off back to the bowler.
41.4
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Floated up on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama flicks it to square leg and takes one run.
41.3
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Dasun Shanaka, Uppish and on leg. Dasun Shanaka digs it out to long off for a single to get off the mark.
41.2
Mohammad Nawaz to Dasun Shanaka, Full and on off. Dasun Shanaka blocks it on the off side.
Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka walks out to the middle.
41.1
W
Mohammad Nawaz to Dhananjaya de Silva, OUT! TAKEN! Mohammad Nawaz tosses this up and on middle. Dhananjaya de Silva dances down the track looking to muscle it over long off all the way for a biggie but he couldn't get the timing nor the distance on it as the ball traveled as far as long off. Shaheen Afridi gets under it and completes a safe catch to end DDJ's struggle.
41
over
41 | 11 Runs | HH: 294/4
40.6
4
Hasan Ali to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FOUR! A juicy full toss-on-off from Hasan Ali! Sadeera Samarawickrama wasn't going to miss that one and punches it in the gap through cover all the way racing to the fence for a boundary to end the over.
40.5
Hasan Ali to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Banged short and over off. Sadeera Samarawickrama tries to cut it but misses on the connection.
40.4
1
Hasan Ali to Dhananjaya de Silva, Fuller and on middle. Dhananjaya de Silva flicks it to square leg for one more run.
40.3
1
Hasan Ali to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Fuller and on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama gets an inside edge and sets off for a quick single.
40.2
4
Hasan Ali to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FOUR! Sloppy fielding! Hasan Ali goes short this time on the pads. Sadeera Samarawickrama flicks it away wide of short fine leg. The fielder fails to stop the ball and it runs away for four runs.
40.1
1
Hasan Ali to Dhananjaya de Silva, Short and over off. Dhananjaya de Silva pushes it on the off side and takes a quick single.
Powerplay 3! Pakistan can now have 5 fielders outside the 30-yard circle until the end of the innings.
40
over
40 | 10 Runs | HH: 283/4
39.6
2
Mohammad Nawaz to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Short and sliding down leg, Sadeera Samarawickrama allows the ball to come to him and helps it wide of Haris Rauf at short fine leg for a couple of runs more.
39.5
4
Mohammad Nawaz to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FOUR! Lovely shot! Flighted delivery, full and on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama gets a good stride forward and sweeps it in the air. Hits it behind square on the leg side for a boundary.
39.4
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Dhananjaya de Silva, Keeps it short again, on off, Dhananjaya de Silva punches it past the diving Mohammad Nawaz for a single.
39.3
Mohammad Nawaz to Dhananjaya de Silva, Short and on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva tucks it straight to mid-wicket.
39.2
3
Mohammad Nawaz to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Floated up, just outside off, Sadeera Samarawickrama reaches out in front and paddles it over short fine leg. Haris Rauf performs the chase and does extremely well to pull it back, saving a run for his side.
39.1
Mohammad Nawaz to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Short and closer to off, Sadeera Samarawickrama cuts it late off the back foot. The fielder at short third man gets wrong-footed initially but recovers well to make a good stop.
39
over
39 | 3 Runs | HH: 273/4
38.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Bowls a bumper, at the batter, Sadeera Samarawickrama gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg. Retains the strike with a single.
38.5
Shaheen Afridi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On a length, angling away, outside off, Sadeera Samarawickrama goes for a drive away from the body and gets beaten on the outside edge.
38.4
2
Shaheen Afridi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Drifts down leg, on a full length, Sadeera Samarawickrama tickles it neatly off his pads to the fine leg fence, The fielder in the deep runs around to his right and fires a good low throw to Mohammad Rizwan who takes the bails off. The third umpire is called into action but the replays confirm that Sadeera Samarawickrama was comfortably inside the crease.
38.3
Shaheen Afridi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Bowls it back of a length, wide outside off, Sadeera Samarawickrama reaches out and can only dab it along the ground to backward point.
38.2
Shaheen Afridi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Full and angling away, on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama drives well but straight to extra cover.
38.1
Shaheen Afridi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Full and on middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama clips this one straight to mid-wicket.
38
over
38 | 8 Runs | HH: 270/4
37.6
4
Shadab Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, FOUR! A gift and Dhananjaya de Silva accepts it with both hands! A rank hop by Shadab Khan, on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva has all the time in the world to go back in his crease and pulls it in front of square for an easy boundary.
37.5
Shadab Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Short and wide outside off, Dhananjaya de Silva reaches out and plays it with the turn but straight to point.
37.4
2
Shadab Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Serves it full now, on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva gets down and sweeps it to the right of deep square leg for a couple of runs.
37.3
Shadab Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Short again, on off, Dhananjaya de Silva chops it from the crease towards backward point.
37.2
1
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Floats it up again, on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama tries to go inside out but miscues it aerially but in front of long off for a single.
37.1
1
Shadab Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Fullish delivery, on middle, driven down to long on for a single.
37
over
37 | 7 Runs | HH: 262/4
36.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Dhananjaya de Silva, Good running! Shaheen Afridi keeps it full, at the stumps, Dhananjaya de Silva knocks it sweetly towards mid on and calls his partner through for a quick singe. Shaheen Afridi misses the shy at the non-striker's end but it would not have mattered much.
36.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Fuller this time, on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama drives with a straight bat towards mid off. The substitute fielder, Fakhar Zaman makes a good tumbling stop to his right and keeps it to a single.
36.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Dhananjaya de Silva, Back of a length, around off, Dhananjaya de Silva dabs it from the crease to third man and gets across for a single.
36.3
Shaheen Afridi to Dhananjaya de Silva, A stifled appeal for caught behind but turned down! The stand-in skipper Shadab Khan has a word with the bowler and goes for the review. On a good length, in the channel on off, Dhananjaya de Silva tries to run the ball down to third man but misses. Shaheen Afridi goes up in appeal but there is not much interest from Mohammad Rizwan. The UltraEdge shows no spike as the ball is next to the bat and Pakistan lose their review.
36.2
4
Shaheen Afridi to Dhananjaya de Silva, FOUR! Nicely done! Shaheen Afridi goes a bit too full this time, outside off, Dhananjaya de Silva frees his arms and swings through the line. Lofts it well over mid off for a boundary. It almost went all the way for a maximum.
36.1
Shaheen Afridi to Dhananjaya de Silva, Comes from 'round the wicket and angles it in, on a length, around off, Dhananjaya de Silva goes for the drive. The ball stops in the surface and miscues it back to the bowler.
36
over
36 | 8 Runs | HH: 255/4
35.6
4
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FOUR! Good proactive batting! Offers flight, full and outside off, Sadeera Samarawickrama puts the dancing shoes on and uses his wrists. Drags it comfortably over mid-wicket for a boundary.
35.5
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Bowls the googly, full and on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama gets on the front foot and blocks it out.
35.4
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Tossed up, full and on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama prods forward and pushes it in front of point. Dhananjaya de Silva wants a single but gets sent back by his partner.
35.3
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Short and around off, Sadeera Samarawickrama camps back and chops it straight to backward point.
35.2
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Bowls the top spinner this time, short and closer to off, Sadeera Samarawickrama shapes to cut gets beaten by the extra bounce.
35.1
4
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FOUR! Crunched! Loops it up and bowls it too full, wide outside off, Sadeera Samarawickrama gives himself room and drills it past the diving Babar Azam at extra cover for boundary.
35
over
35 | 3 Runs | HH: 247/4
34.6
Haris Rauf to Dhananjaya de Silva, On middle, on a hard length, Dhananjaya de Silva whips it from the crease but picks out mid-wicket.
34.5
Haris Rauf to Dhananjaya de Silva, Drags his length back and bowls it on off, Dhananjaya de Silva keeps it out off the back foot on the off side.
34.4
2
Haris Rauf to Dhananjaya de Silva, Fuller this time, on middle, a hint of away shape, Dhananjaya de Silva stays leg side of the ball and lofts it over the umpire. Shaheen Afridi at long on, performs the chase and pulls it back. Two runs taken.
34.3
Haris Rauf to Dhananjaya de Silva, Hurls it on a good length, a bit wide outside off, Dhananjaya de Silva extends his arms and guides it on the bounce to backward point.
34.2
Haris Rauf to Dhananjaya de Silva, At 142.7 kph, on a hard length, on off, Dhananjaya de Silva hops and defends it towards cover.
34.1
1
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Back of a length, on the off stump line, Sadeera Samarawickrama punches it from the crease towards deep point for a single.
34
over
34 | 5 Runs | HH: 244/4
33.6
1
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Short and outside off, a bit of extra bounce, Sadeera Samarawickrama cuts it aerially but wide of point for a single.
33.5
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Serves a googly, full and on middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama blocks it out off the front foot.
33.4
2
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Fractionally short, on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama pushes it wide of deep point and takes a couple of runs.
33.3
1
Shadab Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Floated up again, on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva knocks it down to long on for a run.
33.2
Shadab Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Tossed up, full and on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva tries to drive it down the ground. Miscues it to the right of Shadab Khan.
33.1
1
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FIFTY for Sadeera Samarawickrama! He has been under the shadows of Kusal Mendis but he has played his part. Short and turning away, just outside off, Sadeera Samarawickrama punches it off the back foot to deep point for a run.
33
over
33 | 7 Runs | HH: 239/4
32.6
4
Haris Rauf to Dhananjaya de Silva, FOUR! Sloppy! Serves it on a good length, outside off, Dhananjaya de Silva pokes away from the body. Gets an outside edge that races to the third man fence. Mohammad Nawaz there, does all the hard work by sprinting to his left but the ball goes under his dive for a boundary.
32.5
Haris Rauf to Dhananjaya de Silva, Another delivery, on a hard length, on off, Dhananjaya de Silva stands tall and punches it on the bounce to backward point.
32.4
1
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Much straighter this time, on a length, Sadeera Samarawickrama turns this one through square leg and rotates the strike.
32.3
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On off, on a back of a length, Sadeera Samarawickrama plays it late and behind square on the off side. Sets off for a single but gets sent back by Dhananjaya de Silva and rightfully so as Shadab Khan at backward point, was quick to prevent the single.
32.2
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Beaten! Offers a bit of width outside off, on a hard length, Sadeera Samarawickrama throws his hands at the delivery but gets beaten for pace on the outside edge.
32.1
2
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On a length, on the fifth stump line, Sadeera Samarawickrama plants his foot forward and steers it to the left of backward point for a couple of runs.
32
over
32 | 2 Runs | HH: 232/4
31.6
Shadab Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, A bit too full, at the stumps, Dhananjaya de Silva rolls his wrists and clips it straight to mid-wicket. A quiet over by Shadab Khan.
31.5
Shadab Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Leg break now, full and on off, Dhananjaya de Silva knocks it back to the bowler.
31.4
Shadab Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Googly this time, full and turning in, on middle, Dhananjaya de Silva blocks it out off the front foot.
31.3
Shadab Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Bowls it short and on off, Dhananjaya de Silva punches it straight to extra cover.
31.2
1
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Quicker through the air, full and on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama knocks it down to long off for a single.
31.1
1
Shadab Khan to Dhananjaya de Silva, Tosses it up, on off, Dhananjaya de Silva prods forward and drops it with soft hands in front of point. Calls his partner through for a quick single.
31
over
31 | 1 Runs | HH: 230/4
30.6
1
Hasan Ali to Dhananjaya de Silva, Back of a length, around off, Dhananjaya de Silva hops and pushes it in front of mid on. Opens his account with a single.
30.5
Hasan Ali to Dhananjaya de Silva, Drags his length back and bowls it closer to the off stump, Dhananjaya de Silva hangs back and taps it with soft hands at his feet.
30.4
Hasan Ali to Dhananjaya de Silva, A bit too wide outside off, on a good length, Dhananjaya de Silva is happy to leave the ball alone.
30.3
Hasan Ali to Dhananjaya de Silva, On length and on leg. Dhananjaya de Silva pushes it to the fielder at point.
30.2
Hasan Ali to Dhananjaya de Silva, Full and on off. Dhananjaya de Silva blocks it out on the off side safely.
Dhananjaya de Silva is the new batter in.
30.1
W
Hasan Ali to Charith Asalanka, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Hasan Ali gets another one! Hasan Ali drops it on the hard length and outside off. Charith Asalanka tries to drive it but with no foot movement. He ends up feathering the ball on the outer edge. Mohammad Rizwan behind the stumps takes a good catch diving to his left to dismiss the new batter, Charith Asalanka.
30
over
30 | 11 Runs | HH: 229/3
29.6
4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FOUR! What a shot! Iftikhar Ahmed goes short and on middle. Sadeera Samarawickrama pulls it away wide of deep square leg and in the gap. The ball runs away for another boundary to end the over.
29.5
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Floated up on middle. Sadeera Samarawickrama blocks it safely.
29.4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Tossed up on middle. Sadeera Samarawickrama flicks it to the fieder at mid-wicket.
29.3
4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, A bit fuller and on middle. Sadeera Samarawickrama picks it up over square leg and just almost loses his balance. The ball runs away to the fence for four more runs.
29.2
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Charith Asalanka, Uppish and on off. Charith Asalanka drives it to long on for a single.
29.2
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Charith Asalanka, Fullish but way down leg. Charith Asalanka leaves it alone as the umpire signals a wide.
29.1
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Full and on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama guides it to backward point for a single to begin the over.
29
over
29 | 14 Runs | HH: 218/3
28.6
Hasan Ali to Charith Asalanka, On the hard length and outside off. Charith Asalanka tries to reach it but backs out as the ball carries to the keeper. A good comeback from Hasan Ali.
Drinks! That was some innings by Kusal Mendis and Pakistan will be relieved to see the back of him. With plenty of batting still to come to him, the stage is set for the Sri Lankan innings to go into overdrive. These are ominous signs for Pakistan who desperately need some control of the proceedings. Charith Asalanka is the new batter for Sri Lanka.
28.5
W
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, OUT! TAKEN! Kusal Mendis has to depart after an amazing knock! Hasan Ali bowls it on length and on middle. Kusal Mendis picked it up well from the middle of the bat but couldn't get the distance needed. Imam-ul-Haq at the fence takes an amazing catch to dismiss the danger man and Hasan Ali gets the important wicket.
28.4
6
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, SIX! AGAIN! Hasan Ali overcompensates and goes full outside off. Kusal Mendis likes the width as he lofts it over extra cover all the way into the stands for back-to-back sixes. Some superb piece of batting by him.
28.3
6
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, SIX! Cracking shot! Hasan Ali goes short and on off. Kusal Mendis swings hard with strength as he picks it up cleanly sending it all the way over the long on fence for a biggie.
28.2
1
Hasan Ali to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Full now on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama tries to block it but gets an inside edge on to the leg side as they run one.
28.1
1
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, A slow bouncer on off. Kusal Mendis misses the shot but takes a run as the keeper fails to collect it cleanly.
28
over
28 | 5 Runs | HH: 204/2
27.6
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, Pitched up on leg. Kusal Mendis drives it to mid on and ends the over with a single to retain the strike.
27.5
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Uppish and on leg. Sadeera Samarawickrama flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
27.4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, A back of length ball which turned in on middle. Sadeera Samarawickrama punches it to the fielder at cover.
27.3
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, Fullish and on middle. Kusal Mendis sweeps it away to deep mid-wicket for one.
27.2
2
Iftikhar Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, A bit short and outside off. Kusal Mendis pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs as the 200 comes up for Sri Lanka.
27.1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, Full and turning in on middle. Kusal Mendis rocks back and pushes it to cover.
27
over
27 | 13 Runs | HH: 199/2
26.6
1
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, Slower one now on length and on middle. Kusal Mendis pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single to end the over.
26.5
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, Full and on leg. Kusal Mendis flicks it trying to go fine but it hits the pads and the keeper manages to stop it.
26.4
4
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Kusal Mendis is in no mood to stop! Hasan Ali bowls it on length and on off. Kusal Mendis lofts it over the fielder at mid-wicket. The ball races away to the fence before the fielder can catch it for four more runs.
26.3
1
Hasan Ali to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Full and on middle. Sadeera Samarawickrama drives it to mid-wicket for one more run.
26.2
1
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, On a good length and on off. Kusal Mendis pulls it to square leg for a single.
26.1
6
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, SIX! HUNDRED FOR Kusal Mendis! Hasan Ali goes full and on middle. Kusal Mendis times his shot well and sends it towards long on. The ball sails all the way beyond the fence for a biggie to reach his third century. This is the fastest century by a Sri Lankan batter in ODI World Cups.
26
over
26 | 5 Runs | HH: 186/2
25.6
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, Fullish and on leg. Kusal Mendis flicks it away wide of square leg and runs one to end the over.
25.5
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, A bit short and on middle. Sadeera Samarawickrama punches it to long on for one run.
25.4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Pitched up on middle. Sadeera Samarawickrama blocks it out on the leg side.
25.3
2
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Floated up on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama laps it towards fine leg for a couple of runs.
25.2
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, Tossed up on off. Kusal Mendis flicks it away wide of mid-wicket and takes a single.
25.1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, Full and on off. Kusal Mendis blocks it out watchfully.
25
over
25 | 14 Runs | HH: 181/2
24.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, Very full and on middle. Kusal Mendis digs it out to long on for a single to retain strike next over.
24.5
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, Fuller and on middle. Kusal Mendis blocks it towards covers.
24.4
4
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Three in a row! Shaheen Afridi bowls it on the hard length and outside off. Kusal Mendis cuts it with sweet timing and places it in the gap through point. The ball runs away to the fence for the third boundary in a row.
24.3
4
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, FOUR AGAIN! Shaheen Afridi drops it short and over off. Kusal Mendis gets an edge and sends the ball flying wide of third man. The ball runs to the fence for four more runs.
24.2
4
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Cracking shot! Shaheen Afridi goes short and over off. Kusal Mendis plays it late and cuts it over the fielder at point. The ball races away to the fence for four runs.
24.1
1
Shaheen Afridi to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On length and on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama gets an inside edge to short fine leg for a single.
24
over
24 | 1 Runs | HH: 167/2
23.6
Iftikhar Ahmed to Kusal Mendis, Uppish and on middle. Kusal Mendis nudges it away to the fielder at mid-wicket for a dot to end the over. A very neat over from Iftikhar Ahmed.
23.5
1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Tossed up on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama cuts it away to deep cover for a single.
23.4
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Floated up on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama flicks it away to the fielder at square leg.
23.3
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Uppish and on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama flicks it away to the fielder at square leg. Three dots in a row.
23.2
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, A bit short and over middle. Sadeera Samarawickrama stands tall and punches it to the fielder at mid-wicket.
23.1
Iftikhar Ahmed to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Full and on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama blocks it back towards the bowler.
23
over
23 | 12 Runs | HH: 166/2
22.6
4
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! What a way to end the over! Mohammad Nawaz goes fullish and outside off. Kusal Mendis rocks back and cuts it well in the gap through point. The ball runs all the way to the fence for four runs to end the over.
22.5
2
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, Tossed up on off. Kusal Mendis lofts it over cover and takes a couple of runs.
22.4
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Mohammad Nawaz goes full and on the leg stump. Sadeera Samarawickrama tries to flick it away but it hits the pads. The ball seems to be missing leg that is why the umpire turns down the appeal. A single taken as the ball rolls off the pads towards short third man.
22.3
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, Tossed up on off. Kusal Mendis drives it to long off for a single.
22.2
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, Full and on middle. Kusal Mendis flicks it to mid-wicket and wants a single but is sent back by his partner.
22.1
4
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! What a way to start the over. Mohammad Nawaz drops it short and on off. Kusal Mendis rocks back and picks it up over mid on. The ball runs away to the fence for a four as the fifty partnership comes up.
Mohammad Nawaz (5-0-29-0) comes back on, replacing Haris Rauf.
22
over
22 | 7 Runs | HH: 154/2
21.6
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, A juicy full toss outside off. Sadeera Samarawickrama misses on his shot as the keeper collects it.
21.5
4
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FOUR! A bit short from Shadab Khan and outside off. Sadeera Samarawickrama rocks back and cuts it over point and sends the ball running all the way to the fence for a boundary.
21.4
1
Shadab Khan to Kusal Mendis, Floated full this time on the pads. Kusal Mendis nudges it away to square leg for one more run.
21.3
Shadab Khan to Kusal Mendis, A bit short and on off. Kusal Mendis reaches for it and cuts it to the fielder at point.
21.2
1
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Tossed up on off. Sadeera Samarawickrama drives it to deep cover and runs one.
21.1
1
Shadab Khan to Kusal Mendis, Very full and outside off. Kusal Mendis drives it to long off for a single to begin the over.
21
over
21 | 20 Runs | HH: 147/2
20.6
4
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FOUR! Fabulous batting! Haris Rauf overcompensates and goes full on middle. Sadeera Samarawickrama drives it with the straight bat and sweet timing and sends the ball wide of the diving fielder at mid on. The ball runs away for another boundary.
20.5
6
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, SIX AGAIN! Haris Rauf with another short ball outside off. Sadeera Samarawickrama pulls it but seems like he has mistimed it. It is enough to send the ball sailing all over the deep square leg fence for the second biggie in this over.
20.4
1
Haris Rauf to Kusal Mendis, On a good length and just outside off. Kusal Mendis guides it to deep point for one more run.
20.3
6
Haris Rauf to Kusal Mendis, SIX! PULLED AWAY! Haris Rauf again goes short and outside off. Kusal Mendis was ready for it this time and he stands tall pulling the ball away all the way over the deep mid-wicket fence for a glorious six.
20.3
1
Haris Rauf to Kusal Mendis, Banged in short and way over the batter's head. Mohammad Rizwan jumps and collects the ball safely as the umpire signals a wide.
20.2
1
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On the hard length and just outside off. Sadeera Samarawickrama cuts it to third man for another single.
20.1
1
Haris Rauf to Kusal Mendis, Short and outside off. Kusal Mendis slaps it to deep point for a single to begin the over.
20
over
20 | 12 Runs | HH: 127/2
19.6
2
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Oh..close! Another juicy full toss, outside off, Sadeera Samarawickrama drills it along the ground and to the right of deep point. Kusal Mendis has to sprint to complete the second run. Luckily for him, the throw from the deep misses the stumps at the non-striker's end or else it would have been a close call.
19.5
1
Shadab Khan to Kusal Mendis, Low full toss, on off, Kusal Mendis gets down and sweeps it in front of square for a single.
19.4
4
Shadab Khan to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Smart batting! Shadab Khan offers width again, outside off, Kusal Mendis plays it with the turn and guides it to the right of short third man for four more runs.
19.3
1
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Tossed up, on middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama lunges forward and drives it down to long off for a single.
19.2
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Short again, turning away, outside off, Sadeera Samarawickrama steers it straight to short third man.
19.1
4
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, FOUR! Nicely done! Shadab Khan errs in line and bowls it short, wide outside off, Sadeera Samarawickrama chops the ball on its head and gets it between backward point and short third man for a boundary.
19
over
19 | 3 Runs | HH: 115/2
18.6
1
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Sloppy! Back of a length now, outside off, Sadeera Samarawickrama dabs it off the back foot to backward point where a fumble allows the batters to run a single.
18.5
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lands it on a length, on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama stays beside the ball and pushes it towards short extra cover.
18.4
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Bangs it in short again, around off, Sadeera Samarawickrama shapes to pull this one away but swings his bat early. Toe-ends it a bit uppishly to the right of the bowler.
18.3
2
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, This is bowled short and on off, Sadeera Samarawickrama swivels and pulls it in front of square. Imam-ul-Haq in the deep runs to his left and cleans it up. Two runs taken.
18.2
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, In the channel on off, on a good length, Sadeera Samarawickrama defends with soft hands and away from the body as well.
18.1
Haris Rauf to Sadeera Samarawickrama, On the money straight away! Starts on a good length, on middle, Sadeera Samarawickrama stays back to defend. The ball nips back in and catches him high on the front pad.
18
over
18 | 5 Runs | HH: 112/2
17.6
1
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Serves it full this time, Sadeera Samarawickrama bunts it down to long off and retains the strike with a single.
17.5
1
Shadab Khan to Kusal Mendis, Shortens his length and bowls it on off, Kusal Mendis goes on the back foot and dabs it through covers for a single.
17.4
2
Shadab Khan to Kusal Mendis, Flighted again, full and around off, Kusal Mendis lunges forward and drives it wide of extra cover. Hits it to the right of deep point for a couple of runs.
17.3
1
Shadab Khan to Sadeera Samarawickrama, Fullish delivery, at the stumps, Sadeera Samarawickrama knocks it down to long off and opens his account with a single.
Sadeera Samarawickrama walks out to bat next.
17.2
W
Shadab Khan to Pathum Nissanka, OUT! TAKEN! Shadab Khan strikes and gives Pakistan a much-needed breakthrough! Fifty and out for Pathum Nissanka. Shadab serves it short and offers a bit of width outside off, Pathum Nissanka stays back and looks to cut it away. Fails to keep his shot along the ground nor does he manage to find the gap. Hits it flat and straight to Abdullah Shafique at point who pouches it with both hands. Nissanka stands there in disbelief before he starts to trudge off.
17.1
Shadab Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Short and turning away, outside off, Pathum Nissanka goes back and dabs it towards point.
17
over
17 | 9 Runs | HH: 107/1
16.6
4
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Wristy! FIFTY for Kusal Mendis! Tosses it up, full and on middle, Kusal Mendis gets underneath the delivery and brings his wrists into play. Whips it over mid-wicket and well wide of long on to pick up a boundary. Kusal Mendis is continuing where he left off against South Africa.
16.5
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Fullish delivery, on middle, Pathum Nissanka works it with a straight bat to long off for one more run.
16.4
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, Short and angling into the pads, Kusal Mendis tucks it in front of square and picks up a single.
16.3
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, FIFTY FOR Pathum Nissanka! Mohammad Nawaz gives it some air and bowls it full on leg. Pathum Nissanka drives it down the ground to long on and takes a single to reach his milestone.
16.2
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, Fuller and over off. Kusal Mendis flicks it away to deep mid-wicket and runs one.
16.1
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, A bit short and over off. Pathum Nissanka rocks back and punches it to long on for a single to begin the over.
16
over
16 | 8 Runs | HH: 98/1
15.6
Shadab Khan to Kusal Mendis, Full this time, on off, Kusal Mendis knocks it off the front foot to mid off.
15.5
Shadab Khan to Kusal Mendis, Pulls his length back a bit, turning away, outside off, Kusal Mendis goes for the slog sweep again but gets beaten by the bounce.
15.4
6
Shadab Khan to Kusal Mendis, SIX! Quality shot! Floated up by Shadab Khan, on middle, Kusal Mendis gets down on one knee and goes for the slog sweep. HIts it from the middle of the bat and clears the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
15.3
Shadab Khan to Kusal Mendis, Short once again, on off, Kusal Mendis punches it to extra cover.
15.2
1
Shadab Khan to Pathum Nissanka, Short again, outside off, Pathum Nissanka goes back and punches it to deep point for a single.
15.1
1
Shadab Khan to Kusal Mendis, Not close enough! Shadab Khan starts off on a short length, on off, Kusal Mendis hang back and chops it towards short third man. A yes-no situation between the batters for the run and the fielder fires a quick and low throw to Mohammad Rizwan at the batting end who then takes the bails off. The replays confirm that Pathum Nissanka's dive has made all the difference and helped him to reach his ground.
The players get a breather as drinks are on the field. Sri Lanka are off to a great start after faltering earlier in the innings. The partnership between Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis is going strong, and both batters are ensuring that the boundaries keep coming regularly. On the other hand, Pakistan needs to tighten things, put pressure on the batters, and take a few wickets. Their fielding has been sloppy and a few dropped catches might have cost them a lot of runs. There are still 35 overs left and the game can go either way. Shadab Khan comes into the attack after the break.
15
over
15 | 2 Runs | HH: 90/1
14.6
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Offers flight again, fullish in length, Pathum Nissanka drills it down the wicket. Mohammad Nawaz dives to his left and makes a good stop. A quiet over by Mohammad Nawaz.
14.5
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Lands it full and slower, on middle, Pathum Nissanka bunts it down the ground. Shadab Khan at extra cover moves to his right and keeps it to a dot.
14.4
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Drags his length back and bowls it on the pads, Pathum Nissanka hangs back and turns it towards mid-wicket.
14.3
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Slower through the air, full and on off, Pathum Nissanka opens the bat face and pats it towards point.
14.2
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, A bit quicker this time, full and around off, Kusal Mendis drives it to the right of Shadab Khan at extra cover for one more run.
14.1
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Gives the ball air, full and on middle, Pathum Nissanka makes room and works it towards wide long off for a single.
14
over
14 | 9 Runs | HH: 88/1
13.6
2
Haris Rauf to Kusal Mendis, Just outside off, on a good length, Kusal Mendis allows the ball to come to him and guides it wide of backward point. The third man fielder runs to his right and cleans it up. Haris Rauf isn't impressed with the fielder's effort there.
13.5
Haris Rauf to Kusal Mendis, Hits the hard length, on off, the ball straightens a bit, Kusal Mendis stays back and keeps it out in front of cover.
13.4
1
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, Angles it in again, on a back of a length, Pathum Nissanka punches it in front of square off the back foot and gets across for another single.
13.3
1
Haris Rauf to Kusal Mendis, Again in the corridor of uncertainty on off, on a good length as well, Kusal Mendis hops and steers it to third man and rotates the strike.
13.2
4
Haris Rauf to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Deft touch! Closer to the off stump, angling in, on a good length, Kusal Mendis plays this one under his eyes and runs it down to third man for a boundary.
13.1
1
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, In the channel on off, on a good length, Pathum Nissanka camps back and drops it in front of the keeper, to his right and takes a single.
13
over
13 | 6 Runs | HH: 79/1
12.6
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, Pushed through, quicker through the air, full and around off, Kusal Mendis dabs it from the crease towards cover-point.
12.5
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, Darted in, full and on middle, Kusal Mendis takes a good stride forward and keeps it out.
12.4
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, A bit of turn there, full and slower, on off, Kusal Mendis gets his bat out in front to defend. Gets it off the inner half of the bat to backward point.
12.3
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Floated up, on middle and leg, driven down to long off for a run.
12.2
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, Bowls it at the pads, a bit short, Kusal Mendis nudges it through square leg and rotates the strike.
12.1
4
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Short and punished! Fractionally short, at the stumps, Kusal Mendis rocks on the back foot in a flash and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
12
over
12 | 8 Runs | HH: 73/1
11.6
4
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! This is even better! Goes full does Haris Rauf, at the stumps, Pathum Nissanka plants his foot forward and shows the full face of the bat. TImes the drive back past the bowler for four more runs. A good finish to the over for Sri Lanka.
11.5
4
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! Top shot! Shortish delivery, wide outside off, Pathum Nissanka gets on his toes and frees his arms. Opens the bat face and use the pace of the delivery to cut it well over backward point. It almost went all the way for a maximum.
11.4
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, Sharp bumper! Bends his back and bangs it in short, directing it at the left shoulder of the batter, Pathum Nissanka gets hurried onto the hook as the ball gets big on him. The ball zips over his helmet on the way to the keeper.
11.3
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, Offers a bit of width outside off, short in length, Pathum Nissanka punches it hard but is unable to get it past point.
11.2
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, At 144.7 kph, skidding on, on a hard length, on off and middle, Pathum Nissanka gets behind the line and pats it towards cover.
11.1
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, Nails the yorker, on off, Pathum Nissanka digs it out towards short extra cover.
11
over
11 | 7 Runs | HH: 65/1
10.6
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Fires it in, full and on off, Pathum Nissanka uses his feet and strokes it down to long off for a single.
10.5
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Bowls it full this time, coming in with angle, Pathum Nissanka drives it towards cover.
10.4
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, Drops it short, around the pads, Kusal Mendis turns it in front of square for a single.
10.3
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Loops it up again, full and on middle, Pathum Nissanka lunges forward and knocks it down to long on for a run.
10.2
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Tossed up, on middle, Pathum Nissanka prods forward and defends it out.
10.1
4
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, EDGED AND FOUR! Mohammad Nawaz bowls it short and flatter, on off, Pathum Nissanka gets cramped for room and tries to chop it on the off side. Gets an outside edge that goes through the vacant first slip region for a boundary.
Powerplay 2! Pakistan can now have 4 fielders outside the 30-yard circle until the 40th over.
10
over
10 | 5 Runs | HH: 58/1
9.6
1
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, Quick and full on the off pole. Pathum Nissanka edges it away to thrid man and runs a single to end the over.
9.5
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, On the hard length again and over off. Pathum Nissanka punches it to the fielder at point.
9.4
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, Short and over off. Pathum Nissanka punches it to the fielder at extra cover.
9.3
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, Jaffa! Haris Rauf bowls it on the hard length and it nips away after hitting the deck. Pathum Nissanka tries to block it out but just about misses on the shot as the ball carries to the keeper.
9.2
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, Fuller and on off. Pathum Nissanka blocks it out on the off side.
9.1
4
Haris Rauf to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! What a way to start the over! Haris Rauf goes full and outside off. Pathum Nissanka slices it over the fielder at point. Th ball is well placed away from the fielder as it runs away to the fence for four runs to start the over.
9
over
9 | 5 Runs | HH: 53/1
8.6
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, Pitched up on off. Kusal Mendis flicks it away to the fielder at mid-wicket to end the over with a dot.
8.5
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, Fullish and on middle. Kusal Mendis defends it towards mid on.
8.4
4
Mohammad Nawaz to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Well placed! Mohammad Nawaz goes a bit short and outside off. Kusal Mendis rocks back and cuts it away in the gap through point sending the ball running to the fence for four runs.
8.3
1
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Pitched up on middle. Pathum Nissanka goes back and punches it to mid off for a single.
8.2
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Tossed up on middle. Pathum Nissanka drives it to the left of the bowler.
8.1
Mohammad Nawaz to Pathum Nissanka, Full and on off. Pathum Nissanka blocks it away on the off side. A good first ball from Mohammad Nawaz.
Halt! The physio is out to attend to Pathum Nissanka after being hit by a throw near his right ankle on the previous delivery. Also, Mohammad Nawaz comes into the attack now for Pakistan.
8
over
8 | 11 Runs | HH: 48/1
7.6
1
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, Short and outside off. Pathum Nissanka punches it wide of the fielder at point. The batters take a single as the fielder makes a good diving stop.
7.5
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, On the hard length and just outside off. Pathum Nissanka tries to block it out but misses on the outside edge. A close call for Pathum Nissanka.
7.4
4
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Hasan Ali overcompensated by going full and on leg. Pathum Nissanka flicks it away in the gap through deep backward square leg. The fielder fails to stop it as the ball meets the fence for a boundary.
7.3
6
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, SIX! Cracking shot! Hasan Ali goes full and outside off. Pathum Nissanka waits for it and lofts it straight down the ground with sweet timing off the middle of his bat. The ball sails all the way over the long off fence for a maximum.
7.2
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, On a good length and over leg. Pathum Nissanka nudges it away to the leg side.
7.1
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, Full and on off. Pathum Nissanka drives it to mid off where the fielder collects it.
7
over
7 | 3 Runs | HH: 37/1
6.6
1
Shaheen Afridi to Pathum Nissanka, Fuller and outside off. Pathum Nissanka drives it to cover for another single to end the over.
6.5
1
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, DROPPED! Shaheen Afridi bowls it on length and nipping away outside off. Kusal Mendis slices it trying to go over the fielder at point but doesn't get the elevation needed. Imam-ul-Haq there fails to collect the catch and drops it. The batters take a single.
6.4
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, Fuller and straight on middle. Kusal Mendis defends it back to the bowler.
6.3
1
Shaheen Afridi to Pathum Nissanka, Short and over off. Pathum Nissanka nudges it away to square leg for a single.
6.2
Shaheen Afridi to Pathum Nissanka, Short and over off. Pathum Nissanka brings out the cracking pull shot but directly to the fielder at mid-wicket.
6.1
Shaheen Afridi to Pathum Nissanka, Full and angling just outside off. Pathum Nissanka miscues it to the fielder at mid on.
6
over
6 | 5 Runs | HH: 34/1
5.6
4
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! What a way to end the over! Hasan Ali goes full and on off. Kusal Mendis chips it just over the fielder at mid off. The ball runs away into the vacant area towards the long off fence for four runs to end the over.
5.5
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, Fuller now just outside off. Kusal Mendis drives it to the fielder at mid off. Another dot ball in this over.
5.4
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, On length again and over off. Kusal Mendis blocks it away on the off side. Seems like Hasan Ali has caught hold of the right lengths.
5.3
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, On the hard length over off. Kusal Mendis opens up the face of his bat and sends it to backward point.
5.2
1
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, On a good length and over off. Pathum Nissanka pushes it wide of point to run just the second single of this match so far.
5.1
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, Full and on middle. Pathum Nissanka defends it back to the bowler.
5
over
5 | 10 Runs | HH: 29/1
4.6
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, On length and on off. Kusal Mendis blocks it away on the off side to end a good over for the Lankans.
4.5
6
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, SIX! UP UP AND AWAY! Shaheen Afridi drops it short and outside off. Kusal Mendis was ready for it as he cut it all the way over the fence at third man and above the jumping fielder for a biggie.
4.4
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, Full and on off. Kusal Mendis chips it back to the bowler. Shaheen Afridi is on his follow up as he misses the low catch and the ball hits his shin.
4.3
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, DROPPED! Full again this time on middle. Kusal Mendis reads the low bounce well and brings his bat down in time to block it out.
4.2
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, Short again over off. Kusal Mendis blocks it out on the off side.
4.1
4
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Cracking shot! Shaheen Afridi goes short and outside off. Kusal Mendis pulls it away with impeccable timing and placement all the way in the gap at deep mid-wicket. The ball races away to the fence for four more runs to begin the over.
4
over
4 | 5 Runs | HH: 19/1
3.6
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, A bit full and an outswinger. The ball stays low as Pathum Nissanka shoulders arms.
3.5
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, On a good length nipping away outside off. Pathum Nissanka drives it with good timing to the fielder at point.
3.4
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, On the hard length and outside off. Pathum Nissanka tries to cut it away but the ball bounces over his bat.
3.3
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, Fuller and on off. Pathum Nissanka has watchfully blocked it out.
3.2
4
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! Pathum Nissanka does well on the free hit! Hasan Ali goes short and outside off. Pathum Nissanka slaps it over cover and with sweet timing. The ball runs away all the way to the deep cover fence for four more runs.
3.2
1
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, NO BALL! On the hard length and swinging in down leg side. Pathum Nissanka leaves it alone. The umpire has signalled a no-ball for overstepping.
3.1
Hasan Ali to Pathum Nissanka, On length and in line of off stump. Pathum Nissanka defends it solidly back to the bowler.
3
over
3 | 8 Runs | HH: 14/1
2.6
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, Short and angled it over leg. Kusal Mendis misses the shot as the ball hits his pads before rolling away.
2.5
4
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, FOUR! Lovely shot! Shaheen Afridi goes full and swinging away outside off. Kusal Mendis lofts it over mid-wicket with good timing and plays it across the line. The ball crosses the fence after a couple of bounces and Kusal Mendis is rewarded with four runs.
2.4
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, Full and on middle now. Kusal Mendis blocks it on the leg side safely.
2.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, Wide again! Shaheen Afridi goes short and down the leg side again. The umpire signals a wide again.
2.4
1
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, Errs in line again as he bowls it short but just away from leg. Kusal Mendis tries to nudge it away but misses as the keeper collects it. The umpire calls it a wide.
2.3
Shaheen Afridi to Kusal Mendis, On the hard length and just outside off. Kusal Mendis leaves it alone and lets it go to the keeper.
2.2
1
Shaheen Afridi to Pathum Nissanka, A low in-swinging full toss on the pads. Pathum Nissanka flicks it to fine leg for a single.
2.2
1
Shaheen Afridi to Pathum Nissanka, Short and nipping away outside off. Pathum Nissanka tries to cut it but the ball is out of the tramline. The umpire has called it a wide.
2.1
Shaheen Afridi to Pathum Nissanka, Short and just over off. Pathum Nissanka doesn't offer a shot for this ball.
2
over
2 | 2 Runs | HH: 6/1
1.6
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, Short again this time outside off. Kusal Mendis tries to cut it away but the ball is out of his reach. A very good over from Hasan Ali comes to an end.
1.6
1
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, Short and just away from leg. Kusal Mendis tries to flick it away but misses and the umpire signals a wide.
1.5
Hasan Ali to Kusal Mendis, Full and swinging out just outside off. Kusal Mendis drives it on the bounce to the fielder at mid off.
Kusal Mendis comes in at number 3 for Sri Lanka.
1.4
W
Hasan Ali to Kusal Perera, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Hasan Ali draws first blood and gives his team an early breakthrough! He bowls it on the hard length and just outside off with the ball swinging in just a bit. Kusal Perera slashes at it looking to pierce the gap through point but feathers it on the upper edge. The ball carries away to Mohammad Rizwan behind the stumps who takes a regulation catch to dismiss Kusal Perera.
1.3
Hasan Ali to Kusal Perera, Fuller now and nipping back into middle. Kusal Perera flicks it away to the fielder at square leg.
1.2
Hasan Ali to Kusal Perera, On the hard length and angling away outside off. Kusal Perera wanted to make full use of the width and slashes hard but couldn't get the connection.
1.2
1
Hasan Ali to Kusal Perera, Errs in line as Hasan Ali bowls it way down leg stump. Kusal Perera leaves it alone as the umpire signals a wide.
1.1
Hasan Ali to Kusal Perera, On length and over off. Kusal Perera blocks it away on the off side.
Hasan Ali will operate from the other end.
1
over
1 | 4 Runs | HH: 4/0
0.6
Shaheen Afridi to Pathum Nissanka, On the hard length, nipping away outside off. Pathum Nissanka shoulders arms and leaves it alone for the keeper to collect. A good over from Shaheen Afridi.
0.5
4
Shaheen Afridi to Pathum Nissanka, FOUR! First runs for the Lankans! Shaheen Afridi goes full and swinging in on the leg side. Pathum Nissanka flicks it away very fine and wide of fine leg. The ball races away to the fence for the first boundary of the match as Pathum Nissanka opens his account.
0.4
Shaheen Afridi to Pathum Nissanka, On a good length and swinging away from the right-hander. Pathum Nissanka shoulders arms and lets it go to the keeper.
0.3
Shaheen Afridi to Pathum Nissanka, Very full on the toes from Shaheen Afridi. Pathum Nissanka nudges it away on the leg side.
0.2
Shaheen Afridi to Pathum Nissanka, Full again and on the off stump. Pathum Nissanka blocks it on the off side safely. A couple of good balls from Shaheen Afridi.
0.1
Shaheen Afridi to Pathum Nissanka, Shaheen Afridi starts off with an inswinger pitched in line of leg stump and full in length. Pathum Nissanka tries to defend it but manages to get his pads on it.
We are done with the pre-game formalities. Sunny skies greet the two umpires as they make their way out to the middle. Babar Azam with some final instructions in the Pakistan huddle near the ropes before they disperse. They are followed by the two Sri Lankan openers, Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera. Shaheen Afridi will start with the new ball for Pakistan. Two slips in place. Off we go…
We are moments away from the start of this clash, but before that, the match officials and the two sets of players will line up for the national anthems. It will be Sri Lanka's national anthem first followed by the national anthem of Pakistan.
Pakistan's skipper Babar Azam says that the pitch looks dry and feels that the first ten overs will be crucial with the ball. Mentions that they have played a few games in Hyderabad and are used to the conditions here. Adds that they will look to utilise the conditions. Feels that the opening has not been up to the mark and informs that they have made one change with Abdullah Shafique coming in for Fakhar Zaman. On their record against Sri Lanka in ODI World Cups, he says that such record gives you confidence and they have taken confidence from the previous game as well.
The skipper of Sri Lanka, Dasun Shanaka says that they will bat first. Feels that the pitch will assist the spinner in the later part of the game. He adds that scoring runs in the last game was very pleasing and mentions that Maheesh Theekshana comes in for Kasun Rajitha. He also says that he hopes that they will tick the right boxes in this game and will work on getting all variations right.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI) – Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (WK), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (C), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana (In for Kasun Rajitha), Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka.
Pakistan (Playing XI) – Abdullah Shafique (In for Fakhar Zaman), Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf.
TOSS – The coin toss lands in the favour of Dasun Shanaka and Sri Lanka have opted to BAT first.
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