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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan (T20)

Match Status- Match Ended, Venue - R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo,, Date - 04/10/2012, Toss won by - Sri Lanka
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Commentary (Pakistan innings)

Mahela Jayawardena is the Man of the Match for his fine knock at the top of the order today. He'll lead his side on Sunday in the final. That's it from us today. Australia meet West Indies tomorrow. Do join us. Till then, it's good bye!

Pakistan looked favourites halfway but the track was slow and Sri Lanka always stood a chance. They kept taking regular wickets and a couple of horror shots did it for the home side. Umar Akmal was there till the end, but still couldn't do the needful. Herath, Mendis and Malinga were brilliant with the ball.

A fine T20 contest and eventually it is Sri Lanka who have managed to defend a challenging total against an average Pakistan side. The host will now meet Australia or West Indies in the final. It will be Sri Lanka's second appearance in the final of the ICC World Twenty20.

19.6 N Kulasekara to U Akmal, Sri Lanka win by 16 runs! They are in the finals of ICC World Twenty20, 2012. The crowd is celebrating and so are the players in the middle. Kulasekara bowls a slower one, short and Akmal punches it straight to cover. Mendis fields and runs with the ball to take the stump. 123/7

19.5 N Kulasekara to U Akmal, FOUR! It won't matter now. Fullish, Akmal swings and plays it over point for a boundary. 123/7

19.4 N Kulasekara to U Gul, Too full, Gul drills it straight back for a single. 119/7

19.3 N Kulasekara to U Akmal, Fullish, Akmal squirts it through the covers for a single. The crowd are going crazy now. 118/7

19.2 N Kulasekara to U Akmal, Too full outside off, in the slot, Akmal fails to get under it. A genuine opportunity goes down there and the crowd knows it now! 117/7

19.1 N Kulasekara to U Akmal, A slower ball, yorker, on off, Akmal gets down to slog but mistimes it. They start but don't take the single. 117/7

Kulasekara to bowl the final over. Pakistan need 23 runs to win and all on the shoulders of Umar Akmal. Sri Lanka's game to lose now.

18.6 L Malinga to U Akmal, Full and wide, outside off, Akmal drives it powerfully to the sweeper cover for a single. He keeps strike. Excellent over by Malinga, just 4 runs off it. 117/7

18.5 L Malinga to U Gul, Too full again, Gul gets an inside edge on the leg side for a single now. 116/7

18.4 L Malinga to U Gul, Quick and full, outside off, Gul swings and misses. Umar Akmal can't do much at the other end. He is livid with the situation. 115/7

18.4 L Malinga to U Gul, WIDE! Malinga bowls a wide delivery, full and over the guide line. Gul can't reach it and the umpire stretches his arms. 115/7

18.3 L Malinga to U Gul, Full and wide outside off, Gul plays at it and misses. These is just going away from Pakistan. 114/7

18.2 L Malinga to U Akmal, Similar delivery, Akmal square drives it to point again and gets a single on that occasion. 114/7

18.1 L Malinga to U Akmal, Tight call for the third umpire! Malinga bowls a full and wide delivery, Akmal slaps it towards backward point. Gul comes halfway down for the single but is sent back. Malinga receives the throw and just throws it back onto the stumps casually. Gul was definitely struggling but the bail took a while to come off with a slow throw. It was out of the groove but came off late. Benefit of the doubt to the batsman. 113/7

Malinga to bowl his last over. Pakistan need 27 to win off 12 balls.

17.6 A Mendis to U Gul, Full and straight, Gul comes forward and calmly pushes it back. He is playing for Akmal. No run to end a fine over. 113/7

17.5 A Mendis to U Gul, Sensational leave, this. Mendis bowls with the loop outside off, Gul shoulders his arms. 113/7

Umar Gul in next. He has done well with the bat to help his side earlier. Can he do it today?

17.4 A Mendis to S Tanvir, OUT! Tanvir throws it away! Mendis bowls a off-break, Tanvir charges down the wicket for the big shot and misses. Easy stumping for Sangakkara. Pakistan in deep trouble now and the tension on the faces of the fans says it all. Sri Lanka inching closer with every delivery now. 113/7

17.3 A Mendis to U Akmal, Quick and full, Akmal drives it through mid off for a single. 113/6

17.2 A Mendis to U Akmal, Tossed up and full, Akmal charges down and swings. Finds a top edge over point for a couple again. 112/6

17.1 A Mendis to U Akmal, Flatter on leg, Akmal turns it through wide mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Good running. 110/6

Mendis comes on for his final over. Pakistan need 32 off 18 balls now. Umar Akmal is the key wicket.

16.6 L Malinga to U Akmal, Full and wide, Akmal square drives through the covers for a single to keep strike. 108/6

16.6 L Malinga to U Akmal, WIDE! Malinga looks to bowl a widish delivery with the full length but goes over the guide line. Akmal fails to drive. The umpire stretches his arms. 107/6

16.5 L Malinga to S Tanvir, Fullish, driven down to long off for a single. 106/6

16.4 L Malinga to S Tanvir, Malinga bowls a yorker, on off, Tanvir can't to much and just digs it out. 105/6

16.3 L Malinga to S Tanvir, Comes forward and pushes it in the covers. No run again. 105/6

16.2 L Malinga to S Tanvir, Bowls a yorker length delivery now, outside off, Tanvir misses. 105/6

16.1 L Malinga to S Tanvir, FOUR! Malinga starts with a slower one, on length, Tanvir swings through mid-wicket and a few bounces into the fence. The fielder in the deep can't do much. 105/6

Pakistan need 39 off 24 balls and Jayawardena brings Malinga on now. It's now or never for both the sides.

15.6 A Mathews to S Tanvir, A slower one on off, Tanvir pats it in the covers and takes a single to end the over. 101/6

15.5 A Mathews to U Akmal, Too full on leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single. 100/6

15.4 A Mathews to U Akmal, FOUR! Akmal takes the risk! Shortish outside off, he charges down and slaps it just over the man at extra covers in the ring. Mendis with the jump. Pakistan get a much-needed boundary. 99/6

15.3 A Mathews to U Akmal, Length on the pads, turned through square leg for a single. 95/6

15.2 A Mathews to S Tanvir, Guides it behind point for a single towards third man. 93/6

15.1 A Mathews to S Tanvir, Length outside off, Tanvir punches it off the bottom edge towards point. 92/6

14.6 R Herath to S Tanvir, On the pads, worked away for a single. 92/6

14.5 R Herath to S Tanvir, Pitched up, Tanvir pushes it back on the off side and Mathews stops with a dive. Herath did well too. 91/6

14.4 R Herath to S Tanvir, Flatter and full, keeps low, Tanvir works it towards mid-wicket. 91/6

14.3 R Herath to S Tanvir, Tossed up on the middle and leg, Tanvir defends carefully. 91/6

Sohail Tanvir walks in now. He will face the hat-trick delivery.

14.2 R Herath to S Afridi, OUT! Afridi disappoints, as always! Gets a lovely arm ball, length around off, Afridi stays back and just manages an inside edge onto the stumps. The fans are stunned. They expected a lot from him today. Sri Lanka are the favourites now. 91/6

Shahid Afridi comes in next.

14.1 R Herath to M Hafeez, OUT! Herath gets a timely wicket. Hafeez exits after a crucial knock. Charges down again, has a swing and misses. The ball keeps low, Sangakkara bends and collects to stump the batsman. Hafeez is not happy with himself but Sri Lanka are jubilant. 91/5

13.6 A Mendis to U Akmal, Flighted and full on the middle, Akmal lunges forward and defends. 91/4

13.5 A Mendis to U Akmal, Low full toss, Akmal charges down and smashes it through extra covers. The fielder in the ring gets a hand and takes the pace off. The batsmen get two. 91/4

13.4 A Mendis to M Hafeez, Rocks back and punches it down to long off for a single. 89/4

13.3 A Mendis to U Akmal, A delivery on the middle, worked through square leg for one. 88/4

13.2 A Mendis to U Akmal, FOUR! Akmal picks up a boundary now. Similar length, he rocks back and cuts it wide of point. The fielder at sweeper is wide and fails to come around. 87/4

13.1 A Mendis to U Akmal, Mendis bowls shortish outside off, Akmal is beaten on the back foot. 83/4

12.6 R Herath to M Hafeez, Quicker on the pads, defended down. No run to end a fine over for Pakistan. 83/4

12.5 R Herath to U Akmal, Akmal leans and drives it through mid off for one. 83/4

12.4 R Herath to M Hafeez, Too full, Hafeez knocks it back for a single. 82/4

12.3 R Herath to M Hafeez, SIX! That is the first of the day and a brave shot from Hafeez. Loopy outside off, Hafeez charges down and lifts it through long off. The ball just clears a leaping Kulasekara at the fence. 81/4

12.2 R Herath to M Hafeez, Straighter delivery, Hafeez defends solidly. 75/4

12.1 R Herath to M Hafeez, FOUR! Hafeez picks another boundary. Tossed up on the middle, gets down and reverse sweeps it uppishly over point. 75/4

11.6 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Helps it behind point for a single to end the over. 71/4

11.5 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Gets forward and defends it towards point. 70/4

11.4 A Mathews to M Hafeez, FOUR! Put away! Bit short from Mathews, Hafeez turns on the back foot and pulls it through the gap at mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep dives but only to assist the ball to the fence. 70/4

11.3 A Mathews to U Akmal, Akmal pushes it through the covers for a single. 66/4

11.2 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Malinga drops and drops a sitter! A slower delivery, Hafeez swings and miscues it towards long on. He immediately feels bad for himself but Malinga who was running in from the deep, drops a simple chance. Jayawardena is stunned. Has Malinga dropped the match? Could well have. 65/4

11.1 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Incoming slower delivery, length, Hafeez looks to defend and gets an inside edge behind. 64/4

Umar Akmal in.

10.6 R Herath to S Malik, OUT! Clean bowled. Malik gets a stunning delivery and has to walk back. Herath bowls with a bit of loop, around off, pitches and turn away to beat the bat. The ball strikes the off stump. This is not good for Pakistan but the home crowd is loving it from their side. 64/4

10.5 R Herath to S Malik, Tossed up outside off, Malik comes forward and gets a thick outside edge behind. The batsmen take two. 64/3

10.4 R Herath to S Malik, Quicker and flatter, on off, Malik is hurried a bit and just manages to push it towards point. 62/3

10.3 R Herath to S Malik, Malik gets down and lofts it over extra covers for a couple of runs. That was beautifully played. 62/3

10.2 R Herath to M Hafeez, Length outside off, turning away, Hafeez gives himself room and slides it towards short third man for one. 60/3

10.1 R Herath to S Malik, Malik pushes it through mid on and they take one. 59/3

9.6 A Mathews to S Malik, Rocks back and punches it behind point for a single to end the over. 58/3

9.5 A Mathews to S Malik, Quick delivery, length outside off, Malik pushes at it and misses inside the line. 57/3

In a bit of trouble now, Pakistan. Shoaib Malik is the next batsman.

9.4 A Mathews to K Akmal, OUT! Mathews gets one more and Akmal departs cheaply. A slower delivery, incoming around off, Akmal is early in the heave and miscues it through mid-wicket. Easy lob and a simple catch for Jayawardena. 57/3

9.3 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Fuller, Hafeez pushes it through the covers for a single. 57/2

9.2 A Mathews to K Akmal, Good length on the middle, tight, Akmal works it through mid-wicket for a single. 56/2

Pakistan in a tricky situation now. In comes Kamran Akmal.

9.1 A Mathews to N Jamshed, OUT! Mathews strikes and the crowd rejoices! Bowls a slower one, on middle and leg, Jamshed is caught in the crease and fails to flick. The ball strikes him on the pads and the umpire raises his finger on the appeal. The replay shows it had pitched outside leg. Pakistan two down now. 55/2

Mathews is back on.

8.6 R Herath to M Hafeez, Hafeez gets down and plays the conventional slog through wide mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Hafeez looking good now. 55/1

8.5 R Herath to M Hafeez, Waits on the back foot and cuts it behind point for a couple of runs. 53/1

8.4 R Herath to N Jamshed, On the pads, turned towards short fine leg for a quick single. 51/1

8.3 R Herath to N Jamshed, Flatter on the pads, worked away but finds mid-wicket. 50/1

8.2 R Herath to M Hafeez, Comes down and whips it through wide long on for a single. 50 comes up for Pakistan. 50/1

8.1 R Herath to N Jamshed, Starts with an eventful delivery. Pitches outside leg and strikes Jamshed on the pads. Herath appeals but the umpire is unmoved. The batsmen go for the quick leg bye and keeper misses the shy at the other end. Direct hit and the batsman was gone. 49/1

Rangana Herath to bowl now.

7.6 A Mendis to M Hafeez, FOUR! Excellent shot by Hafeez. Flighted around off, Hafeez gets down and strikes it handsomely over extra covers. He got that right off the middle of the bat. 48/1

7.5 A Mendis to N Jamshed, Looks to cut off the back foot and bottom edges it towards cover for a quick single. 44/1

7.4 A Mendis to M Hafeez, Very well tossed up, Hafeez takes it on the full and slogs it through wide long on for a couple. Malinga fumbles on the slide and the batsmen take the third run. 43/1

7.3 A Mendis to M Hafeez, The leg-break, short outside off, extra bounce and Hafeez is surprised. He fails to get bat on it. 40/1

7.2 A Mendis to N Jamshed, Comes forward and pushes it through wide long on for a single. 40/1

7.1 A Mendis to N Jamshed, Flighted and full around off, Jamshed defends. 39/1

6.6 T Perera to N Jamshed, Knocks it on the off side for a single. 39/1

6.5 T Perera to M Hafeez, Fullish outside off, Hafeez pushes it towards mid off and runs with the shot. The throw is good for the bowler who disturbs the stumps. The batsman was in in the meanwhile. A direct hit would have consumed Hafeez. 38/1

6.4 T Perera to M Hafeez, This one comes in off the track and Hafeez is beaten again. Clever bowling. 37/1

6.3 T Perera to M Hafeez, The out-swinger, pitches outside off and moves away, Hafeez is beaten. 37/1

6.2 T Perera to M Hafeez, Fine effort by Herath in the deep but he drops. Hafeez goes back and miscues a big shot through long on. Herath comes around and stretches but only manages a hand. 37/1

6.1 T Perera to M Hafeez, FOUR! Amazing straight drive. Perera bowls full, Hafeez comes forward and punches it straight back. No need to run. 35/1

Nasir Jamshed walks in. Thisara Perera will be the new bowler.

5.6 A Mendis to I Nazir, OUT! Fantastic delivery by Mendis and Nazir had no clue. Bowls the carrom delivery, on the middle, Nazir plants his foot forward and just stops there. The ball strikes his pad first, there is an appeal but eventually the ball rolls behind to disturb the stumps. He is bowled. Sri Lanka get their first breakthrough. 31/1

5.5 A Mendis to I Nazir, FOUR! Nicely done, a bit risky though. A delivery on the middle, Nazir gets down and sweeps it fine. He manages to beat Malinga at short fine leg. 31/0

5.4 A Mendis to M Hafeez, Comes down the track and drags it on the leg side for one. 27/0

5.3 A Mendis to M Hafeez, Terrific work from Dilshan. He saves a certain boundary. Loopy and full, Hafeez charges down and smashes it through extra covers. Dilshan dives and stops it brilliantly. 26/0

5.2 A Mendis to M Hafeez, Leg-break, Hafeez tries to sweep and misses. He is struck on the back leg and there is an appeal. The impact was outside leg. No reaction from the umpire. 26/0

5.1 A Mendis to M Hafeez, Starts with a length delivery on leg, Hafeez gives himself room and defends. 26/0

Ajantha Mendis comes on to bowl now.

4.6 L Malinga to I Nazir, Fullish length on the middle, Nazir stretches forward and defends it confidently now. Fine over by Malinga. 26/0

4.5 L Malinga to M Hafeez, Another slower delivery, full on leg, hits the pads and the batsmen take a leg bye. 26/0

4.4 L Malinga to M Hafeez, Nicely looped slower one, length outside off, Hafeez is early in the shot and misses. 25/0

4.3 L Malinga to M Hafeez, Short of good length, outside off, tidy channel, Hafeez flirts with it and misses. That was a bit slow from normal. 25/0

4.2 L Malinga to M Hafeez, Back of a length, Hafeez punches it towards cover and Thirimanne dives to stop. 25/0

4.1 L Malinga to I Nazir, A slower one on leg, Nazir flicks it through square leg for a single. 25/0

3.6 N Kulasekara to M Hafeez, Hafeez swings wildly now and misses it completely. 24/0

3.5 N Kulasekara to M Hafeez, What happened there? Hafeez goes down and across, the ball swings down and shaves past the leg stump as the batsman misses the sweep. No signal from the umpire for a wide. 24/0

3.4 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, Banged in short, slower one, pulled through square leg for a single. 24/0

3.3 N Kulasekara to M Hafeez, Comes down and plays a horizontal bat shot through square leg for a single. 23/0

3.2 N Kulasekara to M Hafeez, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 22/0

3.1 N Kulasekara to M Hafeez, Normal length outside off, Hafeez pushes at it off the back foot and misses. 22/0

2.6 L Malinga to I Nazir, This one is down the leg side and hits the pads of Nazir. The keeper dives to stop the ball. 22/0

2.5 L Malinga to I Nazir, Quick on length, on the middle, strikes Nazir high on the pads. 22/0

2.4 L Malinga to I Nazir, Goes full on leg, strikes Nazir on the front pad and there is a huge shout. The umpire turns it down. It was clearly going down. 22/0

2.3 L Malinga to I Nazir, Another slower delivery, on off, Nazir pats it towards point. Malinga's 3 out of 4 deliveries have been slower ones. 22/0

2.2 L Malinga to I Nazir, Nazir prods to defend and gets the ball off his gloves. It goes fine through third man and they take a couple. 22/0

2.2 L Malinga to I Nazir, Five wides! That is poor, poor delivery with a side defending a low total. Bowls a wayward delivery, too wide down the leg side. Sangakkara fails to glove it. 20/0

2.1 L Malinga to I Nazir, Starts with a slower delivery, on length, Nazir defends watchfully. 15/0

Lasith Malinga to bowl now.

1.6 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, Hafeez was a goner! Nazir gets an inside edge on the pads, the ball drops on the leg side and they look for a risky single. Kulasekara and Hafeez get in each others way but the bowler does well. He has a shy but misses and Hafeez is in with a slide. 15/0

1.5 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, Good length on off, tight channel, Nazir defends now. 14/0

1.4 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, FOUR! Nicely played shot. Fuller length, Nazir just comes forward and dabs it opening the face late. The ball runs off the edge and beats third man who was wide. 14/0

1.4 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, WIDE! Kulasekara is feeling the heat it seems. Bowls length now and again down the leg side. 10/0

1.4 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, WIDE! Disturbs Kulasekara line a bit who bowls it down the leg side. 9/0

1.3 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, Nazir is all over the place. Comes down the track and looks to smack it through the leg side. Misses completely and the ball goes past the off stump. 8/0

1.2 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, That missed everything! Good delivery, nipping in, Nazir was tentative and the ball goes through the gap between bat and pad. It was just over the bails too. 8/0

1.1 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, Charges down immediately and has a whack, mistimes it back. No run. 8/0

Nuwan Kulasekara to bowl from the other end.

0.6 A Mathews to I Nazir, Length on the middle, worked through square leg for a single. Good first over for Pakistan. 8/0

0.5 A Mathews to I Nazir, FOUR! Lovely shot! Nazir lifts it on length and slams it over covers for a boundary. Excellent hand-eye co-ordination . 7/0

0.4 A Mathews to I Nazir, Banged in short now, around off, Nazir is early in the pull and misses. Huge appeal but umpire Taufel just smiles. 3/0

0.3 A Mathews to I Nazir, Half a chance goes down! Mathews bowls wide, Nazir slams it uppishly behind point and Dilshan just gets a left hand. He saves two. 3/0

0.2 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Hafeez picks it from outside off and works it through mid-wicket for a single. 1/0

0.1 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Starts with full length, Hafeez comes forward and pushes it towards mid off. 0/0

Commentary (Sri Lanka innings)

Mahela Jayawardena is the Man of the Match for his fine knock at the top of the order today. He'll lead his side on Sunday in the final. That's it from us today. Australia meet West Indies tomorrow. Do join us. Till then, it's good bye!

Pakistan looked favourites halfway but the track was slow and Sri Lanka always stood a chance. They kept taking regular wickets and a couple of horror shots did it for the home side. Umar Akmal was there till the end, but still couldn't do the needful. Herath, Mendis and Malinga were brilliant with the ball.

A fine T20 contest and eventually it is Sri Lanka who have managed to defend a challenging total against an average Pakistan side. The host will now meet Australia or West Indies in the final. It will be Sri Lanka's second appearance in the final of the ICC World Twenty20.

19.6 N Kulasekara to U Akmal, Sri Lanka win by 16 runs! They are in the finals of ICC World Twenty20, 2012. The crowd is celebrating and so are the players in the middle. Kulasekara bowls a slower one, short and Akmal punches it straight to cover. Mendis fields and runs with the ball to take the stump. 123/7

19.5 N Kulasekara to U Akmal, FOUR! It won't matter now. Fullish, Akmal swings and plays it over point for a boundary. 123/7

19.4 N Kulasekara to U Gul, Too full, Gul drills it straight back for a single. 119/7

19.3 N Kulasekara to U Akmal, Fullish, Akmal squirts it through the covers for a single. The crowd are going crazy now. 118/7

19.2 N Kulasekara to U Akmal, Too full outside off, in the slot, Akmal fails to get under it. A genuine opportunity goes down there and the crowd knows it now! 117/7

19.1 N Kulasekara to U Akmal, A slower ball, yorker, on off, Akmal gets down to slog but mistimes it. They start but don't take the single. 117/7

Pakistan have been set a target of 140. Sri Lanka won't be too pleased with their batting effort but will take it, considering the track is on the slower side. Dilshan played a rather calm knock and never helped his side to up the ante. A good last over ensured they at least crossed 135. Pakistan were good otherwise at the death. Join us back for an interesting chase...

19.6 U Gul to A Mathews, Too full, on off, driven down to long off and the batsmen take a couple to end the innings. 139/4

19.5 U Gul to T Perera, Releases a full toss now, on the middle, Perera swings it through mid-wicket for a single only. 137/4

19.4 U Gul to T Perera, FOUR! This is turning out to be a fine over for Sri Lanka. Gul pitches it full outside off, Perera lifts it over mid off who is inside the ring. That is risky from Pakistan and Perera capitalizes. 136/4

19.3 U Gul to T Perera, FOUR! Bang! Gul should call himself lucky that he managed to get out of the way. Full length, Perera smacks it straight back and Gul gets down. The ball races away. Much needed boundary. 132/4

19.2 U Gul to A Mathews, Too full now, on the middle, driven towards extra covers for a single. 128/4

19.1 U Gul to A Mathews, FOUR! Lucky runs. Gul bowls full outside off, Mathews gives himself room and plays at it, gets a thick edge wide of the keeper. Sri Lanka will take them however they come at this stage. 127/4

Sohail Tanvir to bowl with the new ball.

It's time. Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardena are the openers for Sri Lanka. In 4 previous occasions, Sri Lanka couldn't manage a win at this venue. They'll look to change that figure today.

The teams are currently in the middle for their respective national anthems. Quite good atmosphere at the Premadasa.

Experts have picked a bit of weakness for Pakistan against the left-arm spinners. Sri Lanka have hence brought in Herath for Dananjaya. Pakistan have left out Razzaq for Tanvir.

The news from the middle is that Mahela Jayawardena has won the toss and Sri Lanka will bat first. Mohammad Hafeez was looking to bat too. Interestingly, only once in 12 games on this ground, this tournament, the side winning the toss has won the game. The wicket is dry and is expected to offer turn as it slows down.

Shahid Afridi is touted to be a crucial man in today's game. He has batted up the order in big games earlier and done well. Similar expectations coming up but the question is - will he live up to them?

The conditions are good with clear skies, though there are 10 percent chances of rain. Hopefully that won't affect the game. The pitch in the meanwhile, looked slow during the Women's semi-final played a little while earlier. Spinners to be the key players again.

Hello folks! It's the big Asian affair in the first semi-final as host Sri Lanka take on Pakistan at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Pakistan were champions in the second edition while Sri Lanka lack a T20 silverware and would consider this one as a big opportunity.

Kulasekara to bowl the final over. Pakistan need 23 runs to win and all on the shoulders of Umar Akmal. Sri Lanka's game to lose now.

18.6 L Malinga to U Akmal, Full and wide, outside off, Akmal drives it powerfully to the sweeper cover for a single. He keeps strike. Excellent over by Malinga, just 4 runs off it. 117/7

18.5 L Malinga to U Gul, Too full again, Gul gets an inside edge on the leg side for a single now. 116/7

18.4 L Malinga to U Gul, Quick and full, outside off, Gul swings and misses. Umar Akmal can't do much at the other end. He is livid with the situation. 115/7

18.4 L Malinga to U Gul, WIDE! Malinga bowls a wide delivery, full and over the guide line. Gul can't reach it and the umpire stretches his arms. 115/7

18.3 L Malinga to U Gul, Full and wide outside off, Gul plays at it and misses. These is just going away from Pakistan. 114/7

18.2 L Malinga to U Akmal, Similar delivery, Akmal square drives it to point again and gets a single on that occasion. 114/7

18.1 L Malinga to U Akmal, Tight call for the third umpire! Malinga bowls a full and wide delivery, Akmal slaps it towards backward point. Gul comes halfway down for the single but is sent back. Malinga receives the throw and just throws it back onto the stumps casually. Gul was definitely struggling but the bail took a while to come off with a slow throw. It was out of the groove but came off late. Benefit of the doubt to the batsman. 113/7

Gul to bowl the final over. How many can Sri Lanka score? They'll look for 130 at least.

18.6 S Ajmal to A Mathews, Comes down and knocks it through long on for one to end the over too. Tidy penultimate over by Ajmal. 123/4

18.5 S Ajmal to T Perera, Now a yorker length delivery, outside off, driven hard towards long on for a single. 122/4

18.4 S Ajmal to T Perera, Bowls a wide delivery, stretches Perera who just mistimes it back. 121/4

18.3 S Ajmal to A Mathews, Mathews gets down and slogs it through mid-wicket, on the bounce to the fielder in the deep for just one. 121/4

18.2 S Ajmal to T Perera, Reaches out to a wide delivery and punches it through extra covers for a single. 120/4

18.1 S Ajmal to A Mathews, Flatter trajectory, on the middle, worked through mid-wicket for a single. 119/4

Angelo Mathews in now.

18.1 S Ajmal to J Mendis, OUT! Mendis is stumped now. Ajmal bowls a clever delivery, sees Mendis coming down and bowls a wide one outside off. Akmal does the rest. It is signalled a wide but Ajmal gets the wicket. 118/4

Malinga to bowl his last over. Pakistan need 27 to win off 12 balls.

17.6 A Mendis to U Gul, Full and straight, Gul comes forward and calmly pushes it back. He is playing for Akmal. No run to end a fine over. 113/7

17.5 A Mendis to U Gul, Sensational leave, this. Mendis bowls with the loop outside off, Gul shoulders his arms. 113/7

Umar Gul in next. He has done well with the bat to help his side earlier. Can he do it today?

17.4 A Mendis to S Tanvir, OUT! Tanvir throws it away! Mendis bowls a off-break, Tanvir charges down the wicket for the big shot and misses. Easy stumping for Sangakkara. Pakistan in deep trouble now and the tension on the faces of the fans says it all. Sri Lanka inching closer with every delivery now. 113/7

17.3 A Mendis to U Akmal, Quick and full, Akmal drives it through mid off for a single. 113/6

17.2 A Mendis to U Akmal, Tossed up and full, Akmal charges down and swings. Finds a top edge over point for a couple again. 112/6

17.1 A Mendis to U Akmal, Flatter on leg, Akmal turns it through wide mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Good running. 110/6

17.6 U Gul to T Perera, What a delivery! Another great yorker, pitches around leg and cuts Perera into half. Not sure how did that miss the leg stump. 117/3

Thisara Perera comes in next. Sri Lanka in need of big shots. Can he provide it to them?

17.5 U Gul to T Dilshan, OUT! Dilshan has to depart finally. Gets a deadly yorker, on the middle, Dilshan looks to play at it but can't get his foot out of the way. Huge shout and the umpire raises his finger. Pakistan doing well here. 117/3

17.4 U Gul to J Mendis, Bowls length, Mendis whacks it away and plays it down to long on for one. 117/2

The no ball from Gul means a free hit now. Hafeez makes slight adjustments to his field.

17.4 U Gul to J Mendis, Gets the wicket now but it's a NO BALL! Bowls full and straight, around middle and off, Mendis walks across for the flick but misses. He is struck on the pads. Appeal and the finger goes up. The big screen shows Gul overstepping and the umpire gives it a no. Huge roar from the crowd! 116/2

17.3 U Gul to J Mendis, Terrific yorker from Gul, pitches just next to the off stump and Mendis misses. That is the 50th dot ball of the innings. 115/2

17.2 U Gul to T Dilshan, Low full toss, on off, Dilshan sweeps through mid-wicket for a single. 115/2

17.1 U Gul to T Dilshan, Heavy ball. Quick and wide outside off, Dilshan opens up and looks to slog conventionally, misses. 114/2

Mendis comes on for his final over. Pakistan need 32 off 18 balls now. Umar Akmal is the key wicket.

16.6 L Malinga to U Akmal, Full and wide, Akmal square drives through the covers for a single to keep strike. 108/6

16.6 L Malinga to U Akmal, WIDE! Malinga looks to bowl a widish delivery with the full length but goes over the guide line. Akmal fails to drive. The umpire stretches his arms. 107/6

16.5 L Malinga to S Tanvir, Fullish, driven down to long off for a single. 106/6

16.4 L Malinga to S Tanvir, Malinga bowls a yorker, on off, Tanvir can't to much and just digs it out. 105/6

16.3 L Malinga to S Tanvir, Comes forward and pushes it in the covers. No run again. 105/6

16.2 L Malinga to S Tanvir, Bowls a yorker length delivery now, outside off, Tanvir misses. 105/6

16.1 L Malinga to S Tanvir, FOUR! Malinga starts with a slower one, on length, Tanvir swings through mid-wicket and a few bounces into the fence. The fielder in the deep can't do much. 105/6

16.6 S Ajmal to J Mendis, Bowls a slider, on leg, Mendis swings and the ball goes off the pads towards short fine leg. No run to end the over. Too many dot balls here. 114/2

16.5 S Ajmal to J Mendis, Too full, on off, Mendis knocks it straight back and Ajmal fields. 114/2

16.4 S Ajmal to T Dilshan, Waits on the back foot and punches it down to long off for a single. 114/2

16.3 S Ajmal to T Dilshan, FOUR! Dilshan picks up a boundary! Ajmal bowls short on leg, Dilshan turns and pulls it wide of short fine leg. 113/2

16.2 S Ajmal to J Mendis, Stretches himself and drags it with the sweep through square leg for one. 109/2

16.1 S Ajmal to T Dilshan, Quick length, on the middle, tapped towards point for a single. Dilshan is playing an uncharacteristic knock but it holding one end tight. 108/2

Pakistan need 39 off 24 balls and Jayawardena brings Malinga on now. It's now or never for both the sides.

15.6 A Mathews to S Tanvir, A slower one on off, Tanvir pats it in the covers and takes a single to end the over. 101/6

15.5 A Mathews to U Akmal, Too full on leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single. 100/6

15.4 A Mathews to U Akmal, FOUR! Akmal takes the risk! Shortish outside off, he charges down and slaps it just over the man at extra covers in the ring. Mendis with the jump. Pakistan get a much-needed boundary. 99/6

15.3 A Mathews to U Akmal, Length on the pads, turned through square leg for a single. 95/6

15.2 A Mathews to S Tanvir, Guides it behind point for a single towards third man. 93/6

15.1 A Mathews to S Tanvir, Length outside off, Tanvir punches it off the bottom edge towards point. 92/6

15.6 U Gul to J Mendis, Swings on length and whacks it down to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 107/2

15.6 U Gul to J Mendis, WIDE! High bouncer, a loopy one and well over the head. Mendis turns and lets it go. The umpire signals a wide. 105/2

15.5 U Gul to J Mendis, Bowls it short, tad quick, Mendis miscues the pull through mid-wicket but just manages to get it over Tanvir in the ring. The batsmen take a couple. 104/2

15.4 U Gul to J Mendis, Good length now, on off, Mendis stays back and defends it back. This is fine bowling by Gul. 102/2

15.3 U Gul to J Mendis, Pitches it full, Mendis walks across and flicks it through square leg for a couple of runs. 102/2

15.2 U Gul to J Mendis, Similar length again, Mendis fails to connect another one outside off. 100/2

15.1 U Gul to J Mendis, Starts with a short of good length delivery, outside off, Mendis looks to cut and misses. 100/2

14.6 R Herath to S Tanvir, On the pads, worked away for a single. 92/6

14.5 R Herath to S Tanvir, Pitched up, Tanvir pushes it back on the off side and Mathews stops with a dive. Herath did well too. 91/6

14.4 R Herath to S Tanvir, Flatter and full, keeps low, Tanvir works it towards mid-wicket. 91/6

14.3 R Herath to S Tanvir, Tossed up on the middle and leg, Tanvir defends carefully. 91/6

Sohail Tanvir walks in now. He will face the hat-trick delivery.

14.2 R Herath to S Afridi, OUT! Afridi disappoints, as always! Gets a lovely arm ball, length around off, Afridi stays back and just manages an inside edge onto the stumps. The fans are stunned. They expected a lot from him today. Sri Lanka are the favourites now. 91/6

Shahid Afridi comes in next.

14.1 R Herath to M Hafeez, OUT! Herath gets a timely wicket. Hafeez exits after a crucial knock. Charges down again, has a swing and misses. The ball keeps low, Sangakkara bends and collects to stump the batsman. Hafeez is not happy with himself but Sri Lanka are jubilant. 91/5

As seen in the earlier games, Umar Gul gets introduced into the attack in the dying stages. His job is to just bowl full, possibly yorkers.

14.6 M Hafeez to J Mendis, Flighted outside off, Mendis smacks it past wide mid off and takes one. 100/2

14.5 M Hafeez to J Mendis, Hurls it in quick around off, Mendis can only dig it out. 99/2

14.4 M Hafeez to J Mendis, On middle, defended well. 99/2

14.3 M Hafeez to J Mendis, FOUR! Beautiful. Flighted outside off, Mendis picks it off the pull and executes the reverse sweep past point to perfection. 99/2

14.2 M Hafeez to T Dilshan, Pushes it away past point for a single. 95/2

14.1 M Hafeez to J Mendis, Turns away after landing on middle, Mendis only manages to get an outside edge down to short third man for one. 94/2

13.6 A Mendis to U Akmal, Flighted and full on the middle, Akmal lunges forward and defends. 91/4

13.5 A Mendis to U Akmal, Low full toss, Akmal charges down and smashes it through extra covers. The fielder in the ring gets a hand and takes the pace off. The batsmen get two. 91/4

13.4 A Mendis to M Hafeez, Rocks back and punches it down to long off for a single. 89/4

13.3 A Mendis to U Akmal, A delivery on the middle, worked through square leg for one. 88/4

13.2 A Mendis to U Akmal, FOUR! Akmal picks up a boundary now. Similar length, he rocks back and cuts it wide of point. The fielder at sweeper is wide and fails to come around. 87/4

13.1 A Mendis to U Akmal, Mendis bowls shortish outside off, Akmal is beaten on the back foot. 83/4

13.6 S Afridi to T Dilshan, Spins down on middle and leg, worked away through mid-wicket. They think about two and decide to take it. There is a direct hit at the non-striker's end but the batsmen choose not to take the extra run. 93/2

Harsha Bhogle tweets "completely inexplicable this from dilshan. off spinners bowling...he should be taking the lead. putting pressure on other batsmen. pakistan will hope the pitch eases up later in the evening. has tended to do that. sri lanka need 160"

13.5 S Afridi to T Dilshan, Another tight delivery on middle, defended well. 91/2

13.4 S Afridi to T Dilshan, Darts it quick and flat on off, Dilshan digs it back. 91/2

13.3 S Afridi to T Dilshan, FOUR! Full toss put away! Dilshan needed that. On middle at 88.2 kph, Dilshan sits down and hoicks it away over mid-wicket. 91/2

13.2 S Afridi to J Mendis, Fires in the off-spinner, on the pads, worked away through mid-wicket for a single. 87/2

13.1 S Afridi to T Dilshan, A touch short, quick, slapped away to short third man where there is a fumble. Single allowed. 86/2

12.6 R Herath to M Hafeez, Quicker on the pads, defended down. No run to end a fine over for Pakistan. 83/4

12.5 R Herath to U Akmal, Akmal leans and drives it through mid off for one. 83/4

12.4 R Herath to M Hafeez, Too full, Hafeez knocks it back for a single. 82/4

12.3 R Herath to M Hafeez, SIX! That is the first of the day and a brave shot from Hafeez. Loopy outside off, Hafeez charges down and lifts it through long off. The ball just clears a leaping Kulasekara at the fence. 81/4

12.2 R Herath to M Hafeez, Straighter delivery, Hafeez defends solidly. 75/4

12.1 R Herath to M Hafeez, FOUR! Hafeez picks another boundary. Tossed up on the middle, gets down and reverse sweeps it uppishly over point. 75/4

Shahid Afridi comes back.

12.6 M Hafeez to T Dilshan, Short and spins down the leg side, clipped away through square leg for a single. 85/2

Jeevan Mendis walks in at number 4.

12.5 M Hafeez to K Sangakkara, OUT! Caught in the deep! Sangakkara was looking to go after each and every delivery but falls prey to the skipper. A tossed up delivery from Hafeez at 86.8 kph, well outside off, Sangakkara stamps out of the crease, does not reach to the pitch well but smacks it straight down the ground. Shoaib Malik settles for a fine catch at long on. 84/2

12.4 M Hafeez to K Sangakkara, Flighted around off, Sangakkara heaves it away through mid-wicket. Nazir is the fielder there and they come back for two. Hafeez seems displeased with the fielding effort. 84/1

12.4 M Hafeez to K Sangakkara, Darted down the leg side, quicker and flatter, Sangakkara went to heave that away but missed. 82/1

12.3 M Hafeez to K Sangakkara, Ripper! Hafeez bowls a fine delivery, flighted and outside off, turns away big and Sangakkara misses the drive. Quick work from Akmal and there is a stumping appeal. Umpire Taufel wants to be sure and goes up. Sangakkara is safe, not much movement from his back foot. 81/1

12.2 M Hafeez to K Sangakkara, Good delivery. Around the middle and length, Sangakkara defends. 81/1

12.1 M Hafeez to T Dilshan, Starts with a flatter delivery, Dilshan looks to reverse sweep and plays it through the covers for one. 81/1

11.6 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Helps it behind point for a single to end the over. 71/4

11.5 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Gets forward and defends it towards point. 70/4

11.4 A Mathews to M Hafeez, FOUR! Put away! Bit short from Mathews, Hafeez turns on the back foot and pulls it through the gap at mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep dives but only to assist the ball to the fence. 70/4

11.3 A Mathews to U Akmal, Akmal pushes it through the covers for a single. 66/4

11.2 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Malinga drops and drops a sitter! A slower delivery, Hafeez swings and miscues it towards long on. He immediately feels bad for himself but Malinga who was running in from the deep, drops a simple chance. Jayawardena is stunned. Has Malinga dropped the match? Could well have. 65/4

11.1 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Incoming slower delivery, length, Hafeez looks to defend and gets an inside edge behind. 64/4

Mohammad Hafeez brings himself on.

11.6 S Ajmal to T Dilshan, Flatter on leg, Dilshan nudges it away for a single to keep strike. He lost a bit of balance while playing that shot. 80/1

11.5 S Ajmal to K Sangakkara, Thwacks one down to long on now for a single. 79/1

11.4 S Ajmal to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Sangakkara is definitely showing some great intent. Ajmal bowls full outside off, Sangakkara gets forward and plays it over extra covers. Gets another boundary. 78/1

11.3 S Ajmal to K Sangakkara, Comes forward and pats it towards point. 74/1

11.2 S Ajmal to K Sangakkara, The pressure getting to Pakistan now. Sangakkara drives it down to long off and a fumble by Nazir allows the second run. 74/1

11.1 S Ajmal to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Ajmal bowls it short, outside off, Sangakkara stays back and cuts it just wide of the man at point. 72/1

Umar Akmal in.

10.6 R Herath to S Malik, OUT! Clean bowled. Malik gets a stunning delivery and has to walk back. Herath bowls with a bit of loop, around off, pitches and turn away to beat the bat. The ball strikes the off stump. This is not good for Pakistan but the home crowd is loving it from their side. 64/4

10.5 R Herath to S Malik, Tossed up outside off, Malik comes forward and gets a thick outside edge behind. The batsmen take two. 64/3

10.4 R Herath to S Malik, Quicker and flatter, on off, Malik is hurried a bit and just manages to push it towards point. 62/3

10.3 R Herath to S Malik, Malik gets down and lofts it over extra covers for a couple of runs. That was beautifully played. 62/3

10.2 R Herath to M Hafeez, Length outside off, turning away, Hafeez gives himself room and slides it towards short third man for one. 60/3

10.1 R Herath to S Malik, Malik pushes it through mid on and they take one. 59/3

Ajmal is back on.

10.6 S Afridi to T Dilshan, Bowls it quick and full, on leg, strikes Dilshan on the pads and there is an appeal. The umpire turns it down. Pakistan fielders are a bit disappointed. 68/1

10.5 S Afridi to T Dilshan, Quick on length, around middle, Dilshan defends watchfully. 68/1

10.4 S Afridi to K Sangakkara, Gets down and slogs it through square leg now for one. 68/1

10.3 S Afridi to K Sangakkara, FOUR! Sangakkara starts off well. Smashes the full delivery through wide mid-wicket and finds the gap. He shows some intent straightaway. 67/1

Kumar Sangakkara walks in.

10.2 S Afridi to M J'dena, OUT! Afridi gets Jayawardena! Bowls full on off, Jayawardena gets down and across, looks to paddle and scoops it straight to Hasan at short fine leg. He departs after a his fourth straight score of 40 or above. 63/1

10.1 S Afridi to T Dilshan, Quick on the middle, worked away for a single. 63/0

9.6 A Mathews to S Malik, Rocks back and punches it behind point for a single to end the over. 58/3

9.5 A Mathews to S Malik, Quick delivery, length outside off, Malik pushes at it and misses inside the line. 57/3

In a bit of trouble now, Pakistan. Shoaib Malik is the next batsman.

9.4 A Mathews to K Akmal, OUT! Mathews gets one more and Akmal departs cheaply. A slower delivery, incoming around off, Akmal is early in the heave and miscues it through mid-wicket. Easy lob and a simple catch for Jayawardena. 57/3

9.3 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Fuller, Hafeez pushes it through the covers for a single. 57/2

9.2 A Mathews to K Akmal, Good length on the middle, tight, Akmal works it through mid-wicket for a single. 56/2

Pakistan in a tricky situation now. In comes Kamran Akmal.

9.1 A Mathews to N Jamshed, OUT! Mathews strikes and the crowd rejoices! Bowls a slower one, on middle and leg, Jamshed is caught in the crease and fails to flick. The ball strikes him on the pads and the umpire raises his finger on the appeal. The replay shows it had pitched outside leg. Pakistan two down now. 55/2

9.6 R Hasan to M J'dena, FOUR! Excellent placement! Tossed up, Jayawardena charges down and plays it with a straight bat through long off. The fielder is wide and a boundary for Sri Lanka. 62/0

9.5 R Hasan to M J'dena, Quicker on off, Jayawardena plays the late cut towards short third man. No run again. 58/0

9.4 R Hasan to M J'dena, Tossed up and full, Jayawardena plays an uppish cover drive but it is just short of the fielder in the ring. 58/0

9.3 R Hasan to M J'dena, Gets down and plays the conventional sweep now for a couple of runs. 58/0

9.2 R Hasan to M J'dena, Gets into the position for reverse sweep early, Hasan bowls short down leg, lofted over backward point for a couple. 56/0

9.1 R Hasan to T Dilshan, Quick single. Dilshan pats it down on the off side and they scamper across. Malik with the direct hit but Jayawardena had made his crease. The third umpire in play for the first time. 54/0

Mathews is back on.

8.6 R Herath to M Hafeez, Hafeez gets down and plays the conventional slog through wide mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Hafeez looking good now. 55/1

8.5 R Herath to M Hafeez, Waits on the back foot and cuts it behind point for a couple of runs. 53/1

8.4 R Herath to N Jamshed, On the pads, turned towards short fine leg for a quick single. 51/1

8.3 R Herath to N Jamshed, Flatter on the pads, worked away but finds mid-wicket. 50/1

8.2 R Herath to M Hafeez, Comes down and whips it through wide long on for a single. 50 comes up for Pakistan. 50/1

8.1 R Herath to N Jamshed, Starts with an eventful delivery. Pitches outside leg and strikes Jamshed on the pads. Herath appeals but the umpire is unmoved. The batsmen go for the quick leg bye and keeper misses the shy at the other end. Direct hit and the batsman was gone. 49/1

8.6 S Afridi to T Dilshan, Comes forward and drives it down to long off for a single. 53/0

50-run stand comes up!

8.5 S Afridi to M J'dena, Pitches outside off, turns further away and Jayawardena misses. The keeper fumbles too and allows a run. 52/0

8.4 S Afridi to M J'dena, FOUR! Poor delivery! Tossed up, full and wide, Jayawardena comes onto the front foot and lifts it over extra covers. Good shot. 51/0

8.3 S Afridi to M J'dena, Offers width outside off, Jayawardena bends to late cut but misses with extra bounce. 47/0

8.2 S Afridi to T Dilshan, Goes back and pushes it through point for a single. 47/0

8.1 S Afridi to T Dilshan, Short outside off, cut away down to deep point for a couple. 46/0

Rangana Herath to bowl now.

7.6 A Mendis to M Hafeez, FOUR! Excellent shot by Hafeez. Flighted around off, Hafeez gets down and strikes it handsomely over extra covers. He got that right off the middle of the bat. 48/1

7.5 A Mendis to N Jamshed, Looks to cut off the back foot and bottom edges it towards cover for a quick single. 44/1

7.4 A Mendis to M Hafeez, Very well tossed up, Hafeez takes it on the full and slogs it through wide long on for a couple. Malinga fumbles on the slide and the batsmen take the third run. 43/1

7.3 A Mendis to M Hafeez, The leg-break, short outside off, extra bounce and Hafeez is surprised. He fails to get bat on it. 40/1

7.2 A Mendis to N Jamshed, Comes forward and pushes it through wide long on for a single. 40/1

7.1 A Mendis to N Jamshed, Flighted and full around off, Jamshed defends. 39/1

7.6 R Hasan to T Dilshan, Arm ball, quick on off, punched through the off side for one. Tidy over by Hasan. 44/0

7.5 R Hasan to M J'dena, Goes back and across, pushes it in the covers and takes one quietly. 43/0

7.4 R Hasan to T Dilshan, Reaches the ball off the front foot and drives it down to long off for a single. 42/0

7.3 R Hasan to T Dilshan, Dilshan stays back and tries to cut, the ball turns away and beats him. 41/0

7.2 R Hasan to M J'dena, Tries to play the inside-out lofted drive but mistimes it through mid off for a single. 41/0

7.1 R Hasan to M J'dena, Flatter delivery on the middle, Jayawardena watches it till the end and chops it towards point. 40/0

6.6 T Perera to N Jamshed, Knocks it on the off side for a single. 39/1

6.5 T Perera to M Hafeez, Fullish outside off, Hafeez pushes it towards mid off and runs with the shot. The throw is good for the bowler who disturbs the stumps. The batsman was in in the meanwhile. A direct hit would have consumed Hafeez. 38/1

6.4 T Perera to M Hafeez, This one comes in off the track and Hafeez is beaten again. Clever bowling. 37/1

6.3 T Perera to M Hafeez, The out-swinger, pitches outside off and moves away, Hafeez is beaten. 37/1

6.2 T Perera to M Hafeez, Fine effort by Herath in the deep but he drops. Hafeez goes back and miscues a big shot through long on. Herath comes around and stretches but only manages a hand. 37/1

6.1 T Perera to M Hafeez, FOUR! Amazing straight drive. Perera bowls full, Hafeez comes forward and punches it straight back. No need to run. 35/1

Hasan comes back on.

6.6 S Afridi to T Dilshan, Fires in a quick delivery, down leg side, Dilshan misses. No call from the umpire. So probably there was a bit of thigh involved. 40/0

6.5 S Afridi to M J'dena, This is good cricket. Quick on off, Jayawardena defends in the covers for a quick single. 40/0

6.4 S Afridi to M J'dena, FOUR! Jayawardena takes the risk and gets a boundary. Afridi bowls one on the middle, Jayawardena gets down and reverse sweeps it just over the man at point. 39/0

6.3 S Afridi to M J'dena, Quick leg-break, outside off, Jayawardena plays at it and misses. 35/0

6.2 S Afridi to M J'dena, Pitches wide outside off, turns away with great bounce and Jayawardena leaves it alone. 35/0

6.1 S Afridi to T Dilshan, Starts with a leggie, short and turning away, Dilshan punches it through extra covers for a single. 35/0

Nasir Jamshed walks in. Thisara Perera will be the new bowler.

5.6 A Mendis to I Nazir, OUT! Fantastic delivery by Mendis and Nazir had no clue. Bowls the carrom delivery, on the middle, Nazir plants his foot forward and just stops there. The ball strikes his pad first, there is an appeal but eventually the ball rolls behind to disturb the stumps. He is bowled. Sri Lanka get their first breakthrough. 31/1

5.5 A Mendis to I Nazir, FOUR! Nicely done, a bit risky though. A delivery on the middle, Nazir gets down and sweeps it fine. He manages to beat Malinga at short fine leg. 31/0

5.4 A Mendis to M Hafeez, Comes down the track and drags it on the leg side for one. 27/0

5.3 A Mendis to M Hafeez, Terrific work from Dilshan. He saves a certain boundary. Loopy and full, Hafeez charges down and smashes it through extra covers. Dilshan dives and stops it brilliantly. 26/0

5.2 A Mendis to M Hafeez, Leg-break, Hafeez tries to sweep and misses. He is struck on the back leg and there is an appeal. The impact was outside leg. No reaction from the umpire. 26/0

5.1 A Mendis to M Hafeez, Starts with a length delivery on leg, Hafeez gives himself room and defends. 26/0

Shahid Afridi comes on to bowl. He could be a real threat today, with the ball or bat.

5.6 S Ajmal to M J'dena, FOUR! Connects well on that occasion. Pitched up, Jayawardena gets down and reverse sweeps it wide of short third man. Good over for Sri Lanka. 34/0

5.5 S Ajmal to M J'dena, This one lands outside off and turns in nicely, Jayawardena was looking for the late cut but misses. 30/0

5.4 S Ajmal to M J'dena, Flatter trajectory, outside off, Jayawardena tries to sweep it away but fails and is struck on the pads. Appeal but the impact was far too outside the off. 30/0

5.3 S Ajmal to M J'dena, Tidy line now, length on off, Jayawardena defends off the back foot. 30/0

5.2 S Ajmal to M J'dena, Bonus runs. Jayawardena looks to reverse sweep and Ajmal bowls it down the leg side. Akmal fails to come around and the batsmen take a couple. Tanvir chases. 30/0

5.1 S Ajmal to M J'dena, FOUR! Real loosener. Starts with a short one, on the middle, Jayawardena walks across and swipes it wide of short fine leg. Easy boundary. 28/0

Ajantha Mendis comes on to bowl now.

4.6 L Malinga to I Nazir, Fullish length on the middle, Nazir stretches forward and defends it confidently now. Fine over by Malinga. 26/0

4.5 L Malinga to M Hafeez, Another slower delivery, full on leg, hits the pads and the batsmen take a leg bye. 26/0

4.4 L Malinga to M Hafeez, Nicely looped slower one, length outside off, Hafeez is early in the shot and misses. 25/0

4.3 L Malinga to M Hafeez, Short of good length, outside off, tidy channel, Hafeez flirts with it and misses. That was a bit slow from normal. 25/0

4.2 L Malinga to M Hafeez, Back of a length, Hafeez punches it towards cover and Thirimanne dives to stop. 25/0

4.1 L Malinga to I Nazir, A slower one on leg, Nazir flicks it through square leg for a single. 25/0

Saeed Ajmal into the attack now.

4.6 S Tanvir to T Dilshan, Akmal drops a tough chance! Tanvir bowls in the similar zone, outside off, Dilshan pushes and gets an edge behind. Akmal dives to his right but only manages a glove to it. 24/0

4.5 S Tanvir to T Dilshan, Covers the line and dabs it towards point. 22/0

4.4 S Tanvir to T Dilshan, Dilshan pushes at a widish delivery and misses now. Akmal is the only one appealing. 22/0

4.4 S Tanvir to T Dilshan, WIDE! Looks to angle it away but bowls it too wide outside the off stump. Hafeez immediately runs in and has a word with his bowler. 22/0

4.3 S Tanvir to T Dilshan, Banged in short, on leg, Dilshan is surprised and bails out. 21/0

4.2 S Tanvir to M J'dena, Jayawardena gets itchy! Charges down and Tanvir bowls a slower delivery, Jayawardena drags it on the leg side and takes one. Pretty unorthodox. 21/0

4.1 S Tanvir to M J'dena, Tanvir is bowling well. Pitches it around length and it goes away, Jayawardena flirts with it and misses. 20/0

3.6 N Kulasekara to M Hafeez, Hafeez swings wildly now and misses it completely. 24/0

3.5 N Kulasekara to M Hafeez, What happened there? Hafeez goes down and across, the ball swings down and shaves past the leg stump as the batsman misses the sweep. No signal from the umpire for a wide. 24/0

3.4 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, Banged in short, slower one, pulled through square leg for a single. 24/0

3.3 N Kulasekara to M Hafeez, Comes down and plays a horizontal bat shot through square leg for a single. 23/0

3.2 N Kulasekara to M Hafeez, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 22/0

3.1 N Kulasekara to M Hafeez, Normal length outside off, Hafeez pushes at it off the back foot and misses. 22/0

3.6 R Hasan to M J'dena, On the pads, worked away for a single to keep strike. 20/0

3.5 R Hasan to M J'dena, Gives himself room and punches it straight to backward point again. 19/0

3.4 R Hasan to M J'dena, Rocks back and cuts it straight to point. 19/0

3.3 R Hasan to M J'dena, FOUR! Tossed up and full, outside off, Jayawardena picks it and sweeps it uppishly through square leg. No one at the fence. 19/0

3.2 R Hasan to T Dilshan, Comes forward and pushes it through mid on for a single. 15/0

3.1 R Hasan to T Dilshan, Arm ball, quicker on the middle, Dilshan gets an inside edge towards short fine leg. That went past the leg stump. 14/0

2.6 L Malinga to I Nazir, This one is down the leg side and hits the pads of Nazir. The keeper dives to stop the ball. 22/0

2.5 L Malinga to I Nazir, Quick on length, on the middle, strikes Nazir high on the pads. 22/0

2.4 L Malinga to I Nazir, Goes full on leg, strikes Nazir on the front pad and there is a huge shout. The umpire turns it down. It was clearly going down. 22/0

2.3 L Malinga to I Nazir, Another slower delivery, on off, Nazir pats it towards point. Malinga's 3 out of 4 deliveries have been slower ones. 22/0

2.2 L Malinga to I Nazir, Nazir prods to defend and gets the ball off his gloves. It goes fine through third man and they take a couple. 22/0

2.2 L Malinga to I Nazir, Five wides! That is poor, poor delivery with a side defending a low total. Bowls a wayward delivery, too wide down the leg side. Sangakkara fails to glove it. 20/0

2.1 L Malinga to I Nazir, Starts with a slower delivery, on length, Nazir defends watchfully. 15/0

2.6 S Tanvir to T Dilshan, Dabs it behind point and gets a single to end the over. 14/0

2.5 S Tanvir to T Dilshan, Shortish, Dilshan punches it away but finds the fielder at point. 13/0

2.4 S Tanvir to T Dilshan, Back of a length, outside off, Dilshan looks to slam it over point but fails to make contact. 13/0

2.3 S Tanvir to M J'dena, Similar delivery, Jayawardena edges it down to third man for a single. There was a puff of dust that came up which could have surprised the batsman. 13/0

2.2 S Tanvir to M J'dena, Good delivery! Pitches in the zone around middle and off, moves away nicely and beats Jayawardena comprehensively. 12/0

2.1 S Tanvir to M J'dena, Angles it wide outside off, Jayawardena doesn't play. That was too close to being called a wide. 12/0

Lasith Malinga to bowl now.

1.6 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, Hafeez was a goner! Nazir gets an inside edge on the pads, the ball drops on the leg side and they look for a risky single. Kulasekara and Hafeez get in each others way but the bowler does well. He has a shy but misses and Hafeez is in with a slide. 15/0

1.5 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, Good length on off, tight channel, Nazir defends now. 14/0

1.4 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, FOUR! Nicely played shot. Fuller length, Nazir just comes forward and dabs it opening the face late. The ball runs off the edge and beats third man who was wide. 14/0

1.4 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, WIDE! Kulasekara is feeling the heat it seems. Bowls length now and again down the leg side. 10/0

1.4 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, WIDE! Disturbs Kulasekara line a bit who bowls it down the leg side. 9/0

1.3 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, Nazir is all over the place. Comes down the track and looks to smack it through the leg side. Misses completely and the ball goes past the off stump. 8/0

1.2 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, That missed everything! Good delivery, nipping in, Nazir was tentative and the ball goes through the gap between bat and pad. It was just over the bails too. 8/0

1.1 N Kulasekara to I Nazir, Charges down immediately and has a whack, mistimes it back. No run. 8/0

1.6 R Hasan to T Dilshan, Loops it up around the middle, Dilshan defends it back. 12/0

1.5 R Hasan to T Dilshan, Holds it a bit back now, Dilshan pats it towards point. 12/0

1.4 R Hasan to T Dilshan, Nicely bowled. A bit slow and full on the middle, Dilshan leans and defends on the off side. 12/0

1.3 R Hasan to T Dilshan, FOUR! Hasan offers a little bit of room and that is enough for Dilshan. Rocks back and cuts it firmly between cover and point. 12/0

1.2 R Hasan to T Dilshan, Dilshan comes forward to a similar delivery and plays it with hard hands towards cover. 8/0

1.1 R Hasan to M J'dena, Beautifully timed! Leans and pushes the delivery sweetly through the covers for three. Afridi chases it down till the fence. 8/0

Nuwan Kulasekara to bowl from the other end.

0.6 A Mathews to I Nazir, Length on the middle, worked through square leg for a single. Good first over for Pakistan. 8/0

0.5 A Mathews to I Nazir, FOUR! Lovely shot! Nazir lifts it on length and slams it over covers for a boundary. Excellent hand-eye co-ordination . 7/0

0.4 A Mathews to I Nazir, Banged in short now, around off, Nazir is early in the pull and misses. Huge appeal but umpire Taufel just smiles. 3/0

0.3 A Mathews to I Nazir, Half a chance goes down! Mathews bowls wide, Nazir slams it uppishly behind point and Dilshan just gets a left hand. He saves two. 3/0

0.2 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Hafeez picks it from outside off and works it through mid-wicket for a single. 1/0

0.1 A Mathews to M Hafeez, Starts with full length, Hafeez comes forward and pushes it towards mid off. 0/0

Raza Hasan will share the new ball attack.

0.6 S Tanvir to T Dilshan, Play and a miss! Dilshan flashes hard to a delivery outside off, misses it completely with the angle taking it away. 5/0

0.5 S Tanvir to T Dilshan, Bowls a tidy channel around off, Dilshan shuffles and defends on the off side. 5/0

0.4 S Tanvir to M J'dena, Similar length on leg, Jayawardena tickles it fine down the leg side for a single. 5/0

0.3 S Tanvir to M J'dena, Length on the middle, Jayawardena covers the line and defends. 4/0

0.2 S Tanvir to M J'dena, FOUR! First boundary of the game. Tanvir bowls down the leg side, Jayawardena clips it fine. Gul dives at the fence, gets a hand on the ball but can't prevent it from reaching the fence. 4/0

0.1 S Tanvir to M J'dena, Decent start. Short of good length, outside off, Jayawardena leaves it alone. 0/0