After being defeated by Pakistan, Sri Lanka would like to balance the series by winning this match.Pakistan are 1-0 up and are threatening to dent Sri Lanka’s home ODI record, which, contrary to popular imagination, hasn’t been great of late. Meanwhile, will have to make at least one change to their team, after Younis Khan had to return home following the death of his nephew. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. They planned to set a high score before Pakistan.
Tharanga and Dilshan opened the innings for Sri Lanka. Dilshan was playing aggressively from the initial overs but he has paid with his wicket for his careless attitude. Junaid Khan took his wicket in the second over. Dilshan contributed only 13 runs to the Sri Lankan account. Sangakkara took his place in the pitch. Tharanga and Sangakkara were trying to build a good partnership. Tharanga and Sangakkara were trying to full use of powerplay overs. Sangakkara were playing magnificently but Riaz got his wicket in the peak time of his innings. Sangakkara scored 11 runs. After this wicket Riaz struck again and this time he got Tharanga into his trap. After the 11th over they were at 68 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Sri Lankan crowd were waiting for the midas touch of Mathews. Mathews and Jayawardane were on the pitch then. Jayawardane was looking good in the field. They both were rotating the strike quite well. They gave the momentum on the scoreboard. After the end of 30th over they were at 166 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Mohammad Hafeez broke this effective partnership taking Jayawardane’s wicket. He contributed 67 runs. Hafeez struck two times after this wicket and took Prasanna and Priyanjan’s wicket. But the skipper was holding one side with the tailenders. Mathews and Perera were rotating the strike pretty fast. But it was very bad luck for the skipper as he missed his ton, scoring 93 runs. Riaz took his wicket. After that Perera added some runs in the scoreboard. He was run out and he undoubtedly scored a deserving 65 runs.at the end of the Sri Lankan innings Riaz took Malinga’s wicket. After the 50th over they cruised at 310 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.
Pakistan were ready to beat this challenge and Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan started the second innings for the Pakistan. They were trying to play cautiously but Malinga struck early. He took Sharjeel Khan’s wicket. Hafeez took place Sharjeel Khan’s place. Shehzad and Hafeez have given a successful momentum on the board. After the end of 10th over they scored 80 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Prasanna, the man who broke their devastative partnership taking Hafeez’s wicket. After that Dilshan took Akmal’s wicket. Akmal did not click today. After the end of 20th over Pakistan were at 119 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.Shehzad and Misbah were on the pitch then who lit the hope in the Pakistani crowd’s heart. Their run rate graph was falling down. In the 36th over the mystery spinner bowler Herath took Misbah’s wicket. In the 38th over he got Maqsood into his trap. ‘Boom Boom’ man was the last hope then. But Perera burned this last hope in 41st over and in the 43rd over he consecutively took two wicket of Riaz and Alam’s wicket.They were at the edge of this match. Malinga pushed them into the pit taking Junaid’s wicket.And they were all out by 233 runs.And that’s a massive win for Sri Lanka, both in terms of run-margin and the number of overs left, but those numbers will mask how much they will have worried at one stage. Pakistan got off to a spectacular start thanks to Mohammad Hafeez, who came out and timed everything in unearthly manner, but the spinners put the brakes on in quite spectacular fashion. Fawad Alam kept Pakistan’s hopes up for a while, first alongside Misbah-ul-Haq and then, briefly, with Shahid Afridi, but they lost too many wickets trying to catch up with the escalating required rate. Sri Lanka brought back the life into this series by balancing it 1-1.
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