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Pakistan v. Sri Lanka

Pakistan v Sri Lanka Twenty20 Series in UAE 2013

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai: Wednesday 11 December 2013 20:00 (day 1 of 1)

Toss: Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.

Result: Pakistan win by 3 wickets

Pakistan 1st innings

End of Over 20 (6 runs)
Bowler: Nuwan Kulasekara
Pakistan: 146-7 (rr 7.30)

19.1
Six Runs
SIX! Kulasekara to Afridi. Full toss, outside off stump on the front foot sweeping, well timed in the air under control over deep backward square leg for 6 runs.

Afridi plays an outrageous shot to bring the match to a close, dragging the ball from well outside the off-stump over square leg for six.

Pakistan's game plan has worked perfectly in this match, winning the toss and keeping Sri Lanka to a total within Pakistan's reach. Angelo Mathews did a good job of getting Sri Lanka a decent total on the board with some late hitting, though 145 always looked a little light on this pitch.

Pakistan started their reply patiently, with Sharjeel and Hafeez putting on 57 for the second wicket at around a run a ball. This set the scene for the lower order batsmen to have a go, in particular Shahid Afridi whos 39 off 20 balls earned him the man of the match award.

A successful start to the series for Pakistan who now know that a win in the second game will move them to the top of the T20 world rankings.

End of Over 19 (6 runs)
Bowler: Lasith Malinga
Pakistan: 139-7 (rr 7.32)

18.6
One Run
Malinga to Afridi. Yorker, middle stump on the front foot pushing, back to bowler for 1 run, fielded by Malinga.

18.5
Catch
OUT! Caught. Malinga to Bhatti. Half volley, outside off stump no foot movement driving, mis-timed to long on, fielded by Perera.

Bhatti doesn't get hold of that and its a good catch taken by Perera.

18.4
One Run
Malinga to Afridi. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, top edge to deep backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.

18.3
One Run
Malinga to Bhatti. Half volley, to leg no foot movement flick, well timed to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.

18.2
Two Runs
Malinga to Bhatti. Yorker, outside off stump on the front foot Steer, well timed to third man for 2 runs, fielded by Kulasekara.

18.1
One Run
Malinga to Afridi. Half volley, to leg no foot movement flick, to mid wicket for 1 run, shy attempt by Perera.

End of Over 18 (13 runs)
Bowler: Thisara Perera
Pakistan: 134-6 (rr 7.44)

17.6
One Run
Perera to Afridi. Half volley, middle stump on the front foot driving, to long off for 1 run, fielded by Kulasekara.

17.5
Two Runs
Perera to Afridi. Half volley, to leg no foot movement flick, well timed to fine leg for 2 runs, fielded by Mendis.

17.4
Four Runs
FOUR! Perera to Afridi. Full toss, down leg side moves in front sweeping, well timed past fine leg for 4 runs.

17.3
One Run
APPEAL! Perera to Bhatti. Length ball, outside off stump no foot movement Slog, inside edge to slips for 1 run, direct hit by Dilshan, appeal made for Run Out.

Good work from Dilshan but Bhatti just about makes his ground.

17.2
Four Runs
FOUR! Perera to Bhatti. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, top edge in the air uncontrolled past third man for 4 runs.

Fortunate for Bhatti as the top edge clears the keeper and Malinga can't quite cut it off at third man.

17.1
One Run
Perera to Afridi. Full toss, off stump no foot movement driving, well timed to long on for 1 run, fielded by Senanayake.

End of Over 17 (4 runs)
Bowler: Lasith Malinga
Pakistan: 121-6 (rr 7.12)

16.6
No Runs
APPEAL! Malinga to Bhatti. Full toss, middle stump no foot movement working, outside edge to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Sangakkara, appeal made for L.B.W.

Another big appeal from Malinga but that appears to have come off the edge and on to the pad. Good decision.

16.5
One Run
Malinga to Afridi. Half volley, down leg side backing away driving, well timed to deep extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Mathews.

16.4
One Run
Malinga to Bhatti. Slower ball half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to long on for 1 run, fielded by Dilshan.

16.3
One Run
Malinga to Afridi. Half volley, to leg no foot movement driving, well timed in the air under control to long on for 1 run, fielded by Dilshan.

16.2
One Run
Malinga to Bhatti. Slower ball full toss, middle stump no foot movement working, outside edge to third man for 1 run, fielded by Kulasekara.

16.1
Wicket
OUT! L.B.W. Malinga to Maqsood. Slower ball yorker, middle stump no foot movement flick, hit pad.

Malinga has completely bamboozled Maqsood with the slower ball and he is hit with a yorker right in front of middle. Easy decision for the umpire.

End of Over 16 (14 runs)
Bowler: Nuwan Kulasekara
Pakistan: 117-5 (rr 7.31)

15.6
Six Runs
SIX! Kulasekara to Afridi. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over deep backward point for 6 runs.

Pure power from Afridi who drives the ball high over deep point for 6. He's put them in a commanding position with those two sixes, 29 off 24 required for victory.

15.5
No Runs
Kulasekara to Afridi. Yorker, outside off stump backing away driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Sangakkara.

15.4
No Runs
Kulasekara to Afridi. Yorker, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, mis-timed back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Kulasekara.

15.3
Six Runs
SIX! Kulasekara to Afridi. Full toss, middle stump down the track Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs.

Huge strike from Afridi who finds the third tier of the stadium.

15.2
One Run
Kulasekara to Maqsood. Length ball, outside off stump down the track driving, mis-timed to long on for 1 run.

15.1
One Run
Kulasekara to Afridi. Full toss, off stump down the track driving, well timed to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Perera.

End of Over 15 (7 runs)
Bowler: Lasith Malinga
Pakistan: 103-5 (rr 6.87)

14.6
One Run
Malinga to Afridi. Length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Dilshan.

14.5
Four Runs
FOUR! Malinga to Afridi. Short, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed in the air under control past third man for 4 runs.

14.4
Two Runs
Malinga to Afridi. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, top edge in the air uncontrolled to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, fielded by Thirimanne.

14.3
No Runs
Malinga to Afridi. Short, off stump ducked, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Sangakkara.

14.2
No Runs
Malinga to Afridi. Short, outside off stump no foot movement, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Sangakkara.

14.1
Catch
OUT! Caught. Malinga to Amin. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control to cover, fielded by Chandimal.

Amin has nailed that straight to Chandimal at cover and Sri Lanka are celebrating as if that means victory. Boom Boom on his way to the crease.

End of Over 14 (9 runs)
Bowler: Ajantha Mendis
Pakistan: 96-4 (rr 6.86)

13.6
Six Runs
SIX! Mendis to Maqsood. Off break length ball, down leg side no foot movement Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs.

That came at the right time for Pakistan as the required rate was starting to get a little too high. He clears the rope by quite a distance with that. 50 off 36 required.

13.5
One Run
Mendis to Amin. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to long off for 1 run, fielded by Kulasekara.

13.4
No Runs
Mendis to Amin. Off break length ball, off stump no foot movement Steer, to backward point for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.

13.3
One Run
Mendis to Maqsood. Off break length ball, off stump down the track flick, inside edge to deep backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Perera.

13.2
One Run
Mendis to Amin. Off break length ball, to leg on the back foot working, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.

13.1
No Runs
Mendis to Amin. Top spinning length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Sangakkara.

End of Over 13 (7 runs)
Bowler: Thisara Perera
Pakistan: 87-4 (rr 6.69)

12.6
One Run
Perera to Amin. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to long off for 1 run, fielded by Dilshan.

12.5
Four Runs
FOUR! Perera to Amin. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot glancing, well timed past fine leg for 4 runs.

12.4
No Runs
Perera to Amin. Length ball, middle stump on the back foot pushing, to cover for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.

12.3
One Run
Perera to Maqsood. Length ball, outside off stump moves in front driving, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Dilshan.

12.2
No Runs
Perera to Maqsood. Back of a length, outside off stump no foot movement pushing, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Sangakkara.

12.1
One Run
Perera to Amin. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, well timed to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.

End of Over 12 (6 runs)
Bowler: Ajantha Mendis
Pakistan: 80-4 (rr 6.67)

11.6
No Runs
Mendis to Maqsood. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Steer, to backward point for no runs, fielded by Dilshan.

66 off 8 overs required for Pakistan.

11.5
Four Runs
FOUR! Mendis to Maqsood. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed past deep extra cover for 4 runs.

11.4
Run Out
OUT! Run Out. Mendis to Maqsood. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, back to bowler, mis-fielded by Mendis.

Very fortunate for Sri Lanka and very unlucky for Akmal. Mendis bends over to field the ball and it manages to squeeze through his hands, off his foot and on to the stumps. Akmal is marginally out of his crease and the third umpire sends him on his way.

11.3
Wicket
OUT! L.B.W. Mendis to Hafeez. Off break length ball, off stump no foot movement sweeping, hit pad.

The captain is gone and the problems are mounting up for Pakistan. He goes to sweep the ball hard and it comes on a little quicker than he expects and is trapped right in front. Good decision.

11.2
One Run
Mendis to Akmal. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Mathews.

11.1
One Run
Mendis to Hafeez. Off break length ball, to leg on the back foot flick, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Kulasekara.

End of Over 11 (7 runs)
Bowler: Thisara Perera
Pakistan: 74-2 (rr 6.73)

10.6
Four Runs
FOUR! Perera to Akmal. Length ball, outside off stump down the track driving, well timed in the air under control past long off for 4 runs.

Stunning stroke from Akmal to finish the over. They need more of that.

10.5
No Runs
Perera to Akmal. Length ball, outside off stump no foot movement pushing, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Sangakkara.

10.4
One Run
Perera to Hafeez. Leg cutter length ball, off stump on the back foot working, to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.

10.3
Catch
OUT! Caught. Perera to Khan. Half volley, middle stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to long off, fielded by Dilshan.

A complete miscue from Sharjeel who hits the ball high up into the night sky. Dilshan moves round and juggles the ball a little before making sure of the catch. Pakistan in a little bit of trouble, they need some quick runs.

10.2
One Run
Perera to Hafeez. Leg cutter length ball, off stump on the back foot glancing, to short fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Malinga.

10.1
One Run
Perera to Khan. Length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed to long off for 1 run, fielded by Senanayake.

End of Over 10 (15 runs)
Bowler: Angelo Mathews
Pakistan: 67-1 (rr 6.70)

9.6
Two Runs
Mathews to Hafeez. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, bottom edge to fine leg for 2 runs, fielded by Mendis.

9.5
Six Runs
SIX! Mathews to Hafeez. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs.

Stand and deliver this time from Hafeez who pumps the balls well over the straight boundary.

9.4
Four Runs
FOUR! Mathews to Hafeez. Length ball, outside off stump down the track Scoop, well timed in the air under control past fine leg for 4 runs.

A very nicely played pre-meditated stroke from the skipper.

9.3
One Run
Mathews to Khan. Slower length ball, off stump on the front foot Steer, to third man for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.

9.2
No Runs
Mathews to Khan. Back of a length, middle stump no foot movement cutting, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Sangakkara.

9.1
Two Runs
Mathews to Khan. Length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to deep backward point for 2 runs, fielded by Mendis.

End of Over 9 (7 runs)
Bowler: Ajantha Mendis
Pakistan: 52-1 (rr 5.78)

8.6
One Run
Mendis to Khan. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot pushing, to long off for 1 run, fielded by Perera.

8.5
One Run
Mendis to Hafeez. Off break length ball, outside off stump down the track driving, mis-timed to long on for 1 run, fielded by Perera.

8.4
No Runs
Mendis to Hafeez. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Mendis.

8.3
Two Runs
Mendis to Hafeez. Doosra length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to long on for 2 runs, mis-fielded by Perera.

8.2
One Run
Mendis to Khan. Off break length ball, down leg side on the back foot working, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Dilshan.

8.1
Two Runs
Mendis to Khan. Off break full toss, down leg side no foot movement sweeping, top edge to fine leg for 2 runs, dropped catch by Mathews, fielded by Mathews.

Crazy batting from Sharjeel who attempts a sweep at a ball way down the leg side. He gets a big top edge and the ball just about loops over Mathews at short third man who can't keep hold of a one handed effort.

End of Over 8 (5 runs)
Bowler: Angelo Mathews
Pakistan: 45-1 (rr 5.62)

7.6
One Run
Mathews to Khan. Slower ball back of a length, to leg on the back foot Steer, to third man for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.

Pakistan still quite reserved at the moment. Sri Lanka will be happy with their work so far.

7.5
One Run
Mathews to Hafeez. Length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to long on for 1 run, fielded by Kulasekara.

7.4
Two Runs
Mathews to Hafeez. Length ball, off stump on the front foot flick, in the air under control to mid wicket for 2 runs, fielded by Chandimal.

7.3
No Runs
Mathews to Hafeez. Slower length ball, off stump on the front foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.

7.2
One Run
Mathews to Khan. Back of a length, middle stump on the back foot Late Cut, to third man for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.

7.1
No Runs
Mathews to Khan. Length ball, middle stump no foot movement pushing, outside edge to wicketkeeper for no runs, shy attempt by Sangakkara, fielded by Kulasekara.

End of Over 7 (4 runs)
Bowler: Sachithra Senanayake
Pakistan: 40-1 (rr 5.71)

6.6
One Run
Senanayake to Khan. Off break half volley, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Malinga.

6.5
One Run
Senanayake to Hafeez. Off break length ball, off stump down the track defending, Gloved to cover for 1 run, fielded by Dilshan.

6.4
One Run
Senanayake to Khan. Off break full toss, middle stump on the front foot flick, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Malinga.

6.3
No Runs
Senanayake to Khan. Off break length ball, middle stump no foot movement pushing, to silly mid on for no runs, fielded by Senanayake.

6.2
One Run
Senanayake to Hafeez. Off break length ball, to leg on the back foot working, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.

6.1
No Runs
Senanayake to Hafeez. Off break length ball, off stump down the track defending, to cover for no runs, fielded by Dilshan.

End of Over 6 (Power Play Fielding) (7 runs)
Bowler: Ajantha Mendis
Pakistan: 36-1 (rr 6.00)

5.6
No Runs
Mendis to Khan. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to cover for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.

5.5
Two Runs
Mendis to Khan. Off break half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control to long off for 2 runs, run save by Kulasekara, fielded by Mathews.

5.4
No Runs
Mendis to Khan. Off break length ball, down leg side no foot movement working, to deep backward square leg for no runs, fielded by Thirimanne.

5.3
Four Runs
FOUR! Mendis to Khan. Off break length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past long on for 4 runs, mis-fielded by Perera.

A good shot but that really should have been stopped on the boundary. He ends up kicking it over the rope.

5.2
One Run
Mendis to Hafeez. Off break length ball, middle stump on the back foot working, to deep backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Malinga.

5.1
No Runs
Mendis to Hafeez. Off break half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to cover for no runs, fielded by Perera.

End of Over 5 (Power Play Fielding) (3 runs)
Bowler: Sachithra Senanayake
Pakistan: 29-1 (rr 5.80)

4.6
No Runs
Senanayake to Khan. Off break length ball, off stump backing away pushing, to cover for no runs, fielded by Thirimanne.

Just one over of powerplay left and Pakistan will be looking to make the most of it.

4.5
One Run
Senanayake to Hafeez. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot Steer, to third man for 1 run, fielded by Dilshan.

4.4
No Runs
Senanayake to Hafeez. Off break length ball, middle stump on the front foot working, leading edge to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Senanayake.

4.3
One Run
Senanayake to Khan. Off break length ball, middle stump on the front foot working, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Malinga.

4.2
One Run
Senanayake to Hafeez. Off break length ball, to leg on the back foot flick, well timed to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Mathews.

4.1
No Runs
Senanayake to Hafeez. Off break length ball, middle stump on the back foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.

End of Over 4 (Power Play Fielding) (8 runs)
Bowler: Nuwan Kulasekara
Pakistan: 26-1 (rr 6.50)

3.6
No Runs
Kulasekara to Khan. Length ball, outside off stump no foot movement cutting, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Sangakkara.

3.5
Two Runs
Kulasekara to Khan. Length ball, middle stump no foot movement pushing, outside edge to third man for 2 runs, run save by Malinga, fielded by Malinga.

3.4
Four Runs
FOUR! Kulasekara to Khan. Half volley, middle stump no foot movement driving, well timed in the air under control past long off for 4 runs.

Punched straight back over the bowlers head with minimal foot movement. Stunning stroke.

3.3
One Run
Kulasekara to Hafeez. In-swinging length ball, outside off stump on the front foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Chandimal.

3.2
No Runs
Kulasekara to Hafeez. Seaming in length ball, outside off stump down the track pushing, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Sangakkara.

3.1
One Run
Kulasekara to Khan. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot pulling, well timed to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.

End of Over 3 (Power Play Fielding) (7 runs)
Bowler: Sachithra Senanayake
Pakistan: 18-1 (rr 6.00)

2.6
No Runs
Senanayake to Hafeez. Off break half volley, middle stump no foot movement defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Senanayake.

2.5
Four Runs
FOUR! Senanayake to Hafeez. Off break half volley, outside off stump on the front foot sweeping, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs.

2.4
One Run
Senanayake to Khan. Off break half volley, to leg on the front foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Perera.

2.3
One Run
Senanayake to Hafeez. Off break full toss, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Mathews.

2.2
Catch
OUT! Caught. Senanayake to Shehzad. Off break half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control to cover, fielded by Thirimanne.

Stunning catch from Thirimanne at cover to remove Shehzad. He throws himself high to his left and takes a goalkeeper style catch to a ball that was moving fast.

2.1
One Run
Senanayake to Khan. Off break length ball, to leg on the back foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Thirimanne.

End of Over 2 (Power Play Fielding) (2 runs)
Bowler: Nuwan Kulasekara
Pakistan: 11-0 (rr 5.50)

1.6
No Runs
Kulasekara to Shehzad. Length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, to mid on for no runs.

1.5
No Runs
Kulasekara to Shehzad. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed to backward point for no runs, fielded by Dilshan.

1.4
No Runs
Kulasekara to Shehzad. Length ball, outside off stump down the track pushing, inside edge to leg gully for no runs, fielded by Malinga.

1.3
One Run
Kulasekara to Khan. Length ball, down leg side no foot movement pushing, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Mendis.

1.2
One Run
Kulasekara to Shehzad. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, to deep cover for 1 run, mis-fielded by Thirimanne.

1.1
No Runs
Kulasekara to Shehzad. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, to cover for no runs, fielded by Thirimanne.

End of Over 1 (Power Play Fielding) (9 runs)
Bowler: Lasith Malinga
Pakistan: 9-0 (rr 9.00)

0.6
Three Runs
Malinga to Shehzad. Back of a length, off stump on the back foot working, to deep square leg for 3 runs, fielded by Mendis.

0.5
No Runs
Malinga to Shehzad. Slower length ball, outside off stump no foot movement defending, to short leg for no runs, fielded by Chandimal.

0.4
No Runs
Malinga to Shehzad. Length ball, off stump on the front foot defending, to cover for no runs, fielded by Perera.

0.3
One Run
Malinga to Khan. Full toss, middle stump no foot movement flick, well timed to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Senanayake.

0.2
Four Runs
FREE HIT. FOUR! Malinga to Khan. Yorker, to leg on the front foot driving, inside edge past fine leg for 4 runs.

Very unfortunate for Malinga but that gets Sharjeel his first runs in T20 internationals.

0.1
No Runs
NEW BALL. Malinga to Khan. Yorker, to leg no foot movement defending, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Perera.

0.0
Start of Innings
Start of Pakistan Innings.

Sri Lanka 1st innings

End of Over 20 (7 runs)
Bowler: Sohail Tanvir
Sri Lanka: 145-5 (rr 7.25)

19.6
Two Runs
Tanvir to Perera. Half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to long off for 2 runs, fielded by Shehzad.

He can't quite manage to find the boundary off the last ball of the over due to some good fielding on the boundary by Shahzad. Sri Lanka finish on 145-5, which is perhaps slightly below par at this ground. It was an impressive display from the Pakistan bowlers, keeping it tight until the last few overs when the visitors managed to hit some boundaries. Sri Lanka will need early wickets to give themselves a chance of taking this first game.

19.5
No Runs
Tanvir to Perera. Short, outside off stump backing away cutting, bottom edge back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Tanvir.

19.4
One Run
Tanvir to Thirimanne. Length ball, middle stump on the front foot flick, in the air uncontrolled to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Ajmal.

19.3
No Runs
Tanvir to Thirimanne. Slower length ball, outside off stump on the front foot glancing, inside edge to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Akmal.

19.2
Catch
OUT! Caught. Tanvir to Mathews. Half volley, middle stump on the back foot flick, well timed in the air under control to deep mid wicket, fielded by Khan.

Sharjeel takes a good catch under pressure, right in front of the boundary. He balanced himself well to take the catch.

19.1
Four Runs
FOUR! Tanvir to Mathews. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past long off for 4 runs.

50 for Mathews of just 33 balls. Cracking innings.

End of Over 19 (12 runs)
Bowler: Saeed Ajmal
Sri Lanka: 138-4 (rr 7.26)

18.6
Six Runs
SIX! Ajmal to Thirimanne. Off break length ball, to leg down the track Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs.

That one ruins Ajmal's figures and gives them some real momentum going into the last over. Top finishing from these two. This partnership is 54 off 32 balls so far.

18.5
Two Runs
Ajmal to Thirimanne. Off break full toss, down leg side backing away driving, well timed to deep extra cover for 2 runs, fielded by Amin.

18.4
One Run
Ajmal to Mathews. Off break back of a length, off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed to deep backward point for 1 run, fielded by Khan.

18.3
One Run
Ajmal to Thirimanne. Off break half volley, to leg backing away driving, well timed to long off for 1 run, fielded by Amin.

18.2
One Run
Ajmal to Mathews. Off break half volley, middle stump down the track flick, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Hafeez.

18.1
One Run
Ajmal to Thirimanne. Off break length ball, off stump no foot movement slog sweeping, well timed in the air under control to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Maqsood.

End of Over 18 (18 runs)
Bowler: Bilawal Bhatti
Sri Lanka: 126-4 (rr 7.00)

17.6
Four Runs
FOUR! Bhatti to Mathews. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control past long on for 4 runs.

Fantastic over for Sri Lanka as Mathews explodes into life. He takes aim down the ground and pulls off some remarkable shots. 18 off the over.

17.5
Two Runs
Bhatti to Mathews. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control to long off for 2 runs, run save by Amin, fielded by Shehzad.

17.4
Two Runs
Bhatti to Mathews. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to deep cover for 2 runs, dropped catch by Hafeez, fielded by Amin.

Difficult chance for Hafeez running backwards.

17.3
Four Runs
FOUR! Bhatti to Mathews. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs.

17.2
Four Runs
FOUR! Bhatti to Mathews. Half volley, to leg no foot movement flick, well timed past deep mid wicket for 4 runs.

Superb timing from Mathews. That raced away to the fence.

17.1
Two Runs
Bhatti to Mathews. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control to long off for 2 runs, fielded by Amin.

End of Over 17 (11 runs)
Bowler: Sohail Tanvir
Sri Lanka: 108-4 (rr 6.35)

16.6
One Run
Tanvir to Mathews. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot Steer, to third man for 1 run, fielded by Bhatti.

16.5
One Run
Tanvir to Thirimanne. Half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to long off for 1 run, fielded by Amin.

16.4
One Run
Tanvir to Mathews. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, well timed to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Amin.

16.3
One Run
Tanvir to Thirimanne. Slower ball short, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, thick edge to third man for 1 run, fielded by Ajmal.

16.2
Four Runs
FOUR! Tanvir to Thirimanne. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control past deep square leg for 4 runs.

That sits up nicely and he's dispatched it well.

16.1
Wide
Wide Tanvir to Thirimanne. Back of a length, to leg on the back foot pulling, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Akmal.

End of Over 16 (8 runs)
Bowler: Saeed Ajmal
Sri Lanka: 97-4 (rr 6.06)

15.6
One Run
Ajmal to Thirimanne. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, to deep cover for 1 run, fielded by Khan.

15.5
One Run
Ajmal to Mathews. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot Slog, inside edge to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Khan.

15.4
Four Runs
FOUR! Ajmal to Mathews. Off break length ball, outside off stump no foot movement Slog, well timed in the air under control past deep mid wicket for 4 runs.

Not the prettiest of strokes but very effective!

15.3
One Run
Ajmal to Thirimanne. Off break length ball, outside off stump no foot movement pushing, mis-timed to cover for 1 run, fielded by Afridi.

15.2
No Runs
Ajmal to Thirimanne. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to backward point for no runs, fielded by Hafeez.

15.1
One Run
Ajmal to Mathews. Off break length ball, outside off stump no foot movement pushing, to cover for 1 run, fielded by Bhatti.

End of Over 15 (3 runs)
Bowler: Shahid Afridi
Sri Lanka: 89-4 (rr 5.93)

14.6
No Runs
Afridi to Thirimanne. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump on the back foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Hafeez.

14.5
One Run
Afridi to Mathews. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Afridi.

14.4
No Runs
APPEAL! Afridi to Mathews. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, inside edge to gully for no runs, mis-fielded by Akmal, appeal made for L.B.W.

Afridi goes up with a huge appeal but it's turned down and he might be right to feel agrieved. If the ball misses the inside edge, which is hard to tell, it is absolutely plumb.

14.3
One Run
Afridi to Thirimanne. Leg spinner short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, well timed to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Maqsood.

14.2
One Run
Afridi to Mathews. Leg spinner half volley, to leg on the front foot driving, well timed to long on for 1 run, fielded by Shehzad.

14.1
No Runs
Afridi to Mathews. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the back foot defending, to gully for no runs, fielded by Maqsood.

End of Over 14 (4 runs)
Bowler: Saeed Ajmal
Sri Lanka: 86-4 (rr 6.14)

13.6
One Run
Ajmal to Mathews. Off break length ball, outside off stump no foot movement pushing, to backward point for 1 run, fielded by Shinwari.

13.5
One Run
Ajmal to Thirimanne. Off break back of a length, off stump on the back foot working, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Shehzad.

13.4
Catch
OUT! Caught. Ajmal to Sangakkara. Quicker length ball, outside off stump down the track driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to cover, fielded by Afridi.

That's a big wicket for Pakistan as Sri Lanka's main man is dismissed. He doesn't get to the pitch of the ball and cannot get enough of the ball to clear Afridi at cover. Simple catch.

13.3
One Run
Ajmal to Mathews. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot sweeping, well timed to deep square leg for 1 run, fielded by Khan.

13.2
One Run
Ajmal to Sangakkara. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Amin.

13.1
No Runs
Ajmal to Sangakkara. Off break length ball, outside off stump backing away driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, mis-fielded by Akmal.

End of Over 13 (10 runs)
Bowler: Mohammad Hafeez
Sri Lanka: 82-3 (rr 6.31)

12.6
No Runs
Hafeez to Mathews. Off break length ball, middle stump on the back foot working, to deep backward square leg for no runs, fielded by Afridi.

12.5
One Run
Hafeez to Sangakkara. Off break length ball, off stump on the back foot working, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Bhatti.

12.4
One Run
Hafeez to Mathews. Off break length ball, off stump on the back foot working, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Ajmal.

12.3
Six Runs
SIX! Hafeez to Mathews. Off break full toss, to leg down the track flick, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs.

He's adjusted really well there as the full toss was quite high and he needed to make room for the shot. Well played.

12.2
One Run
Hafeez to Sangakkara. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed to long off for 1 run, fielded by Shehzad.

12.1
One Run
Hafeez to Mathews. Off break half volley, off stump down the track driving, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Shehzad.

End of Over 12 (6 runs)
Bowler: Shahid Afridi
Sri Lanka: 72-3 (rr 6.00)

11.6
One Run
Afridi to Mathews. Leg spinner half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to long on for 1 run, fielded by Tanvir.

11.5
One Run
Afridi to Sangakkara. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump on the front foot driving, well timed to long off for 1 run, fielded by Tanvir.

11.4
No Runs
Afridi to Sangakkara. Leg spinner length ball, to leg on the back foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Hafeez.

11.3
One Run
Afridi to Mathews. Leg spinner half volley, to leg on the front foot pushing, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Tanvir.

11.2
One Run
Afridi to Sangakkara. Leg spinner half volley, to leg down the track flick, well timed to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Ajmal.

11.1
Two Runs
Afridi to Sangakkara. Leg spinner length ball, middle stump on the back foot working, to deep backward square leg for 2 runs, fielded by Bhatti.

End of Over 11 (4 runs)
Bowler: Mohammad Hafeez
Sri Lanka: 66-3 (rr 6.00)

10.6
One Run
Hafeez to Sangakkara. Off break half volley, middle stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control to long off for 1 run, fielded by Shehzad.

10.5
One Run
Hafeez to Mathews. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to long on for 1 run, fielded by Shehzad.

10.4
One Run
Hafeez to Sangakkara. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to long off for 1 run, fielded by Shehzad.

10.3
One Run
Hafeez to Mathews. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot pushing, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Shehzad.

10.2
No Runs
Hafeez to Mathews. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot working, to mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Maqsood.

10.1
No Runs
Hafeez to Mathews. Off break half volley, outside off stump on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Hafeez.

End of Over 10 (3 runs)
Bowler: Shahid Afridi
Sri Lanka: 62-3 (rr 6.20)

9.6
No Runs
Afridi to Sangakkara. Leg spinner length ball, to leg on the back foot pushing, well timed to cover for no runs, fielded by Maqsood.

That's the halfway point and Sri Lanka currently behind par on 62-3. They will be hoping for a much improved second half.

9.5
One Run
Afridi to Mathews. Leg spinner back of a length, off stump on the back foot pushing, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Tanvir.

9.4
No Runs
Afridi to Mathews. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump no foot movement Steer, to slips for no runs, fielded by Shinwari.

9.3
One Run
Afridi to Sangakkara. Leg spinner length ball, down leg side on the back foot working, to deep backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Shehzad.

9.2
One Run
Afridi to Mathews. Leg spinner half volley, middle stump on the front foot working, to deep backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Khan.

9.1
Wicket
OUT! L.B.W. Afridi to Chandimal. Googly length ball, off stump on the front foot working, hit pad.

Chandimal plays all around the ball and it's an easy decision for the umpire. He seemed to misjudge the pace and play it far to late. Pakistan strengthen their grip on the game.

End of Over 9 (7 runs)
Bowler: Mohammad Hafeez
Sri Lanka: 59-2 (rr 6.56)

8.6
No Runs
Hafeez to Sangakkara. Off break length ball, off stump on the front foot driving, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Hafeez.

8.5
Two Runs
Hafeez to Sangakkara. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to deep extra cover for 2 runs, fielded by Maqsood.

8.4
One Run
Hafeez to Chandimal. Off break full toss, middle stump down the track pushing, well timed to long on for 1 run, fielded by Maqsood.

8.3
One Run
Hafeez to Sangakkara. Off break length ball, off stump on the back foot pushing, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Shinwari.

8.2
Two Runs
Hafeez to Sangakkara. Off break length ball, off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed to deep cover for 2 runs, fielded by Ajmal.

8.1
One Run
Hafeez to Chandimal. Off break length ball, to leg no foot movement working, well timed to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Amin.

End of Over 8 (8 runs)
Bowler: Shahid Afridi
Sri Lanka: 52-2 (rr 6.50)

7.6
Four Runs
FOUR! Afridi to Sangakkara. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump moves in front sweeping, bottom edge past fine leg for 4 runs.

They needed that boundary. Afridi not finding much turn but bowling with good variation to keep the runs down.

7.5
One Run
Afridi to Chandimal. Leg spinner length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to long off for 1 run, fielded by Amin.

7.4
No Runs
Afridi to Chandimal. Leg spinner back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, to backward point for no runs, fielded by Akmal.

7.3
One Run
Afridi to Sangakkara. Leg spinner back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, to deep backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Maqsood.

7.2
One Run
Afridi to Chandimal. Leg spinner back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot flick, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Ajmal.

7.1
Wide
Wide Afridi to Chandimal. Quicker length ball, down leg side on the back foot flick, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Akmal.

End of Over 7 (3 runs)
Bowler: Bilawal Bhatti
Sri Lanka: 44-2 (rr 6.29)

6.6
No Runs
Bhatti to Sangakkara. Short, down leg side swayed away, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Akmal.

A really good over from Bhatti. Neither batsman can seem to get him away.

6.5
No Runs
Bhatti to Sangakkara. Length ball, to leg no foot movement pushing, well timed back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Bhatti.

6.4
One Run
Bhatti to Chandimal. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed to deep backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Amin.

6.3
No Runs
Bhatti to Chandimal. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, inside edge to silly point for no runs, fielded by Bhatti.

6.2
One Run
Bhatti to Sangakkara. Length ball, down leg side on the back foot working, well timed to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Khan.

6.1
One Run
Bhatti to Chandimal. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, inside edge to fine leg for 1 run, fielded by Ajmal.

End of Over 6 (Power Play Fielding) (11 runs)
Bowler: Saeed Ajmal
Sri Lanka: 41-2 (rr 6.83)

5.6
Wicket
OUT! L.B.W. Ajmal to Perera. Top spinning length ball, outside off stump on the front foot working, hit pad.

That was pretty plumb. Slightly quicker from Ajmal and the ball skips off the pitch and would of gone on to hit leg stump. Good decision.

5.5
One Run
Ajmal to Chandimal. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, well timed to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Shehzad.

5.4
Wide
Wide Ajmal to Chandimal. Quicker ball half volley, down leg side on the front foot flick, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, mis-fielded by Akmal.

5.3
Four Runs
FOUR! Ajmal to Chandimal. Quicker ball back of a length, outside off stump on the front foot slog sweeping, well timed in the air under control past fine leg for 4 runs.

He cleared the man at short fine leg by a distance, nice stroke.

5.2
No Runs
Ajmal to Chandimal. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the front foot working, to fine leg for no runs, fielded by Shinwari.

5.1
One Run
Ajmal to Perera. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Shehzad.

End of Over 5 (Power Play Fielding) (2 runs)
Bowler: Bilawal Bhatti
Sri Lanka: 30-1 (rr 6.00)

4.6
No Runs
Bhatti to Chandimal. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Bhatti.

Pakistan will be happy with their work in the powerplay so far, only 6 an over coming from it.

4.5
No Runs
Bhatti to Chandimal. Length ball, outside off stump no foot movement pushing, to cover for no runs, fielded by Hafeez.

4.4
One Run
Bhatti to Perera. Short, down leg side on the back foot pulling, well timed to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Khan.

4.3
No Runs
Bhatti to Perera. Length ball, to leg on the front foot driving, well timed to mid on for no runs, fielded by Ajmal.

4.2
No Runs
Bhatti to Perera. Back of a length, middle stump on the back foot driving, well timed to deep cover for no runs, fielded by Akmal.

4.1
One Run
Bhatti to Chandimal. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed to mid on for 1 run, shy attempt by Afridi.

End of Over 4 (Power Play Fielding) (10 runs)
Bowler: Sohail Tanvir
Sri Lanka: 28-1 (rr 7.00)

3.6
Six Runs
SIX! Tanvir to Perera. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control over deep backward square leg for 6 runs.

He's hit that a long way over the rope. Tanvir very annoyed with himself for dropping short on this pitch.

3.5
Two Runs
Tanvir to Perera. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, fielded by Amin.

3.4
No Runs
Tanvir to Perera. Slower ball half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, to backward point for no runs, fielded by Shehzad.

3.3
Two Runs
Tanvir to Perera. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, to deep mid wicket for 2 runs, fielded by Amin.

3.2
No Runs
Tanvir to Perera. Length ball, outside off stump no foot movement pushing, to cover for no runs, fielded by Hafeez.

3.1
No Runs
Tanvir to Perera. Half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to cover for no runs, fielded by Hafeez.

End of Over 3 (Power Play Fielding) (9 runs)
Bowler: Usman Khan
Sri Lanka: 18-1 (rr 6.00)

2.6
Four Runs
FOUR! Shinwari to Chandimal. Half volley, down leg side on the back foot flick, well timed in the air under control past fine leg for 4 runs.

2.5
No Runs
APPEAL! Shinwari to Chandimal. Length ball, down leg side no foot movement flick, hit pad to backward point for no runs, fielded by Shehzad, appeal made for L.B.W.

No chance of that being out, it pitched well outside the leg stump.

2.4
No Runs
Shinwari to Chandimal. Length ball, down leg side no foot movement pushing, to mid on for no runs, fielded by Afridi.

2.3
Wide
Wide Shinwari to Chandimal. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot working, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Akmal.

2.2
Wide
Wide Shinwari to Chandimal. Length ball, down leg side no foot movement, Left to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Akmal.

2.1
One Run
Shinwari to Perera. Length ball, wide outside off stump no foot movement driving, mis-timed to long off for 1 run, shy attempt by Afridi, fielded by Hafeez.

End of Over 2 (Power Play Fielding) (6 runs)
Bowler: Sohail Tanvir
Sri Lanka: 9-1 (rr 4.50)

1.6
Catch
OUT! Caught. Tanvir to Dilshan. Back of a length, off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed in the air under control to gully, fielded by Shehzad.

Dilshan will be disappointed. The ball sat up nicely for him to cut and he's nailed it straight into the midrift of Shehzad at point. Good start for Pakistan.

1.5
One Run
Tanvir to Perera. Length ball, off stump on the front foot working, to deep mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Amin.

1.4
One Run
Tanvir to Dilshan. Length ball, off stump on the front foot, thick edge to third man for 1 run, fielded by Bhatti.

1.3
Four Runs
FOUR! Tanvir to Dilshan. Back of a length, off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed past deep backward point for 4 runs.

Beautiful shot from Dilshan, he picked the gap well.

1.2
No Runs
Tanvir to Dilshan. Seaming away back of a length, outside off stump no foot movement cutting, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Akmal.

1.1
No Runs
Tanvir to Dilshan. Seaming away length ball, outside off stump on the front foot, shoulders arms to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Akmal.

End of Over 1 (Power Play Fielding) (3 runs)
Bowler: Mohammad Hafeez
Sri Lanka: 3-0 (rr 3.00)

0.6
One Run
Hafeez to Dilshan. Off break half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to long on for 1 run, fielded by Bhatti.

0.5
No Runs
Hafeez to Dilshan. Off break half volley, middle stump on the front foot flick, well timed to deep square leg for no runs, fielded by Khan.

0.4
One Run
Hafeez to Perera. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pushing, to long on for 1 run, fielded by Khan.

0.3
No Runs
Hafeez to Perera. Off break length ball, to leg on the front foot flick, hit pad back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Hafeez.

0.2
No Runs
Hafeez to Perera. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the back foot driving, well timed to cover for no runs, fielded by Maqsood.

0.1
One Run
NEW BALL. Hafeez to Dilshan. Off break half volley, off stump on the front foot flick, to deep backward square leg for 1 run, fielded by Afridi.

0.0
Start of Innings
Start of Sri Lanka Innings. Hello and welcome to the first of two T20 internationals between Pakistan and Sri Lanka from Dubai. Both teams will be looking to get some momentum going into the ODI and Test series that follow.

The news from the toss is that Pakistan have put Sri Lanka into bat. Local analysts say there are a lot of runs available from a very batsman friendly pitch. We should be in for a cracker.