Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in First ODI by 5 wickets

Saturday, May 19, 2007

ABU DHABI: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the 1st ODI here on Friday after a superb 73 off just 34 balls from Shahid Afridi.

He even managed to hit 32 off just one over for the second highest number of runs scored in an over, to convert what could have been a tough match into an easy victory with eight overs to spare.

Earlier, a half-century from Farvez Maharoof had helped put Sri Lanka on a final total of 235 for nine in the opening innings at the packed, Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Pakistan responded with half-centuries from both Kamran Akmal (51 no) and Shahid Afridi (73 no) on their way to 239 for five after just 42 overs.

Umar Gul had been the best bowler for Pakistan with three wickets though he managed to concede 14 runs on the final over as Maharoof went on his way to his unbeaten, 54-ball 69.

Shoaib Malik, captaining Pakistan for the first time, saw his side take the ascendancy early on as Sri Lanka were reduced to 103 for five after 26 overs.

The captain had had a good game, although he lost the toss and Sri Lanka chose to bat first.

Sri Lanka, battinf after winning the toss, scored 235 for nine in the allotted 50 overs. Pakistani seamers gave them a tough time as the wickets were falling at regular intervals. However, Chamara Silva batted with responsibility to score 47 from 67 balls with six fours.

Later, Mahroof changed the whole complexion of the game. Batting at number eight, he smashed nine fours and a huge six for his aggressive 69 off 54 balls. He reached his second ODI fifty in 46 balls. In the 50th over, bowled by Umar Gul, Maharoof plundered 14 runs with the help of one six and two fours.

Umar Gul was the most successful bowler from Pakistan with three wickets for 61 runs in 10 overs. Other pace bowlers, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Sami and Abdul Razzaq took one wicket each. Three Sri Lankan batsmen were run out.

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wheatgerm Says:

Cricket is a great sport

Will Pakistan Premier League gain success just like Indian Premier League ?