Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Super Four, Asia Cup, Karachi

Monday, June 30, 2008

Sri Lanka 302 for 7 (Sangakkara 112, Tanvir 5-48) beat
Pakistan 238 for 9 (Misbah-ul-Haq 76, Malik 52, Mendis 4-47) by 64 runs

Pakistan continued their poor performance in Asia Cup with another humiliating defeat when Sri Lanka won their first match of the Super-4 stage by 64 runs here on Sunday at the National Stadium.

Chasing a tough target of 303 runs, Pakistan could make 238 runs for nine wickets in the allotted 50 overs.

They played under pressure right from the ball one when opener Salman Butt was dismissed without scoring any run.

However, captain Shoaib Malik and Younus Khan made 72 runs when Younus departed on 47.

Later, Pakistan lost four more wickets including Malik, who got 52 with three fours.

Then, Misbah-ul-Haq and Sarfraz Ahmed set to take their team to recovery and added 66 runs for the seventh wicket when Misbah was bowled by Mendis for a valuable 76. he faced 70 balls and hit four sixes and three fours.

Sri Lanka piled up a big score of 302 for seven wickets in the allotted 50 overs after put into bat by Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik in the second match of the Super-4 stage of the Asia Cup here on Sunday at the National Stadium.

Opener Kumar Sangakkara was the architect of the Sri Lanka innings who scored 112 off 110 balls. He hit ten fours and one six in his ninth ODI hundred, second against Pakistan.

Except him, no one could reach fifty as Chamara Silva made 46 with five fours and Chamara Kapugedera got 43 with two sixes and as many fours.

Other main scorers were captain Mahela Jayawardene (29) and Thilan Tushara Mirando (28).

From Pakistan, left-arm fast-medium bowler Sohail Tanvir displayed excellent performance with a career-best five for 48. His previous best was 4-34 against Zimbabwe at Hyderabad (Sindh) early this year.

Other wicket takers were pacer Wahab Riaz and leg-spinner Mansoor Amjad. Both took one wicket each.

Pakistan made two changes, bringing in Mansoor Amjad and Wahab Riaz for the injured Umar Gul and Fawad Alam.

Amjad, who is making his ODI debut, has played one Twenty20 match for Pakistan before and took three wickets for three runs against Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka brought back Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas, who were all rested for the game against the UAE. They also replaced Dilhara Fernando with Thilan Tushara.

Pakistan: Salman Butt, Shoaib Malik (captain), Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mansoor Amjad, Wahab Riaz, Iftikhar Anjum.

Sri Lanka: Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Chamara Kapugedera, Chamara Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Thilan Tushara.

1 Responses:

Wajid M Says:

I wish the selectors and the cricket board stop playing God .. PERIOD!

We are short of a captain, fast bowlers and all-rounders like Abdul Razzak and mmm .. what's his name? Azhar what!

Cricket is a professional game and players should have the right to play for any one as long as their schedules do not clash with their national team schedules.

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