COLOMBO: Pakistan won the match by 11 runs with Sri Lanka unale to chase the target at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Pakistan set a 277 target for Sri Lanka to chase.
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Pakistan complete the win. Sri Lanka end the innings at 266/9.
OUT! Umar Akmal catches it at the mid on boundary.
FOUR. Beats third man off Kulasekara’s shot.
At the start of the 50th, Sri Lankan fans still believe in their team with the crowd cheering them on.
Sri Lanka need 18 off the last over. Umar Gul to bowl.
At the end of the second last over, Sri Lanka need 18 from 6 balls. 260/8
11 runs from the over.
SIX. Herath for a six on mid-wicket.
Hafeez to bowl.
Akhtar’s last over results in 7 runs. Sri Lanka need 29 from 12 balls. 249/8.
Twitter reacts to Akmal stumping Chamara:
jammabbas Muhammad Abbas Kaaaamiii thank u very much. U r the man. #Pakistan
sidathsam Sidath Sameera Chamara gone ! Finally Akmal able to stump it #Enna #CWC2011#SLvsPAK
MaryaRaja Marya Raja 232-8 :D ByeBye CHAMARAY #CWC2011 #Pakistan
Sri Lanka need 36 from 18 balls at the end of the 47th over. 242/8
FOUR off Rehman’s ball on the off side by Kulasekara.
Rangana Herath comes in to bat.
OUT! Silva stumped by Akmal off Rehman’s wide delivery. 232/8.
At the end of the 46th over, Sri Lanka need 46 to win with 3 wickets and 24 balls remaining. 232/7.
Right-handed Nuwan Kulasekara comes in to bat.
OUT! Akhar bowls out Perera.
FOUR for Silva off Akhtar’s second ball towards the leg side boundary in the gap.
Shoaib Akhtar’s over.
55 to win off 30 balls for Sri Lanka. 223/6
FOUR. Perera hits it straight down the ground.
Half century for Chamara Silva. 5th ODI fifty for him in World Cup cricket.
FOUR! Silva with a smashing four on the leg side off Gul’s second delivery.
Thisara Perera comes in to bat.
Sri Lanka need 67 runs to win off 36 balls. Score is 211/6
OUT! Ahmed Shehzad takes the catch as Afridi picks up the wicket of Mathews.
FOUR by Silva to Afridi towards third man.
Sri Lanka need 75 from 42 balls with the score at 203/5
FOUR off the last ball of Rehmans over by Mathews on the leg side.
Abdur Rehman bowls the 43rd.
7 runs off Afridi’s over. Sri Lanka need 89 from 48.
Interesting facts on Twitter:
Zobi_Khan Zobi Khan And #Lala has become first bowling allrounder to get 300 wicket and scoring more than 6K runs #PakCricket #CWC2011 #Afridi Via @Rai_Azlan
BharatGami Bharat Gami RT @OptaJim 13 – 13 of the last 14 games played at Colombo have been won by the side batting first. Gauntlet. #CWC2011
At the end of the 41st over, Sri Lanka need 96 to win from 54 balls with the score at 182/5.
At the start of Abdur Rehman’s eighth over, Sri Lanka need more than 10 runs an over to win.
Sri Lanka need 100 to win from 60 deliveries.
Afridi bowls his 8th over. 4 runs from the over.
Sri Lanka require 104 more runs to win from 66 balls.
Pakistan call for a review decision on Mathews. Umpire’s decision of not-out not reversed. The ball did not nick the bat as the keeper had thought.
Abdur Rehman to bowl the 39th over.
Tweets congratulating Afridi on his 300 ODI wickets:
MOHAMMED_umar MOHAMMED Umar Khan LALA Wins. 300 Wickets. Whattay LEGEND. #cwc2011
shareek_hy yazar shareek Boom Boom in action.. RT @EnnaDinawanna Congrats Afridi for taking 300 ODI wickets #CWC2011 #Enna
nimraarshad Nimra Arshad Oh thank God! 300 for Lala! :D #cwc2011
MasuudQazi Masuud Qazi 300! Take a bow, legend. TAKE A BOW, YOU LEGEND! 300 MOTHERUCKIN’ ODI WICKETS. Go crazy, folks! #Afridi
Angelo Mathews is in to bat.
Sri Lanka require another 109 runs to win with 72 balls remaining and five wickets in hand.
OUT! Afridi gets the important wicket of Sangakkara. Ahmed Shehzad at mid-on catches it safely. Afridi’s 300th wicket in one-day internationals.
Umar Gul shows commitment in the field, diving full-length to save a definite boundary.
Afridi calls for a review on an lbw not-out decision on Sangakkara. Decision not reversed. Not out. The ball pitched outside the leg stump.
Sri Lanka are 167/4.
No ball on the fifth delivery. Free hit for Sri Lanka.
Good fielding by Asad Shafiq on the off side off Rehman fourth delivery.
Twitterers are both happy and unhappy that Chamara was dropped.
ayeshaesque Ayesha – عائشہ It is those missed chances that can cost a match. #CWC2011#PakCricket
onecricketfan Cricket Fan Dropped catch! If we get a streaker this Sri Lanka v Pakistan game has had everything… #cwc2011 #cricket
crazykesh Keshan Sanjaya Pakistan doesn’t need Chamara’s wicket they know if Chamara goes their chances are minimum #CWC2011 #enna
MalhotraSaurabh Saurabh Malhotra
Smart of Abdul Rehman to drop Chamara Silva and delay the entry of Thisira Perera and Angelo Mathews. Well done! #cwc2011
Sri Lanka at 159/4 require 120 runs with 14 overs remaining
SIX. Sangakkara smashes the first six of the innings. A six over third man, hitting it with the top edge of the bat.
A sitter is dropped by Abdur Rehman on the leg side off Umar Gul’s. Chamara Silva has another chance after not being able to middle the ball.
Tweeps are unhappy at Akmal missing the stumping chance on twitter. It was the second time today.
gulmeenay Gule Sethi For the love of God! DIE AKMAL. #PakCricket #FTW #CWC2011
How clumsy are you #Kamran ???? These instances make us wanna believe there is something fishy going on!!! #cwc2011
waris_shah Waris Shah Akmal u errrrr #CWC2011
Sri Lanka are 149/4.
FOUR by Sangakkara off the last ball.
Sangakkara misstumped. KAmran Akmal missed the ball. Rehan had spotted Sangakkara coming down the pitch and bowled it wide.
Ball hit over the top of the offside field by Sangakkar after giving himself a bit of room but filedl at the boundary.
Sangakkara tries to hit a boundary, but is not able to find a gap. The ball was not grounded and it looked like the fileder might just catch it.
Abdur Rehman comes in to bowl.
Twitter: Sri Lankans seem unhappy with Chamara Silva
thegutterflower gutterflower Can someone please tell Chamara Silva he’s not playing in a test match? SOMEONE. ANYONE. #cwc2011
kau_shik Kaushik Ahmed Reza Dear Chamara Silva, every ball you face costs every inch away from your victory #CWC2011 #SLvsPAK
Mandaardk Mandar Kelkar RT @cricketicc: This is the first time since #cwc1992 that Sri Lanka and Pakistan are playing each other in a #cwc game #cwc2011
rararana Rana Malook Sangakarra knows something I don’t!! They must have 6 sehwags and afridis coming in to blast them to victory :-s #cwc2011 #cricket
faisaljamkhan FJK ☜ ✔☺ More Khan’s In cricket the More Awesome it is #cwc2011 #Afridi11
Sri Lanka are 140/4
Pakistan are taking the batting powerplay (maximum 3 fielders outside the 30-yard box).
Here is some twitter buzz:
twtsbot Twter cricketicc: Afridi is just two wickets away from 300 now #cwc2011: cricketicc: Afridi is just two wickets away f… http://bit.ly/hCqvRu
theturningforce Torque GREENS are all turned-on! May we win this one :) #pakcricket#cwc2011
Sri Lanka need 143 runs to win with 17 overs and six wickets remaining. Kumar Sangakkara and Chamara Silva are batting.
Mohammad Hafeez’s over results in 5 runs.
Match resumes after a drinks break.
Sri Lanka are 130/4.
Pakistan are keeping it tight with three runs from Umar Gul’s fifth over. Sri Lanka need over 8 runs an over to win.
Good fielding by Ahmed Shahzad on the off side.
Sri Lanka are 128/4. They require another 150 runs with six wickets and 19 overs remaining.
Umar Gul bowls to Sangakkara and Silva. The Lankan wear looks of despair in the pavilion. SL are 119/4 and need 159.
Rehman bowls to Sangakkara and Silva, Sri Lanka are 116/4.
Afridi bowls to Sangakkara and Silva. Sri Lanka are 116/4 and need 163 to win off 135 balls.
Rehman bowls to Sangakkara and Silva and gets him out! LBW given by umpire, Sri Lanka are 111/4. Decision reviewed and umpire reverses original, Silva not out. “Try again, Rehman,” says Ramiz Raja
Afridi bowls to Sangakkara and Silva, Sri Lanka are 110/4 and need 168 to win. Here’s the Twitter buzz:
anandan22 Anandan Pillai #Srilanka have displayed worst batting – Dilshan, Jayawardene, Samaraweera all getting out in worst manner #CWC2011
Rai_Azlan Rai M. Azlan Shahid that was a nice bowl by #Rehman #PakCricket #cwc2011
gypsybrook Sarah Ahmad Any time is a good time for a wicket…when your teams bowling :-P#cwc2011 #cricketworldcup
nikhilkothari27 Nikhil Kothari First major upset of the #CWC2011 expected today….pakistan set to beat the lankans :)
Rehman bowls the over, 109/4 and Lanka need 169 to win.
Akhtar bowls to Chamara Silva and Sangakkara, SL makes 104/4 wickets and need 174 to win. Tribune reporter Fawad Hussain tells us the home crowd in Colombo has simmered down after the fall of four wickets but are still hopeful that their team will win.
Afridi bowls to Samaraweera and Sangakkara. And Kamran Akmal stumps Samaraweera out! Sri Lanka are 96/4 and need 182 to win. This is magical!
Akhtar bowls Jayawardene out! A beautiful delivery that ripped through the stumps and now Sri Lanka are 96/3. Good going, Akhtar! Samaraweera comes to the crease, SL need 182 to win.
Akhtar bowls to Sangakkara and danger man Jayawadene. Sri Lanka are 95/2 and need 183 runs to win. Run rate is 4.67.
Afridi take the ball, lets hope he brings in some of the wicket-taking magic from the previous match. He takes a wicket! Dilshan bowled out on 41 runs and Sri Lanka are 88/2. This game is getting exciting, go Afridi, go greens!
Hafeez bowls the over, Lanka are 86/1 and need 192 runs to win. Sangakkara and Dilshan at the crease
Razzaq bowls the over, Sangakkara comes to the crease and Sri Lanka are 82/1 with 196 runs to win
Tharanga caught out by a jubilant Afridi, bowled by spinner Hafeez. Bring it on boys! Sri Lanka are 77/1 and need 201 runs to win.
Razzaq bowls the over, Sri Lanka are 72/o and need 200 to win. Take a wicket guys!!!
Hafeez bowls the over, Tharanga hits the ball for a four and Sri Lanka’s score climbs to 68 for no loss. Lanka needs 210 to win
Umar Gul bowls the over, and Tharanga whacks the first delivery for four. Sri Lanka make their 50 and need 226 runs to win. Dilshan hits another four and Gul’s frustration mounts. No ball called on next delivery, free hit in place. Free hit stays as balls is another wide which goes to the boundary for four. Sri Lanka are 64/0 and need 214 runs to win. This is not looking good for Pakistan, and Jayawardene isn’t even here yet!
Mohammed Hafeez bowls this over, Sri Lanka need 230 runs to win and are at 48/0 as the last ball of the over clears the boundary for four.
Sri Lanka need 237 to win, Gul bowls and Lanka are 41 for no loss.
Akhtar bowls, skipper Afridi gives him a last minute pep talk. Dilshan clears the ball for a four, Sri Lanka are 35/0 and need 243 runs to win.
Umar Gul bowls the over, Sri Lanka need 249 runs to win and are at 29/0
“It’s time for Pakistan to change gears and take a wicket,” says commentator Ramiz Raja. My feelings exactly! Go get ‘em greens.
Akhtar bowls to Tharanga and Dilshan, 27/0 at the end of the over
Akhtar bowls again and Sri Lanka needs 252 runs more to win. Their score is 27/0
Razzaq bowls and Dilshan hits two boundaries on two deliveries. Sri Lanka are 24/0
Akhtar bowls, Sri Lanka are 16/0 and need 263 runs to win.
Bowled by Razzaq. Tharanga hits another four, Sri Lanka are 14/0 and need 264 to win
Akhtar bowls the over, Tharanga scores first four of the innings. Sri Lanka 7/0
Maiden over bowled by Razzaq, Dilshan on strike.
Batsmen Dilshan and Tharanga open for Sri Lanka while Shoaib Akhtar is bowling with three slips in place, 2/0
Tribune reporter Fawad Hussain is at the stadium and tells us that Pakistan’s manager Intikhab Alam hopes the team can defend its 277 score by showing discipline while bowling. He commended Misbah and Younus for guiding Pakistan to this score and said it is a great sign for the team that both the seasoned batsmen found form at the start of the tournament.
Tribune blogger Jalaluddin laments the loss of fast bowler Junaid Khan who he thinks would have been instrumental in beating Sri Lanka. He writes :
I think Junaid should share the new ball with Akhtar – provided the experienced campaigner is fit to play another match given the recent news about him and seeing him bowl just five overs.
Here’s the Twitter buzz after the first innings:
Ahmed Shehzad c Sangakkara b Perera 13
Mohammad Hafeez run out 32
Kamran Akmal st Sangakkara b Herath 39
Younus Khan c Jayawardene b Herath 72
Misbah-ul-Haq not out 83
Umar Akmal c Dilshan b Muralitharan 10
Shahid Afridi c Dilshan b Mathews 16
Abdul Razzaq c sub b Perera 3
Extras: (lb-4, w-5) 9
Total: (for seven wickets, 50 overs) 277
Razzaq caught out on the last ball. First innings ends, Pakistan are 277/7
Misbah hits a four, Pakistan 276/6
Perera bowls the last over. Razzaq comes to bat, Pakistan’s run rate is stuck on 5.45, 268/6
Mathews bowls this over. Afridi caught out by Dilshan on 16 runs. 267/6
Perera bowls this over and Misbah clears the first ball for a four! Pakistan 249/5. Afridi hits two fours as well, score climbs to 260/5.
Zeeshan_Ahmed Syed Zeeshan Ahmed Great death bowling, don’t blame Afridi #CWC2011
PeculiarBlend . HAHAHAHAHAHAH What is up with boom boom dude?? 5 ball 5 runs D’oh #CWC2011 give strike to other batter man.
msarosh M.Sarosh Ebrahim #Pakistan loosing it all in this batting Powerplay Murali & Kulasekara bowled well #Cwc2011
jammabbas Muhammad Abbas Lala…Hit fours plzzz…no whopping.. #Pakistan #CWC2011
Kulusakera bowls this over. The Lankans are bowling very well and making it difficult for Misbah/Afridi to hit any boundaries. Pakistan 245/5. Afridi whacks the last ball of the over for a four. Relief! Keep those coming.
Muralitharan bowls his final over! Umar Akmal caught out by Dilshan. What a tragedy! Afridi needs to show his magic. Pakistan 240/5. Boom Boom Afridi comes to bat.
Kulasekara bowling the over, Pakistan still not playing the big shots. Wake up, boys! This is not a Test match and you need a much bigger score against the Lankans. 233/4
Pakistan take the powerplay! Time for some magic, 226/4 with Muralitharan bowling (and looking very competitive). Ahmed Shehzad has been called into run for Misbah.
Mathews takes the ball. Pakistan have eight overs left and many boundaries left to score. 219/4
Kulusekara bowls this over. Pakistan take singles (should be whacking boundaries). 216/4
Sports editor for The Express Tribune Faras Ghani writes “It’s hard to believe that Umar is still just 21 and relatively inexperienced but with so much responsibility and hopes resting on him.” Come on, Umar!
Umar Akmal comes to bat.
Younus Khan caught out by Jayawardene, Herath bowling. Sad that he didn’t make a century, we were hoping for it. Anyway, Afridi or Umar Akmal expected to come out now. This should be fun. Pakistan are 212/4
Herath bowls the over. Congratulations to Misbah on his half century! Pakistan are 212/3
Deadly spinner Muralitharan bowls this over. Good going on the partnership guys! 100 off 113 deliveries, Pakistan are 206/3
Pakistan to make 200! Well done, guys! Let’s make it rain sixes and fours.
Ball handed over to spinner Herath. Quick running between the wickets Misbah and Younus! Time to clear the ball over the boundary, the Lankans are fielding well.
Praise coming for Younus from the commentary box as commentator says “Every team needs a player like Younus Khan to anchor the innings.” Pakistan are 193/3.
Medium fast bowler Mathews takes the ball this over.
nausherrahman Nausher Rahman Sri Lanka looking strangely flat in their bowling. Pakistan could bat them out of the match here. #CWC2011
oa204 osama athar are we gonna see a successful run chase? surely misbah has to play a bit fast #pakistan #cwc2011
siDDki Basit SiDiKi remember we will not get granted 46 run of extras…. come on hit sum boundaries now #Pakistan #cwc2011
Herath bowls. Pakistan’s run rate is 4.92 at 185/3
Perera bowls. “No need to panic, plenty of wickets in hand,” says commentator Wasim Akram. Pakistan are 176/3.
Ball change. Herath bowls to Younus. Younus makes his 50 off 56 balls. Pakistan are 172/3
Commentators Ramiz Raja and Wasim Akram exchange cricket stories in the commentary box.
Perera bowls this over, Younus Khan clears the ball over the boundary for four. Pakistan are 169/3
Pakistan are 164/3, still not boundaries.
Spinner Muralitharan given the bowl once again. Pakistan are playing steadily with 155/3 and 4.97 runs per over.
Blogging for The Express Tribune, David Dwyer says:
Where do I start with Younus Khan? His flexibility is incredible. His aerobic endurance, while pounding out the distance on the hills of Bhurban, was extraordinary and his core strength is excellent.
Funnily enough, he’s a guy who has stayed away from injuries because maintaining fitness has always been important to him. His 313 against Sri Lanka in Karachi’s 35-plus heat and high humidity was a testament to his fitness.
Congrats on the 50 partnership to Younus and Misbah. Pakistan are 155/3 with Herath bowling.
On a side note, Chacha Cricket’s enthusiasm is commendable. He just danced in the face of a camera for a good 30 seconds.
Muralitharan is given the ball again. Commentators say Pakistan will go to at least 260 runs.
Mathews bowls again, finally a four! Good going Younus Khan. Pakistan are 150/3.
On a separate note, have a look at The Express Tribune’s World Cup competition if you want to win a free mug.
Batsmen Misbah and Younus playing a slow game, Pakistan are 142/3. Bring on the boundaries!
Pakistan are 132/3 at the end of the over. Misbah will be back on strike.
The spinners are given a rest as Mathews comes to bowl. Pakistan are 129/3 with a low run rate at 4.90
Muralitharan is given the ball. Pakistan’s run rate has fallen to 4.93, Misbah and Younus are playing a very slow game. Wake up guys! 126/3
Herath takes the ball and Pakistan are 123/3. Twitterati still not over Akmal’s dismissal:
jammabbas Muhammad Abbas Kamran Akmal “ran down the track like a bull that had seen a red rag. #pakistan #cwc2011
Nadir_Hassan Nadir Hassan Kamran Akmal’s wicketkeeping part of the brain just took over his batting part of the brain. #cwc2011
Muralitharan bowls gain, Pakistan are 117/3.
Pakistan are 113/3 Muralitharan bowling.
Tribune reporter Fawad Hussain is at the stadium and tells us that stringent security measures have been taken to avoid any untoward incident. Hundreds of security officials including army personel have been deployed to ensure security during the match.
“We cannot take any risk and we have to ensure the match will be held in a befitting manner,’ says a security official.
Misbahul Haq comes to bat. Muralitharan bowls, run is slowing down 5.06.
Sri Lankan fans celebrate as Kamran Akmal is stumped by Sangakkara, delivery bowled Herath. Pakistan are 105/3. Twitterati react:
Dhrubo_masum Dhrubo masum Really :)) RT @aminulahsan: I always have my heart in my mouth while watcing Pakistan bat. :( #cwc2011
zahid_jadoo Jadoo Akmal throws his wicket! #Pakistan #Srilanka #icc #PkCricket#ICCWC2011 #CWC2011 #icc #odi #cricket #PakCric
parishna Pari herath strikes! #Pak 3 down now! and the dangerous akmal gone!#CWC2011 #Cricket go #SL!
Muralitharan bowls and Pakistan are 105/2.
Pakistan have made 100! Good going boys, the run rate is 5.30 and it’s time to pick it up.
Herath bowls and Pakistan are 93/2 on the second delivery. Akmal hits a four! Well played.
Pakistan are 89/2, Younus goes on strike
Match resumes after break. K Akmal on strike while Kulasekara bowls, Pakistan are 81/2.
Break for drinks, here’s a Pak vs Sla match from back in the day. Go, Team Green!
Younus Khan comes to the crease, Mathews is bowling. Pakistan are 79/2 with a 5.51 run rate.
What a mess up! Hafeez run out, delivery by Muralitharan. Pakistan 76/2. Ramiz Raja says “Shahid Afridi will not be a happy man in the dressing room.”
Pakistan are 76/1, Mathews bowling. Run rate is 5.92
Here’s the Twitter buzz:
seventhsamurai Vijay Venkataramanan This Sri Lanka – Pakistan match is gonna b an absolute belter! might just see a good chase aftr a long time. #cwc2011 #cwc #wc2011#cricket
bagrat15 P. Bharathram Sri Lankan fielding right on top. Saved atleast 6-8 runs thus far.#SLvsPAK #CWC2011 #enna
ShirazHassan Shiraz Hassan For the first time ever #Pakistan is trending for good reasons ! Hail to Hafeez #cwc2011
gripusa Usman Bashir the basic lesson professor is calling when we talk about running between the wickets #hafeez #CWC2011
Commentator Ramiz Raja says batsmen’s body language is confident. Pakistan are 73/1 at the end of the over.
Akmal scores a boundary, delivery by Kulasekara. Pakistan are 70/1 with a 6.18 run rate.
Mathews bowls to Akmal, appeal for LBW unsuccessful on fourth delivery. Pakistan 65/1. Here’s a funny tweet:
emokidlynn Lynn Landman I don’t think Kamran Akmal is wearing nearly enough sunscreen.#CWC2011
Hafeez scores yet another four on the third delivery bowled by Perera. Pakistan are 63/1. Keep the boundaries coming, Hafeez! Hafeez has scored 27 runs in 23 balls.
Pakistan are 59/1, Hafeez goes on strike.
Here’s an interesting bit of news in the Times of India:
That Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi cancelled a scheduled pre-match press conference at 12.30 pm and joined his team for Friday prayers instead was illustrative of the fact that his boys know they are in for a huge scrap against hosts Sri Lanka.
Akmal whacks the ball for a four on the third delivery. Pakistan are 51/1
Pakistan 47/1 at the end of the over. Run rate is 6.00
Akmal clears the boundary for a four on the third delivery. Pakistan are 46/1, Perera bowling.
Run rate is 6.15, A=K Akmal on strike.
Paakistan are 38/1, Hafeez on strike. What a beautiful six! Bowler Kulasekara is not going to be pleased.
Ahmed Shehzad out! Caught behind by Sangakkara bowled by Perera. Pakistan are 28/1, Kamran Akmal comes to the crease.
Hafeez clears the ball over the boundary for a four. Pakistan are 28/0. Hafeez and Shehzad are playing well, keep at it guys!
Pakistan are 20/0
Here are some tweets:
akshay_khanna Akshay Khanna by cwcpics #Malinga not playing but nevertheless mouth watering contest between #Pakistan & #SriLanka at #cwc2011. Should be a cracker..#cricket #FB
sougatabanerjee Sougata Banerjee @RahulBose1 A Pak victory at the #Premadasa #CWC2011
imrana001 imrana waheed #Pak win this one #cwc2011
zahid_jadoo Jadoo Will Hafeez take charge in this over? #Pakistan #Srilanka #icc#PkCricket #ICCWC2011 #CWC2011 #icc #odi #cricket #odi#PakCric
Maiden over, Pakistan are 13/0.
Reporter for The Express Tribune Fawad Hussain is at the R Premadasa stadium and says the “real World Cup fun can be tasted today”. He says the crowd is energetic and vibrant crowd and the 30, 000 seats are full . The stadium is expected to be jam-packed in the next few hours as thousands of fans are waiting outside for their turn to get inside the stadium.
Sri Lanka, being the host are getting all out support but there is some support for Pakistan as well from fans who have arrived all the way from back home.
Pakistan are 13/0, Shehzad faces wide delivery that goes for four.
Shehzad and Hafeez are opening for Pakistan. Shehzad has scored the first boundary of the match. Pakistan are 5 for no loss.
Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal†, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi*, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Abdur Rehman, Shoaib Akhtar
Sri Lanka squad:
WU Tharanga, TM Dilshan, KC Sangakkara, DPMD Jayawardene, TT Samaraweera, LPC Silva, AD Mathews, NLTC Perera, KMDN Kulasekara, HMRKB Herath, M Muralitharan
Pakistan win the toss and decide to bat first! Good decision by skipper Shahid Afridi, considering batting first against Kenya proved to be very successful. Sri Lanka have decided not to play deadly bowler Malinga, and Pakistan have breathed a sigh of relief. Saeed Ajmal has again been excluded from the Pakistan squad.
The Hindu says stats are in Pakistan’s favour:
History is stacked against Sri Lanka as it takes on Pakistan on Saturday in its first World Cup match against that country in 19 years. Pakistan has won each one of the six encounters when the teams have met in a World Cup match and the last game was in Perth in 1992.
Past records might suggest Pakistan have an edge – they have beaten Sri Lanka in each of their six encounters in the World Cups and have won their previous five games at the R Premadasa – but that will count for little.
Sri Lanka’s advantage is that most of their players have had a taste of how the new track will fare during the domestic limited-over tournament held in January.
Times of India says the Pakistan’s coach Waqar Younis does not think Muralitharan will be a big threat to the team.
“In the past if Muralitharan had plans for us, we have played really well against him in this country.
“I don’t think we should worry about him that much, he is not 28 anymore,” said Waqar of the 38-year-old off-spinner, who has 521 wickets in 342 one-day internationals — a world record.
“It is not going to be easy for him any more. We are prepared not only for him but the entire team because we know it’s an important match for us and we need to keep the momentum going.”