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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI Match, Asia Cup, 2014

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Sri Lanka won by 12 runs | Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka Live Score, 1st ODI Match

If the opening fixture of the Asia Cup is anything to go by, then this tournament promises to be a cracker. Do join us for the second game where the hosts, Bangladesh cross swords with India tomorrow. Until then, take care, adios!
Malinga: 'I am happy to take 5 wickets today. I did not bowl well at the start of the innings. I did not find my rhythm. Then I brought the variations ended up with 5 wickets. There was not much dew. I tried the bouncer, yorker and slower ones. At the end of the day, I am happy.'
Malinga is the Man of the Match for his 6th five wicket haul in ODIs.
Mathews: 'I still think we were 20 runs short, especially after the start given by Thirimanne and Sanga. It's always good to be on the winning side. Thirimanne is a great team man, he will bat anywhere and will get runs. Yeah, Malinga is the best bowler. When I need wickets I throw the ball to him. He showed his character again.'
Misbah: 'I think Umar batted well with me. That was a crucial partnership. We should have won this game. He played sensibly but he fell at a wrong time. I dont think we conceded too many runs, we did well to restrict them to 296. The pitch was flat, no turn. We should have won. It's good to score runs and I hope I continue like this.'
Sri Lanka made early inroads into Pakistan's batting but the ice-cool Misbah thawed them briefly along with an enterprising Umar Akmal in a 121-run union before Malinga struck back with an impactful 5-wicket haul to turn the game on its head. There was considerable panic among the Sri Lankans when both Umar and Misbah were in the zone but Malinga's second spell 2.5-0-11-5 saw Sri Lanka prevail in the end. Do stick with us for the presentation ceremony.
Oh boy! Its time to catch our collective breaths. So Sri Lanka nick this thriller, wherein fortunes swung like stock markets gone crazy. Inspired by Thirimanne's ton, Sri Lanka put up a competitive total on borad along with fifties from Mathews and Sanga.
48.5 Lasith Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti W
out Bowled!! 5-fer for Malinga and he is mobbed by his team-mates. Its all over for Misbah's men. Sri Lanka win this thriller. Bhatti backs away and exposes all three stumps, in a quest to flay it through the off-side but Malinga shatters the off-stump with another pin-point yorker. The blone Slinger punches the air and gives vent to his delight. Bhatti b Malinga 18(13) [4s-2]
5 wickets for Lasith Malinga. Lasith Malinga is killing PAK
10 wickets down for PAK. Out batsman is Bilawal Bhatti. It is all over for PAK.
48.4 Lasith Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti 2
2 runs, Malinga strives for the yorker, it ends up a full toss on the leg-stump, Bhatti squeezes it off the inside half of the bat to long leg
Mathews and Malinga in the middle of a serious discussion now. Mid-wicket comes up and third man pushed back.
48.3 Lasith Malinga to Junaid Khan 1
1 run, very full and on the pads, clipped away to deep backward square leg
Junaid Khan, right handed bat, comes to the crease
48.2 Lasith Malinga to Saeed Ajmal W
out Lbw!! Malinga dishes out his signature toe-crusher and that turns out to be too hot for Ajmal. Sri Lanka edge ahead in this see-saw clash. This was a searing yorker length ball dipping in, Ajmal looks to jam it out but his effort is in vain as he is struck in front of the leg-stump. The umpire raises his dreaded finger to award Malinga his fourth scalp. Ajmal lbw b Malinga 10(4) [4s-2]
48.1 Lasith Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti 1
1 run, pitched up on middle, Bhatti slogs it uppishly but it lands in front of deep backward square leg
17 runs from 12 balls reads the equation..

Match details

Toss : Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires : Johanes Cloete (South Africa) and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)

TV umpire : Anisur Rahman (Bangladesh)

Match referee : Jeff Crowe (New Zealand)

Teams

Pakistan : Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Umar Akmal(wk), Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan.

Sri Lanka : Kushal Janith Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara(wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews(c), Chaturanga de Silva, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal.

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