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Sri Lanka win it in the 19th over. Dilshan ends it with a four and gets his half-century too! Pakistan have been humiliated here. Barring the victory in the first ODI, this is a tour they’ll like to forget. Misbah-ul Haq’s team has plenty of work to do if they want to pose a threat in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2015. Angelo Mathews, on the other hand, is leading his team excellently and he’ll be pretty happy with his team’s effort in this series.
And Jayawardene falls with Sri Lanka just one run short of victory. Saeed Ajmal makes the dismissal.
OUT! Mahela Jayawardene c Hafeez b Ajmal 26 (32)
Wahab Riaz returns for another spell and bowls a wide first delivery. Jayawardene hits him for a boundary next ball. Dilshan too joins the party and clears the fence in the fourth ball of Riaz’s 15th over. Sri Lanka should finish this in the next few overs. Just 10 more runs needed.
Ajmal bowls his first over and it’s a tidy one! Just 2 runs from it. However, Jayawardene and Dilshan make up for it in the next over by scoring 7 runs.
Sangakkara edges and Mohammad Hafeez takes a simple catch at slip. Wahab Riaz gets the breakthrough! Mahela Jayawardene, walks in with Sri Lanka within touching distance of victory. He starts off with a gorgeous boundary. What a way to get off the mark.
OUT! Kumar Sangakkara c Hafeez b Riaz 2 (5)
Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan bowling aggressively, despite the situation of the game. Dilshan continues to keep the scoring rate up for Sri Lanka.
Upul Tharanga is bowled! He’ll be extremely disappointed. Both teams will now take a break for lunch.
OUT! Upul Tharanga b Irfan 14 (17)
Dilshan is looking in good touch here! He isn’t holding things back. Both batsman are not having any problem finding the boundary.
Wahab Riaz appeals for an LBW against Dilshan! It’s not given and Misbah-ul Haq asks for a review and replays suggest that the on-field umpire was right.
Sri Lanka just need 103 runs to win in 48 Overs. There was a pause due to the rain during the first innings. So the match was reduced to 48 overs. Tillakaratne Dilshan looks in a bit of hurry to finish things of. He has already hit three boundaries. Sri Lanka are really on top.
Irfan is bowled! Herath makes the dismissal. This is Pakistan’s lowest total ever in Sri Lanka. The hosts have bowled and fielded excellently and are likely to win this match barring a miraculous bowling performance from the visitors. Perera was the star bowler, taking four wickets for 34.
OUT! Mohd. Irfan b Herath 5 (9)
Malinga bowls a perfect yorker to Irfan! But Irfan edges it and goes past the wicketkeeper for four! That brings up the 100 for Pakistan. Fawad Alam fails to get off the strike, and Mohammad Irfan will now have a full over to deal with.
Fawad Alam has played a face-saving knock for Pakistan. Wonder what the Pakistan score would have been if he hadn’t held fort amid ruins.
Saeed Ajmal departs! A chance of a run-out, and Mohammad Irfan too would have been gone had that hit. Rameez Raja jokes that Mohammad Irfan’s height may be better than his strike rate. Both these batsman will do well to get Pakistan past the hundred-run mark.
OUT! Saeed Ajmal c Jayawardene b Perera 6 (15)
And play has resumed. The match has been reduced to 48-over match, because of the rain delay. Thisara Perera bowls the first over after play has resumed. Ajmal hits a boundary, but certainly, it is a case of too little, and too late for Pakistan.
Rain has stopped play at Dambulla. Breather for Pakistan? But I reckon it’s too late now.
Wahab Riaz too joins the wagon! A shot ball again from Thisara Perera. The umpire gave him out. He wanted to review the decision but unfortunately Pakistan ran out of the reviews. Pakistan are 80 for eight now!
OUT! Wahab Riaz c Sangakkara b Perera 0 (2)
Afridi got out in the deep cover boundary. It was a needless shot from him. Prasanna lured him to him over the covers. Afridi went inside out and a brilliant running catch from Thisara Perera in the deep. Pakistan are reduced to 76 for seven!
OUT! Shahid Afridi c Perera b Prasanna 2 (4)
Sohaib Maqsood is gone! What a brilliant catch from Kumar Sangkkara behind the stumps. Good bouncer from Thisara Perera down the leg side and it touched his gloves on its way to the keeper.
OUT! Sohaib Maqsood c Sangakkara b Perera 7 (9)
Sri Lankan bowlers have taken the pace off the ball. Akmal got himself out from a good bouncer from Thisra Perera. A brilliant catch from Lasith Malinga in the mid-wicket area. Pakistan needed him to be there. Half of their side are back into the pavilion. Dear o dear! It’s all happening in Dambulla.
OUT! Umar Akmal c Malinga b Perera 7 (9)
Pakistan are in all sorts of trouble here. The Lankan bowlers have bowled beautifully right from the onset. Misbah-ul-Haq is run-out as Pakistan have lost their captain who could have bailed them out of trouble here!
OUT! Misbah-ul-Haq run-out (Dilshan) 18 (30)
Pakistan are struggling with a run rate of 2.96. This pitch looked like a batting paradise but the Lankan bowlers have really turned it around after losing the toss. Spin man Rangana Herath was introduced in the last over. Skipper Angelo Mathews said at the toss that it doesn’t matter whether they bat first or second, they just want to win the match. That’s some confidence! The players will have a drink now.
Pakistan need to settle down. Dhammika Prasad has bowled six brilliant overs by giving away just 25 runs and picking up 2 important wickets. Can they rescue the innings from this debacle?
Just one more over left in the powerplay. Pakistan are struggling. They are in all sorts of trouble. The Lankan bowlers giving away absolutely nothing.
Pakistan batting order is falling down like the house of cards. Sri Lankan pacers have been right on the money from the very first over. Mohammad Hafeez was trapped in front of the wicket by Malinga. It’s time for Pakistan to rebuild their innings. Fawad Alam and Misbah is at thye crease. Prasad is generating tremendous pace and movement off the deck.
OUT! Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Malinga 1 (16)
OUT! Ahmed Shehzad c Herath b Prasad 10 (21)
Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat first in the third ODI at Dambulla against Sri Lanka.
Welcome to the live blog of the third One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka vs Pakistan at Dambulla. I am Rajarshi Majumdar and I will be bringing the live updates of the match.With the series tied at 1-1, both teams will give everything they have to claim the honours in the final game. While the hosts look forward to maintaining their golden run, Pakistan will aim for a series victory in order to get a major confidence boost ahead of the World Cup. Read the preview of the third ODI here.
The game is set to be the series decider with the both teams winning a game each so far. The hosts beat Pakistan in the second One-Day International (ODI) by 77 runs at Hambantota. It looked all bleak for the Lankans when Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez took Pakistan to a commanding position after losing an early wicket. But they pulled things back in no time and went on to win the second ODI by a considerable margin.
The Sri Lankan pacers are not in song at the moment as they were not much of help in this series so far. Lasith Malinga looks wayward as he has struggled to get his line and length, being the spearhead of the Lankan pace attack. Nuwan Kulasekara too did not have much of an impact on the Pakistani batsmen either. It was the spinners who did their job for the hosts in the second ODI.