Sri Lanka will want to start the series well © AFP
Sri Lanka will want to start the series well © AFP

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Pakistan win by 6 wickets with 28 balls to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series and make a giant stride to qualify for the Champions Trophy. Here’s Nikhil Popat’s match report of the 1st ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Dambulla.

Live cricket score Pakistan 259/4 | Overs 45.2 [TARGET 256]

Shoaib Malik 55 (45), Mohammad Rizwan 20 (34)

It’s all over! Pakistan have beaten Sri Lanka comfortably after their clinical all-round performance. They take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. Sri Lanka will look to bounce back stronger in the next match.

Live cricket score Pakistan 246/4 | Overs 43 [TARGET 256]

Shoaib Malik 43 (39), Mohammad Rizwan 18 (26)

Pakistan are closing in on a win that will keep their chances of making it to the Champions Trophy 2017 still alive. They are just moments away from completing a comprehensive victory.

Live cricket score Pakistan 210/4 | Overs 37 [TARGET 256]

Shoaib Malik 25 (25), Mohammad Rizwan 1 (4)

Hafeez scores his 10th ODI ton and is immediately dismissed after he top edges an attempted pull off Perera. Pakistan stii have some way to go before they can start taking things easily. Sri Lanka will now want more wickets at this stage. Mohammad Rizwan is the new batsman and the visitors bring up their 200.

Mohammad Hafeez c & b Perera 103 (95)

Live cricket score Pakistan 177/3 | Overs 33

Mohammad Hafeez 88 (83), Shoaib Malik 11 (17)

Hafeez is going all guns blazing. Malik is giving him good company at the crease as the duo bring up their 50-run stand in quick time too. Sri Lanka desperately need a wicket at this stage.

Live cricket score Pakistan 134/3 | Overs 27

Mohammad Hafeez 56 (61), Shoaib Malik 1 (3)

Babar Azam is dismissed LBW to Dilshan. This is just the wicket Sri Lanka were looking for for. Shoaib Malik is the new batsman for Pakistan. Mohammad Hafeez is already well set in the middle.

Babar Azam LBW b Dilshan 16 (23)

Live cricket score Pakistan 103/2 | Overs 22

Mohammad Hafeez 35 (41), Babar Azam 16 (23)

Pakistan bring up their 100 and are in a good position to win this game from here. Sri Lanka will have to strike back immediately.

Live cricket score Pakistan 74/2 | Overs 16

Mohammad Hafeez 22 (23), Babar Azam 1 (5)

Ahmed Shehzad is too dismissed caught behind after getting off to a good start. Sri Lanka get two back-to-back wickets and will look to pick up a few more wickets.

Ahmed Shehzad c Chandimal b Lakmal 29 (39)

Live cricket score Pakistan 65/1 | Overs 14

Ahmed Shehzad 29 (38), Mohammad Hafeez 15 (17)

Skipper Angelo Mathews gets rid of his opposite number caught behind. Azhar and Shehzad were building a good partnership and this is a vital wicket in the context of the game. Hafeez too looks to be in good touch.

Azhar Ali c Chandimal b Mathews 21 (29)

Live cricket score Pakistan 47/0 | Overs 9

Azhar Ali 21 (26), Ahmed Shehzad 26 (27)

Pakistan are off to an excellent start. The openers look in fine nick and they will look to put on a good partnership and wet the game up for the middle-order.

Live cricket score Pakistan 20/0 | Overs 4

Azhar Ali 8 (7), Ahmed Shehzad 12 (17)

Pakistan get their run chase underway. They will have to play sensibly to reach the target. But Sri Lankan bowlers will look to unleash a few tricks up their sleeves to contain the Pakistan batsmen.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 255/8 | Overs 50

Dinesh Chandimal 65(68)

Pakistan manage to pick up three quick wickets but Sri Lanka manage to post a score beyond 250. Dinesh Chandimal was the star for Sri Lanka. Can Pakistan chase this down?

Milinda Siriwardana c Rizwan b Rahat 22(20), Seekkuge Prasanna c Rizwan b Rahat 0 (1) Lasith Malinga Run out 3 (4)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 241/6 | Overs 48

Dinesh Chandimal 56(62), Milinda Siriwardana 22(20)

Dinesh Chandimal has scored yet another important fifty. Mohammad Rizwan makes an excellent effort to catch the ball at long off of Siriwardana, but he goes over the ropes. Full marks for effort though. Debutant  Siriwardana is playing an excellent cameo at No.8 here.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 210/6 | Overs 44

Dinesh Chandimal 49(55), Milinda Siriwardana 0 (2)

Mohammad Hafeez registers career best figures as he gets rid of Perera for just one. Hafeez now has four wickets to his name. Chandimal holds the key now.

Thisara Perera c Rizwan b Hafeez 1(3)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 201/5 | Overs 42

Dinesh Chandimal 42(49), Tisara Perera (0)

Chandimal and Mathews had done extremely well, but the excellent partnership was brought to an end after Mathews skied one to the mid-wicket fielder. Huge break for Pakistan.

Angelo Mathews c Babar Azam b Yasir 38(54)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 161/4 | Overs 36

Angelo Mathews 20(39), Dinesh Chandimal 20(28)

Sri Lanka ensure that they do not lose any more wickets as they prepare themselves to get the big runs win the last 10 overs or so. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal playing sensibly at the moment.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 141/4 | Overs 32

 Angelo Mathews 14(29), Dinesh Chandimal 11(14)

Sri Lanka happy to pick up ones and twos at the moment but Pakistan are in the hunt for further wickets. Sri Lanka getting the occasional boundaries as well.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 121/4 | Overs 27

 Angelo Mathews 4(10), Dinesh Chandimal 2(3)

Another one falls! It’s Mohammad Hafeez, who gets the wicket and this time, It’s the big one of Dilshan. He had gotten his eye in and will be utterly disappointed to get out at this stage of the match. Dinesh Candimal is the new batsman for Sri Lanka.

Tillakaratne Dilshan b Hafeez 38(65)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 112/3 | Overs 24

Tillakaratne Dilshan 35(58), Angelo Mathews 1(2)

Mohammad Hafeez gets his second wicket of the match as Tharanga charges down the track to drive but misses the ball outside off and he is stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed. Again, just as a partnership was budding, Pakistan hit back. Skipper Angelo Mathews is the new batsman for Sri Lanka.

Upul Tharanga st Sarfraz b Hafeez 20(27)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 100/2 | Overs 21

Tillakaratne Dilshan 32(54), Upul Tharanga 12(15)

Sri Lanka bring up their 100 and at scoring at a relatively good pace. They will look to consolidate more and more as the game progresses. Dilshan is the key man here.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 88/2 | Overs 17

 Tillakaratne Dilshan 26(42), Upul Tharanga 6(3)

After some explosive batting from Sri Lanka, Thirimanne is finally dismissed after he chased a ball outside off. Sri Lanka lose another wicket just when they were building momentum. Anwar Ali gets his first wicket.

Lahiru Thirimanne c Sarfraz b Anwar 23(23)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 62/1 | Overs 14

Lahiru Thirimanne 10(15) Tillakaratne Dilshan 19(35)

Sri Lanka have gone about things reasonably well since the loss the perera. Sri Lanka wil hope Dilshan and Thirimanne consolidate well from here. Yasir Shah is also introduced into the attack and does well in his first over.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 44/1 | Overs 9

Lahiru Thirimanne 0(3) Tillakaratne Dilshan 11(17)

Runs were now starting to flow as Kusal had settled down at the crease. Ali brings on Mohammad Hafeez for a bowl. Hafeez gets some help right-away with some movement and he strikes as Perera edges one to first slip, another wicket for Hafeez. Lahiru Thirimanne is the new man in.

OUT! Kusal Perera c Rizwan b Hafeez 26(35)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 35/0 | Overs 7

Kusal Perera 17(27) Tillakaratne Dilshan 11(16)

Pakistan have got their lines right at last along with the lengths. They are making life difficult for the batsmen as the ball is doing a bit and causing a bit of trouble. Anwar Ali comes into the attack. Perera welcomes him with a superb boundary. Dilshan too gets a bit of room and he carves one through point for a boundary.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 16/0 | Overs 4

Kusal Perera 7(17) Tillakaratne Dilshan 2(8)

Rahat Ali bowls from the other end but Pakistan have had the worst possible start. A couple of balls on the pads, resulted in boundaries and Irfan then had Dilshan caught behind but the umpires checked for a no-ball and it turned out to be one. He was caught at mid on on the free hit too. Perera flays one over covers for a boundary.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 2/0 | Overs 1

Kusal Perera 2(6) Tillakaratne Dilshan 0(0)

Time for play! Mohammad Irfan runs in to bowl to Kusal Perera with Tillakaratne Dilshan at the other end. He starts well beating the bat of Perera on a couple of occasions. Perera gets off the mark with a mis-field from point.

Toss – Pakistan have won the toss and elected to field first. Milinda Siriwardana will be making his international debut for Sri Lanka.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali(c), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan.

Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal(wk), Angelo Mathews(c), Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.

Hello everyone and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Dambulla. This is Pramod Ananth and I will be bringing to you all the updates from the game today. Pakistan have a lot of stake in this series as it could well decide whether they play the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 or not.

Pakistan won the Test series 2-1 and will hope the change of formats does not change fortunes for them. They have a young squad with Azhar Ali leading them who is in prime form. Pakistan will want to start well. Read: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2015, 1st ODI at Dambulla: Preview

Sri Lanka are without two of their best one-day players in Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara at home and it will be a test for the youngsters. Angelo Mathews will be hoping to lead them from the front after getting back to form with a fine century in the previous Test.


Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Ashan Priyanjan, Nuwan Pradeep, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Sachithra Senanayake, Seekuge Prasanna, Sachith Pathiran.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (c), Mukhtar Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Immad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali.

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