(Sri Lanka will take on Pakistan in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Pallekele on Wednesday. The visitors pulled off a convincing win in the first match of the series thanks to a memorable all-round performance from Mohammad Hafeez, who took four wickets and scored an excellent century as well. Pakistan won the Test series 2-1 and look to put up a good show against Pakistan in the ODIs and seem to have started extremely well. Will Pakistan emerge victorious again or will Sri Lanka make a comeback? Catch live cricket score and update here) Catch Live Cricket Scores and Ball-by-Ball commentary of Sri Lanka (SL) vs Pakistan (PAK) 2nd ODI here

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Live cricket score Sri Lanka 288/8| Overs 48.1 | Target 288 | BATTING:  Dinesh Chandimal 48 (63) Lasith Malinga 2 (5). Sri Lanka have done it. They have won a nail-biting contest by two wickets, with Kusal Perera and Dinesh Chandimal being their heroes. The series is level at 1-1 and will hopefully the three remaining games will be a close contest as well. OUT! Thisara c Malik b Anwar Perera 15 (22) 

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 262/7| Overs 41 | Target 288 | BATTING:  Dinesh Chandimal 32 (45) Thisara Perera 8 (8). Sri Lanka have lost another well set batsman but the required run rate is well within control. It should be an easy win for the home side, if they just play sensibly. Pakistan desperately need one or two wickets today. OUT! Sachitra Pathirana c Sarfraz b Hafeez 33 (28)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 213/6| Overs 36 | Target 288 | BATTING:  Dinesh Chandimal 17 (31) Sachitra Pathirana 9 (14)  Sri Lanka have lost the plot as they have lost yet another wicket in the process of getting more runs, but can still win this match of they bat sensibly. Pakistan on the other hand will look to pick up more wickets. Milinda Siriwardana perished in the process of getting some quick runs. OUT! Milinda Siriwardana LBW Hafeez 26 (28).

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 196/5| Overs 31 | Target 288 | BATTING:  Dinesh Chandimal 9 (17), Milinda Siriwardana 26 (26). Sri Lanka still have a good run rate and if they bat sensibly they should win the game. But they have just 5 more wickets left. DInesh CHandimal holds the key here as Pakistan look to wrap things up quickly. 

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 176/5| Overs 27| Target 288 | BATTING:  Dinesh Chandimal 3 (7), Milinda Siriwardana 13 (12). Sri Lanka are losing wikets in a hurry as they have lost three in extremely quick succession. Pakstan are right on top at the moment after an early blitz from Kushal Perera. Pakistan have clawed back into the match well. OUT! Tilakaratne Dilshan b Rahat 47 (63), Angelo Mathews run out 8 (11), Lahiru Thirimanne c Anwar b Rahat 4 (8)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 151/2 | Overs 21| Target 288 BATTING:  Tilakaratne Dilshan 45 (57), Angelo Mathews 6 (8). Sri Lanka lose the wicket of Upul Tharanga but manage to continue their momentum. Skipper Angelo Mathews is the new batsman and he will look to take Sri Lanka to a position from where his team can win the match. OUT! Upul Tharanga Upul Tharanga 28 (36)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 130/1 | Overs 16| Target 288 BATTING:  Tilakaratne Dilshan 38 (44), Upul Tharanga 20 (27) Dilshan and Tharanga have done well to to consolidate after the dismissal of Kusal Perera. Tharanga has done well so far as he has supported Dilshan well. Pakistan have brought on Yasir Shah to create some havoc, but the batsmen seem to have negotiated him so far. 

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 102/1 | Overs 11| Target 288 BATTING:  Tilakaratne Dilshan 25 (29), Upul Tharanga 5 (12). Kushal Perera is finally dismissed after a record-breaking innings. But now Sri Lanka can build on the platform that he has set. Dilshan has gotten his eye in and Upul Tharanga too is no mug with the bat as he has shown in the past. Sri Lanka have also brought up their 100 in the 11th over. OUT! Kushal Perera c Yasir b Irfan 68 (25)

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 74/0 | Overs 6| Target 288|  BATTING:  Tilakaratne Dilshan 15 (18), Kushal Perera 57 (18). Fifty for Perera and it is the 2nd fastest fifty in ODIs joint with Sanath Jayasuriya. Sri Lanka well on course to record a win if they go at this rate. Dilshan at the other end is keeping his head as the Pakistan bowlers toil.

Live cricket score Sri Lanka 41/0 | Overs 3| Target 288|  BATTING:  Tilakaratne Dilshan 5 (6), Kusal Perera 35 (12) Pakistan off to an excellent start thanks to Kaushal Perera. The bowlers are trying to contain him but have failed to do so. Pakistan will feel a little gittery now.Sri Lanka will want to continue their momentum from here.

Live cricket score Pakistan 287/8 | Overs 50 |  BATTING:  Anwar Ali 29 (20), Rahat Ali 0 (0). Pakistan make a respectable score after a brilliant half-century by Mohammad Rizwan lower down the order. He was well supported by Anwar Ali. But Rizwan was dismissed as soon as he got to his half-century. Anwar Ali’s brisk innings ensured that Pakistan got to an excellent total. Mohammad Rizwan LBW Pradeep 52 (38), Yasir Shah c Siriwardana b Malinga 1 (2). Here’s out innings report

Live cricket score Pakistan 221/6 | Overs 44 |  BATTING: Mohammad Rizwan 20 (16), Anwar Ali 2 (4). Sarfraz is dismissed cheaply after the ball just about clipped the leg stump after he was adjudged LBW by the on field umpire. Unlucky for Sarfraz, but Sri Lanka get their man. Mohammad Rizwan will hope that he can build a good partnership with Anwar Ali, who is the new batsman. OUT! Sarfraz Ahmed LBW b Malinga 7(9)

Live cricket score Pakistan 199/5 | Overs 40 |  BATTING: Mohammad Rizwan 5 (8), Sarfraz Ahmed 1 (1). Shoaib Malik has been dismissed after a run-a-ball 51. His partnership with Azhar Ali was doing well but Angelo Mathews got rid of Malik, just at the right time. New batsman Mohammad Rizwan would have wanted to get  his team past 300 with his skipper Azhar Ali, but he too was dismissed for 79 after looking to take the aerial route. OUT! Azhar c Siriwardana b Dilshan 79 (104), Shoaib Malik b Mathews 51 (49)

Live cricket score Pakistan 178/3 | Overs 36 |  BATTING: Azhar Ali 67 (91), Shoaib Malik 51 (49). Pakistan are on course to put up a big total as Shoaib Malik and Azhar Ali look to take the game away from the hosts. Sri Lanka have tried everything but are unable to stop this partnership. They will have to do something and fast. Pakistan look on course to set a big target here. Malik scores his half-century as well. 

Live cricket score Pakistan 123/3 | Overs 30 |  BATTING: Azhar Ali 50 (79), Shoaib Malik 14 (25). Pakistan have managed not to lose any further wickets. Sri Lanka have introduced spin from other. Sri Lanka have introduced spin from both ends and it’s finally bearing fruits. Azhar A;o scores his half-century and Shoaib Malik will look to keep his skipper company. 

Live cricket score Pakistan 100/3 | Overs 25 |  BATTING: Azhar Ali 39 (65), Shoaib Malik 3 (9). Pakistan seem to be losing their way to a certain extent as they have now lost Babar Azam as well. Shoaib Malik is the new batsman for Pakistan and Milinda Siriwardana gets his first wicket of the match. Azhar ALi is still batting and batting well as well. Pakistan have also brought on their 100 in the 25th over. They will have to consolidate here OUT! Babar Azam b Siriwardana 12 (19)

Live cricket score Pakistan 86/2 | Overs 20 |  BATTING: Azhar Ali 32 (53), Babar Azam 8 (10). Sachitra Pathirana’s dream debut continues as he gets rid of the dangerous Mohammad Hafeez as well. Hafeez played a magnificent role in the previous match and was looking in an attacking mood here too. Put full marks to the debutante. Pakistan on the back foot after getting off to a good start. Pakistan will look to consolidate in the middle overs.  OUT! Mohammad Hafeez c Mathews b Pathirana 9 (15)

Live cricket score Pakistan 62/1 | Overs 15 |  BATTING: Azhar Ali 25 (43), Mohammad Hafeez 1 (5). What a moment for Sachith Pathirana, a wicket on his debut and more importantly brings an end to a good partnership between Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali. Shehzad is clean bowled. Sri Lanka will want to pick up a few more wickets from here. Mohammad Hafeez is the new batsman for Pakistan. He scored a brilliant century in the first ODI. OUT! Ahmed Shehzad 30 b Pathirana (43)

Live cricket score Pakistan 54/0 | Overs 12 |  BATTING: Azhar Ali 20 (37), Ahmed Shehzad 28 (36). Pakistan have gone past their 50-run mark in the 12th over. Lasith Malinga finally gets an over but he is still not able to get a breakthrough. Sri Lanka evenb gift a free-hit to Pakistan but the visitors are not able to make the best use of it. Sri Lanka still look for their first wicket.

Live cricket score Pakistan 32/0 | Overs 9 |  BATTING: Azhar Ali 16 (30), Ahmed Shehzad 11 (24). Pakistan slowly but steadily increase their run rate, but some careless fielding from Sri Lanka too has helped them. Azhar Ali and Ahemed Shehzad look to get their eye in at the moment and will probably look to explode after that. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka look for their first wicket.

Live cricket score Pakistan 18/0 | Overs 6 |  BATTING: Azhar Ali 8 (17), Ahmed Shehzad 5 (18). Pakistan finally get a move on and have consolidated reasonably well after a dull start. Sri Lanka have a firm grip on the run rate at the moment but Pakistan can up the ante any time. Angelo Mathews and Nuwan Pradeep doing a fine job. Lasith Malinga has still not been introduced into the attack. So far so good for Sri Lanka.

Live cricket score Pakistan 1/0 | Overs 3 |  BATTING: Azhar Ali 1 (11), Ahmed Shehzad 0 (7). Angelo Mathews opens the bowling for Sri Lanka and bowls a maiden in the very first over Good beginning from Sri Lanka as they have managed to keep the Pakistani batsman on the backfoot. Nuwan Pradeep too bowls a maiden in the second over. Pakistan finally gets off the mark off the 17th ball of the innings. Excellent start for Sri Lanka.

3PM start at Pallekele. No reduction of overs.

Rain has stopped at Palleleke and we might start on time despite of showers in between. Hopefully rain does not play spoilsport in this game as well, like it did in the Test matches. The start of play has however been delayed due to wet outfield.

The covers are on at Pallekele and the start of the match has been delayed due to rain. Stay tuned for more updates.

Playing XI:

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Upul Tharanga, , Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Sachith Pathirana, Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep.

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

TOSS: Pakistan won the toss and elect to bat first. Pakistan will look to put on a good score and hope that it is good enough for them to defend. Pakistan name an unchanged side. Nuwan Pradeep makes it to the playing XI in place of Suranga Lakmal for Sri Lanka. Seekuge Prasanna is also dropped from the Sri Lanka XI in place of Sachith Pathirana makes his debut.


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.

Hello everyone and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Pallekele. This is Pramod Ananth and I will be bringing to you all the updates from the game today. Pakistan won the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Pallekele on Wednesday. Pakistan won the Test series 2-1 and riding on Mohammad Hafeez’s all-round performance the visitors defeated the hosts. Azhar Ali is captain of Pakistan. Neither team is likely to make too many changes just one match into the series, though Sri Lanka could certainly consider bringing in some of their other pacers after the lacklustre bowling performance in the last match. The extra speed of Pradeep could be useful to a team that is lacking firepower. Mohammad Hafeez backed up his good day with the ball with a fine fifty in the first One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka. Chasing a score of 256, Hafeez brought up his 26th ODI half-century.  Live Cricket Scorecard: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2015, 2nd ODI here

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Live cricket score Sri Lanka 102/1 | Overs 11| Target 288 BATTING:  Tilakaratne Dilshan 25 (29), Upul Tharanga 5 (12).