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WATCH LIVE: 3rd ODI, Sri Lanka vs Pakistan at Abu Dhabi

WATCH LIVE: 3rd ODI, Sri Lanka vs Pakistan at Abu Dhabi

18/10/2017, Sri Lanka, Cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket, Article # 24515319
Must win match for Sri Lanka in third ODI; Batsmen need to click

Must win match for Sri Lanka in third ODI; Batsmen need to click

18/10/2017, Sri Lanka, Cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket, Article # 24515107

By Srian Obeyesekere reporting from Abu Dhabi

‘Must Win’ will be the slogan word Sri Lanka will carry to Abu Dhabi’s Zayed  Cricket Stadium against Pakistan in the third day-night ODI on Thursday October 18. The reality to the  decisive task to skipper Upul Tharanga and his charges is like getting past the Rock of Gibraltar. Such is the rock hard cocoon Pakistan Safraz Ahmed’s team basks in. Their great escape from a precarious101 for 6 that Sri Lanka had pinned them to emerging the eventual winners by 32 runs on Tuesday to go 2-nil up is the best example of the aura that Pakistan glows in today in the biff bang game; an aura that looked a lonely word but a few months ago before they shook the cricketing world by emerging Champions Trophy winners of 2017.

Indeed, Sri Lanka, confront the odds to beating Pakistan. Coming out of the shackles of a rebuilding curve of the past one year on the back of largely new blood in getting the ideal combinative rhythm in all departments of the game is the urgency. The batting cast is one of immense imaginative young talent. The skill is there, but the batsmen need to get their act together as batting coach, Hashan Tillekeratne puts it in a pre-match contention. There is no room for complacency.

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The need of the hour is for the specialists to put their heads down and buckle to the task of run making; the type of run making that would take the game off a highly volatile opposition that has put the gear to the power machine as world beaters. In that perspective, there is one man in the Sri Lankan cast who carries the skills of a prince in batting. That is 21-year old Kusal Mendis who has proved this to the world by an inheritance of a wealth of imaginative stroke play. His willow has sparked before which did insulate him as the new prince to carry the torch from the likes of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. The youngster needs to come out of the rut in form of having not compiled 40 runs in the last ten innings, and not a half century in his last 12. That it has all to do in a fall of confidence that Mendis needs to quickly get that sheen on that would bring out the best in him is vital to Sri Lanka’s cause. Most of the top order too in Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne too must put their heads down to the task. It is all a game about calm and patience where run grafting from the ones and the twos to getting the feel of things in ascending to the big blows is what the stars need to buckle down to. Skipper Upul Tharanga has led from the front by his century in the last game despite early blotches must inspire the side. Wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella, who requires a further 87 runs to become the fastest Sri Lankan to the 1000-run milestone in his 26th innings that would beat Roy Dias’s record in 27 innings, has been the man among the runs. Despite coming a cropper in the last match, Dickwella packs a robust pedigree of going after bowling attacks, and a big innings from him right upfront opening the batting would be decisive to his sides cause; as much to reaching the personal milestone that would raise his stocks much.

In the bowling, Sri Lanka can take heart by the early inroads made in the last match. But they would need to put heart and soul to implementing a game plan of going the entire distance of decimating Pakistan who have time and time again proved they have a dependable later order to rally them from dire situations. The likely change could well be Chamara Kapugedera for Milinda Siriwardena who has had a bad outing in the 5-match series.

Pitch forecast: Hot, humid conditions.

 Sri Lanka (Likely): 1 Niroshan Dickwella, (wk), 2 Upul Tharanga (capt), 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Milinda Siriwardana, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Akila Dananjaya, 9 Jeffrey Vandersay, 10 Suranga Lakmal, 11 Lahiru Gamage

Pakistan (Likely): 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Rumman Raees, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan.

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-The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sri Lanka Cricket-



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Hasan Ali takes five, Sri Lanka toppled for 208

Hasan Ali takes five, Sri Lanka toppled for 208

18/10/2017, Sri Lanka, Cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket, Article # 24517140
Sri Lanka had got off to a sparkling start, but they were pulled down by Pakistan's spinners and knocked over by Hasan Ali

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-sri-lanka-2017/content/story/1124195.html?CMP=OTC-RSS
SL opt to bat; Imam-ul-Haq debuts for Pakistan

SL opt to bat; Imam-ul-Haq debuts for Pakistan

18/10/2017, Sri Lanka, Cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket, Article # 24515442
In a must-win game for Sri Lanka, their captain Upul Tharanga opted to bat, saying the side aimed to put runs on the board for the first time this series

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-v-sri-lanka-2017/content/story/1124195.html?CMP=OTC-RSS
පාකිස්තානයට ලකුණු 32ක ජයග්‍රහණයක්

පාකිස්තානයට ලකුණු 32ක ජයග්‍රහණයක්

17/10/2017, Sri Lanka, Cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket, Article # 24502293

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බන්දුල මොල්ලිගොඩ අබුඩාබ් හි සිට ලියයි……

අබුඩාබ් හි පැවැත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා – පාකිස්තාන දෙවන එක්දින තරගයෙන් ද ලකුණු 32ක ජයක් ලැබූ පාකිස්තානය දැනට තරගාවලියේ ඉදිරියෙන් සිටින්නේ තරග 2 – 0 ක ලෙසිනි.  මුලින් පන්දුවට පහරදුන් පාකිස්තානය ඕවර 50 දී කඩුලු 9ක ට ලකුණු 219ක් වැනි අඩු සංඛ්‍යාවකට දැවී ගිය ද ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ද ඕවර 48 ක දී සියලු ක්‍රීඩකයින් දැවී ලබාගත්තේ ලකුණු 187කි.

ලකුණු 220ක ජයග්‍රාහී ඉලක්කයක් හඹා යාමේ දී ශ්‍රී ලංකා නායක උපුල් තරංග ආරම්භක පිතිකරු ලෙස පිටියට පිවිසි අවසාන පිතිකරු ලෙස නොදැවී හුදකලා සටනක නියැළෙමින් ලංකා ජයග්‍රහණය වෙනුවෙන් පන්දු 144ක ට මුහුණ දී හතරේ 14ක් සමග නොදැවී 112ක් ලැබුවත් සහයට පිතිකරුවෙකු නොමැති වීමෙන් ලංකා ජයග්‍රහණය ද නොමැති විණි.

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උපුල් තරගංට හොඳ සහයක් දුන් අංක නවය පිතිකරු වැන්ඩසේ (පන්දු 65යි ලකූණු 22යි) ලංකා අටවන කඩුල්ලට තරංග සමග එක්කළ ලකුණු ප්‍රමාණය 78කි.  මෙදින තරංග ලැබුවේ සිය 15 වන ශතකයයි.

කණ්ඩායම් දෙකම අඩු ලකුණු ලැබු තරගයක් වූ මෙහි දී පිතිකරුවන් 20 දෙනාම (දෙපිලේම) දැවී ලබාගත හැකිවූයේ ලකුණු 406කි.  අබුඩාබි තණතිල්ලේ ලකුණු රැස් කිරීමේ අපහසුතාව මින් මැනවින් පැහැදිලි වේ.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා නායකයා මෙදින ජයග්‍රහණය සඳහා පරිශ්‍රමයක නිරත වුවත්, එය වැළකී ගියේ දෙවන වරටත් ඉදිරිපෙළ පිතිකරුවන් වන කුසල් මෙන්ඩිස්, දිනේෂ් චන්දිමාල් සහ මිලින්ද සිරිවර්ධන අපොහොසත් වීමෙනි.

තරගයේ වීරයා ලෙස තේරුණේ ෂඩාබ් ඛාන්ය.  ඔහු ලකුණු 47ක ට කඩුලු 3ක් දවාලූ අතර ලකුණු රැස් කිරීමේ දී නොදැවී ලකුණු 52ක් ද ලැබිය.  පාකිස්තානයේ බාබර් අසාම් මෙදින සිය දෙවන පිට පිටම ශතකය ද ලැබීම විශේෂත්වයකි.

පාකිස්තාන නායක සෆ්රාස් අහමඩ් කාසියේ වාසිය දිනා මුලින් පන්දුවට පහරදීමට තීරණය කළත්, ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ විශිෂ්ඨ පන්දු යැවීම හා පන්දු රැකීම හමුවේ ඔවුනගේ ඉනිම ආරම්භයේ සිට අවසානය තෙක්ම  ලකුණු රැස් කිරීම ඉතා අසීරු කරුණක් විය.

ළහිරු ගමගේ, තිසර පෙරේරා සහ සුරංග ලක්මාල්ගේ පන්දු හමුවේ අපහසුතාවයකට පත් වූ පාකිස්තාන පිතිකරුවනට තම ඉනිම නිමවන තෙක්ම තබාගත හැකිවුයේ ඕවරයකට 4.38ක වේගයකි.  ඕවරයකට සාමාන්‍ය ලකුණු හතරකට ඔවුන් පැමිණියේ 45 වන ඕවරයේ දී ය.

පාකිස්තාන ලකුණු ලැබුවේ දසවන ඕවරයේ දී කඩුලු 3ක ට ලකුණු 40ක් ද විසිපස්වන ඕවරය නිමවන විට කඩුලු 5ක ට ලකුණු 89ක් ද හතළිස් වන ඕවරය නිමවන විට කඩුලු හයකට ලකුණු 150ක් ද හතළිස් පස්වන ඕවරයේ දී කඩුලු හයකට ලකුණු 182ක් ද වශයෙනි.   මුල් ඕවර කිහිපයේ දී වඩාත් කැපී පෙණුනු ළහිරු ගමගේ සහ ලක්මාල් මුළු ලකුණු 17 දී ෆාකර් සමාන් ද (11) මුළු 27 දී අහමඩ් ෂෙෂාඩ් ද (08) මුළු ලකුණු 40 දී මොහමඩ් හෆීස් ද (08) දවාලමින් ලංකා පිලට හොඳ ආරම්භයක් ලබාදුන්හ.

දහසය වන ඕවරයේ දී තිසර පෙරේරා පන්දු යැවීමට කැඳවීමත් සමග තිසර තම දෙවන ඕවරයේ දී හිටපු නායකයෙකු වන ෂොයිබ් මලින්ද (11) සිය තුන්වන ඕවරයේ දී නායක සෆ්රාස් අහමඩ් ද (05) දවාලීමත් සමග පාකිස්තානය ලකුණු 79ක ට කඩුලු පහක් දැවී පත් වූ අසීරු තත්ත්වයෙන් ගොඩ ඒමට ඔවුනට යළි අවස්ථාව නොලැබිණි.  ඩුබායි හි ප්‍රථම එක්දින තරගයේ දී පස්වන කඩුල්ලට ලකුණු 139ක් රැස් කිරීමට දායක වූ ෂොයිබ් මලික් එදින ලකුණු 81ක් රැස් කළත්, මෙදින ලකුණු 11ක ට දවාලීමට තිසර පෙරේරා සමත් වීම විශාල වූ ජයග්‍රහණයකි.

පාකිස්තාන හයවන කඩුල්ල ලකුණු 101 දි (ඕවර 27.3) දැවී යාමෙන් පසු ඕවර 21.4ක දී හත්වන කඩුල්ලට බාබාර් අසාම් සහ සඩාබ් ඛාන් ලකුණු 101ක් රැස් කළත්, ලකුණු රැස් කිරීමේ වේගය බෙහෙවින් අඩාලව අඩු වේගයක පැවැතිනි.  කෙසේ වුව ද මේ පිතිකරුවන් දෙදෙනා වැඩිම ලකුණු  ලැබුවේ බාබර් අසාම් ලකුණු 101ක් ද (පන්දු 133යි හතරේ හයයි) සහ ෂඩාබ් ඛාන් (නොදැවී ලකුණු 52කයි පන්දු 68යි හතරේ පහරයි) ලබා ගනිමිනි.  ළහිරු ගමගේ දෙවන වරට පන්දු යැවීමට පැමිණි අවස්ථාවේ බාබර් අසාම් සහ රුමාන් රයිස් (00) දවාලමින් පාකිස්තාන ඉනිමේ අග භාගය දවාලුවේය.

සිය හත්වන එක්දින තරගයට සහභාගී වූ ළහිරු ගමගේ මෙදින ප්‍රබල පන්දු යැවීමක නිරත වෙමින් කඩුලු හතරක් දවාලුවේ ලකුණු 57ක් දීමෙනි.  තිසර පෙරේරා සිය ඕවර දහය තුළ ප්‍රබල කඩුලු දෙකක් දවා ගැනීමට සමත් විණි.

ලකුණු පුවරුව

පාකිස්තානය ලකුණු
ෆාකර් සාමන් ඇ. මෙන්ඩිස් බෝ. ගමගේ 11
අහමඩ් ෂෙෂාඩ් ඇ. සිරිවර්ධන බෝ. ලක්මාල් 08
බාබර් අසාම් ඇ. මෙන්ඩිස් බෝ. ගමගේ 101
මොහමඩ් හෆීස් ඇ. දික්වැල්ල බෝ. ගමගේ 08
ෂොයිබ් මලික් ඇ. දික්වැල්ල බෝ. තිසර පෙරේරා 11
සෆ්රාස් අහමඩ් බෝ. තිසර පෙරේරා 05
ඉමාඩ් වසිම් එල්. බී. ඩබ්ලිව්. වැන්ඩසෙ 10
ෂාඩබ් ඛාන් නොදැවී 52
හසන් අලී දුවද්දී දැවී ගියා 07
රුමාන් රයිස් ඇ. අකිල ධනංජය බෝ ගමගේ 00
ජුනයිඩ් ඛාන් නොදැවී 00
අතිරේක 06
එකතුව ඕවර 50 දී කඩුලු 9 ට 219
කඩුලු බිඳ වැටීම – 17,27,40, 71, 79, 101, 210, 218, 218
පන්දු යැවීම – සුරංග ලක්මාල් 10 – 0 – 42 – 1 – ළහිරු ගමගේ 9.6 – 0 – 57 – 4 වැන්ඩසෙ 9 – 0 – 44- 1 තිසර පෙරේරා 10 – 0 – 34- 2 අකිල ධනංජය 9 – 0 – 30 -0 මිලින්ද සිරිවර්ධන 2 – 0 – 9 – 0
ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ලකුණු
නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ල එල්. බි. ඩබිලිව්. බෝ ජුනයිඩ් ඛාන් 03
උපුල් තරංග නොදැවී 112
කුසල් මෙන්ඩිස් ඇ. අහමඩ් ෂෙෂාඩ් බෝ. හසන් අලි 10
ළහිරු තිරිමාන්න එල්. බී. ඩබ්ලිව්. බෝ ෂොයිබ් මලික් 12
දිනේෂ් චන්දිමාල් බෝ. ෂඩාබ් 02
මිලින්ද සිරිවර්ධන ඇ. බාබර් අසාම් බෝ. ෂඩාබ් 03
තිසර පෙරේරා ඇ. බාබර් අසාම්  බෝ. හෆීස් මොහෙමඩ් 07
අකිල ධනංජය බො. ෂඩාබ් ඛාන් 01
ජේ. වැන්ඩසෙ ඇ. ෂෙෂාඩ් බෝ. රයිස් 22
සුරංග ලක්මාල් දුවද්දී දැවී ගියා 01
ළහිරු ගමගේ දුවද්දී දැවී ගියා 03
අතිරේක 11
එකතුව (ඕවර 48) 187
කඩුලු බිඳ වැටීම 10, 30, 70, 79, 83, 92, 93, 169, 172, 187
 පන්දු යැවීම – ජුනයිඩ් 6 – 0 – 21 – 1 රයිස් 8 – 1 – 31 – 1 හසන් අලි 10 – 2 – 32 – 1 හෆීස් – 10 – 0 – 24 – 1 ෂොයිබ් මලික්  4 – 0 – 17 – 1 ෂඩාබ්  ඛාන් 9 – 1 – 47 – 3

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'Positive feedback' from players on Lahore T20, says SL manager

'Positive feedback' from players on Lahore T20, says SL manager

17/10/2017, Sri Lanka, Cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket, Article # 24507608
Asanka Gurusinha hopes players with concerns will reconsider their stance given team is "flying in and flying out"

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Gunathilaka ban revised by SLC ExCo

Gunathilaka ban revised by SLC ExCo

17/10/2017, Sri Lanka, Cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket, Article # 24502294

Colombo, 17 th October 2017

The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday (16) decided to revise the suspension imposed on Dhanushka Gunathilaka upon consideration of the appeal made on behalf of Gunathilaka by the Sinhalese Sports Club.

Gunathilaka was served a 6 International match suspension and imposed a fine of 20% of his Annual Contract fee having been found in breach of Section 30 of the SLC Constitution and several terms of his contract.

Accordingly, Gunathilaka will now serve a suspension of 3 International matches (instead of 6) and be fined 20% of his Annual Contract fee, whilst he will serve the balance 3 International matches as a sentence suspended for one (1) year, whereby he shall be suspended for three matches in the event of any further breach during the said period of 1 year.

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Valiant captain’s knock by Upul Tharanga 112 not out cannot stave off defeat

Valiant captain’s knock by Upul Tharanga 112 not out cannot stave off defeat

17/10/2017, Sri Lanka, Cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket, Article # 24500815

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A valiant unbeaten captain’s knock of 112 off 144 balls inclusive of 14 boundaries by Skipper Upul Tharanga’s could not lift Sri Lanka from a precarious 93 for 7 wickets as Pakistan won by 32 runs to take a 2-nil lead in the second day-night of 5 ODIs here at Abu Dhabi. Requiring 220 for victory at 4.38 an over, Sri Lanka walked the tight rope from 1 for 10 Niroshan Dickwella, 2 for 30 Kusal Mendis to 4 for 70 Lahiru Thirimanne by the 23rd over.

Skipper Upul Tharanga lived dangerously on 36 surviving some close calls including a dropped catch in the slips. Dickwella was LBW to Junaid Khan in the second ball of the third over of the innings while Mendis, reverted to the No.3 slot, departed for 10 with the total on 20 mistiming a pull to leg off Hasan Ali for a dolly catch to Shahzad. Lahiru Thirimanne and the captain tried to dig in shakily against some tight bowling putting together 40 runs for the fourth wicket before Thirimanne was trapped LBW by part time bowler Shoaib Malik for 12 as Sri Lanka catapulted to 70 for 3 in 22.5 overs. Next man in Dinesh Chandimal too tripped up bowled by Shadab Khan for 2; Sri Lanka 79 for 4 in 24.5 overs. At that stage Tharanga was on 45 off 84 balls having struck 5 boundaries and literally the one iron man to steer Sri Lanka requiring a further 141 for victory with 5 wickets intact. But Pakistan claimed the swift wickets of Milinda Siriwardena for 3 and Thisara Perera for 7 and Sri Lanka had slid to 83 for 6 just past the halfway mark in 26.1 overs. Tharanga, who had watched from the other end wickets tumble like nine pins, found his composure bringing up his fifty off 91 balls and his side’s 100 in the 32nd over. At the time he had struck 7 boundaries. But it came too late.

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Like Pakistan, Sri Lanka’s tail too began to wag with the Sri Lanka moving on to 147 for 7 in 40.5 overs, the skipper adding a useful 51 for the eighth wicket. Tharanga was on 86 off 122 balls having struck 12 boundaries with Vandersay on 15 off 42; a further 73 off 51 balls. At the start of the 41st over with Sri Lanka requiring 51 off 36 balls Vandersay fell in the fifth ball over making it 169 for 8. Suranga Lakmal lasts two balls for 1 run out and it is 172 for 9 in 45.3. Tharanga goes on to bring up a brilliant century in the next delivery and exactly 100 off 135 studded with 13 boundaries for his fifteenth three figure mark.

Pakistan recovered to 219 for 9 in 50 overs on the back of a seventh wicket recovery of 109 runs between Babar Azham who made 101 off 133 balls and 6x4and Shadab Khan an unbeaten 52 off 68  after pace man Lahiru Gamage and Tissara Perera bowled impeccably to share 6 wickets between them. Gamage accounted for top order wickets of Fakhar Zaman for 11, Mohammad Hafeez 8 to start the slide followed by Thisara Perera dismissing star batsman Shoeib Malik for 11 and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed for 5 as Sri Lanka had the 2017 ICC Trophy Champions tottering on 5 wickets for 79 in 20 overs and 101 for 6 in 27.3

Having lost the toss on a lively Abu Dhabi track, Sri Lanka struck swift treble blows to reduce Pakistan to 40 for 3 wickets by the 10th over. It was 27 for 2 by the seventh over in the second day-night ODI of the 5-match series here on a bright sunny afternoon in Abu Dhabi.

On a lively track favouring the side batting first due to the late dew advantage, Sri Lanka, 1-nil and badly in need of a win, drew first blood reducing Pakistan to 17 for 1 wicket by the third ball of the third over. The bowler was Lahiru Gamage who had Fakhar Zaman well held by a diving Kusal Mendis in the slips. Gamage had worked up a lively length and found just reward in the third ball of his second over to induce the adventurous Zaman to playing a false stroke and edge a good length delivery to leg slip. Sri Lanka continued the momentum to round off double blows making it 2 for 17 when Suranga Lakmal, who spearheaded the attack sending back Ahmed Shahzad  caught by Siriwardena by the third ball of his fourth over and the seventh in the match. Gamage accounted for the third wicket two overs later. By that time the right arm pace man had begun to generate venom bouncing the ball to good effect and had No.4 batsman Mahamed Hafeez edging one to wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella. Pakistan brought up its fifty by the 13th over when Babar Azam struck a boundary off first change bowler Jeffrey Vandersay. But Sri Lanka made it wicket number 4 and Pakistan had skidded to 4 for 71 in 17.1 overs with second change bowler Thisara Perera getting rid of the dangerous Shoaib Malik for 11 in his second over. Perera had Malik taken behind by Dickwella. Sri Lanka had wrested control by then. Perera was to clip Pakistan with double blows in successive overs and his fourth accounting for Pakistan’s Mr. Reliable skipper Safraz Ahmed for 5 off 14. Pakistan 5 for 79 in 20 overs, a run rate of 3.68 an over in precarious trouble. No.3 batsman Babar Azam was on a resolute 35 off 58 inclusive of 3 boundaries. In five overs Perera’s figures read 2 for 12 in 5 overs. Gamage’s were 2 for 32 in 7. Wholly, it marked a zip in Sri Lanka’s strides. The bowling was spot on and the fielding equally matching in calling the shots. Pakistan brought up their hundred in 27.2 overs, but Sri Lanka struck the very next ball to reduce the hosts to 101 for 6 when Vandersay, who had been bending his arm tidily, was rewarded scalping Imad Wasim for 10 off 26. Indeed, skipper Upul Tharanga was in his best act iwearing the big crown reading things well and rotating his bowlers accordingly to reap success as Sri Lanka closed in. 219/9 (50 Overs, RR: 4.38)

Pakistan fought back through the rearguard seventh wicket pair of Azam and Khan who brought up the 150 in 39.5 overs through a fighting 108 containing 5 boundaries, and Wasim on 19 off 38. In 41 overs Pakistan were 155 for 6. The seventh wicket alliance began to flourish between Babar Azam who had waded his way to a rearguard 73 off 108 balls. By the 45th over Pakistan was 183 for 6 with Azam on 90. The 200 came in the 48th over. Babar Azam fell caught Mendis b Gamage in the first ball of the 50th over with the total on 210.  Gamage had figures of 4 for 57 from his 10 overs, Perera 2 for 34 from 10 followed by Suranga Lakmal 1 for 42 from 10 and Vandersay 1 for 44 from 9.

Shadab Khan was Man of the Match.

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By Srian Obeyesekere reporting from Dubai

-The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sri Lanka Cricket-



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