Shahid Afridi was adjudged the Man of the Match for his match winning innings. A very good knock from Lala just when Pakistan needed which will do him a world of good. So that's all from us here for the first T20. Do join us on 13th December 2130 (IST) for the second T20 match. Till then, it's good bye, take care!
Sri Lanka looked rusty as they took on Pakistan who seemed to know their strengths well. Their batsmen got starts but failed to covert apart from Mathews who did well. Pakistan bowled like they always do to restrict them. Sri Lanka began their defense well picking up wickets at regular intervals but had no answers to Shahid Afridi's onslaught. The hosts will be happy with the win despite the jitters at the end, the visitors on the other hand will look forward to improve their performance in the next match.
What an innings from BOOM BOOM! He came in when Pakistan needed him to play a good knock and he did it in style with a unbeaten 39! Pakistan got off to a decent start but never really got ahead of the game as Sri Lanka kept picking wickets. Malinga was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/26 but Afridi was too good on the day for them. Pakistan now lead the 2-match T20 series 1-0!
Nuwan Kulasekara to Shahid Afridi
SIX! BOOM BOOM NO. 3! Afridi wins it for Pakistan! It was a full toss on the stumps, Afridi got under it and swung it over the square leg fence for a maximum to win the match for Pakistan!
Lasith Malinga to Shahid Afridi
NOT OUT! Fuller on stumps, Afridi plays it to the off side and calls Tanvir through for a quick single. The fielder hits the stumps at the striker's end and Sangakkara whips the bails off. The players appeal, the umpire refers it upstairs but replays shows that Tanvir was well in.
Third umpire referred for a run out chance!
Sohail Tanvir to bat now.
Lasith Malinga to Bilawal Bhatti
OUT! Perera takes a good catch! Fuller one outside off, Bhatti looks to go for the maximum, but hits it straight in the air, Perera gets under the ball and completes a good catch. Needless shot from Bhatti!
Shorter one on middle, Afridi looks to pull but gets a top edge which falls short of the square leg fielder. The batsmen cross for a single.
Slower one on middle, Bhatti turns it towards the leg side for a single.
Yorker outside off, Bhatti brings his bat down at an angle to hit it fine towards third man for a couple.
Yorker on middle, Afridi takes a quick single to mid-wicket.
Thisara Perera to Shahid Afridi
Fullish outside off, Afridi retains the strike with a single to mid off.
Fuller on the pads, Afridi clips it well past square leg for a couple.
FOUR! Deft! Full toss on the pads, Afridi scoops it well between the keeper and the short fine leg fielder for a boundary to the fine leg fence.
Thisara Perera to Bilawal Bhatti
NOT OUT! Good length on off, Bhatti taps it to the off side and sets off for a quick single. Afridi sends him back. Dilshan hits the stumps at the striker's end but Bhatti's dive saves him. They get an overthrow which brings Afridi back on strike.
Third umpire referred for a run out appeal!
FOUR! Edged! Short on off, Bhatti goes for the pull but gets an outside edge which flies over slips for a boundary.
Fuller on the stumps, Afridi takes a single to long on. That's 1000 T20 International runs for Afridi!
Thisara Perera to bowl now. 25 needed in 18 balls. Will Afridi go after him?