Pakistan finally showing some consistency. The batting seems to have improved and slowly, they look a dangerous side. Credit to Sri Lanka who stayed and fought till the end. Guess this sets the tone for the rest of the series and tour. We still have four games to go and the second ODI will be played on Friday, 20th December, 2013 at 1100 GMT (1630 IST). Do join us then. On behalf of the commentators and scorers, ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
MOHAMMAD HAFEEZ has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that this innings was personally necessary for him as he was going through a slump. Adds that he is happy to have achieved what he set out to do and thanks the crowd for coming to support Pakistan.
Pakistan failed to get an early breakthrough but once that first wicket fell, it was a freefall post that. But Senanayake and Prasanna almost took the match the distance! Junaid was poor at the start but came back well with 3 scalps.
End of a great game of cricket. Pakistan batted brilliantly to reach 322, courtesy Hafeez' and Afridi's knocks. Sri Lanka seemed down and out but the duo of Senanayake and Prasanna nearly took Sri Lanka home! Sri Lanka would be proud of their fightback.
Junaid Khan to Seekkuge Prasanna
OUT! PAKISTAN WIN BY 11 RUNS! Full outside off, 137.8 kph, Prasanna backs away to the leg side but cannot connect well. The ball goes off the leading edge straight to mid off. Pakistan strike first blood!
The batsman plays the pull-shot.
Junaid Khan to Suranga Lakmal
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. The batsmen have run through for a single.
SURANGA LAKMAL walks in at number 11.
OUT! Communication bleeding! A short ball, Prasanna pulls it towards mid-wicket. The ball off the inside part of the bat through square leg. Just a single taken. Prasanna wants the second but is foxed by the grass is powered by k
JUNAID KHAN is back on.
Sohail Tanvir to Seekkuge Prasanna
That's hit the batsman on his pads. They pick up a single. Leg byes given by the umpire.
LASITH MALINGA is the next man in.
Sohail Tanvir to Sachithra Senanayake
OUT! Almost made a meal of it! A length ball outside off, 106.5 kph, Senanayake slashes hard and hit this high in the air. Debutant Anwar Ali charges in from sweeper cover, takes the catch but then plonks it down! 13 from the over!
FOUR BYES! A high full toss, 131.1 kph, Senanayake looks to run it down to third man but misses. Akmal looks to stop but the ball eludes him and reaches the fine leg fence!
Has a wild swing but misses.
The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
SIX! Belligerent! A full ball outside off, Senanayake swings it cleanly over long on!
Bilawal Bhatti to Seekkuge Prasanna
FOUR! One more! Full and wide outside off, 140.1 kph, Prasanna steers it behind point to make it! 15 from the over, 27 needed from 12 balls!
SIX! A fine shot again! A short ball, Prasanna hooks it behind square leg and it clears the ropes!
The batsman attempts to hook that one but fails to make contact.