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Pak vs SL, Asia Cup: As it happened

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Mar 15, 2012 at 09:10pm IST

Pakistan innings:

40th over: Pakistan win by six wickets. More importantly they fetch the bonus point by winning the match in this over.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq remains unbeaten on 72.

Pak vs SL, Asia Cup: As it happened

Pakistan's Aizaz Cheema jumps to celebrate the dismissal of Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene. (AP Photo)

39th over: Umar Akmal out. Akmal trying to finish off things in style skies one to be taken by Tharanga at mid-on off Maharoof. Pakistan are just four runs away from win.

Umar Akmal c Tharanga b Maharoof 77 (72)

37th over: Pakistan are just 20 runs away from victory and the Lankans are going through the motions.

34th over: Thirimanne drops a easy catch at square-leg of Akmal. Now both the batsmen have scored their respective half centuries. Pakistan are 139 for three.

29th over: Misbah and Akmal are now used to the pace of the wicket and are able to rotate the strike at will. Sri Lanka need few wickets to make a comeback or else it looks difficult. Pakistan are 114 for three.

26th over: Umar Akmal ups the ante and attacks Prasanna. He clears one over mid-wicket boundary to take 13 runs of the over.

24th over: Prasanna tosses one up and Misbah lofts it over and clears long-on boundary with ease.

In the process both the batsmen have stitched in a 50-run partnership.

22nd over: Leg-spinner Prasanna bowls his first maiden over of the match as Misbah, Akmal are watchful out there in the middle.

19th over: Umar Akmal gives Pakistan innings a bit of a lift, hits three classy boundaries off Lasith Malinga. Pakistan take twelve runs from this over.

18th over: Pakistan pair of Misbah and Umar Akmal are playing watchfully and are rotating strike nicely and picking up odd boundaries in between. Pakistan 55/0.

16th over: Now its up to skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and youngster Umar Akmal to steer their team innings from here on. Pakistan are 48 for three.

13th over: Lakmal strikes again and scalps Younis Khan. The ball maybe stops on Younis Khan and he lobs it to short mid-on, where Mahroof completes a juggling catch diving forward.

Younis Khan c Maharoof b Lakmal 2 (11)

12th over: Mohammad Hafeez departs. Leg-spinner Seekkuge Prassana bowls a bit wide and Hafeez makes room for himself but slashes straight to point where Chandimal takes a brilliant catch diving front.

Mohammad Hafeez c Chandimal b Prasanna 11 (35)

11th over: Lakmal's tail is up after getting a wicket and bowls a maiden, backed by some superb fielding.

9th over: Nasir Jamshed out. Suranga Lakmal digs in a short one and Jamshed goes for the pull but top edged to short mid-on.

Nasir Jamshed c Tharanga b Lakmal 18 (25)

8th over: Nasir Jamshed opens up to Kulasekara bowling. He hits two successive fours of the first two deliveries as Pakistan take 12 runs from this over.

6th over: Kulasekara bowls a maiden over. Sri Lanka at the moment have kept things tight by bowling in the right areas, but looking for the first wicket. Pakistan are 11 for no loss.

3rd over: This is a real cautious start from the Pakistan openers, but Malinga and Kulasekara are not making life easier for them either.

1st over: As expected, Lasith Malinga bang on target right from the word go. Pakistan are one for no loss

Sri Lanka innings:

46th over: Sri Lanka are all out for 188! Suranga Lakmal is the last man to fall for the Lankans. Lakmal skipped down the track against Ajmal to give it a full Monty but only managed to find Nasir Jamshed at long-off. Pakistan need 189 to win their second match in this years Asia Cup.

45th over: SL have clearly lost the plot in death overs. Malinga loses his patience and his wicket. Clean bowled by Aizaz Cheema, his fourth of the match. Malinga looked to go for the maximum over midwicket and in process completely missed the ball.

Malinga b Aizaz Cheema 1(6)

43rd over: Pakistan bowlers are on fire! Aizaz Cheema picks up a big wicket of in-form Kumar Kumar Sangakkara. It looks like SL will struggle to bat through their 50 overs. A length delivery angling across outside off, Sangakkara skips down the track and looks to pull, manages a thick inside edge back onto his stumps.

Sangakkara b Aizaz Cheema 71(92)

40th over: Umar Gul picks up one more. Pakistani bowlers are bowling brilliantly at the moment. Nuwan Kulasekara the latest man to fall. A short bouncer angling down the leg, Kulasekara looks to pull, gets a faint little tickle on the way to the keeper.

Nuwan Kulasekara c Sarfraz Ahmed b Umar Gul 4(16)

38th over: Another one goes! This time Ajmal picks up Farveez Maharoof. It was a nothing shot. The doosra is creating havoc. This was floated from outside off and spins the other way, Maharoof shapes for the sweep but is beaten by the extra bounce.

Maharoof c Misbah-ul-Haq b Ajmal 2(8)

36th over: Bowled! Ajmal gets big wicket of in-form Tharanga. This was the doosra from Ajmal, Tharanga did not pick it one bit and was beaten all ends up. Its a crucial time to pick up the wicket. He departs after scoring 57 and Sri Lanka are 161/5 after 36 overs.

Tharanga b Ajmal 57(74)

33rd over: Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara brought up their respective fifties and are continuing the recovery process very well. Pakistan bowlers have allowed the batsmen to settle in and have stopped attacking. Sri Lanka are 146/4 after 33 overs.

30th over: The over from Afridi goes for eight runs and it includes a boundary to Tharanga. Sri Lanka breaking the shackles!

23rd over: Slow progress by Sangakkara and Tharanga as they attempt to stem the rot of early wickets.

15th over: And now Thirimanne heads back to the pavilion. The batsman fails to keep his shot on the ground, and Umar Akmal at backward point completes the catch.

Thirimanne c Akmal b Azam 7

9th over: Another one bites the dust! Umar Gul strikes for Pakistan this time. Chandimal fishes at one outside his off stump and Younis Khan at first slip takes a sharp catch, diving to his right.

Chandimal c Younis Khan b Umar Gul 0

8th over: Cheema strikes again for Pakistan. An attempt at a pull shot goes horribly wrong for Dilshan, as Saeed Ajmal at mid-on accepts the catch.

Dilshan c Ajmal b Cheema 20

6th over: Pakistan draw first blood via Aizaz Cheema, as Mahela Jayawardene departs! The Lankan captain attempts to hit over covers but can't beat Hafeez who takes a simple catch.

Jayawardene c Hafeez b Cheema 12

4th over: It's 30/0 at the end of the over. Rollicking start for the Lankans, Dilshan on fire.

Mirpur: Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in match three of the Asia Cup at Mirpur on Thursday.

While Pakistan beat Bangladesh in the opening match of the competition, Sri Lanka went down to India in match two on Tuesday.

On current form, the Sri Lanka and Pakistan clash holds promise for a keenly contested contest. Both sides play an exciting brand of cricket, have batsmen with equal dollops of flair and solidity, and bowlers capable of winning matches on their own.

However, it is Pakistan who will be a bit more confident of victory, and not just because they beat Bangladesh on Sunday. Pakistan have come up on top in the last three matches played against Sri Lanka - in fact they have won seven of nine matches going back to August 2009.

Teams:

Pakistan:

Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed (w/k), Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema

Sri Lanka:

Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (w/k), Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Upul Tharanga, Farveez Maharoof, Nuwan Kulasekara, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal

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