Its just the matter of pride now. Both teams are out of tournament, its a dead rubber. Both the teams will try to finish off their campaigns on a high, a win here can give both the teams a bit of confidence. Pakistan and Sri Lanka both have lost their two games out of three. India and Bangladesh has beaten them in the previous games and they just managed to win against UAE, that too not convincingly.
Pakistan cricket team is facing a lot of backlash at home, Shahid Afridi’s T20 leadership is at stake. Whereas, Sri Lanka may not be facing such criticism as their team is clearly in the rebuilding phase after their two greats, Kumara Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene said goodbye to the international cricket. Pakistani fans are full of anger with their team’s performance in the tournament, a special performance from the Green Shirts here might cool down the fire in them a bit.
Pakistan has won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Shahid Afridi said there can be a bit of dew later on, there are three changes in the team, Anwar Ali, Khurram Manzoor and Mohammad Sami are left out. Mohammad Nawaz, Wahab Riaz and Iftikhar Ahmed are replacing them. Afridi said during the toss that what had happen cannot be changed, however, the team wants to win this game before they head towards home.
Dinesh Chandimal is leading Sri Lanka in absence of Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews, who is out due a calf strain. Niroshan Dickwella is replacing Mathews today.
Pakistan: Iftikhar Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, +Sarfaraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, *Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Nawaz, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan
Sri Lanka: *Dinesh Chandimal, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shehan Jayasuriya, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, +Niroshan Dickwella, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dushmantha Chameera, Rangana Herath
Mohammad Amir with the new ball, Dilshan and Chandimal will look to keep him out.
At the end of 1 over, score is 6/0
Testing time for Sri Lankan openers, Mohammad Amir bowling firy in-swingers. A boundary to end the over from Chandimal through covers.
At the end of 2 overs, score is 9/0
A good start by Mohammad Irfan.
At the end of 3 overs, score is 13/0
Mohammad Amir trying too much for a wicket here, a shortened his length, which Dilshan whipped for a boundary. He bowled the last ball of the over coming round the wicket. He probably wants to make a strong statement in the last match of the tournament.
At the end of 4 over, score is 19/0
Sri Lanka is keeping all wickets intact, that can be handy at the end of their innings. Chandimal sent off Irfan’s second over of the spell with a boundary through covers.
Afridi into the attack
At the end of 5 over, score is 26/0
Figures may not suggest, but it was a brilliant over bowled by the skipper. He almost got Dilshan, but Irfan dropped the catch. A genuine edge went for a boundary to third man.
Mohammad Nawaz to bowl now
At the end of 6 overs, score is 44/0
Dilshan has taken on the rookie spinner here, he has struck him three boundaries and a six in the over. A huge 18 run over for Sri Lanka. Nawaz must be under immense pressure now.
At the end of 7 over, score is 49/0
Highest opening partnership of the Asia Cup, a good over by Afridi after an expansive one from Nawaz.
At the end of 8 overs, score is 56/0
Sri Lankan openers are taking this new guy on, going for their shots, another boundary in the over.
At the end of 9 overs, score is 59/0
Wahab Riaz bowled an economical over here.
At the end of 10 overs, score is 66/0
Sri Lanka is cruising towards a decent total here. Pakistan in search of a breakthrough.
At the end of 11 overs, score is 81/0
Wahab Riaz punished by Dilshan and Chandimal, 15 runs coming in the over. Afridi & co. seems shattered, the body language is too shaky at the moment.
At the end of 12 overs, score is 90/0
Another good over for Sri Lanka, they are playing freely now.
At the end of 13 overs, score is 97/0
A target of 180 is on the card. Standing skipper, Dinesh Chandimal leading from the front, he scored his second half century of the tournament.
At the end of 14 overs, score is 110/0
Sri Lankan duo welcoming Mohammad Nawaz to the truly competitive international cricket. Nawaz finding it tough to even silent the batsmen, they are attacking him on his will.
At the end of 15 overs, score is 113/1
Finally, Pakistan has something to smile, Wahab Riaz has provided the breakthrough here. A slow shortpitched delivery to Chandimal, he flat batted it straight to Sharjeel Khan at midwicket.
At the end of 16 overs, score is 117/2
Shoaib Malik has given an another wicket here, Shehan Jayasuriya was looking for a glory shot, he is taken on long-off by Sharjeel Khan.
At the end of 17 overs, score is 125/2
A rare 8 run over by Mohammad Amir, a boundary off an inside edge made it a good over for Sri Lanka. Dilshan brought up his half century off the over.
At the end of 18 overs, score is 127/4
A brilliant 18th over by Mohammad Irfan, two wickets in the over. Kapugedera and Shanaka bowled on slower ones.
At the end of 19 overs, score is 141/4
Worst figures for Mohammad Amir in the tournament. He bowled two overs around the wicket, which was a bit strange, he might have done better bowling over the wicket.
At the end of 20 overs, score is 150/4
Sri Lanka has scored a quite decent score here, Pakistan’s struggling batting lineup will have to bat out of their skin to chase down this target.
Tillakaratne Dilshan has scored an impressive innings of 75 runs off 56 deliveries.
Mohammad Irfan remains the best bowler of the night for Pakistan with two wickets, conceding only 18 runs in his 4 overs.
For now, Sri Lanka stands favorite here.
Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Hafeez out in the middle to kick off the chase. Kulasekara with the new ball.
At the end of 1 over, score is 2/0
A good start by the experienced Sri Lankan pacer.
Thisara Parera with the new ball from the other end.
At the end of 2 overs, score is 13/0
A good over for Pakistan, two boundaries coming off in this over, Parera bowled on sharjeel’s legs and he thrashed it for a boundary. Its his strong area.
At the end of 3 overs, score is 15/0
Pakistani openers once again struggling against quality fast bowling, Kulasekara is testing Pakistani openers with his tight line length and slight movement.
Spinner into the attack, Jayasuriya to bowl now
At the end of 4 overs, score is 28/1
Hafeez struck two boundaries and then perished with an absolutely nothing shot! Sarfaraz replaced him and off the mark with a four.
At the end of 5 overs, score is 34/1
A boundary by Sarfaraz Ahmed through covers. Shanaka bowled a decent over overall.
At the end of 6 overs, score is 50/1
Four consecutive f’s by Sharjeel Khan, Chameera bowled in his zone and he made the most of it. Great over for Pakistan.
At the end of 7 overs, score is 58/1
Sharjeel Khan is turning it on here, Rangana Herath bowled short, Sharjeel rocked back and pulled it to midwicket for a four.
At the end of 8 overs, score is 59/2
Sharjeel’s little cameo ended with Dilshan’s short delivery, he pulled it good enough to reach Kapugedera on long-on. A wonderful and eventful over by Dilshan. Whatever he is touching today is turning into gold.
At the end of 9 overs, score is 64/2
Sri Lanka is drying up the runs here. Umar Akmal and Sarfaraz are not finding it easy to score.
At the end of 10 overs, score is 70/2
Another tight over by the young pacer, Chameera.
At the end of 11 overs, score is 81/2
Pakistan is going really well here, the game is definitely on. Sarfaraz scored two boundaries of Herath over with brilliant footwork.
At the end of 12 overs, score is 93/2
Sarfaraz Ahmed is looking really good in this inning, he is the aggressor of this partnership with Umar Akmal.
At the end of 13 overs, score is 94/3
Yet again Sarfaraz fell playing the sweep shot, it was darted by Sriwardana, the batsman missed it and was caught in front of the stumps.
At the end of 14 overs, score is 100/3
Pakistan has brought their 100 here, they need 51 runs in 6 overs now to win this game.
At the end of 15 overs, score is 119/3
A huge over for Pakistan, Umar Akmal took on Sriwardana, he scored 14 runs in the over, Malik also scored a boundary and a single in the over. Pakistan favorites now.
At the end of 16 overs, score is 121/3
Excellent over by Chameera, just two singles off the over. A very important over in the context of the game.
At the end of 17 overs, score is 129/3
Umar Akmal is carrying his good form all the way, he is making strokes effortlessly.
At the end of 18 overs, score is 141/3
Umar Akmal has brought Pakistan on the touching distance from a victory here. A good display with the bat.
At the end of 19 overs, score is 150/4
Umar Akmal leveled scores with humongous six off Kulasekara, he played another wonderful lofted cover drive but Thisara Parera took a breathtaking catch.
At the end of 19.2 overs, score is 151/4
Shoaib Malik scored the winning runs, he played a powerful straight drive and dropped, he took a single. Pakistan won by 6 wickets.
Pakistan has received a consolation victory here. Sarfaraz and Umar Akmal were instrumental in the winning of this dead rubber game. Akmal played an eye-catching innings of 48 off 37 balls, on the other hand, Sarfaraz scored 38 off 27 balls to drive Pakistan over the line.