June 15, 2010

Asia Cup: Ist ODI

In the Inaugural match of the Asia Cup, Srilanka played Pakistan at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Rangiri. Srilanka won the toss & elected to bat first.

Upul Tharanga & Tillakaratne Dilshan opened the innings for Srilankan side. Both did not stay long as they got out scoring 11 & 18 runs respectively. Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene & Angelo Mathews help Srilanka to put up a decent total. Angelo Mathews stayed till the end of 50 overs & was unbeaten scoring 55 runs. Srilanka scored 242 runs from 50 overs loosing 9 wickets. Abdul Razzaq was very impressive on bowling side as his economy rate was just 3.37 runs per over & took a wicket. Shoiab Akthar's come back is very good as he also looked impressive with ball, his economy rate was just 4.1 runs per over & took 3 crucial wickets for his team.

Chasing the score of 242 runs set by the Srilankans, Pakistan opened its batting innings with the openers Shahzaib Hasan & Salman Butt. Pakistanis lost 2 quick wickets where they could not resist Lashith Malinga's attack. Shahid Afridi played a magnificent innings who scored 109 runs from just 76 deliveries which included 8 fours & 7 sixes. Akmal Brothers both could not stand for longer time as they both got run out. After the fall of Shahid Afridi all the pressure fell on Abdul Razzaq, but even he could not succeed as the co-strikers all got out. By the end of 47th over, Pakistan lost all its 10 wickets scoring 226 runs. Srilanka won the match by 16 runs. Man of the match was Shahid Afridi.

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