Pakistan draws first blood

Pakistan won their first of the five One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka by six wickets here at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Chasing an easy target of 135, set under D/L method, Pakistan completed the victory in 34.1 overs for the loss of four wickets.

Their main scorers were opener Mohammad Hafeez (37), young Umar Akmal (36 not out) and captain Misbah-ul-Haq (30).

Earlier, Umar Gul grabbed three wickets in a sharp opening spell as Pakistan restricted Sri Lanka to 135-8 in the day-night match, reduced to 42-overs-a-side due to rain

The fast bowler (3-24) removed skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal to send Sri Lanka reeling at 23-3 in the first nine overs

Gul was superbly backed by paceman Mohammad Sami, who dismissed Kumar Sangakkara and all-rounder Angelo Mathews in his first two overs to reduce the hosts to 41-5. He finished with 3-19 off six overs.

Lahiru Thirimanne, who added 50 for the eighth wicket with Nuwan Kulasekara (18), top-scored for Sri Lanka with an unbeaten 42 while extras contributed 31, the second-highest of the innings.

Thisara Perera (17) and Upul Tharanga (10) were the other batsmen to reach double-figures.

Sangakkara, who took 20 deliveries to open his account, made just nine runs before being trapped leg-before while Mathews was caught at first slip by skipper Misbah-ul-Haq for no score.

Off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez bagged two of the last three wickets to finish with an impressive 2-20 off 10 overs.

Gul struck in his third over when he had opener Dilshan (five) caught by Saeed Ajmal at mid-on and then trapped Jayawardene (three) leg-before in his next over.

The second one-dayer will also be played in Pallekele on Saturday and the last three games in Colombo on June 13, 16 and 18.

The one-dayers will be followed by a three-Test series starting on June 22.

  • Priyantha

    Sanaga, Mahela, Chandimal, etc. are continuous failures. They should be dropped. It is better to play some schoolboy cricketers rather than them playing. They are disgusting to watch for cricket fans throught the world