Second ODI Shifted to Sooriyawewa


Pakistan took the lead in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka when they beat the hosts by four wickets according to the Duckworth Lewis method.

The game which was played at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota was reduced to 45 overs per innings by the umpires after the match was hampered by rain.

Being put to bat first the Lankans were in a spot of bother during the initial stages of their innings losing 4 wickets with the score on 75. Mahela Jayawardane scored 63 and went onto record his 73rd ODI half century while skipper Angelo Mathews scored his 21st ODI half century but was dismissed in his 80s yet again.

Sri Lanka posted a challenging target of 275 for 7 at the end of their innings.

The Lankan bowling attack started strong and claimed 5 Pakistani wickets with the total on 106, which seemed like an easy win for the hosts.

However, a 147 run partnership for the 6th wicket between Fawad Alam and Sohaib Maqsood shattered the Lankan hopes.

Fawad Alam scored 62 for his 6th ODI half century while Sohaib Maqsood was unbeaten on 89 for his 4th ODI half century.

The match went down to the wire as Shahid Afridi managed to squeeze a boundary through the covers for the last two runs off the final two deliveries of the game.

The second ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan has been moved to Hambantota and brought forward to August 26, after the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo outfield was left water-logged after 48 hours of continuous heavy rain.

Sri Lanka Cricket said that the decision was made as more bad weather is expected in Colombo over the next few days, making a recovery unlikely for the ground, as well as putting play in doubt on match day.