Commentary: Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan, Super Four, Match 6 (B1 V A2)

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, Super Four, Match 6 (B1 v A2)

Sri Lanka won by 5 wkts

PAK - 121 (19.1)
SL - 124/5 (17)

CRR:  7.29

Player of the Match

Commentary
Harsha Bhogle: Very reassuring run-chase from Sri Lanka. Nissanka is a classy player.

That concludes the presentations. Sri Lanka win Round 1, but the all important 2nd Round will be played on Sunday. Both teams experimented a bit today, but expect their strongest XI to take the field for the all important final. See you then, it's a wrap for now!

Wanindu Hasaranga | Player of the Match: I'm really happy because last few games I've given up some runs, but today I've made a comeback strongly with wickets. First two overs, I just tried to bowl dot balls and build the pressure. I always look to come on to the pitch positively and give my best.

Dasun Shanaka: Always acceptable these kind of results. The combination we have with the left-arm fast bowlers, the leg spinners - the variation we have is amazing. I think the extras were a concern in this game, and the lines the fast bowlers bowled. These are areas we can improve, if we could get early wickets in the next game that will be good.

Babar Azam: We played well in both games, but the batting has not been up to the mark. But surely impressed with our fast bowlers, Pakistan has always produced good pacers - the way Hasan made a comeback today was good. This was definitely a good learning experience, we will sit back and analyze this game, and see where we can improve for Sunday.

Pathum Nissanka: Because of the three all early wickets it gave me the allowance to play my natural game and see the team over the line. Although there was extra pace from the Pakistan bowlers, I backed my skill and knew what to do. This win will help us to gain momentum and we are looking forward to doing well in the final as well.

21:13 Local Time, 17:13 GMT, 22:43 IST: Sri Lanka's renaissance in the Asia Cup continues as they once again show how good they can be while chasing. In all fairness, this chase was nowhere as daunting as the previous three, but they were still in a spot of bother with two early wickets. They also lost DDS in the fifth over, but the experience of that middle-order just calmed things for them. Nissanka held fort to score a 50, while Bhanuka Rajapaksa countered by playing his shots against the spin, before skipper Shanaka once again played a vital cameo lower down the order. He continued stay till the end, but new man Hasaranga needed just three balls to finish off the chase. A spirited bowling performance from Pakistan, but the rustiness of their two new bowlers - Hasan Ali and Usman Qadir, was clearly visible. They were the only two bowlers who went at over eight an over, and while chasing just 122 that's too expensive. A good learning experience for both sides before they meet again for the all important final. Stick around for the presentations.

SL: 124-5 after 17 overs

16.6 Mohammad Hasnain to Hasaranga, FOUR, that'll do it! Length ball on off, Hasaranga waits and cuts it through backward point for a boundary. Sri Lanka win by five wickets

16.5 Mohammad Hasnain to Hasaranga, 2 runs, pitched up outside off, Hasaranga smashes his drive through deep extra for a couple of runs

16.4Mohammad Hasnain to Hasaranga, FOUR, short pitched on off, Hasaranga shuffles away and upper cuts this. There was a fielder at third-man running in but he puts down the catch and also concedes the boundary

16.3 Mohammad Hasnain to Nissanka, leg byes, 1 run, full and straight on the pads, Nissanka looks to whip it away but it goes off his pads towards mid-wicket]

Wanindu Hasaranga, right handed bat, comes to the crease

16.2 Mohammad Hasnain to Shanaka, out Caught by Hasan Ali!! Off cutter from Hasnain, Shanaka goes for the big slog down the ground but the bat turns in his hands as he played that shot. There was almost a collison between Hasan Ali running back from mid-off, and the fielder running in from long-on. Hasan Ali evades the fielder and grabs onto the catch by sticking out his hand, good catch! Shanaka c Hasan Ali b Mohammad Hasnain 21(16) [4s-1 6s-2]

Mohammad Hasnain to Shanaka, THATS OUT!! Caught!!

16.1 Mohammad Hasnain to Shanaka, SIX, length ball on the pads, Shanaka top edges the pull but the ball still flies into the second tier of the fine leg boundary. Just using the pace of the bowler to his benefit!

Akif Hamzah: @Kaleemullah I agree with you however I think Babar was expecting movement or swing from Hasan although Pakistan has nothing to lose.

Mohammad Hasnain [2.0-0-5-1] is back into the attack

SL: 107-4 after 16 overs

15.6 Hasan Ali to Nissanka, 2 runs, pace off and pitched up outside off, clobbered through cow corner but just a couple of runs

15.5 Hasan Ali to Nissanka, no run, yorker on middle and leg, dug out towards short cover

15.4 Hasan Ali to Nissanka, no run, full and straight, defended back to the bowler

15.3 Hasan Ali to Shanaka, 1 run, pitched up and straighter, pushed towards point for a single

15.2 Hasan Ali to Shanaka, no run, short pitched outside off, goes quickly past the bowler who tried to scoop it over short third. Rizwan appeals for caught behind but he's cost his team a review

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