batting and Sri Lanka crash to defeat
New-look Pakistan bounce back to win the first one dayer
Marlon Fernandopulle reporting from Dambulla
Hafeez drives through the covers on his way to score 53 for
Pakistan against Sri Lanka in their first one-day interenational
match played at Dambulla. Pic by Ishara S.Kodikara
Sri Lanka put
up a woeful batting performance and crashed to a humiliating 79
runs defeat to Pakistan in the opening game of the Bank Al Falah
Cup at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium yesterday.
runs for victory on a wicket that was still good for batting, the
Sri Lankans were skittled out for just 120 runs in the 44th over,
losing their last seven wickets for only 22 runs.
It was again
the brittle batting of the Sri Lankans that led to their downfall.
Former captain Sanath Jayasuriya started the slide when he unnecessarily
slashed at the first ball he received and Younis Khan held on to
a good catch at second slip.
(26) and Kumar Sangakkara (29) added 61 runs for the second wicket
before Atapattu was adjudged leg before wicket. Sangakkara followed
soon when he spooned a catch to Shoaib Malik at cover off Shoaib
Akhtar and Sri Lanka slid to 75 for 3 in the 23rd over.
Mahela Jayawardena began the repair work and appeared to be in good
nick before he was adjudged leg before wicket by umpire Simon Taufel
to a toe-crusher from Mohammed Sami that appeared to be going down
the leg slide.
With the dismissals
of the Lankan top four batsmen the onus was on the out-of-form Russel
Arnold and wicket-keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana. Kalu lasted just
five balls before he spooned a catch to mid-wicket off a Shoaib
form continued as he scratched his way for over an hour and faced
49 balls for 13 runs. He never looked his usual self as he struggled
to middle the ball all along.
Lokuarachchi and Chaminda Vaas ran themselves out it was curtains
for the Lankans as they were bundled out for 120 giving their opponents
even those extra bonus points. Earlirer Sri Lanka came up with a
disciplined bowling performance to restrict Pakistan to 199 for
8 wickets in 50 overs.
to be shifted to Dambulla?
of theTriangular Cricket Tournament are seriously looking at shifting
the matches from Colombo to Dambulla due to the heavy rains that
are being experienced in Colombo.
the chief executive of the BCCSL Anura Tennekoon discusions with
the three teams are already on and all three teams have agreed for
the change of venue. However the logistics with regard to the players
and other arrangements is something the organizers are concerned
The first round
of the Triangular is currently being played at Dambulla. The matches
are then scheduled to be played at the SSC and the finals at the
R. Premadasa Stadium.
the heavy rains in Colombo and more forecast for this week there
is a very strong possibility that the remaining matches will be
shifted to the Dambulla Stadium.-MF