After winning the toss, Pakistan captain Misbah Ul Haq decided to bat. He must have cursed himself for his decision as Malinga spewed fire and took three early wickets. Before the spectators settled in their chairs, Pakistan were down to 18 for three wickets in just 4.3 overs.
Misbah and Fawad Alam took the task of steadying the rocking Paki boat. They did very well as they added 132 runs together, Misbah scored a patient 65 and was claimed by Malinga again in 37th over. Umar Akmal blasted a quick 59 of 42 balls, while Fawad went on to score a fine 114, his maiden century, remaining undefeated in the innings. He has also become the first Pakistani middle order left handed batsman to score a century. Due to these three batsmen, especially Akmal’s heroics, Pakistan could score 101 in the last ten overs and post a decent 260 for 5 wickets. With the fine pace attack, Pakistan can definitely fight this total.
Lasith Malinga shined for Srilanka, taking a fiver for 56 runs. In fact, all the wickets that fell were claimed by him. Lucky for Lanka, Malinga was brought in for this match in place of Mendis.