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COLOMBO: Charith Asalanka displayed nerves of steel to power Sri Lanka into the Asia Cup 2023 final with a thrilling two-wicket victory over Pakistan.

SL 252/8 (42 Overs)

Zaman Khan bowls the final over

SL 244/7 (41 Overs)

Shaheen bowls the penultimate over

SL 240/5 (40 Overs)

Zaman comes to bowl

SL 232/5 (39 Overs)

Shaheen continues

SL 224/5 (38 Overs)

Iftikhar continues

SL 219/4 (37 Overs)

Shaheen returns

SL 216/4 (36 Overs)

Iftikhar again

SL 210/3 (35 Overs)

Shadab bowls his last

SL 208/3 (34 Overs)

Iftikhar bowls

SL 196/3 (33 Overs)

Shadab replaces Zaman

SL 194/3 (32 Overs)

Iftikhar continues

SL 187/3 (31 Overs)

Zaman comes back

SL 179/3 (30 Overs)

Iftikhar replaces Shaheen

SL 175/2 (29 Overs)

Shadab continues

SL 167/2 (28 Overs)

Shaheen continues

SL 160/2 (27 Overs)

Shadab replaces Nawaz

SL 154/2 (26 Overs)

Shaheen comes back

SL 149/2 (25 Overs)

Nawaz continues

SL 145/2 (24 Overs)

Iftikhar again

SL 139/2 (23 Overs)

Nawaz replaces Wasim Jr

SL 134/2 (22 Overs)

Iftikhar continues

SL 132/2 (21 Overs)

Wasim Jr continues

SL 124/2 (20 Overs)

Iftikhar Ahmed into the attack

SL 116/2 (19 Overs)

Wasim Jr returns

SL 111/2 (18 Overs)

Shadab bowls from Khettarama End

SL 97/2 (17 Overs)

Nawaz again

SL 96/2 (16 Overs)

Shadab continues

SL 89/2 (15 Overs)

Nawaz continues to bowl

SL 83/2 (14 Overs)

Shadab bowls

SL 77/1 (13 Overs)

Nawaz bowls his third

SL 70/1 (12 Overs)

Shadab continues

SL 65/1 (11 Overs)

Nawaz continues

SL 62/1 (10 Overs)

More spin as Shadab Khan comes on

SL 57/1 (9 Overs)

Mohammad Nawaz into the attack now

SL 56/1 (8 Overs)

Mohammad Wasim Jr comes into the attack

SL 43/1 (7 Overs)

Shaheen bowls from Maligawatte End

SL 36/1 (6 Overs)

Zaman again

SL 32/1 (5 Overs)

Shaheen bowls

SL 28/1 (4 Overs)

3.2: Kusal chops this square on the offside and hesitates as Nissanka calls for the quick single. Shadab Khan comes haring in, picks it up and hits the timber at the non-striker’s end.

Zaman continues

SL 16/0 (3 Overs)

Shaheen continues

SL 11/0 (2 Overs)

Zaman Khan to bowl from the other end

SL 11/0 (1 Over)

Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera come out to open for Sri Lanka. Shaheen Shah Afridi to bowl the first over.


COLOMBO: Mohammad Rizwan played a sensible 86-run knock and guided Pakistan to 252/7 in the must-win Asia Cup 2023 Super 4s fixture against Sri Lanka on Thursday.

PAK 252/7 (42 Overs)

Madushan bowls the final over

PAK 242/6 (41 Overs)

Pathirana bowls

PAK 235/5 (40 Overs)

Madushan comes back

PAK 221/5 (39 Overs)

Theekshana bowls his last

PAK 209/5 (38 Overs)

Pathirana continues

PAK 197/5 (37 Overs)

Theekshana continues

PAK 192/5 (36 Overs)

Pathirana comes back

PAK 184/5 (35 Overs)

Theekshana replaced Madushan

PAK 178/5 (34 Overs)

Wellalage to bowl his last

PAK 168/5 (33 Overs)

Madushan replaces de Silva

PAK 150/5 (32 Overs)

Wellalage continues

PAK 145/5 (31 Overs)

Dhananjaya bowls

PAK 138/5 (30 Overs)

Wellalage returns

PAK 135/5 (29 Overs)

Dhananjaya continues

PAK 133/5 (28 Overs)

Theekshana continues his over

The covers are off. The game has been reduced to 42 overs. There will be a 20-minute innings break, while the Powerplays will be in overs 9, 25 and 8. Three bowlers will be able to bowl eight overs, while two bowlers can bowl up to nine overs.

Rain halts the action

PAK 130/5 (27.4 Overs)

Theekshana replaces Pathirana

PAK 128/4 (27 Overs)

Dhananjaya de Silva bowls

PAK 122/4 (26 Overs)

Pathirana again

PAK 109/4 (25 Overs)

Dhananjaya de Silva again

PAK 108/4 (24 Overs)

Pathirana continues

PAK 103/3 (23 Overs)

Dhananjaya de Silva continues

PAK 100/3 (22 Overs)

21.4: This was dug in short on off, Shafique goes for the pull but only manages to top edge straight to the man at deep square leg.

Pathirana replaces Wellalage

PAK 97/2 (21 Overs)

Dhananjaya de Silva into the attack

PAK 88/2 (20 Overs)

Wellalaga bowls again

PAK 86/2 (19 Overs)

Theekshana bowls

PAK 83/2 (18 Overs)

Wellalage again

PAK 75/2 (17 Overs)

Theekshana continues

PAK 73/2 (16 Overs)

15.6: Wellalage tosses it up around off stump. Babar strides forward but the ball pitches and turns away and Mendis flicks off the bails in a jiffy.

Wellalage replaces Pathirana

PAK 72/1 (15 Overs)

Theekshana replaces Wellalage

PAK 68/1 (14 Overs)

Pathirana continues

PAK 58/1 (13 Overs)

Wellalage again

PAK 56/1 (12 Overs)

Matheesha Pathirana into the attack

PAK 48/1 (11 Overs)

Wellalage continues

PAK 40/1 (10 Overs)

Shanaka again

PAK 36/1 (9 Overs)

Dunith Wellalage comes into the attack

PAK 35/1 (8 Overs)

Shanaka continues

PAK 27/1 (7 Overs)

Madushan continues to bowl

PAK 19/1 (6 Overs)

Dasun Shanaka comes into the attack

PAK 13/1 (5 Overs)

Madushan again

PAK 9/0 (4 Overs)

Theekshana continues from the other end

PAK 6/0 (3 Overs)

Madushan continues

PAK 2/0 (2 Overs)

Maheesh Theekshana to bowl from the other end

PAK 0/0 (1 Over)

Abdullah Shafique and Fakhar Zaman come out to open the innings. Pramod Madushan to bowl the first over.


COLOMBO: Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bowl first against Sri Lanka in the eleventh match of the ACC Men’s Asia Cup 2023.


Pakistan make two changes to their already-announced Playing XI as Imam-ul-Haq has a back spasm and back in comes Fakhar Zaman. Saud Shakeel has a fever, in comes Abdullah Shafique. For Sri Lanka, Kusal Perera and Pramod Madushan are in.

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Matheesha Pathirana

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Abdullah Shafique, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Zaman Khan.


Overall ODIs: Matches 155, Pakistan 92, Sri Lanka 58, NR 4, Tie 1

Asia Cup ODI: Matches 15, Pakistan 4, Sri Lanka 11

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