August 2nd, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   Comments Off on SRI LANKA vs PAKISTAN – 2nd ODI
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Chamara Kapugedera scored 67 and shared an unbeaten 95-run partnership with Thilan Samaraweera to guide Sri Lanka to a six-wicket win in the second limited-over match against Pakistan at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Rangiri

Sri Lanka won the toss and had invited Pakistan to bat first.

Seam bowler Nuwan Kulasekera struck first ball of the match when he had opener Jamshed caught at slip by Jayawardene.

In his next over Thushara claimed the wicket of Shoaib Malik for a duck when the batsman was ruled leg before wicket with the total on 21.

Younis and  Umar Akmal tried to rescue their side taking the total beyond 50, but  Anjelo Mathews got rid of  Akmal when he edged a ball to wicketkeeper Sangakkara.

After the seamers had done the early damage, the off-spin of Muttiah Muralitharan was introduced and he further tightened the grip on the tourists, accounting for Younis (23) and Afridi (7).

They had managed to restrict Pakistan to a modest total of 168. runs all out in 47 overs..

Chasing a modest 169 to win, Sri Lanka looked shaky at 74-4 when the Kapugedera and Samaraweera paired to take their side home without further damage. At 74 for 4 the game  still evenly poised, Kapugedera and Samaraweera batted with class  authority to see their team romp home

Sri Lanka lost Upul Tharanga early for 10 runs when the left-hander was caught at first slip by Nasir Jamshed off the bowling of Mohammad Aamer.

Sanath Jayasuriya made 30 in 33 balls with five boundaries and would be relieved that Sri Lanka got through despite Kumar Sangakkara losing his wicket early in the innings.

He called Sangakkara for a run after pushing Abdul Razzaq to short mid-off, but after the non-striker  ran  half way through the pitch, he sent him back only to be run out.

Two balls later, Jayasuriya departed when he was caught by Umar Akmal at deep backward of point to give Razzaq a wicket.

Mahela Jayawardene mistimed leg spinner Shahid Afridi and was caught at mid-wicket by captain Younis Khan to leave his side 74-4.

Pakistan could not overcome the determination of Chamara Kapugedera and Thilan Samaraweera  as the home side cruised to a comfortable victory and a 2-0 lead in the series. The bowlers had done the hard work earlier, dismissing Pakistan in just 47 overs for 168 runs, and Kapugedera’s splendid display of shots got his team the requisite runs. Kapugedara hit eight fours and a six while Samaraweera faced 69 balls for his 38.
Sri Lanka made 169  in 43.4 overs and won the match by 6 wickets.

Chamara Kapugedera was named Man of the match.

The third ODI will be played at the same venue on Monday.

 Ravi Matah

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