Sri Lanka vs Pakistan - 5th ODI - Live Cricket Score and Match Update
The 5th One Day International is underway as Sri Lanka take on Pakistan in R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, June 18, 2012. The visitors won the toss and Captain Misbah-ul-Haq chose to bat, considering the past performances of the team batting second.
There were a couple of changes in the line-up as premier off-spinner Saeed Ajmal was rested and pace-man Muhammad Sami was drafted into the lineup. The second change saw Younis Khan being replaced by left-handed opener Imran Farhat with the skipper revealing
that the veteran has been rested owing to his poor form on tour which has seen him register just 10 runs in the last three innings.
The Lankans opened their bowling with Lasith Malinga and the premier pacer started off by bowling a maiden to Farhat, who opted to take a cautious approach on his return to the side.
Right-arm swing blower, Nuwan Kulasekara, was impressive as he moved the ball both ways. The first stroke of aggression came in the 5th over, when the left hander placed Malinga through the off-side for successive boundaries.
Mohammad Hafeez, who had four ducks in the series so far, struggled yet again as he came unstuck against Kulasekara’ vicious inswinger which struck the top of off-stump to send the T20 captain to the dressing room in the 6th over . The Men in
Green showed signs of another batting collapse but the left-hander consolidated the innings by smashing a couple of boundaries.
Farhat, who was a making a comeback after the English series at UAE, looked at ease while playing Kulasekara, whom he hit for three boundaries in one over. He was accompanied at the crease by the inform Azhar Ali, who was the only bright spot for the Men
in Green in the previous game.
At the end of 10 overs, Pakistan score rested at 39 for 1, with Imran Farhat batting at a personal score of 28 accompanied by Azhar Ali who is unbeaten at 4 with Pakistan going at 3.90 runs per over.
After a shaky start, the visiting batsmen will look to consolidate the innings with a substantial partnership.