The 3 days One Day International cricket series being played between Pakistan and Sri Lanks is now leveled at 1-1 leaving the game open for both teams.Tillakaratne Dilshan amassed 76 runs for Sri Lanka as they ended their inning with 290-8 off 50 overs. Opener Khurram Manzoor and veteran player Younis Khan both fell victim to deliveries by Kulasekera. Salman Butt was once again faced with the daunting task of chasing the Sri Lankan total. Doing the best he could, Butt scored 62 runs but could not match his performance of the day before when his unbeaten century had cruised Pakistan to victory. Pakistan team skipper Shoaib Malik scorec 54 off just 52 balls with the help of 5 boundaries and a sixer. Salman Butt and Shoaib Malik put on a 108 runs together for their cricket team but unfortunately couldn’t defeat the Sri Lanka cricket team.Muttiah Muralitharan, a legend in off-spinning broke the duo’s partnership by getting rid of Malik. After that, the whole Pakistani team crumpled for just 161 runs. Mendis quickly got rid of the lower order batting line up. Afridi, with the exception of Butt and Malik was the only batsman on the Pakistani side to have reached double figures with just 14 runs.Having won the toss, Malik decided to invite the host team to bat first. Not a good idea as Pakistan has a poor record of chasing runs.After having been left out of the team during Sri Lanka’s one day cricket series against 3 sides, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, Dilshan has made quite a return. He scored 42 in the first match and 76 in the second despite playing at a new position at the top of the batting order. Alongside Thilina Kandamby, he scored a total of 99 runs for the 3rd wicket partnership. Kandamby was playing instead of Jehan Mubarak and above the Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene. He scored 59 off 79 deliveries and was finally caught by Shoaib Malik off a ball by Rao Iftikhar Anjum.Chamara Kapugedara made a quick 44 from 39 deliveries including 2 magnificent sixes.Umar Gul remained the highest wicket taker for Pakistan as he took 4-58 including the all-important wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya. Jayasuriya got out as he accidentally stepped onto his stumps while trying to defend.Jayawardene said his team owed its’ success to having learnt from the mistakes it had made in the previous match.The 3rd and last match of the series will be played on Saturday, 24th Jan, in Lahore. This will be the tie-breaker deciding which of the 2 teams will take the trophy.Stay updated on the latest cricket scores by catching it live on the internet at ScoresPro.com
Peri Witny is an author of Sports News.