All eyes are now on the 2nd ODI of the series between Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, which will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium today, December 20, 2013. The match starts at 4:00 p.m. Pakistan time.
Undeniably the first ODI between two great Asian cricketing giants, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, was a treat to watch. While batting first, the men in green scored a decent 322 in their allotted 50 overs, their Sri Lankan counterparts gave it a stiff chase, despite getting bowled out 11 runs short of the target.
However, the match ended on positive note for both the team, as while Pakistan countered the famed Sri Lankan bowling attack with ease, the lower middle order of Sri Lanka performed brilliantly to bring the team close to victory.
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Pak vs SL 2nd ODI live scorecard:
Pakistan is definitely the favorite in the second ODI as well, especially considering Mohammad Hafeez’s return to form. Moreover, the careful, yet fast innings played by Sharjeel Khan at the top of the order, would help bring confidence to their middle and lower middle order.
Another thing that would give the Pakistan team a lot of confidence is the way Sohaib Maqsson and Shahid Afridi batted during the first match. Both of them scored briskly and helped the team reach a total in excess of 300, which was always going to be a stiff chase for the Sri Lankan batters.
The match will be broadcast live on Sony Six and Geo Super TV in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other Asian countries. However, PTV Sports will be broadcasting and will be providing a live streaming of the match for cricket fans in Pakistan. Watch the live streaming of the match online on PTV Sports here or HERE.
The Sri Lankan cricket team, on the other hand, would also be pleased with the way their lower middle order, especially Seekkuge Prasanna and Sachithra Senanayake played to give their team a chance to win.
Although Pakistan managed a stiff target of 322, the duo helped the team cross the 300 mark, while the chase ended just 11 runs short of the target.
With the batters of both teams playing to expectations, the focus now shifts on the bowling departments of the two sides. While the Sri Lankan pace attack, which is spearheaded by Lasith Malinga, tried to bowl too many Yorkers and hence get predictable, the Pakistani bowling attack could not manage to restrict the Sri Lankan batters from getting close to the target.
Sohail Tanvir, in particular gave away too many runs at crucial moments. Junaid Khan was one bowler who managed a few wickets, but still gave away many crucial runs.
Along with bowling, the Pakistan cricket team would also want to put checks on their fielding, which was abysmal, particularly in the final hour of the first match.
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