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Maharoof lifts Lanka to 235/9

CRICKET: Farveez Maharoof with a brilliant batting display helped Sri Lanka post a completive total of 235 for 9 at the end of the 50 overs.

Maharoof who came to the wicket soon after the departure of Dilshan got his act together scoring at quick pace. He was unbeaten on 69 which came up in only 54 balls.

He had a massive six and nine fours during his stay of 62 minutes. Earlier Sri Lankan skipper won the toss and decided to bat in first in the three One Day Series against Pakistan yesterday at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Just before the commencement of the game the selectors decided to give Ishara Amarasinge his debut in the international cricket arena.

He will join the two pacemen Lasith Malinga and Farveez Maharoof to strengthen the pace attack of the Lanka in the absence of the regular key bowler in the Sri Lankan camp Chaminda Vaas.

Sri Lanka got off to a bad start with Jayasuriya being the first to be out when was ruled out lbw to Mohamed Asif for 1 with the scoreboard showing four runs. Jayasuriya faced only seven balls.

Upul Tharanga was then joined by Chamara Kapugedera and kept the score moving slowly. Tharanga who was shaping up well going for a second run was run out by Salman Butt. Tharanga cracked two fours while collecting 17 runs.

Skipper Mahela Jayawardena combined Kapugedera and the pair added a further 27 runs. Kapugedera going for a big hit off the bowling of Umer Gul was clean bowled with his personal score reading 28 and the total at 61.

Mahela Jayawarden slashing at a ball going out of the off stump edged a simple catch to Kamran Akmal. The bowler who was rewarded was Umer Gul. Jayawardena could muster only 18.

Jayawardena’s departure saw T. M. Dilshan walk out to the wicket to join Chamara Silva and showed that he is hesitant to hit the loose ones. He went on to hit the first six of the day when he hit Gul over the ropes.

Chamara Silva and Dilshan together saw Sri Lanka go past the 100 run mark in 24.3 overs. But Dilshan miscued a Abdul Razzak delivery and was well caught by Gul for 14. Dilshan was at the wicket to face 22 balls for his runs and the total stood at 103.

With the departure of Dilshan, Prasanna Jayawardena walked out to join Silva and together they added 38. Prasanna’s contribution being 20 off 30 balls. This was also the best partnership (38 runs) for Sri Lanka.

The last recognised batsman Farveez Maharoof and Chamara got past 150 run mark for Sri Lanka in 35.4 overs.

Chamara Silva who was engaged in a battle to lift Sri Lanka out of dire straights had to depart with the score reading 177. Here too it was Pakistan’s good fielding that helped get the wicket of Lanka’s second top scorer. He faced 67 deliveries in going for his 47 which included 6 fours.

The 200 came up for Sri Lanka after 45 overs with Bandara and Maharoof at the crease. Malinga could not last long and was clean bowled by Sami for three.

The last ten overs was the most productive Sri Lanka when lower order managed to collect 65 runs.

Abu Dhabi, Friday.


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