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Sri Lanka 131 (Afridi 3-27, Ajmal 2-21) v Pakistan
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Sri Lanka betrayed a shocking lack of stomach in moderately helpful conditions for the bowlers, to subside to 131 in the first ODI in Dubai. After losing the toss, Pakistan rolled the years back with a vintage bowling display - their fast bowlers softened the prey, before the allrounders and spinners came on to made incisions. Sri Lanka responded with indecisive prods, and a rash of strokes each uglier than the previous, leaving Pakistan facing a stroll of a chase under lights.
Sri Lanka's implosion of an innings featured only five fours, all of which were hit within the first 20 overs, and three sixes. The last of those - a heave against hope hopen from Lasith Malinga - broke a boundary drought that had lasted nearly 20 overs. Such was the stranglehold Pakistan wielded in the middle overs, and their spin spearhead Saeed Ajmal had almost no role to play in it.
The strip had something in it for every kind of quick - Umar Gul's seam, Aizaz Cheema's swing and Abdul Razzaq's legcutters - and the Pakistan trio exploited it right from the get-go. Gul lay down the marker in the first over of the game, with a big swinging wide down the leg side, and an away seamer that bounced explosively past Tillakaratne Dilshan's attempted slash. Dilshan perfected the shot in the next over, welcoming Aizaz Cheema with a pick-up through the covers, but perished four balls later when Cheema got one to buzz in sharply onto the stumps off the inside edge.
Despite coming into the series in sublime form, Kumar Sangakkara could barely lay bat on ball as Cheema and Gul probed away with the two new balls. A rare couple of boundaries suggested a release, but they were promptly followed by a string of 19 successive dots. The returning Razzaq put Sangakkara out of his misery in his first over, coaxing an outside edge with a ball that angled across.