PALLEKELE: Fifties from Azhar Ali and Shoaib Malik provided the spine before a punchy 38-ball 52 from Mohammad Rizwan took Pakistan to a strong 287 for 8 in Pallekele.
For the longest time, Sri Lanka’s bowlers had been in control of the innings. Not through menace, but by sheer discipline. The run-rate was bottled up below five until the 38th over, with Angelo Mathews’ showing better imagination in marshalling of his resources. But things began to unravel thereafter.
Besides Pakistan’s markedly more aggressive intent, Sri Lanka dropped enough catches and committed basic fielding errors to gift 88 runs in the final 60 balls.