Dear boy what a finish to such a nail biter. Pakistan held their nerve in the tense finish. It always is about holding the nerve. Or is it not? Sri Lankan team did their best but could not deliver that finishing blow, which Umar Gul did for Pakistan.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan decided to bat after winning the toss, which really was not any biggy of a surprise. Pakistani openers started off really positively, putting Malinga away for 10 runs in his very first over, though that momentum did not last long as Sri Lankans pulled off the things quite wonderfully. Sri Lankans bowlers did not do anything extra-ordinary but just stuck to their basics, bowled tight off-stump lines and almost put a full stop the flow of runs for Pakistani batsmen.
Pakistani openers did not lose any heart as well; they too stuck to their basics. Maneuvered the ball through them gaps and occasionally hitting the skin off the bad balls. Farhat had rather more chances than Mohammad Hafeez to free his arms and keep his strike rate intact. Hafeez on the other hand found it real hard to put Sri Lankan pacers' tight liners away. Thus he took his time and when he had his feet moving, he took the game away from the bowlers in jiffy. Pakistan were off to a brilliant 150 runs opening start in span of 29.2 overs when Sri Lanka's desperately desired break through flashed in form of a lazy shot from the bat of a very tired Mohammad Hafeez.