| GEO Sports|
| Pakistan beaten by SL in 1st ODI|
| Updated at: 1838 PST, Thursday, July 30, 2009|
DAMBULLA: Pakistan lost the first One-day International of the five-match series against Sri Lanka by 36 runs here at the Rangiri Dambulla Interntional Stadium on Thursday.
Chasing 233, Pakistan were all out for 196 runs in 44.4 overs.
However, tail-enders Umar Gul and Mohammad Aamer saved their team from embarrassment as they added 62 runs for the ninth wicket partnership as the chase was looking in control.
Umar Gul, last man out for 33, was the top-scorer followed by Fawad Alam (31) and Shahid Afridi (27).
Mohammad Aamer was run out after making 23 useful runs.
Earlier, Sri Lanka made 232-9 in the allotted 50 overs against after Pakistan captain Younis Khan, winning the toss, sent Sri Lanka into bat.
No Sri Lankan batsman could reach fifty as the highest individual score was 43, made by late-order batsman Angelo Mathews, followed by captain Kumar Sangakkara (36), Mahela Jayawardene (33) and tail-ender Muttiah Muralitharan (32 from only 15 balls with four boundaries and one six).
For Pakistan, pace-bowler Mohammad Aamer captured three for 45 on his international debut and Abdul Razzaq claimed two for 33 runs, respectively while Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi took one wicket each.
Pakistan: Younus Khan (captain), Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul Haq, Shoaib Malik,
Kamran Akmal(wk), Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Aamer, Abdul
Razzaq, Fawad Alam.
Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (captain & wk), Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga,
Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews,
Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan, Thilan Thushara.