Positive Sri Lanka eye series levelling win vs Pakistan

Skipper Angelo Matthews praised his team's fight in the opening ODI against Pakistan and is confident of going the distance in Friday's match.

updated: December 19, 2013 18:06 IST
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Dubai: Despite a narrow defeat, Sri Lanka will remain positive and high on confidence for Friday's second one-day international against Pakistan, vowed skipper Angelo Mathews.

Pakistan clinched a hard-fought 11-run win in the first day-night international in Sharjah on Wednesday after Sri Lankan tail-enders gave them a serious scare in chasing a daunting 323-run target.

Sri Lanka had nearly lost the match at 221-7 but Seekugge Prasanna (42) and Sachitra Senanayake (42) put on a brave 87-run stand for the eighth wicket -- a record for all Pakistan-Sri Lanka one-days -- before Pakistan averted an upset.

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