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                                            Pakistan draws first blood 

Pakistan won their first of the five One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka by six wickets at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium yesterday.Chasing an easy target of 135, set under D/L method, Pakistan completed the victory in 34.1 overs for the loss of four wickets.Their main scorers were opener Mohammad Hafeez (37), young Umar Akmal (36 not out) and captain Misbah-ulHaq (30).Earlier, Umar Gul grabbed three wickets in a sharp opening spell as Pakistan restricted Sri Lanka to 135-8 in the day-night match, reduced to 42-overs-a-side due to rain.The fast bowler (3-24) removed skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Chandimal to send Sri Lanka reeling at 23-3 in the first nine oversGul was superbly backed by paceman Mohammad Sami, who dismissed Kumar Sangakkara and all-rounder Angelo Mathews in his first two overs to reduce the hosts to 41-5. He finished with 3-19 off six overs.Lahiru Thirimanne, who added 50 for the eighth wicket with Nuwan Kulasekara (18), top-scored for Sri Lanka with an unbeaten 42 while extras contributed 31, the second-highest of the innings.Thisara Perera (17) and Upul Tharanga (10) were the other batsmen to reach double-figures.Sangakkara, who took 20 deliveries to open his account, made just nine runs before being trapped leg-before while Mathews was caught at first slip by skipper Misbah-ul-Haq for no score. Off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez bagged two of the last three wickets to finish with an impressive 2-20 off 10 overs.