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Sri Lanka Bids Farewell to Pakistan

By Azharnadeem
Sri Lanka bids farewell to Pakistan

Sri Lanka seamer Angelo Mathews celebrates Kamran Akmal’s dismissal

Sri Lanka sealed the spot for the final of ICC World Twenty20 by inflicting a 16-run loss over Pakistan in the first semi-final at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Thursday.

Stuttering Pakistan could manage to reach 123-7 in purist of a modest 134-run target.

Sri Lanka’s rivals for the summit clash will be decided after the second semi-final between Australia and West Indies at the same venue on Friday.

Spin duo Rangana Herath (3-25) and Ajantha Mendis (2-27) and Angelo Mathews (2-27) all partaken in sinking Pakistan.

Barring skipper Mohammad Hafeez (42 off 40) and Umar Akmal (29 off 22) no batsman could pass the 20-mark.

Nasir Jamshed (4), Kamran Akmal (1), Shoaib Malik (6), Shahid Afridi (0) and Sohail Tanvir (8) all failed to make impact.

Hafeez and Imran Nazir (20) got Pakistan off to a flamboyant start and played some sparkling shots in the beginning but failed to sustain the momentum.

Ajantha Mendis rattled the stumps of Nazir in the 6th over to give Pakistan first blow before Mathews snared Jamshed in front of stumps to spark a collapse in batting-order as Pakistan slumped from 55-2 to 91-6 in quick-succession.

Sri Lanka’s 139-4 was largely built around the contributions from Mahela Jayawardene (42 off 36) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (35).

After Sri Lanka elected to bat, Jayawardene and Dilshan got off to a slothful start and crawled to past 50-mark in ninth over.

The 63-run partnership between the pair ended with the dismissal of Jayawardene, who perished to Afridi after hitting seven boundaries.

Kumar Sangakkara clobbered 18 runs 11 balls before being holed out to Shoaib Malik off skipper Mohammad Hafeez.

Dilshan’s resisting knock came to an end in the 18th over when Gul snared him in front of stumps with a catastrophic Yorker.

Jeevan Mendis departed after adding 15 on board while Thissara Perera and Angelo Mathews contributed 10 and 11 runs respectively.

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