Pakistan ends Sri Lanka’s streak Twenty20 World Cup
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Younis Kahn’s 51 paced Pakistan to a 33-run victory over Sri Lanka on Monday, ending the islanders three-match winning streak at the Twenty20 World Cup.
The victory followed Austalia’s nine-wicket win over Bangladesh on Sunday and tied Pakistan with the Australians with two points in Group E after the first round of the “Super Eights” stage.
Younis came to the wicket with Pakistan on 22-2, and then saw Mohammad Hafeez depart with the total on 33 after Sri Lanka had won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat at the Wanderers Stadium.
He was joined by captain Shoaib Malik, and the pair consolidated the innings with a 101-run partnership in just over 10 overs – guiding Pakistan to a total of 189-6.
Younis’ 31-ball innings included two fours and three sixes, while Shoaib hit 57 off 31 balls with four boundaries and two sixes.
Lasith Malinga took three wickets for Sri Lanka, but they cost 43 runs. Dilhara Fernando was the best bowler with 2-17 off his four overs.
Sri Lanka’s innings got off to the worst of the tournament: Upul Tharanga was caught off the first ball of the innings bowled by Mohammad Asif.
Then Sanath Jayasuriya was dropped off the last ball of that over by Sohail Tanvir.
Tanvir redeemed himself by clean bowling Jayasuriya with the first ball of his first over – the very next delivery.
Kumar Sangakkara and captain Mahela Jayawardene tried to rebuild, but Sangakkara was dismissed with the total on 35.
Chamara Silva joined Jayawardene and the pair added 53, but a slow run scoring rate required more risk as the target grew more remote – and Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals for the rest of the innings.
Shahid Afrida led Pakistan’s bowling, finishing with 3-18 off four overs, while Umar Gul took 2-14.
Pakistan meets Australia and Sri Lanka plays Bangladesh in a doubleheader at the Wanderers on Tuesday.