All-round Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 29 runs in Colombo


COLOMBO: Pakistan restricted a resilient-looking Sri Lankan batting line-up to 146-7 after setting a 176 runs target to win the first of two Twenty20s of the tour, taking a 1-0 lead here at the Premadasa international cricket stadium Thursday.
Pakistani pacers lead the charge with Sohail Tanvir taking three wickets for 29 and Anwar Ali 2 for 27. Spinners Imad Wasim and Shoaib Malik shared one wicket each.
Tanvir was given the “man of the match” award for his bowling performance in his come-back game for Pakistan. He thanked the team management, coaches and captain Afridi for their confidence on him.
“I stuck to the task by bowling in the right areas and took wickets when it was most needed,” he said at the award ceremony. “I’ve proven my selection right,” he added.
Afridi, the winning skipper, linked the victory to teamwork and effort put in by all players. He also thanked the crowd to cheer his team up.
Earlier, Ahmed Shehzad, Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal scored 46 runs each to help Pakistan reach 175 for 5, a score captain Shahid Afridi desired at the toss.
Afridi had opted to bat first after winning the toss in the first of two Twenty20s of the tour. Speaking on the occasion, Afridi had hoped to set a 170 to 175 runs target for the Islanders.
In a surprising move, inform wicket keeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed has once again been dropped from the side despite his brilliant batting and wicket keeping form in the just concluded ODI and Test series.
He has been replaced with Umar Akmal.
Pakistan are looking to win the two-match series to complete a triple on the current tour, having clinched the Tests 2-1 and the one-dayers 3-2.


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