Afridi, Anwar star in thrilling Pakistan win

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Sri Lanka did most things right on Saturday (August 1) with bat and ball in the second and final Twenty20 International and yet ended up suffering a heartbreaking one-wicket defeat to Pakistan. With the win, Pakistan completed a 2-0 sweep of the T20Is and a superb treble on the tour, much to the dismay of a raucous crowd at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Opting to bat, Sri Lanka rode on fine contributions from Shehan Jayasuriya (40) and Chamara Kapugedera (48 not out off 25) to put up a competitive 172 for 7 in 20 overs. The bowlers then had the situation in control for much of the chase. But Shahid Afridi’s breezy 45 off 22 balls and a… Read More →

Spectators requested to arrive early for final T20 Match

Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that heavy Security measures will be enforced for tomorrow’s final T20 I match between Pakistan and Sri. Lanka. Therefore, fans are kindly requested to arrive at the stadium at least 1 hour prior to the commencement of the game in order to enjoy a hassle free entry into the grounds. A capacity crowd is expected tomorrow at the R. Premadasa Stadium for the series finale.

Akmal, Tanvir deliver easy Pakistan win

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A change of captain and personnel did nothing to halt Pakistan’s march on the current tour as it beat Sri Lanka, the reigning World Twenty20 champions, by 29 runs in the first Twenty20 International at the R Premadasa Stadium on Thursday (July 30). The key protagonists in the win were Umar Akmal, who smashed 46 off 24 balls, and Sohail Tanvir, who grabbed three wickets, as Sri Lanka was restricted to 146 for 7 after Pakistan had made 175 for 5 after Shahid Afridi chose to bat first. Pakistan got the early momentum courtesy Ahmed Shehzad, who contributed 46 off 38 balls. He helped steady the innings and put together a 42-run stand with Mohammad Hafeez (17) after Mukhtar Ajmed… Read More →

Sri Lanka banks on T20Is for redemption

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Sri Lanka will have to raise its game by a few notches as it tries to prevent a clean sweep across formats by Pakistan on the current tour when the two teams clash in two Twenty20 Internationals in Colombo, the first of which will be played in Colomboon Thursday (July 30). Pakistan won the Test series 2-1 and the One-Day International series 3-2 to earn a double triumph in the island nation for the first time since 2006. But Sri Lanka, the reigning ICC World T20 champions and the No. 1 side in the shortest format, now has a chance to salvage pride in the two end-of-tour games at the R Premadasa Stadium. Both sides wear a fresh look under… Read More →

Sri Lanka ends series with comprehensive victory

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Kusal Perera’s century and his 164-run stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan, his opening partner who joined the 10,000-run club with a half-century, led Sri Lanka to a comprehensive 165-run victory over Pakistan in the fifth and final One-Day International in Hambantota on Sunday (July 26). Kusal’s 116 came off 109 balls, comprising nine fours and six sixes, and helped Sri Lanka put up 368 for 4 in 50 overs after opting to bat. Then, with Sachithra Senanayake returning 3 for 39, Sri Lanka bowled Pakistan out for 203 in 37.2 overs to seal victory. The result meant the series ended 3-2 in Pakistan’s favour. Pakistan’s chase began well with Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad putting on 51 for the opening wicket…. Read More →