Pak vs SL: Afridi claims four as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 11 runs

first_imgPakistan beat Sri Lanka by 11 runs in their World Cup Group A match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. Score Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi lead by example taking four wickets in the day. Earlier, Misbah-ul-Haq (83 not out) and Younis Khan (72) forged a 108 runs partnership as Pakistan put 277/7 on board.In reply Sri Lanka openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan got off to a fine start putting 76 runs for the first wicket before Pakistan bowlers tightened the noose. In the 15th over Mohammad Hafeez got rid of Upul Tharanga. Tharanga went for a big hit it but instead of crossing the roped it was picked up by captain Shahid Afridi at mid-off. He fell for 33 when the Sri Lanka score was 76.With Tharanga out, the other opener Dilshan lost his rhythm and fell with opposition captain Shahid Afridi accounting for his wicket. The ball took the inside edge of his bat to crash into the stumps and Sri Lanka went down to 88/2. Dilshan scored 41.But there was more to follow as Mahela Jayawardene too fell with Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar uprooting his stumps, clean bowled on 2. Sri Lanka were now on 95/3 in 20.2 overs.A few more balls and the number in the wickets column increased with Shahid Afrid scalping another wicket. This time of Tilhan Samarweera on 1 with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal peforming the last act by removing his bails off. Sri Lanka fell to 96/4 in the 21th over.Sri Lanka could have lost another wicket but luckily for them the Umpire’s Decision Review System came in handy. In 27th over left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman pitched on the off and and Chamara Silva tried to play a sweep. He missed and the ball thudded against his pads. Umpire Daryl Harper raised his finger but the replay’s showed that the ball was moving away.Later in the innings, Silva got another life when Rehman dropped him in the deep off Umar Gul.Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara had got a life when Kamran Akmal missed an easy stumping chance off Rehman. But fortunately for Akmal and Pakistan he did last long as two overs later captain Afridi saw him through. A short ball and Sangakkara holed out in the deep where Ahmed Shehzad made no mistake. He fell for 49 and Sri Lanka to 169/5 in 37.4 overs.Towards the end Angelo Mathews put on a fast-paced 17 before becoming opposition skipper Shahid Afridi’s fourth victim.Then it was Shoaib Akhtar’s turn to strike. He would have loved to take Silva’s wicket but Younis Khan dropped him in the deep and the man survived again. So Akhtar took Thisara Perera instead.But the man who had earned three lives on the day, Silva, finally fell to Rehman with keeper Akmal making no mistake this time. Silva, the last recognised batsman in the Lankan camp, scored 57. The tail-enders did try a little, but it wasn’t enough as Sri Lanka, who batted till the last ball, managed to put 266/9 – 12 runs short of the target.Pakistan inningsMisbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan put on 108 runs for the fourth wicket as Pakistan scored 277/7 against Sri LankaElecting to bat, Pakistan lost their in-form opener Ahmed Shehzad early but those who followed more than made up for the early loss with some impressive willow-work.Early in the innings Sri Lanka got the better of Ahmed Shehzad when a Thissara Perera ball took the edge of this bat to land in wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkar’s gloves. There was absolutely no foot movement there, no wonder he got out the way he did. He fell on 13 as Sri lanka slumped to 28/1.Post Shehzad’s fall, the other opener Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal got on with a partnership. The two had put on 48 runs for the second wicket before a needless run, saw Hafeez walk back on 32 with a run out written against his initials. Pakistan were 76/2 at the stage.Then Akmal and Hafeez ensured that Pakistan, scoring at a brisk pace, cross the 100 runs mark. But, no sooner had they touched the figure and Akmal fell in Rangana Herath’s over. He played a sweep of his ball but missed and before he could balance himself back into the crease, skipper Kumar Sangakkara did the rest from behind the stumps to push Pakistan to 105/3 in 20.2 overs. He scored 39.Then Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq got on with a fine partnership. The two put on 108 runs for the fourth wicket pounding the Sri Lanka attack. Finally, Herath playing in the place of Ajantha Mendis got rid of the man the Lankan’s wanted to get out.Younis Khan went for the sweep off Herath, but a top-edge that looped up was taken by Mahela Jayawardene in the short fine leg region. He fell for 72 and Sri Lanka slumped to 213/4 in the 41st over.The next man Umar Akmal, however, did not stay for long and fell to Muttiah Muralitharan’s turn on 10. Pakistan put on 277/7 runs in their stipulated 50 overs with captain Shahid Afridi and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq falling at death. But, Misbah remained unbeaten on 83.advertisementadvertisementlast_img

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