Pakistan registers another win over Sri Lanka in CWC
Sat, Feb 26, 2011 11:14 PM
Shahid Afridi celebrates
Pakistan overcame a shoddy display on the field to beat Sri Lanka by 11 runs in a Group B match in ICC Cricket World Cup match at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday.
Leading the charge for Pakistan was its skipper Shahid Afridi who picked 4-34 to lead his side to the win. Pakistan posted 277 for 7 in its 50 overs and Sri Lanka was limited to 266 for 9 from 50 overs.
Earlier Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan hit intelligent fifties to propel Pakistan to 277 for 7. In its chase Sri Lanka made a confident start of 76 with Tillakaratne Dilshan (41) and Upul Tharanga (33). But thereafter a middle-order collapse left Sri Lanka with a tall task.
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara made 49 off 61 balls, but he survived two stumping chances, a dropped catch during his effort. A late charge by Chamara Silva (57: 78b, 5x4) raised hopes.
Later Nuwan Kulasekara (24) used the long handle to good effect, but it was too little too late.
Shoaib Akhtar (2-42) was the other best bowler for Pakistan.
Misbah, Pakistan vice-captain, struck an unbeaten 83 - his second consecutive fifty in the tournament - while Younus followed his 50 against Kenya in Hambantota with a 76-ball 72. The senior duo put on 108 off 123 balls for the fourth wicket to give Pakistan a respectable total to defend.
Pakistan was placed at 105-3 when Misbah joined Younus and together they made good use of the middle overs.
The Pakistanis, however, failed to make the most of the last ten overs including the batting power-play as they were tied down by veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and Nuwan Kulasekera. Murali, playing his last World Cup, finished with impressive figures of 1-35 in his ten overs.
He gave away just five runs in his last two overs during batting powerplay. Fast bowler Kulasekera, too, was impressive as he bowled several dot balls during the death overs.
Kamran Akmal scored 39 off 48 balls while opener Mohammad Hafeez chipped in with a 31-ball 32. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who replaced Ajantha Mendis, picked up 2-46 while Thisara Perera finished with 2-62.