Pakistan crush Sri Lanka

Brilliant batting by Shahid Afridi and a fiery bowling performance drove Pakistan to a 23-run series-levelling victory over Sri Lanka in the second and final Twenty20 international yesterday.
Chasing a modest 123, Sri Lanka ran into a roadblock as Kumar Sangakkara fell in the fourth over to Yasir Arafat with the score on 19. Four balls later, Arafat removed Nuwan Kulasekara who was sent in as a pinch-hitter.
Tillakaratne Dilshan hit four boundaries in his 18 before having having his stumps disturbed by a Shahid Afridi quicker ball. By then, with a run rate below five, Sri Lanka were on the ropes as Pakistan took full advantage of the difficult batting conditions.
Chamara Kapugedera, Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne all got starts but their innings were snuffed out before they could do any damage. Pakistan’s mixture of high quality pace and spin reduced the Lankans to 85 for six, needing 38 to win off 22 balls with only one specialist batsman in Angelo Mathews left. But he was always fighting a losing battle as the fiery Mohammad Sami and the cunning Saeed Ajmal cleaned up the tail without fuss. Sami and Arafat picked up three each, while Afridi scalped two.
Earlier, after Pakistan chose to bat first, Afridi smashed an unbeaten 52 off 33 balls to help Pakistan score a competitive 122-6.
Pakistan were struggling at 41-4 before all-rounder Afridi steadied the innings with a 68-run stand for the fifth wicket with Shoaib Malik, who hit three successive fours off leg-spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi in his 26-ball 27.
Afridi, who became the first player to appear in 50 T20 internationals, hit one six and five fours in his fourth half-century.
Lokuarachchi bagged two of the first four wickets to reduce Pakistan to 41-4, removing skipper Mohammad Hafeez (24) and Umar Akmal (five) in his four-over spell.
Paceman Kulasekera was the most impressive bowler, finishing with 2-13 off four tight overs.
Sri Lanka, who lead the series 1-0 following their 37-run victory in the opening match on Friday, rested skipper Mahela Jayawardene and paceman Lasith Malinga and brought in Isuru Udana and Chamara Kapugedera.
All-rounder Mathews led the hosts.
Pakistan made one change, replacing Umar Gul with Yasir Arafat.
SCORES IN BRIEF
PAKISTAN: 122 for 6 (Afridi 52 not out, Malik 27, Hafeez 24; Kulasekara 2-13, Lokuarachchi 2-31)
SRI LANKA: 99 all out in 19.2 overs (Kapugedera 19, Dilshan 18, Thirimanne 18; Sami 3-16, Arafat 3-18, Afridi 2-17)

-With The Daily Star input

Related News

Bangladesh wins final-over thriller in Brisbane

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh got back on track in the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday when they beat Zimbabwe in a thrilling last-ball win. Opener Najmul Shanto’s first half-century and Taskin Ahmed’s three wickets helped them win. Shanto’s 71 helped Bangladesh get to 150-7 at Brisbane Gabba ground in a game that came down ... Read more

Tigers can become very good T20 side in future: Sriram

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Despite their mixed fortunes in the ongoing T20 World Cup, Bangladesh’s technical consultant, Sridharan Sriram, believes the Tigers have the potential to become a very good T20 side in the future. The Tigers entered the tournament with their only win in the main draw of the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup against ... Read more

Tigers suffer their worst-ever loss in T20Is to SA

Batters surrender against their opponent Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh’s batting was no match for their counterpart South Africa, which led to a massive loss for the Tigers by 104 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground today in the two teams’ second Super 12 fixture of the T20 World Cup. Chasing a daunting 206, Bangladesh ... Read more

Taskin leads Bangladesh to 9-run win over Netherlands

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh began their T20 World Cup campaign on a high note today, defeating the Netherlands by 9 runs at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart. The Dutch were all out for 135 after 20 overs, in reply to Bangladesh’s 144 for eight after 20 overs. The result is historic from Bangladesh’s perspective ... Read more

Tamim to attend Brazil’s match against Serbia at FIFA WC

Sports Desk: dhakamirror.com Tamim Iqbal, captain of the Bangladesh ODI team, will attend the FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Serbia. Tamim told The Daily Star he was gifted the tickets. Brazil plays Serbia on November 24 at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium. The FIFA World Cup attracts interest from around the world, and seeing Neymar ... Read more

Netherlands become Tigers’ first opponent

Sports Desk: dhakamirror.com Bangladesh may start analyzing the Netherlands after Group A qualification ended yesterday. The Tigers will face the Dutch on October 24 in Hobart. Despite losing by 16 runs against Sri Lanka, the Dutch are in the Super 12s as runners-up behind the Lankans after UAE beat Namibia by seven runs on Thursday. ... Read more

West Indies ousted, Ireland reaches Super 12

Sports Desk: dhakamirror.com Veteran opener Paul Stirling smashed an unbeaten 66 to propel Ireland into the Twenty20 World Cup Super 12 and eliminate two-time champions West Indies in a shocking upset on Friday. Gareth Delany took a career-best 3-16 to reduce the Caribbeans to 146-5 before the Irish reached their goal with 15 balls to ... Read more

Shakib reclaims the top all-rounder ranking

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan will enter the ICC T20 World Cup on top of the world after he was elevated to the No.1 spot for all-rounders on the latest MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings. Shakib claimed top billing on the back of an excellent tri-series against New Zealand ... Read more

No more opening slot experiments: chief selector

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh national cricket team chief selector Minhajul Abedin reassured that the team management wouldn’t experiment further with the opening slot during the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. Bangladesh are scheduled to start their campaign in the Super 12 round on October 24 in Hobart against the Group A runners-up from ... Read more

Pakistan win tri-series final, sends T20 World Cup warning

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Mohammad Nawaz, an all-rounder, helped Pakistan defeat New Zealand by five wickets on Friday to win the tri-series Twenty20 final in Christchurch with three balls remaining. After the hosts finished on 163-7 at Hagley Oval, spinner Michael Bracewell checked Pakistan’s early momentum in the tourists’ reply, before Nawaz stepped up with ... Read more

Rain ends Bangladesh’s title defence

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Rain ended hosts Bangladesh’s chance of qualifying for the semi-final of the eighth Asia Cup as their match against the UAE was washed out in Sylhet on Tuesday. The wash-out meant Thailand moved to the semi-final for the first time in history with six points collected from as many matches earlier ... Read more

Bangladesh defeated by SL in thriller

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com India and Sri Lanka advanced to the eighth Women’s Asia Cup semi-finals after defeating Thailand and the host Bangladesh, on a rain-hampered day in Sylhet on Monday. Pakistan joined them in the semi-final as well because both teams have eight points and are tied for second position with Sri Lanka. Bangladesh ... Read more

Conway leads New Zealand to victory against Bangladesh

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com In the third game of the tri-nation series, played on Sunday in Christchurch, opening batsman Devon Conway led New Zealand to an eight-wicket victory over Bangladesh. The left-handed batter smashed six fours and a six as the hosts chased down Bangladesh’s total of 137 with 13 balls to spare, in the ... Read more

Bangladesh utterly defeated by India

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com India recovered from a shocking loss to Pakistan to defeat hosts Bangladesh by 59 runs on Saturday in Sylhet, effectively securing a spot in the semifinals of the eighth Women’s Asia Cup. India has eight points after winning four of its last five games, with one more match to play in ... Read more

Tigers hope to improve against Kiwis

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com When Bangladesh plays New Zealand in today’s second game of the ongoing tri-nation series in Christchurch, they will be trying to get back on track. The game will start at noon (12:00pm). The match will be broadcast live on T Sports and in Bangladesh Standard Time. Bangladesh, which lost to Pakistan ... Read more

Dona Ganguly diagnosed with chikungunya

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Dona Ganguly, wife of Sourav Ganguly, President of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata on Tuesday after being diagnosed with chikungunya. As per reports, she was rushed to Woodlands hospital after showing symptoms of the virus. The acclaimed Indian Odissi ... Read more

Nepalese cricketer Sandeep Lamichhane is in custody for rape

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Sandeep Lamichhane, a former captain for Nepal, returned home on Thursday (October 6) to defend himself against rape allegations made against him about a month ago. Lamichhane, who has denied all the allegations, was immediately arrested, according to Dinesh Raj Mainali, a spokeswoman for Kathmandu District Police, spoke to AFP news ... Read more

Bangla Wash T20I tri-nation series logo unveiled

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The official logo of the Bangla Wash Twenty20 International tri-nation cricket series was unveiled in a ceremony held at a city hotel on Wednesday. Bangladesh, Pakistan and hosts New Zealand will compete in the series to be held at Christchurch from October 7 to 14. The title sponsor of the series ... Read more

Women’s team look to make turnaround

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh national women’s team will be looking to move up in the order when they take on their Malaysian counterparts during their third match of the ongoing Women’s T20 Asia Cup at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium today. The match is scheduled to start at 1:30pm and will be telecast live ... Read more

We are not thinking of results: Nurul

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh vice-captain Nurul Hasan said that he was not concerned about the results, rather he was focusing on the process in the approaching tri-nation series starting in Christchurch on Friday. Bangladesh will take on Pakistan in the series opener at 8:00am Bangladesh Standard Time and T Sports will telecast the game ... Read more