ICC WT20: Sri Lanka Too Strong For Pakistan

Sri Lanka 150-7 (Dilshan 46, Shahid Afridi 2-23) beat
Pakistan 131-9 (Younus Khan 50, Malinga 3-17) by 19 runs

ICC World Twenty20 Group F, Lord's

Sri Lanka maintained their unbeaten start to the ICC World Twenty20 with a 19-run over Pakistan in Group F at Lord's.

More inventive strokeplay from Tillakaratne Dlishan, who made 46, helped them reach 150 for seven before their bowlers struck often to restrict Pakistan to 131 for nine.

Sri Lanka were given an absolute flyer thanks to some poor early bowling, Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya (26) taking full advantage before Pakistan's spinners tightened things.

Shahid Afridi picked up two for 23 and Saeed Ajmal two for 26 while pace bowler Umar Gul chipped in with two for 34 to limit Sri Lanka to a score that looked to give Pakistan a chance.

It was not to be as they lost Salman Butt (0) in the first over, bowled by Angelo Mathews and apart from Younus Khan, who stroked a fluent 50, and Shoaib Malik, who blasted 28 in 20 balls at number three, the Pakistan batsmen could not break free.

Lasith Malinga bowled fast and accurately to return three for 17 and Muttiah Muralitharan removed Misbah-ul-Haq (21) and Afridi (0) in consecutive deliveries before a number of batsman fell to cross-batted shots that went high, but not far.

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