Pakistan Win Asian Games Bronze Medal Match

Pakistan Win Asian Games Bronze Medal Match
Pakistan Win Asian Games Bronze Medal Match
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Pakistan 141-4 (Khalid Latif 53no) beat
Sri Lanka 135 (Raza Hasan 2-19) by six wickets
Asian Games third/fourth play-off, Guanggong

Captain Khalid Latif scored an unbeaten half-century as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to claim the bronze medal in the 2010 Asian Games cricket tournament in Guanggong, China.

Twenty20 cricket is making its first appearance at the games and the gold medal match will see Afghanistan take on Bangladesh and Pakistan's victory in this match meant that they claimed medals in both the men's and women's competitions having won the latter.

Batting first, Sri Lanka were dismissed for 135 and Latif's unbeaten 53 in 42 balls ensured Pakistan reached their target in style with two overs to spare.

Raza Hasan returned two for 19 for Pakistan as Usman Qadir, Aizaz Cheema, Mohammad Irshad and Akbar-ur-Rehman all took a wicket apiece.

Top scorers for Sri Lanka were opener Jeevantha Kulatunga (31), Dilshan Munaweera (28) and Nuwan Zoysa (24) although their score never looked enough.

Despite the early dismissals of Sharjeel Khan (4) and Rehman (2), Pakistan were assured in their reply and prior to Latif's innings, which included two fours and four sixes, they were well set thanks to Sheharyar Ghani's 30 and Naeemuddin's 17.

Bilawal Bhatti thumped a quickfire unbeaten 25 in 14 balls as Pakistan won with plenty to spare.

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