|T20: Pakistan upstages Sri
Lanka for clean sweep
DHABI, (AFP) - Pakistan put up another clinical
performance to win the only Twenty20 by five wickets
against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi stadium on Friday,
blanking their rivals in all three forms of the
Paceman Aizaz Cheema took 4-30 to bowl Sri Lanka
out for 141 in 19.3 overs before skipper Misbah-ul
Haq kept his nerves with a fighting unbeaten 48 to
help his team chase down the target with three balls
The victory capped a remarkable performance by
Pakistan who won the preceding three-Test series 1-0
and the five-match one-day series 4-1.
Misbah, who hit three boundaries and a six off 38
balls, added 46 for the fourth wicket with Asad
Shafiq (33) after Pakistan lost their way in persuit
of the target.
They lost Mohammad Hafeez (13), Imran Farhat (13)
and Umar Akmal for a first ball duck.
Shafiq hit three boundaries during his run-a-ball
knock before he was bowled by Lasith Malinga.
Misbah hit Dilruwan Perera for a huge six and
when 43 needed off the last four overs, the
Pakistani captain hit three boundaries in Dilhara
Fernando’s 17th over of the innings.
When Pakistan needed 23 off the last two overs
Afridi hit Fernando for two sixes over deep
mid-wicket before the paceman had him caught behind.
Pakistan needed nine off the last over bowled by
Malinga whose first ball saw two taken by Misbah but
the ensuing throw went for four before Shoaib Malik
knocked off the winning runs.
Misbah said Afridi’s sixes turned the tables on Sri
“At one point of time it became difficult, but
Afridi’s two sixes in the 19th over turned the
tables in our favour and it’s remarkable to win all
three forms of the game against a top ranked team,”
Sri Lankan skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan rued the
loss of quick wickets after a good start.
“We couldn’t capitalise on a good start but still
we had Pakistan in trouble before Afridi hit two
sixes,” said Dilshan, who has lost three Test and as
many one-day series since taking over in May this
Earlier Cheema took 4-30 in a superb display of
swing bowling to derail Sri Lanka who had looked set
to put up a big total on the back of maiden Twenty20
half-century by Dinesh Chandimal.
Chandimal had looked threatening during his
44-ball 56, hitting six boundaries and added a firey
31 for the second wicket with Dilshan (28) before
Cheema came into his own.
Sri Lanka were off to a flying start of 30 by the
third over before losing opener Upul Tharanga,
bowled by Cheema for 12.
Dilshan miscued a drive off spinner Saeed Ajmal in
the sixth over but Sri Lanka still had a ten run
average by the sixth over.
Pakistani bowlers led by Cheema, playing only his
second Tewnty20 match, checked Sri Lankan innings as
they lost their last seven wickets for 54 runs.
Chandimal brought up his maiden half-century in the
shortest form of the game off 40 balls before Cheema
had him in the 19th over of the innings, trapped
Cheema also had Thissara Perera (nought) and
Malinga (one) to finish his four-over spell.
Sri Lanka’s poor batting was not helped by two run
outs of Angelo Mathews (14) and Chamara Silva
(four). Umar Gul polished off the tail with 2-16.
Pakistan fly off to Dhaka on Saturday to play a
Twenty20, three one-day internationals and two
Tests. The Twenty20 will be played in Dhaka on