As look towards World T20, Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets at the Shere Bangla Stadium, Mirpur. Earlier, Shahid Afridi won the toss and decided to bowl first. Pakistan made a few changes with Mohammad Nawaz, Wahab Riaz, and Iftikhar Ahmed returning. For Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews was not playing so Chandimal was captain for Sri Lanka.
Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Irfan took the new-ball. Irfan was continuing to bowl too short on a pitch which demanded pitched-up deliveries. Amir asked a few questions to Tillakaratne Dilshan but Dilshan and Chandimal Plays safe. One opportunity came in the Power-Play when Dilshan top-edged a sweep shot off Afridi. But, Irfan failed to judge and drop catch. Wahab Riaz welcomes by flurry of boundaries by Chandimal.
While, Dilshan continues his from hit reverse-scoop off Amir. Pakistan’s fielding was terrible as Sri Lanka eventually reached 150.
Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Hafeez begin the chase positively. After hitting successive boundaries, Hafeez give Shehan Jayasuriya simple caught and bowl. Sharjeel Khan continues hitting untill Dilshan came to bowl. Dilshan struck with his very first ball by scalping the key wicket of Sharjeel to pull things back. After this Sarfaraz Ahmed was also got out lbw by Milinda Siriwardana.
But Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik drives pakistan to the winning way. Umar Akmal shows his class while pakistan was under pressure and once he set his eyes he hits back to boundaries on Siriwardana and make sure the pakistan win. Malik plays his role to stay at the other end and rotate the stike.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 150/4 (Dilshan 75*, Chandimal 58, Irfan 2-18); Pakistan 151/4 from 19.2 overs (Umar 48, Sarfraz 38, Kulasekara 1-20)
Result: Pakistan won by 6 wickets