Afridi helps Pakistan draw the series

Comment on this story


IOL pic june4 cricket pakistan afridi

Associated Press

Pakistani bowler Shahid Afridi celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lankan batsman Dinesh Chandimal during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Hambantota, Sri Lanka.

Hambantota - Pakistan's flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi celebrated his 50th appearance in Twenty20 internationals with a half-century to lead his side to a 23-run victory over Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Afridi scored 52 off 33 balls to rescue Pakistan and allow them to post a total of 122 before taking two wickets for 17 runs as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 99.

The series ended 1-1.

Afridi struck five fours and a six after his side had been reduced to 41 for four halfway through their overs.

Pakistan won the toss but their top order fumbled against Sri Lanka's new ball attack led by Nuwan Kulasekara.

Afridi and Shoaib Malik (27) stabilised the batting with a 68-run partnership that gave the Pakistan bowlers something to bowl at.

Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals and although five batsmen reached double figures none of them were able to stay around long enough.

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez used his bowlers intelligently with Mohammad Sami and Yasir Arafat sharing six wickets between them.

Sri Lanka rested captain Mahela Jayawardene and fast bowler Lasith Malinga for this match while Pakistan left out experienced seamer Umar Gul.

The teams now move to Pallakele in Kandy for the first of five one-day internationals starting on June 7. - Reuters


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

     

Join us on

IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks

Business Directory