Sunday, February 27, 2011

ICC-CWC2011-Match.10. Gr.A. Pakistan vs SriLanka

Pakistan 277 for 7 beat Sri Lanka 266 for 9 by 11 runs at the Premadasa Stadium. Younus Khan 73 in 76 balls and Misbha 83 in 91 balls, paved the way for a good total of 277 for 7 in the 50 overs, for Pakistan. good contributions were also made by Hafeez 32 of 31 and Kamran Akmal 39 of 48. Murali bowled brilliantly for 10-0-35-1, well supported by Hearath 10-0-46-2. The pacers were taken for plenty with Kulasekara giving away 64 runs for no wickets. Perera 9-0-62-2 , and Mathews 10-0-56-1.

SriLanka made a good start with Taranga and Dilshan putting on 76 runs for the opening wicket. Jayawardane and Samaraweera fell early. Sangakara 49 of 61 and LPC Silva 57 of 78, batted sensibly to take SriLanka closer to the score, but could not finish it. Mathews & Perera added a bit. But Pakistan were the winners by 11 runs. Shahid Afridi was again at his best with 10-0-34-4. Shoaib Akhtar took two and Gul, Hafeez and Rehman picked a wicket each.

Pakistan have played both their games well and their confidence must be sky high, and will be aa strong contender for the semis.

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