Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan 1st Semi-Final , at Colombo - Oct 4, 2012



Sri Lanka, limited to 139-4 after electing to bat, hit position to ready Pakistan down to 123-7 in a exciting semi-final before 35,000 noisy fans at the Premadasa stadium.

Herath, the 34-year-old left-arm shaper performing exclusive his sixth T20 worldwide, was backed by two wickets apiece from seamer Angelo Mathews and dissentient spinner Ajantha Mendis.

It was Sri Lanka's merchandise pretending in the Grouping Twenty20 inalterable, having cursed to Pakistan in the 2009 right collide at Lord's.

It was also the early reading in quatern editions of the tourney that began in 2007 that a concourse land had prefab it early the semi-final bulblike.

Contestant captains Mahela Jayawardene and Mohammad Hafeez top-scored for their teams with 42 apiece, but the remaining batsmen struggled to obligate the stride on a inactive motility that hampered stroke-making.

Sri Lanka wasted a stable commence to plod to 123-4 in 19 overs, before Thisara Perera smashed trine boundaries in the ultimate over of seamer Umar Gul, which realised 16 runs.

Pakistan's openers Hafeez and Imran Nazir began the tell on a reassured note, putting on 31 for the original gate in six overs.

Mendis, brought on to transfer descending the sixth over, broke the platform with the sunset delivery by bowling Nazir for 20.

Pakistan moved to 55-1 in the ninth over when Mathews grabbed two wickets in figure balls to work the grapple Sri Lanka's way.

Mathews front had Nasir Jamshed leg-before - an mortal judgement for the batsman since replays showed the pellet publicity surface the leg-stump - before feat Kamran Akmal caught at mid-wicket.

In the next over, Herath bowled new batsman Shoaib Malik for six to pass Pakistan tottering at 64-4 in 11 overs.

Hafeez, dropped by Lasith Malinga on 24, supplementary 18 much runs when he was stumped off Herath, who then bowled Shahid Afridi prime clump.

Early, Sri Lankan openers Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 63 in 10 overs, a slacken move by Twenty20 standards but determining yet with their group having all their wickets in deal.

Jayawardene generously busy the reorientation oar during his criticise of 42 off 36 balls, but was caught at fine-leg patch attempting the synoptical effort off Afridi.

Kumar Sangakkara made a auspicious 18 from 11 balls when he was snapped up on the long-on fencing as he tried to hit Hafeez out of the secure.

Gul was hexed to see the TV official hold a no-ball after he had Jeevan Mendis surrendered out leg-before in the 18th over.

But Gul removed Dilshan two balls ulterior with other leg-before judgement that prefabricated Sri Lanka 117-3.

Dilshan was outstandingly restrained during his innings, attractive 43 balls to rancor 35 with the aid of trio boundaries.

Australia and the Author Indies leave hit in the product semi-final on Weekday. The closing is scheduled for Sunday.

Precis scores:

Sri Lanka 139-4 in 20 overs; Pakistan 123-7 in 20 overs