Pakistan recorded a consolation six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their Asia Cup Twenty20 dead-rubber encounter at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday. Chasing a challenging 151 for victory, Pakistan reached their destination with four deliveries to spare.
Umar Akmal top-scored with a 37-ball 48 while Sarfraz Ahmed and opening batsman Sharjeel Khan chipped in with 38 and 31 respectively.
Makeshift Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal deployed eight bowlers but Pakistan were barely troubled as they posted regular partnerships.
Earlier, Sri Lanka set Pakistan a challenging target of 151 following a brilliant opening wicket partnership.
Tillakaratne Dilshan remained unbeaten on 75 from 56 balls while fellow opener Dinesh Chandimal made a 49-ball 58 as the Lankans posted 150/4 in their 20 overs.
Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi earlier won the toss and invited the opposition to take first guard. The islanders would have been delighted with the decision as they started superbly.
The opening pair hammered the Pakistan bowlers to all parts of the ground, adding 110 runs inside the 15th over.
However, following Chandimal’s departure, Pakistan came back to the game, restricting their opponent to just 40 runs in the remaining 35 deliveries. The Pakistan bowlers kept things tight and picked up regular wickets, frustrating the Lankan batsmen in the process. Shehan Jayasuriya (four), Chamara Kapugedera (two) and Dasun Shanaka (nought) all departed in quick succession, much to the relief of Afridi.
Dilshan though continued to play his shots and was undefeated at the end alongside Milinda Siriwardana, who was not out on four.
Tall left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan was the pick of the bowlers with 2/18 from his quota of four overs while Wahab Riaz and Shoaib Malik picked up one each.
Pakistan ended their campaign at third position with four points from as many matches while the Lankans finished fourth with two points from the same number of games. The United Arab Emirates ended bottom with zero points.