Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by six wickets
Sri Lanka's last chance for at least a bronze medal in cricket was
shattered by Pakistan which won the third place play-off match by six
wickets at Guanggong Cricket Stadium here today. It was a consolation
game for the two favourites teams after both of them suffered shock
defeats at the hands of Bangladesh and Afghanistan respectively.
Pakistan which suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Afghanistan
in yesterday's semi-finals, did well to beat Sri Lanka off the
penultimate ball. Chasing Sri Lanka's respectable total of 135 all out
in 18 overs, Pakis tan reached the target in 19.5 overs for the loss of
only four wickets.
It was opener Khalid Latif who was instrumental in that exciting win
over Jehan Mubarak's men with an unbeaten half century - 53 not out off
42 balls with two sixers and four boundaries. Shaharwer Ghani chipped in
with an explosive 30 off 28 balls as Lankan bowlers made a desperate
attempt to stop their opponents.
Earlier in the morning, Sri Lanka, batting first, made 135 all out
off 18 overs. They got off to a good start with Jeewantha Kulatunga (31)
and Nuwan Zoysa (24) putting on 53 runs for the first wicket. But they
failed to make use of the solid start and lost their grip as Pakistan
bowlers came back into the picture.
Sri Lanka: 135 all out in 18 overs (Jeewantha Kulatunga 31,
Nuwan Zoysa 24, Dilshan Munaweera 28, Reza Hassan 2 for 19).
Pakistan: 141 for 4 in 19.5 overs (Khalid Latif 53 n.o,
Sheharwer Ghani 30, Bulawei Bhatti 25 n.o, Sajeewa Weerakoon 1 for 9,
Jehan Mubarak 1 for 11). GUNANZHOU, Friday