Pakistan routed Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens, Kolkata by 15 runs in the warm-up match.
Pakistan scored 157 runs in 20 overs at the loss of 5 wickets. Chasing the target, Sri Lanka fell short of 15 runs due to wonderful bowling of Green Shirts.
Mohammad Hafeez’s finds rhythm:Mainstay of Pakistan batting line up Hafeez finally came back in form as he played a superb 70-run knock to help his side put up a challenging total of 157. The stylish batsman, used mere 49 balls and hit nine boundaries and a solitary six. This is a good news for Pakistan team ahead of the ICC World 20.
Shahid Afridi’s first-ball duck: Pakistan skipper Afridi one again disappointed with his willow as he got out for a golden duck off Thisara Perera. In last ten innings, Afridi’s highest score is 38. It’s high time Afridi should use his experience and play some match-winning knocks for his team.
Tillakaratne Dilshan’s rough patch continues: When Sri Lanka came to chase the tricky total of 157, they got off to a poor start as their premier opener Dilshan got out for a duck in the 2nd over of the innings bowled by Mohammad Irfan. His poor run has been a major concern for the Sri Lankans.
Imad Wasim’s match-wining spell: The slow left-arm orthodox bowler bowled his heart out in a match-wining spell. In his stipulated four overs, he scalped four wickets at the cost of 24 runs and changed the entire complexion of the game. He was certainly the pick among the bowlers.
Lahiru Thirimanne’s cameo: In form southpaw, once again impressed with his quick-fire knock of 45 off 37 balls. He slammed four boundaries and two sixes to keep Sri Lanka in the game till the 12th over. But his fine knock went in vain as eventfully Sri Lanka lost the match.