So, here comes the lat match of T20 Asia Cup 2016, before the finals. It was quiet an important match, played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It’s importance won’t take them to finals but still it’s a much needed performance before the World T20 tournament. Let’s see which team got victorious this time.
In this 10th match of the tournament, Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first. Pakistan might have thought of chasing the target, but it was quiet a fair decision. Sri Lankan openers, Dinesh Chandimal and Tillakaratne Dilshan, both made a brilliant partnership of 110 runs which really helped Sri Lanka to score a big total to make it difficult for Pakistan to chase. Wahab Riaz picked up the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal, Shoaib Malik dismissed Junior Jayasuriya and Mohammad Irfan picked 2 quick wickets of Chamara Kapudegara and Dasun Shanaka. So, with 4 wickets loss, Sri Lanka with Dilshan still out there, gave the target of 151 to Pakistan in 20 overs. If we talk about earlier matches of Pakistan, they’ve really struggled with their batting lineup. It’s a huge target to chase! Let’s see how it goes for them.
In the 2nd innings, Pakistani openers worked well, except Mohammad Hafeez who once again didn’t stayed much long and only scored 14 runs. But it was all working for Sharjeel Khan this time, who was much criticized by Pakistani fans because of his poor performances earlier. Sarfaraz Ahmed and especially, Umar Akmal did really well with his outstanding knock of 48 which really helped Pakistan to get victorious.
Pakistani top-order batsmen worked well this time to win the game, but that really didn’t helped them to reach the finals. They won the match by 6 wickets with 4 balls still remaining. Let’s see how Sri Lanka performs in the upcoming World T20 tournament. We are expecting some great thrillers once again!
Now what do you think about tomorrow’s final match of T20 Asia Cup 2016 between India and Bangladesh? Who will triumph the trophy? Any guess? Share your thoughts with us!
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