Pakistan bind a thriller to win T20I series; finish near-perfect debate of Sri Lanka

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Colombo, Sri Lanka: Pakistan finished their debate of Sri Lanka with a thespian one-wicket feat in a second Twenty20 on Saturday to finish a 2-0 array win, carrying also triumphed in a exam and ODI encounters.

The tourists, chasing a aim of 173, slumped to 40 for 5 before a swashbuckling strike from captain Shahid Afridi and a late attack by series 9 batsman Anwar Ali saw them home with 4 balls to spare.

Sohail Tanvir celebrates holding a wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan during a initial T20I. APSohail Tanvir celebrates holding a wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan during a initial T20I. AP

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Two wickets in paceman Binura Fernando’s second over and dual run-outs meant Pakistan done a sad start and it took a renew from Afridi to revitalise their hopes.

He crushed 4 sixes and a 4 in a 22-ball 45 and combined 61 runs in 37 balls with Mohammad Rizwan (17).

Pakistan afterwards mislaid Rizwan and Afridi in a space of a few deliveries as they were reduced to 107 for 7 though Anwar belted 4 sixes and 3 fours in a 17-ball 46, adding 58 for a eighth wicket with Imad Wasim (24 not out).

However, there was some-more play to reveal as Anwar was held behind and Sohail Tanvir run out before Wasim strike a 6 off Fernando to win a compare and leave a immature Sri Lankan group crestfallen.

Earlier, debutant Shehan Jayasuriya and Chamara Kapugedera led a home group to a sum of 172 for 7 after they won a toss.

Jayasuriya burst 3 fours and dual sixes in a 32-ball 40 while Kapugedera supposing a late swell with an dominant 48 off 25 deliveries.

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