DUBAI – After the 39 runs on 20 balls Boom-Boom inning by Shahid Khan Afridi, Pakistan defeats Sri Lanka in first T20 match by 3 wickets at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, PakistanTribe.com reported.
Pakistan Skipper Muhammad Hafeez invited Sri Lanka for the batting after winning the toss.
Chasing 146 for victory, Pakistan got to the target after some anxious moments with 3 wickets and 5 balls to spare.
Shahid Afridi played a match winning but more surprisingly a sensible knock of 39 off just 20 balls 2 fours and 3 towering sixes. Arriving at the crease with 50 to get off 35, Afridi was discerning in his attack, even as wickets continued to fall at the other end.
Two sixes from Afridi off Nuwan Kulasekara’s 16th over was his first definitive play, as he walloped a knee-length full toss high into the stands, before crashing one over deep cover when Kulasekara resigned himself to going full and wide.
New batsman Sharjeel Khan also played a handy innings scoring 34 and skipper M.Hafeez displayed 32 on the scoreboard.
Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga picked up 3 wickets for 26 runs.