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COLOMBO (Staff Report) – Sri Lanka raised a target of 173 runs in second T20 game of two matches series against Pakistan in Colombo cricket stadium on Saturday.


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Sri Lanka’s Kapugedera remained the most successful batsman who scored 48 runs off 25 balls with the help of 4 sixes and 2 fours. Jayasuriya also contributed 40 runs whereas Siriwardana raised 23 runs.

Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik picked two wickets whereas Anwar Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan and skipper Shahid Afridi ousted one batsman each.

Earlier Sri Lankan captain Lasith Malinga, who chose to bat first after winning the toss, said the pitch was favorable for batting and we would try to build a high score target. We have a good chance to level the two matches series, he added.

Malinga said that Angelo Mathews was not included in the team due to wrist injury.

Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi said that no changes have been made in the playing eleven. He maintained that Sarfraz Ahmad is vice captain of the team however he is would not be playing the match.

Pakistan had won first T20 match of the series when Sri Lanka failed to chase a 176 run target while batting second.

Pakistan Team:

Mukhtar Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi*, Mohammad Rizwan†, Anwar Ali, Imad Wasim, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan

Sri Lanka Team:

MDKJ Perera†, TM Dilshan, DSNFG Jayasuriya, DM de Silva, MD Shanaka, TAM Siriwardana, CK Kapugedera, NLTC Perera, B Fernando, JDF Vandersay, SL Malinga*