Sri Lanka played superb cricket and Pakistan is now out of the ICC World Twenty20 championship. Earlier, Sri Lankan captain won the toss and elected to bat first. Sri Lanka made 139 runs in 20 overs.
Captain Mahela Jayawardene was the top scorer with 42 runs from 36 balls with seven fours. Dilshan played 35 runs with three fours.
Batting second, Pakistan started well, but lost opener Imran Nazir in the 6th over. Pakistan lost 3-4 wickets in quick session and they never recovered from then.
In the last over Pakistan needs 23 runs to win but managed just 6 runs and lost the match by 16 runs. Now, Sri Lanka will play the Finals on Sunday against the winning team of today’s match between Australia and West Indies.
Pakistani captain Mohammad Hafeez said, “Every person gave 100%. Jamshed and Raza have been the positives for us in this tournament. We were much in the game but the middle order collapsed. I thank the fans who came here to support us. We really wanted to do something for them.”
Sri Lankan captain and Man-Of-The-Match winner Mahela Jayawardene said, “It means a great deal, thanks to the fans. It was a tough call keeping out the birthday boy Dananjaya and we knew that Pakistan were weak against left-arm spin. We weren’t sure how the wicket would behave. We felt we were 15 short and 140 was a par score. We made mistakes in the field but it didn’t cost us.”