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Angelo Mathews’s fifty lifts Sri Lanka to 145/5 in 1st T20 against Pakistan

Angelo Mathews's half century pushed Sri Lanka's total close to the 150 mark © Getty Images (File Photo)
Angelo Mathews’s half century pushed Sri Lanka’s total close to the 150 mark © Getty Images (File Photo)

 

Dec 11, 2013

 

Sri Lanka all-rounder, Angelo Mathews‘s half-century lifted Sri Lanka to 145 for five in the first Twenty20 International (T20) against Pakistan on Wednesday.

 

Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez, having won the toss, opted to bowl in the first Twenty20 against Sri Lanka. Acknowledging the fact that late evening dew may come into play, Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal said 150 would a good score. Nineteen-year-old left-armer Usman Khan made his international his debut for Pakistan, while Junaid Khan was left out of the XI.

 

Sri Lanka failed to get off to a strong start as they lost Tillakaratne Dilshan for just seven. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal and Kumar Sangakkara gave some stability to the innings but the run-rate was far from what they would have desired. It was Mathews who scored at a brisk rate helping the visitors to their eventual score. Mathews though survived a close leg-before call early on as the replays indicated the ball could have gone on to hit the middle stump.

 

After the innings off-spinner Saeed Ajmal felt that it was a par score and his team can chase it down.

 

Brief Scores:

 

Sri Lanka 145 for 5 in 20 overs (Angelo Mathews 50, Lahiru Thirimanne 23; Saeed Ajmal 2 for 35, Sohail Tanvir 2 for 34) vs Pakistan

 

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