Pakistan restrict Sri Lanka to 132

Lahiru Thirimanne scored 30 runs AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Hambonta: Jun 1, 2012

Sohail Tanvir grabbed three big wickets as Pakistan restricted Sri Lanka to 132-7 in the first Twenty20 international in Hambantota on Friday.

The left-arm paceman jolted Sri Lanka’s top order when he dismissed skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara in his opening three overs to reduce the hosts to 31-3.

Tanvir finished with 3-12 off four tight overs, his best performance in Twenty20 internationals. He was superbly backed by off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who bagged two wickets for 20 runs.

Thisara Perera top-scored with a 16-ball 32 not out in Sri Lanka’s below-par batting display, helping his team make 43 runs off the last 22 balls.

Lahiru Thirimanne, making his T20 debut, was the other main scorer with a 25-ball 30.

Sri Lanka made a poor start after electing to bat, losing four wickets in the opening eight overs with just 39 on the board.

Tanvir struck with his third delivery when he had Jayawardene caught by Shoaib Malik in the covers and then had Dilshan caught by Umar Gul at fine-leg in his next over.

Sangakkara (19) hit three successive fours off paceman Mohammad Sami before he inside-edged a Tanvir delivery onto his stumps.

Brief Score: Sri Lanka 132 for 7 in 20 overs (Thisara Perera 32*, Lahiru Thirimanne 30; Sohail Tanvir 3 for 12) vs Pakistan

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