1st Semifinal Pak lost by 16 runs Srilanka reach Final T20 World Cup 2012

1st Semifinal Pak lost by 16 runs Srilanka reach Final T20 World Cup 2012.Sri Lanka play first and make 140 runs target Pakistan team play well but lost match by 16 runs in semifinal knockout game.Sri Lanka qualify for Final T20 World Cup 2012 on Sunday game.

Pakistani bowlers restricted Sri Lanka to 139 for four in the first semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 Cricket 2012 here at the R Premadasa Stadium on Thursday.

Sri Lanka struggled to force the pace after captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to bat first on dry wicket.

Sri Lanka plodded to 123-4 in 19 overs when Thisara Perera smashed three boundaries in the final over bowled by seamer Umar Gul which realised 16 runs.

Openers Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 63 in 10 overs, a slow start by Twenty20 standards but crucial nevertheless for Sri Lanka still had all their wickets in hand.1st Semifinal Pak lost by 16 runs Srilanka reach Final T20 World Cup 2012

Jayawardene liberally employed the reverse sweep during his knock of 42 off 36 balls, but was caught at fine-leg while attempting the same shot off leg-spinner Shahid Afridi.

Kumar Sangakkara made a promising 18 from 11 balls when he was snapped up on the long-on fence as he tried to hit Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez out of the ground.

Gul was unlucky to see the TV umpire declare a no-ball after he had Jeevan Mendis given out leg-before in the 18th over.

But Gul removed Dilshan two balls later with another leg-before decision that made Sri Lanka 117-3.

Dilshan was unusually subdued during his innings, taking 43 balls to score 35 with the help of three boundaries.

Australia and the West Indies will clash in the second semi-final on Friday. The final will be played on Sunday.

Sri Lanka’s captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to bat in the World Twenty20 semi-final against Pakistan in Colombo on Thursday.

Both teams made one change from their last games. Pakistan brought back seamer Sohail Tanveer in place of Abdul Razzaq, while Sri Lanka dropped Akila Dananjaya to play Rangana Herath.

Australia and the West Indies will clash in the second semi-final on Friday. The final is scheduled for Sunday.

Teams:

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Sohail Tanveer.

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Angelo Mathews, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath.

Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS) and Rod Tucker (AUS), TV umpire: Ian Gould (ENG)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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