Spinner Wanindu Hasaranga led Sri Lanka’s bowling cost to arrange a cushty five-wicket victory over Pakistan on Friday of their costume rehearsal for the Asia Cup closing. Both groups have already booked their place in Sunday’s title conflict on the warm-up event to the Twenty20 World Cup in October-November. Hasaranga returned figures of 3-21 together with his leg-spin to assist bowl out Pakistan for 121 in 19.1 overs after they elected to subject first in Dubai. Sri Lanka slipped to 29-3 of their chase earlier than Pathum Nissanka (55 not out) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (24) placed on a key stand of 51 because the island nation achieved their goal with three overs to spare.
The left-handed Rajapaksa fell after his 19-ball knock however Nissanka stood agency and Hasaranga hit the profitable runs as Sri Lanka registered their fourth straight victory.
It was the Sri Lankan bowlers who started the staff’s domination as debutant quick bowler Pramod Madushan struck in his first over.
He despatched the in-form Mohammad Rizwan, who’s second to Virat Kohli within the event’s run-scoring charts, again to the pavilion for 14.
Chamika Karunaratne ended Fakhar Zaman‘s keep on 13 and Pakistan slipped additional when Hasaranga bowled Azam.
Babar, who has struggled within the event with scores of 10, 9, 14 and nought in his earlier innings, started with a pleasant straight drive for 4 however couldn’t produce a match-defining rating.
Pakistan saved shedding wickets and Hasaranga completed his spell with two successive wickets to flatten the Pakistan batting, which survived solely 19.1 overs regardless of a late cameo of 26 by Mohammad Nawaz.
Spinner Maheesh Theekshana and Madushan took two wickets every.
Pakistan quick bowlers additionally picked three early wickets to place Sri Lanka on the again foot earlier than Nissanka and the left-handed Rajapaksa put the chase again on observe.
Mohammad Hasnain gave the staff a dream begin when he obtained Kusal Mendis out for a first-ball duck on the second ball of the innings.
Fellow fast Haris Rauf obtained a wicket every in his first two overs to ship again Danushka Gunathilaka, for nought, and Dhananjaya de Silva, for 9.
Nissanka then obtained going with Rajapaksa and regardless of shedding his accomplice after a robust stand raised his seventh T20 fifty for Sri Lanka.
He was then joined by skipper Dasun Shanaka, who turned 31 on Friday and made 21 off 16 balls earlier than getting out to Hasnain.
Pre-tournament favourites India, who misplaced two of their three Super Four matches, crashed out after Afghanistan misplaced to Pakistan on Wednesday.
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