Umar Akmal carries Pakistan to consolation win

Pakistan 151 for 4 (Umar Akmal 48, Sarfraz 38) beat Sri Lanka 150 for 4 (Dilshan 75*, Chandimal 58, Irfan 2-18) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Tillakaratne Dilshan dominated the first half of the match scoring 50% of Sri Lanka’s total © AFP

The first ball of the match, Mohammad Amir struck Dinesh Chandimal’s pads with a late and quick inswinger, raising hopes of a contest. It panned out, however, into a dead rubber between two sides who made plenty of errors, with Pakistan chasing down 151 with six wickets in hand. The end was farcical, too, as Nuwan Kulasekara dropped a straightforward chance at mid-off from Shoaib Malik, to give away the winning run with four balls to spare.

Half the match was dominated by Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored 75 not out. For the third time in T20Is, Dilshan finished unbeaten after opening the innings, the first opening batsman to do so in the format. His score accounted for half of Sri Lanka’s total of 150 for 4, after he had survived a missed run-out opportunity and two dropped catches.

Pakistan timed their chase of 151 almost to perfection, despite losing Mohammad Hafeez early, helped along by cameos from Sharjeel Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed and Umar Akmal.

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Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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