Pak men lay down arms before Lanka

Published: Friday, June 12, 2009, 21:58 [IST]
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Pak men lay down arms before Lanka

London: A good section of crowd was shouting aloud 'Pakistan Zindabad' in historic Lords stadium, but their batsmen failed to get inspiration from them as they collapsed to 19 run loss to Sri Lanka at Lords on Friday.

Chasing a modest target of 151, Pakistan could only manage 131/9 in their allotted 20 overs, falling short of 19 runs.

Pakistan captain Younis Khan (50) played a lone hand with the bat, there was no one to support him as wickets fell at regular intervals.

It was Malinga- Muralidharan combination that wrecked the Pakistan line up. Malinga finished with the figures of 3/15 and Muralitharan took 2 wickets for 28 runs.

Pakistan were off to a shocking start as they lost Salman Butt in the very first bowl of the innings which was bowled by Mathews. Pakistan lost 3 wickets for 35 runs.

Pakistan captain Younus Khan made 50 and put on 66 for the fourth wicket with Misbah-ul-Haq.

But match turned in Sri Lanka's way when Murali dismissed Misbah and danger man Afridi in two successive balls. Pakistan could never recover from that stage and could manage only 131 in their alloted 20 overs.

Earlier Pakistan spinners restricted Sri Lanka to 150/7 in their allotted twenty overs.

Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka were off to a great start as they scored 80 runs in first eight overs.

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