Misbah-Ul-Haq played Captain’s knock and remained unbeaten on 48 runs off 38 balls with a six and three fours asPakistanwon the Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka.
The only T20 was played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on November 25, 2011.
The Lankan Lions set a target of 142 runs for victory to Pakistan on a placid wicket.
They started their innings with their regular openers Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat as Tillakaratne Dilshan tossed up the ball to Lasith Malinga.
Farhat was severe on the bowlers from the word go and smashed three fours to Malinga in his first over.
The duo produced 31 runs for the first wicket when Hafeez was adjudged leg before wicket off Thisara Perera on the last ball of the fourth over.
Hafeez lost his wicket after scoring 13 runs and Farhat followed him with the addition of just five runs in the total.
The young gun Umar Akmal added the worries forPakistanas he was dismissed without opening his account.
The third wicket was lost at 44 runs in 6.3 overs when Misbah-Ul-Haq came to the crease and joined Asad Shafiq.
They put their heads down, consolidated the innings with occasional boundaries every now and added 46 runs for the fourth wicket.
Asad lost his wicket after scoring 33 runs of even balls when Shahid Afridi entered on the field.
They shared a valuable partnership of 43 runs and Afridi contributed 22 runs off 15 balls which included two sixes in the 19th over.
Pakistanachieved the target on the third ball of the 19th over, thanks to an overthrow on the first ball of the 20th over.
Earlier Sri Lanka won the toss, elected to bat on a perfect batting wicket while the innings was opened by Upul Tharanga and Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Pakistan started attack with the seasoned Umar Gul who bowled two consecutive wide balls but recovered well by ending up the over while conceding just four runs.
Sohail Tanvir started off the over in the identical fashion following Gul by delivering two wides and was punished by Dilshan for 16 runs including two fours.
Tharanga took charge from the other end by rolling the ball twice over boundry and scored 10 runs off Gul.
Aizaz Cheema was given the charge of bowling in the fourth over and he bowled Tharanga on the second ball after he had scored 12 runs.
Young Dinesh Chandimal came in next, joined Dilshan and the tempo of scoring was lifted by the duo.
Sohail was punished again in the fifth over for 15 runs and fifty of the innings was achieved as well.
Misbah-Ul-Haq brought in magical off spinner Saeed Ajmal to control the game and he got the important wicket of Dilshan who was caught smartly at short midwicket by the skipper for 28 runs off 15 balls which included 4 fours.
The second wicket fell at 61 runs in 5.3 overs which was a good going for Sri Lanka when Kumar Sangakkara appeared on scene.
Sangakkara could not perform well and went back to the pavilion after scoring nine runs and Pakistan never looked back from there.
Chandimal showed some resistance to the lethal bowling attack of Pakistan by smashing 56 runs off 44 balls with 6 fours as the middle order and tail vanished, the whole Sri Lankan team was bowled out at 141 runs off 19.3 overs.
Cheema was the star performer for Pakistan by grabbing four wickets, Gul claimed two while Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez shared one wicket each.
Pakistan won the nail biter by five wickets with three balls to spare and Cheema was declared ‘Player of the match’.
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