KOLKATA – Pakistan limbered up for the ICC World Twenty20 2016 with a 15-run win against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday, ICC reported.
Opting to bat first, Pakistan made 157 for 5 from its 20-over quota with Mohammad Hafeez coming through with a 49-ball 70. In response, for Sri Lanka, Dinesh Chandimal (30) and Lahiru Thirimanne (45) spent some time in the middle, but Imad Wasim, the left-arm spinner, scalped them both and finished with two more to return figures of 4-0-25-4.
Wasim’s spell, aided by Mohammad Irfan’s stingy 2-18 from four overs, helped Pakistan reduce Sri Lanka to 142 for 9. Pakistan face Bangladesh in what will be an intense opener at the same venue on March 16, while Sri Lanka takes on Afghanistan on March 17.