Anwar, Afridi pull off stunning heist

Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Colombo
Anwar Ali struck in the third over to remove Tillakaratne Dilshan after Sri Lanka elected to bat in the second T20 in Colombo© Associated Press
© Associated PressAnwar Ali struck in the third over to remove Tillakaratne Dilshan after Sri Lanka elected to bat in the second T20 in Colombo
Shoaib Malik dismissed Kusal Perera in the next over to reduce Sri Lanka to 32 for 2© AFP
© AFPShoaib Malik dismissed Kusal Perera in the next over to reduce Sri Lanka to 32 for 2
Dhananjaya de Silva was then bowled by Shahid Afridi in the ninth over after he put on 29 runs with Shehan Jayasuriya© AFP
© AFPDhananjaya de Silva was then bowled by Shahid Afridi in the ninth over after he put on 29 runs with Shehan Jayasuriya
Malik dented Sri Lanka further by having Thisara Perera stumped in the next over to pick up his second wicket and Sri Lanka were struggling on 64 for 4© AFP
© AFPMalik dented Sri Lanka further by having Thisara Perera stumped in the next over to pick up his second wicket and Sri Lanka were struggling on 64 for 4
Debutant Jayasuriya, however, batted positively to make 40 off 32 balls© AFP
© AFPDebutant Jayasuriya, however, batted positively to make 40 off 32 balls

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Jayasuriya's knock is the third-highest debut score in T20Is by a Sri Lankan

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Number of Sri Lanka cricketers in the XI that have played two T20 internationals or fewer
After Jayasuriya's dismissal in the 13th over, Chamara Kapugedera lifted his team by putting on 55 off 34 balls with Milinda Siriwardana. Kapugedera was unbeaten on 48 off 25 balls as Sri Lanka finished on 172 for 7© AFP
© AFPAfter Jayasuriya's dismissal in the 13th over, Chamara Kapugedera lifted his team by putting on 55 off 34 balls with Milinda Siriwardana. Kapugedera was unbeaten on 48 off 25 balls as Sri Lanka finished on 172 for 7
Pakistan were off to a poor start with Ahmed Shehzad bowled by Binura Fernando in the third over© AFP
© AFPPakistan were off to a poor start with Ahmed Shehzad bowled by Binura Fernando in the third over
Three balls later, Binura dismissed the other opener, Mukhtar Ahmed, Pakistan slumping to 16 for 2© AFP
© AFPThree balls later, Binura dismissed the other opener, Mukhtar Ahmed, Pakistan slumping to 16 for 2
Pakistan slipped further as they lost Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal inside seven overs© AFP
© AFPPakistan slipped further as they lost Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal inside seven overs
Milinda Siriwardana sent back Shoaib Malik three balls later to leave Pakistan tottering on 40 for 5© AFP
© AFPMilinda Siriwardana sent back Shoaib Malik three balls later to leave Pakistan tottering on 40 for 5
However, Shahid Afrid and Mohammad Rizwan revived Pakistan with a 61-run stand in 6.1 overs© AFP
© AFPHowever, Shahid Afrid and Mohammad Rizwan revived Pakistan with a 61-run stand in 6.1 overs

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This was Pakistan's first one-wicket win in T20 internationals

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First time Afridi struck more than three sixes in a T20I innings

Both were dismissed in successive overs with Pakistan still needing more than 60 runs© AFP
© AFPBoth were dismissed in successive overs with Pakistan still needing more than 60 runs
But, Anwar Ali and Imad Wasim ensured Pakistan had the last laugh, with a 58-run partnership in 4.3 overs for the eighth wicket. Despite Anwar and Sohail Tanvir being dismissed in the 19th over, Wasim got Pakistan over the line, launching Binura over the rope at long-on© AFP
© AFPBut, Anwar Ali and Imad Wasim ensured Pakistan had the last laugh, with a 58-run partnership in 4.3 overs for the eighth wicket. Despite Anwar and Sohail Tanvir being dismissed in the 19th over, Wasim got Pakistan over the line, launching Binura over the rope at long-on

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  • Sid Abbas on August 2, 2015, 23:30 GMT

    Enjoyed it a lot nobody was giving an inch and pakistan was the last man standing

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2015, 19:08 GMT

    It could have been anybody's game but brilliant effort by team Pakistan. Afridi did show some cricket is still left in him. But Akmal!!!!!!. His 46 in 1st T20 was just a remote work one would have hardly expected from him. But you will see he is going to get further chances just on this 'merit'. I really feel very sorry for Sri Lanka and particularly for Malinga.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2015, 19:02 GMT

    Well that Sirilankan bowler who was mocking Afridi must be feeling like shit. That's a lesson for you kiddo, Nothing is over till last ball.

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2015, 18:12 GMT

    Brilliant T20 match to watch. Both teams tried extremely hard to get to the edge.. right till the end.

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