Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 16 runs in a low scoring Semi Final at the Premadasa Stadium to enter into the Finals of the ICC World T20 2012! It is the second time that Sri Lanka have made it to the World T20 Final.
Another Indian tour of Sri Lanka is all set to get underway. And, like always, there is hardly anything to pick between the two teams. India and Sri Lanka have played each other so often in the last couple of years that the players from the two teams know each other inside out.
Sri Lanka won their first Test series since 2009, and also their first since the retirement of the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan following the much expected draw at Pallekele, with rain playing spoilsport again.
Rangana Herath’s late blows brought Sri Lanka strongly back in the Pallakele Test as Pakistan ended Day 4 on a disappointing note with a lead of 188 runs with just two wickets in hand. This was despite a century from Azhar Ali and half centuries from Hafeez and Asad Shafiq.
Pakistan hold a definite advantage in the Pallekele Test after reducing Sri Lanka to 44 for 3 by the close of Day 1. It was a strong fightback from the Pakistanis led by left arm quick Junaid Khan after the visitors were bundled out for 226.
Sri Lanka have rested left-arm spinner Rangana Herath for the remaining three ODIs against Pakistan. It is believed that Herath needed the rest following a recently done knee operation. The left-arm spinner is expected to be a crucial factor in the Sri Lankan team in the upcoming Test Series against Pakistan.