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Sri Lanka too good for Pakistan

SRI Lanka showed off the depth and versatility of its bowling yesterday when it beat Pakistan by 19 runs in their opening Twenty20 World Cup second round match at Lord's.

Defending a modest total of 150, Sri Lanka reduced Pakistan to 36 for three after six overs.

Pakistan captain Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq gave their side a flicker of hope with a composed partnership of 66 from 10 overs before the latter was caught for 21 at mid-wicket off Muttiah Muralitharan.

Shahid Afridi fell in identical fashion off the next ball and Younus' dismissal for 50 in the following over effectively ended Pakistan's hopes. They finished their 20 overs on 131 for nine.

Sri Lanka opened its bowling with Angelo Mathews and Nuwan Kulasekera before unveiling their big three of Malinga, Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis.

Mathews bowled Salman Butt for a duck with his third ball, finishing with a respectable one for 23 off his four overs. Malinga was the pick of the bowlers, taking three for 17.

Pakistan had made an awful start after losing the toss when Sohail Tanvir conceded 18 runs from an 11-ball over which contained three wides and two no-balls. Sanath Jayasuriya (26) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (46) prospered from some further erratic bowling by stroking 65 from the first six overs with Jayasuriya hitting the first six of the match.

Broad's actions

On Thursday, South Africa captain Graeme Smith asked the International Cricket Council to clarify whether England bowler Stuart Broad's actions are within the spirit of the game.

Halfway into his bowling run-up Broad has on several occasions looked away and pointed, which can break the batsman's concentration.

He repeated the gesture in Thursday's match at Trent Bridge, which South Africa won by seven wickets.

"We saw it happen from the dugout and obviously discussed it," Smith told reporters. "I don't know what the rules stipulate. The match referee and umpires need to discuss that."

"Whether it is in the spirit of the game is a tough one. Bowlers are trying to find different angles in terms of getting an edge but it's probably best we leave Stuart to answer that one (if it is fair). It needs clarifying," he added.

Jacques Kallis was named Man of the Match after scoring 57 not out from just 49 balls. Kallis' two for 20 from three overs also led to England recording its lowest Twenty20 total of 111.


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