Afridi hits half-century in Sri Lanka T20
Jun 03 2012 - 17:17:08
Shahid Afridi smashed an unbeaten 52 off 33 balls to help Pakistan score a competitive 122-6 in the second and final Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Pakistan were struggling at 41-4 before all-rounder Afridi steadied the innings with a 68-run stand for the fifth wicket with Shoaib Malik, who hit three successive fours off leg-spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi in his 26-ball 27.
Afridi, who on Sunday became the first player to appear in 50 T20 internationals, hit one six and five fours in his fourth half-century.
Lokuarachchi bagged two of the first four wickets to reduce Pakistan to 41-4, removing skipper Mohammad Hafeez (24) and Umar Akmal (five) in his four-over spell.
Paceman Nuwan Kulasekera was the most impressive bowler, finishing with 2-13 off four tight overs.
Sri Lanka, who lead the series 1-0 following their 37-run victory in the opening match on Friday, rested skipper Mahela Jayawardene and paceman Lasith Malinga and brought in Isuru Udana and Chamara Kapugedera.
All-rounder Angelo Mathews led the hosts.
Pakistan made one change, replacing Umar Gul with Yasir Arafat.