16 Mar 2012

Pakistani cricketers beat Sri Lanka

7:42 am on 16 March 2012

Half-centuries by captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal and a lively spell of bowling from paceman Aizaz Cheema helped Pakistan to a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup in Dhaka.

Sri Lanka's defeat was their second in a row while Pakistan are now all but guaranteed a place in the final.

Misbah and Akmal shared a stand of 152 for the fourth wicket to lead Pakistan safely to their target in 39.5 overs after Cheema claimed four for 43 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for a mediocre 188.

India are set to join Pakistan in the final if they beat hosts Bangladesh today.