Sri Lanka beat Pakistan, reach World Twenty20 final

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 04, 2012 17:20 hrs

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 16 runs in the first semi-final of the World Twenty20 at the R Premadasa Stadium on Thursday.

The hosts posted 139 for four wickets and then returned to restrict Pakistan to 123 for seven to book a place in Sunday's final where they will meet either Australia or West Indies.

For Sri Lanka, Rangana Herath (3-25), Ajantha Mendis (2-27) and Angelo Mathews (2-27) shone with the ball to defend a modest total.

Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka could not make the most of a strong start provided by skipper Mahela Jayawardene (42) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (35) but still posted a competitive score on a turning track.

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