Sri Lanka Ends on 139-4 Against Pakistan in Twenty20 Semifinal

Pakistan has a victory target of 140 runs after restricting host Sri Lanka to 139-4 in their semifinal at the World Twenty20 cricket tournament in Colombo.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat. Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan started quickly, combining for 63 before Jayawardene was caught by Raza Hasan off Shahid Afridi.

Pakistan, the 2009 champion, brought in Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal to bowl the last few overs to put pressure on the batsmen. The plan worked, keeping the Sri Lankans, who are trying for their first Twenty20 world title, off balance until the final over, which went for 16 runs.

The World Twenty20, generally held every two years, is the championship of the game’s shortest form. The winner of today’s match advances to the Oct. 7 final against the winner of tomorrow’s semifinal between West Indies and Australia.

The champions will pick up $1 million in prize money.

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