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Saturday, 02 June 2012 - 8:45
Perera and Matthews see SL through
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Sri Lanka threw their wickets away through reckless shots, conceded 17 runs through wides and about 10 through misfields, but thanks to Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews Sri Lanka still won by a whopping 37 runs.

It was an unremarkable night of cricket with most of the wickets owing neither to the bowling nor the pitch, but many will argue it's a trait that can be attributed to Twenty20 cricket in general.

At the top of the innings, having won the toss, three Sri Lankan batsmen used to Twenty20 cricket of late in the IPL, got themselves out in Sohail Tanvir's first three overs.

The remaining batsmen struggled to find balance between rebuilding and keeping the rate up.

Still, going into the break, Pakistan were the favourites but only for two balls.

Nuwan Kulasekara laughed his way to two wickets with short and wide deliveries.

The other Pakistani batsmen didn't find fluency at all as Pakistan confused all by not sending Umar Akmal in before No. 6.

The formalities were finished soon, with Perera fittingly taking the last wicket.

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