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Wanindu Hasaranga help Sri Lanka win before final rehearsal

Wanindu Hasaranga help Sri Lanka win before final rehearsal

Wanindu Hasaranga help Sri Lanka win before final rehearsal

Wanindu Hasaranga help Sri Lanka win before final rehearsal

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  • Hasaranga help bowl out Pakistan for 121 in 19.1 overs.
  • Both teams have already booked their place in Sunday’s title clash.
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  • India crashed out after Afghanistan lost to Pakistan on Wednesday.

Wanindu Hasaranga drove Sri Lanka’s bowling charge to set a comfortable five-wicket victory over Pakistan on Friday.

In their dress rehearsal for the Asia Cup final.

The two teams have already booked their place in Sunday’s title conflict at the warm-up tournament to the Twenty20 World Cup in October-November.

Hasaranga returned figures of 3-21 with his leg-spin to help with bowling out Pakistan for 121 in 19.1 overs after they chose for field first in Dubai.

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Sri Lanka slipped to 29-3 in their chase before Pathum Nissanka (55 not out) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (24) put on a vital stand of 51 as the island nation achieved their target with three overs remaining.

The left-handed Rajapaksa fell after his 19-ball knock yet Nissanka stood firm and Hasaranga hit the winning runs as Sri Lanka enlisted their fourth consecutive victory.

It was the Sri Lankan bowlers who started the team’s domination as debutant quick bowler Pramod Madushan struck in his first over.

He sent the in-form Mohammad Rizwan, who is second to Virat Kohli in the tournament’s run-scoring charts, back to the dugout for 14.

Chamika Karunaratne finished Fakhar Zaman’s stay on 13 and Pakistan slipped further when Hasaranga bowled Azam.

Babar, who has battled in the tournament with scores of 10, 9, 14 and in his past innings, started with a brilliant straight drive for four yet couldn’t create a match-defining score.

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Pakistan continued to lose wickets and Hasaranga completed his spell with two successive wickets to level the Pakistan batting, which endure just 19.1 overs despite a late cameo of 26 by Mohammad Nawaz.

Spinner Maheesh Theekshana and Madushan took two wickets each.

Pakistan fast bowlers likewise picked three early wickets to put Sri Lanka on the back foot before Nissanka and the left-given Rajapaksa set the chase back on target.

Mohammad Hasnain gave the team a dream start when he got Kusal Mendis out for a first-ball duck on the second ball of the innings.

Fellow quick Haris Rauf got a wicket each in his first two overs to send back Danushka Gunathilaka, for nothing, and Dhananjaya de Silva, for nine.

Nissanka then kicked off Rajapaksa and regardless of losing his partner after a solid stand raised his seventh T20 fifty for Sri Lanka.

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He was then joined by captain Dasun Shanaka, who turned 31 on Friday and made 21 off 16 balls before getting out to Hasnain.

Pre-tournament favorites India, who lost two of their three Super Four matches, crashed out after Afghanistan lost to Pakistan on Wednesday.

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