Result: Pakistan fall 25 short in steep run chase against Sri Lanka

Result: Pakistan fall 25 short in steep run chase
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Sri Lanka level the T20 series with Pakistan at one game apiece as Kusal Perera's 84 helps them secure a 24-run victory over the Men in Green in Dubai.

Some big hitting from Pakistan's tail was not enough for them to chase down 212 as Sri Lanka levelled up the Twenty20 series with a 24-run victory at Dubai on Friday.

Pakistan were reduced to 121-8 and always seemed likely to fall short of their steep target, although a 63-run partnership between Sohail Tanvir and Saeed Ajmal gave Sri Lanka a brief scare.

A century opening stand between Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan was ended when Ajmal had the latter caught by Umar Amin for 48, but the platform for a big total had already been set.

Both Seekkuge Prasana [21] and wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara [44 not out] scored at better than a strike rate of 200, as Perera, who top scored with 84 from 59 balls, continued to anchor the innings.

When he was ran out on the final ball, Sri Lanka had amassed 211 and four of the six bowlers used by Pakistan had gone at over 10 runs an over, with Ajmal and Tanvir the pair that avoided a bludgeoning.

They were left with it all to do with the bat, too, after the Men in Green collapsed to 85-7, with only Sharjeel Khan [50] contributing out of the top eight, three of which were dismissed for ducks.

Tanvir went on the attack and surprised Sri Lanka with an explosive knock of 41 from 26 balls, while Ajmal also smashed a quickfire 20 to take Pakistan to within 30 with two overs remaining.

However, death-bowling specialist Lasith Malinga kept things tight and had Tanvir caught to effectively end the contest in the 19th over, with Nuwan Kulasekara claiming the final wicket to dismiss Pakistan for 187.

Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan plays a shot during the third and final Twenty20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium in the southern district of Hambantota on August 6,
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