Jayasuriya fashions Sri Lankan victory

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PARTY TIME: The Sri Lankan squad celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the Canada Cup.
PARTY TIME: The Sri Lankan squad celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the Canada Cup.

Ajantha Mendis has Pakistan in a spin

TORONTO: Veteran Sanath Jayasuriya, with his trademark big-hitting, and newboy Ajantha Mendis, delving into his bag of bewildering spin tricks, led Sri Lanka to a five-wicket victory over Pakistan in the Canada Twenty20 final here on Monday.

Chasing 133 to win, Sri Lanka won with six balls to spare.

He may be pushing 40 years old but Jayasuriya (40 runs) showed little sign of ageing as he and fellow opener Mahela Udawatte (25) put on 66 in 6.6 overs. They took advantage off a wayward Pakistan attack with Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul being hit to all parts of the ground in front of 9,000 fans at King City.

Jayasuriya was particularly harsh on Akhtar, flicking the recalled quick for four in his first over and then pulling him for consecutive sixes over midwicket.

Desperate Pakistan turned to spin and Shahid Afridi dismissed Udawatte while Shoaib Malik accounted for Jayasuriya. But despite losing skipper Mahela Jayawardene for just five, Kaushalya Weeraratne (12) and Chamara Kapugedera (17 not out) saw Sri Lanka home.

Earlier Mendis, 16 years Jayasuriya’s junior, took three for 23 for a tournament total of 11 wickets as he put the brakes on the Pakistan middle order.

Opener Salman Butt top scored with 44 before he fell to Mendis who also accounted for Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal.

Zimbabwe trounced Canada by 109 runs to claim third place.

Zimbabwe had needed a bowl-out to beat the host in the group stage on Saturday but there was no repeat of that drama this time as the African side piled up 184 for five, the highest score of the tournament.

The scores: Pakistan 132 (Salman Butt 44, Misbah-ul-Haq 23, Mendis three for 23) lost to Sri Lanka 133 for five (S. Jayasuriya 40, M Udawatte 25) Shoaib Malik two for 17. — Agencies

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