SL into WT20 finals

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Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 16 runs in the first semi-final of the World T20 2012 at the R Premadasa Stadium, a short while ago.

Pakistan chasing 140 to win, were restricted to 123 for the loss of 7 wickets in their 20 overs.

Rangana Herath was the best of the bowlers taking 3 for 25 in his four overs.

Scores:  Sri Lanka 139-4 in 20 overs (Mahela Jayawardene 42, Tillakaratne Dilshan 35) v Pakistan 123-7 in 20 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 42; Rangana Herath 3-25, Angelo Mathews 2-27, Ajantha Mendis 2-27).

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  • Rahmathullah Thursday, 04 October 2012 07:32 PM

    This time we will win!

    SL Friday, 05 October 2012 05:32 AM

    Dillip
    we wonder how we are still alive after daily suicide attacks from your LTTE brothers.now at least we can travel in a buses with no fear for our life.
    when LTTE was there many countries did not want to play world cup in 1996.
    we do not see any value in you guys seeking asylums in Europe by faking the facts.

    Nobee Perera Friday, 05 October 2012 05:34 AM

    Now we can tell to India collect one Rupee it will come one billion Rupees (Indian Population now one billion) Sri Lanka will play cricket in Moon also. Very short time Sri Lanka cricketers showed to world with too many records.

    wazeen Althaf Friday, 05 October 2012 05:35 AM

    Best of luck Mahela & Co..........................................
    Mahela. Sanga & Dilshan need a world cup under their belt before they end their cricket career.

    Gam Pappa Thursday, 04 October 2012 07:53 PM

    This is the fourth time that we are in a World cup final.

    We are known as Best Runners Up team.

    R.Premadasa Friday, 05 October 2012 05:37 AM

    Ruwan,The game plan was to get fruns from one side of the wicket and to protect wickets being falling from other side as it was a very difficult wicket to bat on.Dilly was asked to do the same and he did it.The real issue was the sending of Mendis ahead of Thisara when we had scored 100 in 15 overs.And to make things worse, poor fielding by Malinga.If we used the wickets that were protected by Dilly efectively, we would have reached 150 easily.

    N. Perera Friday, 05 October 2012 05:39 AM

    Sri Lanka and other cricket nations playing cricket with the help of ball and bat where as India playing with the help of news papers, TVs and media. World's best decent cricketers, Sri Lanka. Billions of Rupees India spending for cricketers.

    wazz Friday, 05 October 2012 05:40 AM

    Sri Lanka proved that they qualified to semi finals by playing excellent cricket and not by fluke by ousting a great team like Pakistan specially defending 139. If india would have been in the same situation, it would have been a cake walk for Pakistan.

    Ihsan Malik Thursday, 04 October 2012 08:55 PM

    well done Sri lankan brothers......, Many many Congratulations to all of you.
    .
    Ihsan Malik
    from Pakistan

    Herath Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:03 PM

    Lions will go to jungle soon

    Thomas the Engine Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:43 PM

    Malinga - your job for the next two days - how to get under the high ball, focussing on good fielding. No worries about bowling!

    shaib Friday, 05 October 2012 11:40 AM

    Well done boys.Great job.These boys made every srilankan smile.
    Not the politicians.

    God luck for the Final.We will win.

    Manik Thursday, 04 October 2012 10:35 PM

    Congratulations for the team and best of luck for citizens. Citizens watch the prices.

    Nandalala Fernando Thursday, 04 October 2012 11:05 PM

    Welcome Sri Lankan victory.Creat image for our Nation by Cricket Team in Internationally.

    Aney Machang Friday, 05 October 2012 12:06 PM

    I am moved by the number of messages posted by Pakistanis praising SL and also wishing the SL team to win the WC title, inspite of their defeat. Great friendship between two nations that suffered alot at the hands of terrorism.
    We welcome the Pakistanis to play cricket here, very talented Pakistanis.

    Saman Thursday, 04 October 2012 11:50 PM

    Get ready to party hard people on Sunday and stay home on Monday. Let us dance to the Gangnam Style.

    Anver Friday, 05 October 2012 12:04 AM

    GREAT JOB BY TEAM SRI LANKA - SURE THEY WILL DO BETTER IN THE FINALS!

    Siri Friday, 05 October 2012 06:34 AM

    definitely we can win the final also, if these politcians hand off from our team.

    Pittuwa Friday, 05 October 2012 12:45 AM

    Handwork and smart moves ..the cup will be ours

    Cobra Friday, 05 October 2012 12:44 AM

    Like I said it doesn't matter if it is Sanga or Mahela, Sri Lanka is in good hands. As Warne had predicted we are in the finals.Well done guys and best of luck.

    MagodisThuma Friday, 05 October 2012 12:48 AM

    Beware of Malinga !

    farook Friday, 05 October 2012 07:02 AM

    BOYS ALL THE BEST FOR THE FINALS

    OUR BEST WISHES

    Kishan Friday, 05 October 2012 07:03 AM

    moda katha kiyanda epa ban

    Kishan Friday, 05 October 2012 07:06 AM

    A kind request to the H.E. Mr .President and the ministers,

    Sir, please DO NOT to come to witness the final. It is a fact that whenever you go to watch a final where SL plays, our boys lose.
    2007 WC final,
    2011 WC final

    If you wanna support our boys, staying out of the RP stadium on Sunday is the best support you can give. Thank you.

    AJI Friday, 05 October 2012 01:04 PM

    We also love Pakisthan. This is just a game only.

    Sanga Friday, 05 October 2012 07:13 AM

    That's because we bought the Indian dominated ICC :-)

    Do you want anything else served?

    Dilu Friday, 05 October 2012 07:32 AM

    great win.. well done guys !!!!, but doubt very much passion and committment of malinga and dilshan of such a important match given their questionable attitudes and history... may be they prefer big money IPL instead of the country,

    neo Friday, 05 October 2012 01:50 AM

    Well done Boys! Keep your cool and win the game for your Country! You have the Best Team! A better fielding display needed. Mahela, please put your best fielders in catching areas and do not put pressure on our strike bowler. Promote fast scoring batsman if the need arises and take the pressure off the spectators!!!!!!!All the best and the Cup is ours!

    shan Friday, 05 October 2012 02:15 AM

    congrats to the team for a good performance. Its too early to celebrate...... lets hold on for one more game and them release the lion in YOU....................best wishes for the final.

    on a different note, the pitch was not fair for both teams, the pallekella pitch was excellent. I hope the curator will do some justice for the finals, coz if not we might be at the receiving end!!!!!!

    Asaranakolla Friday, 05 October 2012 02:17 AM

    Malinga has become bit lazy in fielding, kollage badath dala now...

    waz Friday, 05 October 2012 07:54 AM

    Thank you Bhai!

    Poor Citizen Friday, 05 October 2012 02:27 AM

    True, ordinary Sri Lankans have nothing else to be happy. Why not be happy with the world cup.

    As a Pakistani Friday, 05 October 2012 08:01 AM

    Srilanka Play better than us and won the match; Insha allah srilanka will get champions title this time.
    We love sri lanka always.

    From Pakistan

    Ruwan Friday, 05 October 2012 02:40 AM

    I thought dilshan almost cost us the game. by looking at the way mahela & sanga batted i thought it was a 160 pitch. but when dilshan struggles (35 of 43-only 2 fours) i realized it was all about class.anyway mahela's master class proved 140 is more than enough.Good Luck Srilanka.

    p.s don't blame the curators.with so much cricket being played in 3-4 squares, it is difficult to provide fresh wickets with more carry..hope he will do some justice for these critics in the finals.

    mail_guy Friday, 05 October 2012 03:07 AM

    Congrats Lions! You deserve to lift the trophy. @Pakistani fans: You played some competitive cricket throughout the tournament. Thanks for all the support! @Indian fans: Before coming to this T20 WC India had consecutively lost their last 6 super8 matches in T20 WC they had played. India were ranked 7th before starting this T20 WC and India had always been below SL and Pakistan in terms of T20 rankings during last 2 years. So you deserve to go home earlier. If India lost WC finals 2011 Dhoni would be still talking about dew in finals.

    Citizen Friday, 05 October 2012 08:45 AM

    i have no doubt, you have no balls

    Sadam....Pakistan Friday, 05 October 2012 03:25 AM

    Sri Lanka......Please take back the T-20 world cup to Asia.
    Best of luck.........................for the finals.

    anam Friday, 05 October 2012 03:25 AM

    Wow! What a performance by our Sri Lankan team! Real nail biting moments and very pleased to see, we went to finals! Boys lets cheer up our guys and make them bring the trophy for us! Proud to be Sri Lankans!

    Sandu Friday, 05 October 2012 05:28 PM

    Government is distracting the people with this crickets, people also let them fool. Miracle of Asia

    Sandu Friday, 05 October 2012 05:34 PM

    This country will never come up, Until this cricket mania is thwarted

    RAN Friday, 05 October 2012 03:37 AM

    Congratulations the team and take T20 cup to Sri Lanka

    razak ul hak Friday, 05 October 2012 03:55 AM

    poor umparing change the game in to sri lanka's favor, otherwise you cannot defeat pakistan..it is impossible...insha allaha we will come back...if you check afridi's wicket, i have a doubt of a no ball.

    matara man Friday, 05 October 2012 09:29 AM

    We will be winnig on Sunday Night, no doubt, but my dear countrymen Please be ready to bear up Fuel Price Hike on Monday morning follows by Bread and Milk Powder goes up .

    Sammy Friday, 05 October 2012 04:05 AM

    Sri Lanka played as a team throughout the tournament, with many team members contributing to the success whereas many other teams depended on the performance of certain individual players for victory. Congrats and best wishes for the finals!

    Dinithi Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:05 PM

    This time we will win the final as well. No doubt!!

    Saman Friday, 05 October 2012 09:33 AM

    Sri Lanka lost the finals because they were outplayed by their opponents on that day. It has nothing to do with the politicians.
    It is sad that your puny mind doesn't have the capacity to comprehend that.

    Ahmedh Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:16 PM

    we are in form ... we will beat who ever comes to finals...... !!! we LIONS done it....!!!!

    AMG Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:21 PM

    Well done boys and i am really proud of you !!!!!!!! Politicians, gamblers, crooks please leave them alone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ira Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:19 PM

    well! fielding coach has to teach players how to catch.

    Mohomed Aarun Friday, 05 October 2012 04:15 AM

    Stop complaining like a baby who lost a lolipop.. It was all fine... No doubt it was a tough match, where both teams found it difficult to score runs and the matter was about who fielded the best. Learn to enoy true matches, if its abt match fixing or other gimix its ur Paki s who are famous for it, not SL.
    WEL DONE SL!

    Anura Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:20 PM

    congratulation lions go same like final also

    Musnad Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:20 PM

    NO complacency please till you take the cup

    Ruwan Friday, 05 October 2012 04:16 AM

    Herath balling a front foot no ball??? u must be kidding. (even u know if nots that ball, another ball will do for Afridi. Its just a matter of time.

    RoshiJ Friday, 05 October 2012 10:13 AM

    we love Pakistan too. It would have been fun if Pakistan and Sri Lanka didn't have to play against each other at the sem finals... but the finals.

    Zulfikar Ahmed Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:28 PM

    Well done Guys keep the same moral I am sure we can make it...

    Gim Pappa Friday, 05 October 2012 10:21 AM

    Youv are mad or are you mad?

    kapa ta pissu Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:34 PM

    Malinga had an off day..its ok boy..it happens..now try n give your best on Sunday. you are one of our best..we can't win without u..

    Andrezja Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:38 PM

    Fantastic job by the team. Hope politicians don't make use of this opportunity and raise more prices

    DHA Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:43 PM

    Doesn't this team more look like the 1996 world cup winning team.....Go Lions Go.....its time to hunt......

    Mohan Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:47 PM

    Great game Mahela and the Lions who deserve all our respect. We fans are with you.

    john Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:45 PM

    well done lions !! Good job

    Dilip Friday, 05 October 2012 04:37 AM

    I wonder how Sri Lanka is allowed to Host WT20 Cricket after all the Human Issues. Those days South Africa was banned and later Zimbabwe but not Sri Lanka.

    waz Thursday, 04 October 2012 05:50 PM

    Sri Lanka Zindhabath!

    Dilshan malli Thursday, 04 October 2012 06:02 PM

    Well done Sri Lanka.Please allow the general public who are facing hardships enjoy.

    Kondebendapucheena Friday, 05 October 2012 04:54 AM

    Mahela you are the man who should lead Country for next WC

    Arun_Studbull Friday, 05 October 2012 10:43 AM

    haha... Problem???

    Sanath Thursday, 04 October 2012 06:23 PM

    Congratulations Mahela et al. Your captaincy including team selection has been spot on! Please improve on the fielding for Sunday's final

    Pakistan Friday, 05 October 2012 04:58 AM

    Insha allha Sri Lanka will win....we as a Muslim nation we will pray for you guys...all the best...

    sasi Thursday, 04 October 2012 06:43 PM

    hurray!! api dinna...!!

    harin Thursday, 04 October 2012 06:48 PM

    great captaincy by Mahela paved the way to another world cup final. 1996 Lahore,2007 Carribiean,2009 Lords and 2011 Mumbai is history now. Mahela and Guys you'l have job in the hands now.

    osama Thursday, 04 October 2012 06:56 PM

    congratulation SriLanka (from Pakistan). well played , truly deserving victory. wish you best of luck for lifting trophy....

    Azmi Friday, 05 October 2012 10:54 AM

    Congratulations Lankans


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