Malinga's pace too hot for Pakistan
Sanath Jayasuriya, who was a silent spectator, was the first wicket to fall, dismissed by Shahid Afridi. The left-hander, who scored 26 from 24 deliveries, tried a wild sweep-slog against the leg-spinner but got a top edge which was taken at square leg.
Pakistan found Lasith Malinga's pace and swing too hot to handle as they went down to Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the Super Eights match of the ICC World Twenty20 at Lord's on Friday.
Image: Sanath Jayasuriya in action
Dilshan misses half-century
Sri Lanka got off to a flying start, Jayasuriya (26 from 24 deliveries) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (46 from 39 deliveries) put on 81 runs for the opening wicket in just 64 deliveries.
But leg-spinner Afridi pulled things back for Pakistan by taking two for 23 in four overs, including the wickets of both the openers.
Image: Tillakaratne Dilshan in action
Afridi puts brakes on Lanka's scoring
Image: Tillakaratne Dilshan is dismissed by Shahid Afridi
Pakistan fans make merry
Pakistani fans enjoy their time at the match.
Afridi had helped Pakistan pull back Sri Lanka slightly after that rampaging start, as he claimed two wickets for three runs in the space of six deliveries.
With the Pakistan spinners keep things tight, Sri Lanka went for around four overs without a single boundary to reach 91 for two after 12 overs.
Image: Pakistani fans enjoy during the matcn
Pakistan off to a bad start
Image: Opener Salman Butt was bowled by Angelo Matthews
A captain's knock
At the halfway stage, Pakistan were 59 for three and faced a stiff task of scoring 92 from the last ten overs.
Captain Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq looked to play it safe for the early part of their innings. Younis tried to get things moving with boundaries in consecutive overs off Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan.
Image: Younis Khan on his way to a half-century
Afridi fails when it matters
Image: Tillakaratne Dilshan celebrates after taking a catch to dismiss Shahid Afridi
Lasith Malinga's magic was in full show once again as he registered magnificent figures of three for 17 in four overs.
With three convincing victories in a row against three big teams, Sri Lanka must now fancy their chances of making it to the last four. Pakistan, meanwhile, have a big task on hand to make it to the semi-finals.
Image: Lasith Malinga in action