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Sri Lanka stay in the hunt with vital win

Sri Lanka kept alive their hopes of a place in the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals with a hard-fought 65 run victory over Bangladesh in Johannesburg.

Bangladesh's bowlers restricted Sri Lanka to just 147-5 in their 20 overs.

But their batsmen never looked likely of achieving their target from the moment they lost Mohammed Nazimuddin in the first over.

Man-of-the-match Dilhara Fernando finished with 2-21 as Bangladesh were bowled out for just 83.

Both sides went into the game needing a win and Bangladesh's bowlers were right on the mark from the start after winning the toss and electing to put Sri Lanka in.

Sri Lanka lost Sanath Jayasuriya for a first-ball duck when he was caught on the boundary by Mohammad Mahmudullah without scoring.

Upul Tharanga hit a brisk 23 but was removed during an inspired spell of bowling from left-arm paceman Syed Rasel, when an edge was caught between the legs of wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim.

Rahim twice missed the chance to remove skipper Mahela Jayawardene, who went on to add an unconvincing 30.

Sri Lanka's total was helped by a rapid sixth-wicket partnership of 51 in the last five overs from Jehan Mubarak and Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Chaminda Vaas struck an early blow for Sri Lanka when he trapped Nazimuddin lbw for a duck and Fernando then collected the scalps of Tamim Iqbal and Aftab Ahmed.

Vaas claimed his second wicket when Mohammad Ashraful found Dilshan after adding just four.

A combination of economic bowling and good fielding ensured Bangladesh never looked like reaching their target of 148.

Jayasuriya came on to remove Mahmud Ullah and then completed the win by having Abdur Razzak caught by wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara.

Sri Lanka's win ensures Pakistan one of the two semi-final berths from the group.

The winner between Australia and Sri Lanka in Cape Town on Thursday will take the other spot.

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