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Hosts take advantage thanks to Jayawardene

Sri Lanka hold a slight advantaged in their t20 World Cup semi final against Pakistan after they set their opponent’s a victory target of 140 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene led the way scoring 42 runs on a slow turning wicket to help the hosts record a total of 139-4 to leave Pakistan with a tricky run chase.

Jayawardene smashed seven boundaries during his 36 ball innings before he was dismissed by Shahid Afridi (1-28) in the 11th over to end his 63 run opening stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Dilshan (35) and Kumar Sangakkara () added a quick fire 21 in the space of two overs before Sangakkara was dismissed by Mohammad Hafeez (1-12) in the 13th over.

Despite the loss Dilshan and Jeevan Mendis (15) ensured Pakistan would face a tricky run chase on a turning wicket which will suit the likes of Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath.

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