Pakistan win over Sri Lanka send out warning with Cup win

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

February 26, 2011 (AFP) – Pakistan beat a powerful Sri Lankan side on Saturday for their second World Cup win, sending out an ominous statement of intent to their rivals as Bangalore geared up for the India-England showdown. A sell-out crowd of 35,000 packed the R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo to witness the much-anticipated Group A clash between 1992 winners Pakistan and 1996 champions Sri Lanka, who both enjoyed convincing opening victories.

Pakistan, seeking to keep intact their record of never having lost a World Cup match against Sri Lanka, made a bright start and were indebted to an unbeaten 83 from Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and 72 from Younis Khan.

Sri Lanka made a good start to their reply but slipped to 96 for four and fell behind the run-rate, finally coming up 11 runs short on 266-9,

“That was a big game and the boys all knew how big that game was,” said skipper Shahid Afridi, who picked up the man-of-the-match award for his 4-34.

“I think it’s a great message for other teams that we will come harder and harder game by game.”

Disappointed Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakarra said: “I think we made it a bit difficult for ourselves by losing wickets but we got a good start. We needed a coupl