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Sri Lankans win

Dubai: Sri Lanka retained their status as the world’s top Twenty20 team by beating Pakistan by 24 runs in a thrilling finish to the second game in Dubai on Friday.

The win also levelled the two-match series at 1-1 after Pakistan won the first match by three wickets .

Kusal Perera hit a career best 59-ball 84 and spinner Sachitra Senanayake took three wickets in a match with full of runs and records.

The series draw kept Sri Lanka at No. 1 in the Twenty20 rankings, shattering Pakistan’s hopes of claiming the top spot in any form of the game for the first time.

Chasing a daunting 212-run target, Pakistan finished at 187 in 19.2 overs with Sharjeel Khan scoring 50 and Sohail Tanveer making 41.

Perera had been ably supported by Tillekaratne Dilshan (48) and Kumar Sangakkara (44 not out) as Sri Lanka posted an imperious 211-3 in 20 overs.

Pakistan fought valiantly, but they slumped from 83-3 to 85-7 in the space of just seven balls. They looked well set when Sharjeel brought up his 50 with two towering sixes off Seekkuge Prasanna but was bowled by the legspinner in the same over.