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Akmal blast secures Pakistan win

Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by 29 runs in the first of two Twenty20 clashes at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo.

After winning the toss, the visitors decided to bat and set a target of 175 for five, with Umar Akmal scoring 46 off just 24 balls.

Akmal hit three boundaries and as many sixes during an entertaining fourth-wicket stand of 81 with Shoaib Malik, who remained unbeaten on a 31-ball 46.

Ahmed Shehzad was the other notable contributor with 46 off 38 balls.

"It was a great team effort" - Shahid Afridi couldn't be happier after the T20I victory over Sri Lanka #SLvPak pic.twitter.com/xlMomZj9Vg — ICC (@ICC) July 30, 2015

Debutant left-arm seamer Binura Fernando went for 17 runs in the 16th over, but Sri Lanka's captain Lasith Malinga was the most expensive bowler, giving away 46 runs in his four overs.

In reply, the hosts could manage just 146 from their 20 overs - Sohail Tanvir taking three wickets while Milinda Siriwardana top-scored with 35.

Pakistan are looking to win the two-match series to complete a clean sweep in all forms of the game on the current tour, having clinched the Test series 2-1 and the one-dayers 3-2.