Hosts Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 16 runs on Thursday to reach the World Twenty20 final in Colombo.

Sri Lanka, restricted to 139-4 after electing to bat, hit back to keep Pakistan down to 123-7 in a thrilling semi-final before 35,000 fans at the Premadasa stadium. -Photos by agencies

A Sri Lankan cricket fan stands on a fence as he waits to buy a ticket. -Photo by AFP
A Sri Lankan cricket fan stands on a fence as he waits to buy a ticket. -Photo by AFP
A fan holds out his ticket for the semi-final between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. -Photo by AFP
A fan holds out his ticket for the semi-final between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lankan police hold a gate as cricket fans wait to buy tickets for the semi-final between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lankan police hold a gate as cricket fans wait to buy tickets for the semi-final between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lankan police speak to cricket fans waiting to buy tickets. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lankan police speak to cricket fans waiting to buy tickets. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lanka fans cheer for their team before the start of the match. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lanka fans cheer for their team before the start of the match. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene plays a shot. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene plays a shot. -Photo by AFP
Sohail Tanvir, left, gestures to his teammate after Sri Lanka
Sohail Tanvir, left, gestures to his teammate after Sri Lanka's captain Mahela Jayawardene, right, hit a boundary on his delivery. -Photo by AP
A man waves a Pakistan flag during the match. -Photo by AFP
A man waves a Pakistan flag during the match. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan, right, plays a shot as Pakistan's wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal watches. -Photo by AP
Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene (L) and teammate Tillakaratne Dilshan (R) run between the wickets. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene (L) and teammate Tillakaratne Dilshan (R) run between the wickets. -Photo by AFP
The Pakistan team line up and listen to their national anthem before the start of the match. -Photo by AFP
The Pakistan team line up and listen to their national anthem before the start of the match. -Photo by AFP
Shahid Afridi reacts after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawerdene. -Photo by AFP
Shahid Afridi reacts after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawerdene. -Photo by AFP
Jeevan Mendis plays a shot. -Photo by AFP
Jeevan Mendis plays a shot. -Photo by AFP
Pakistan cricketer Umar Gul celebrates after he dismissed Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan. -Photo by AFP
Pakistan cricketer Umar Gul celebrates after he dismissed Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, left, attempts to run-out Pakistan's captain Mohammad Hafeez. -Photo by AP
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's bowler Lasith Malinga, right, appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of Pakistan's batsman Imran Nazir. -Photo by AP
Ajantha Mendis (C) celebrates with teammates after he dismissed Pakistan batsman Imran Nazir. -Photo by AFP
Ajantha Mendis (C) celebrates with teammates after he dismissed Pakistan batsman Imran Nazir. -Photo by AFP
Angelo Mathews (L) celebrates with teammate Ajantha Mendis (C) after he dismissed Pakistan batsman Kamran Akmal. -Photo by AFP
Angelo Mathews (L) celebrates with teammate Ajantha Mendis (C) after he dismissed Pakistan batsman Kamran Akmal. -Photo by AFP
Lasith Malinga drops a catch. -Photo by AFP
Lasith Malinga drops a catch. -Photo by AFP
Pakistan
Pakistan's Shoaib Malik (L) is bowled out by Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath. -Photo by Reuters
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene celebrates his team
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene celebrates his team's victory. -Photo by AFP
Umar Akmal reacts after he missed the chance to hit a boundary. -Photo by AP
Umar Akmal reacts after he missed the chance to hit a boundary. -Photo by AP
Sri Lanka cricketers Nuwan Kulasekara (R) and Angelo Mathews celebrate after beating Pakistan. -Photo by AFP
Sri Lanka cricketers Nuwan Kulasekara (R) and Angelo Mathews celebrate after beating Pakistan. -Photo by AFP

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Gerry D'Cunha
Oct 05, 2012 09:54am
when one brags and boost too much and under estimate his opponent - the result is in front of us
Mohammad Ashraf
Oct 05, 2012 04:50am
Pakistan Lost the semi-final of T-20 mainly due to the poor batting of our openers. If they had not failed in scoring agressively during the first 6 overs, the outcome could be different. The blame has to be put on irresponsible batting of Hafeez and his immeture captonship. M. Ashraf, Winniipeg