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Asia beat Africa by six wickets in Twenty20 match

AFP , BANGALORE, INDIA

Asian cricketer Santhakumaran Sreesanth, left, gestures after taking the wicket of African Loots Bosman, right, in the Twenty20 match of the Afro-Asia Cup at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, India, on Tuesday.

PHOTO: AFP

Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an unbeaten 47 to guide Asia XI to a six-wicket victory over Africa XI in the one-off Twenty20 cricket match here on Tuesday.

The Asian team were struggling at 34-3 before surpassing their opponents' modest total of 109-8 with more than four overs to spare in the day-night game on a seamer-friendly pitch.

Bangladeshi teenager Tamim Iqbal smashed a 22-ball 30 before middle-order batsman Dilshan steered his team home with a 49-run stand for the fifth wicket with skipper Shoaib Malik (14 not out).

Left-handed opener Iqbal, 18, hit one six and three fours, while Dilshan struck one six and six fours in his 36-ball knock.

Kenyan seamer Nehemiah Odhiambo had jolted the Asian side with two wickets in his lively opening spell.

Opener Loots Bosman top-scored with 52 for Africa XI, who had been put in to bat on a track with pace and bounce. The South African struck three sixes and as many fours in his 55-ball knock.

South African Gulam Bodi (12) was the other batsman to reach double-figures.

Bangladeshi seamer Mashrafe Mortaza was the most impressive bowler with 2-17 off four overs. Indian paceman Shanthakumaran Sreesanth also grabbed two wickets.

The three-match Afro-Asia Cup started here yesterday, with the last two day-night games to be held in Chennai on Saturday and Sunday.

Brief scores:

* Africa XI 109-8 in 20 overs (Loots Bosman 52, Gulam Bodi 12; Mashrafe Mortaza 2-17, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth 2-26).

* Asia XI 110-4 in 15.5 overs (Tillakaratne Dilshan 47 not out, Tamim Iqbal 30, Shoaib Malik 14 not out; Nehemiah Odhiambo 2-21).

Result: Asia XI win by six wickets.

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