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Pathan brothers blast India to victory

AFP , COLOMBO

Brothers Irfan and Yusuf Pathan plundered 59 runs off 25 balls as world champions India posted a thrilling three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the one-off Twenty20 international match in Colombo on Tuesday.

India were struggling at 115-7 chasing a 172-run target before the Pathan duo steered their side home with four balls to spare in the first-ever Twenty20 game in Sri Lanka.

Yusuf, who had earlier taken two wickets with his off-spin, remained unbeaten with a 10-ball 22 with the help of two sixes and one four.

He was named man of the match for his all-round display.

His brother Irfan finished the match in fine style when he swung fast bowler Lasith Malinga over mid-wicket for six.

He cracked two sixes and as many fours in his 16-ball 33 not out.

Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan (61) earlier smashed a maiden half-century to help his side set a challenging target after being dropped in the opening over.

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