Anwar Ali dismissed Kusal Perera in the first over. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 29 runs in the first T20 of the two-match series in Colombo on Thursday.

After bagging the Test and ODI series, Shahid Afridi was under pressure to deliver in the T20s for the Pakistan but he took the responsibility equally well.

After winning the toss, Afridi decided to bat first. Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik said aye to his cause and scored 46 runs each to push Pakistan to the capatain’s desired total of 175 runs. Sri Lanka, in their chase, lost wickets from the start and could not find the momentum to chase the 176-run target.