GUANGZHOU: Skipper Khalid Latif smashed an unbeaten 53 off 42 balls as Pakistan won the cricket bronze medal at the Asian Games with a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Friday.
Latif, whose five one-day internationals made him the only capped player in his young team, hit four sixes and two fours to lift Pakistan past Sri Lankaâ€™s 135 all out with two overs to spare.
Three of those sixes came in one over from leg-spinner Malinga Bandara, boosting the total after Pakistan had lost four wickets for 85 runs.
Bilawal Bhatti returned unbeaten on a quickfire 24 off 14 balls that included the winning hit for a six off Nuwan Zoysa.
Pakistan made amends for the 22-run defeat in Thursdayâ€™s semi-final against Afghanistan, who take on Bangladesh in the final later on Friday.
Sri Lankaâ€™s total revolved around an opening stand of 53 in eight overs between Zoysa and Jeevantha Kulatunga.
Kulatunga top-scored with 31, while Zoysa, who played 30 Tests and 95 one-dayers primarily as a left-arm seamer, hit two fours and a six in a run-a-ball 24.
Dilshan Munaweeraâ€™s 28 carried Sri Lanka to 100-3 by the 15th over, before the last seven wickets crashed for 35 runs, four batsmen being run out.
Left-arm spinner Raza Hassan was Pakistanâ€™s best bowler with 2-19 from his four overs.