Sri Lanka in Pakistan, 3 T20I Series, 2019

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka - 1st T20I

Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Date & Time: 05 October 2019

Pakistan 101/10

RR: 5.71 | Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 64 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Babar Azam c Minod Bhanuka (W) & b Nuwan Pradeepc Minod Bhanuka (W) & b Nuwan Pradeep131020
Ahmed Shehzad bowled Isuru Udanabowled Isuru Udana4900
Umar Akmal lbw Nuwan Pradeeplbw Nuwan Pradeep0100
Sarfaraz Ahmed bowled Wanindu Hasarangabowled Wanindu Hasaranga243010
Iftikhar Ahmed run out run out 252420
Asif Ali c Danushka Gunathilaka & b Wanindu Hasarangac Danushka Gunathilaka & b Wanindu Hasaranga61000
Imad Wasim c Wanindu Hasaranga & b Kasun Rajithac Wanindu Hasaranga & b Kasun Rajitha7510
Faheem Ashraf c Danushka Gunathilaka & b Nuwan Pradeepc Danushka Gunathilaka & b Nuwan Pradeep8810
Shadab Khan c Avishka Fernando & b Isuru Udanac Avishka Fernando & b Isuru Udana6710
Mohammad Amir c Danushka Gunathilaka & b Isuru Udanac Danushka Gunathilaka & b Isuru Udana1200
Mohammad Hasnain not out not out 0000
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 5, w 2, nb 0)
Total 101 (10 Wkts, 17.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
13-1 (Babar Azam,1.5), 13-2 (Umar Akmal,2), 22-3 (Ahmed Shehzad,4.2), 68-4 (Iftikhar Ahmed,11.3), 76-5 (Sarfaraz Ahmed,13.2), 85-6 (Imad Wasim,14.4), 87-7 (Asif Ali,15.2), 96-8 (Faheem Ashraf,16.4), 101-9 (Shadab Khan,17.3), 101-10 (Mohammad Amir,17.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Kasun Rajitha4 0 20 1 5.00
Nuwan Pradeep3 0 21 3 7.00
Isuru Udana2.4 0 11 3 4.58
Wanindu Hasaranga4 0 20 2 5.00
Lakshan Sandakan4 0 24 0 6.00
Danushka Gunathilaka0 0 0 0 0
Avishka Fernando0 0 0 0 0
Shehan Jayasuriya0 0 0 0 0
Bhanuka Rajapaksa0 0 0 0 0
Minod Bhanuka 0 0 0 0 0
Dasun Shanaka 0 0 0 0 0

Right then. The T20I series sees a 1-0 lead but in favour of Sri Lanka. Is this a sign of things to come or were Pakistan just caught napping on the night? Only time will tell in a couple of days' time as the second T20I is not that far. It will be played on Monday, 7th October, 2019 at 6.30 pm local (1330 GMT) at this very venue. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious Sri Lankan skipper, Dasun Shanaka, says that it is a great achievement without their top guns. On their self belief, Dasun says that everyone believed in themselves and credits the openers for setting up a great platform.

Pakistan captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed, says that no team in the world is weak in T20Is and credits Sri Lanka for playing better cricket. On being probed further, Ahmed says that Sri Lanka's bowling in the Powerplay hurt his side and praises them for bowling well with the dew. On the team selection, Sarfaraz says that it was made based on some domestic performances and believes that they will bounce back in the next game. Believes that they are number 1 because of their ability to bowl sides out which did not happen here - but is quick to say that the bowlers came back hard, to restrict the Lankans under 170. Believes that the world will witness a better effort in the second match.

DANUSHKA GUNATHILAKA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. He says that it was a great win. Feels that his team did well in the ODIs too and got some confidence from the last game. On the excellent opening stand, Danushka says that the pre-match talk was to get a good beginning and credits Avishka Fernando for taking the attack to the opposition. Observes that this team is basically inexperienced, with two debutants but going forward, with some experience, Gunathilaka believes that they will win more games.

Sri Lanka were excellent with the ball and on the field. They never let Pakistan off the hook at any stage. Pradeep and Udana's 3-fers stung them while Rajitha's choke was enough for support. Who should be the Man Of The Match? Gunathilaka or one of the bowlers? The presentation is about to begin...

A 46-run stand between Sarfaraz Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed for the 4th wicket raised some hopes but once both decided to get to the same end and be run out, the innings derailed. They, along with Babar, were the only ones to get into double figures.

Babar Azam. A legend in the making for Pakistan. The future Bradman for them. Dismissed on 13. Game over? Literally. Pakistan could barely find any anchor once Babar was dismissed and became like a cat in front of a car's headlights. At 22/3, it became a one-sided contest.

To be honest, we all need to take back our words when we said at the innings break that 165 is 40 runs short. Dear me, it proved 60 too many! Did the lack of dew effect go against Pakistan? Perhaps. They expected the ball to skid on and come onto the bat nicely. Instead, the pitch became slower as the game progressed and the number 1 T20I team struggled to adapt.

They have arrived at last! The lion has roared. Now, do we have a contest? After missing out on the ODIs, the Men In Blue have confirmed that they too, are playing in this bilateral tour, pulling off a comprehensive win.

I Udana to M Amir, OUT! Caught again. Third catch for Danushka Gunathilaka tonight and that ends the first T20I. SRI LANKA WIN BY 64 RUNS. Full and outside off, Amir backs away a touch and looks to go inside out but finds Danushka running to his right at long off.

Only one man left now. Mohammad Hasnain to get some batting practice.

I Udana to S Khan, OUT! Caught again. Another example of catching practice. A short ball, around middle, Shadab pulls it high in the air but finds Avishka Fernando at deep mid-wicket. Wickets falling like nine pins.
I Udana to S Khan, Full and around middle, watchfully defended.
I Udana to M Amir, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.

Isuru Udana is back on. 2-0-10-1 so far.

N Pradeep to S Khan, FOUR! This time he connects. Full and outside off, Shadab gets under it and carves it over cover for a boundary!
N Pradeep to S Khan, Outside off, Shadab looks to bash this through the off side but the ball sticks on the surface and hence comes slowly. Takes the inside edge and goes past the stumps. Khan wants a run but is sent back.

Mohammad Amir walks in next at number 10, replacing Ashraf.

N Pradeep to F Ashraf, OUT! Caught. Third wicket for Pradeep. Full and on the pads, Faheem flicks this beautifully and in the air. Nice view to sight. But his fielding placement is also excellent as he picks the man out to give catching practice also perfectly. Danushka Gunathilaka comes running in and takes his second catch of the night.
N Pradeep to S Khan, Outside off, driven through the covers for a run.
N Pradeep to F Ashraf, Full on middle, Ashraf looks to heave but the ball goes off the toe end of the bat down the ground. A single taken.
N Pradeep to F Ashraf, FOUR! That is an unbelievable shot. Full and outside off, Ashraf backs away and carves it over cover!

Nuwan Pradeep returns. 2-0-11-2 so far.

W Hasaranga to F Ashraf, Around off, driven towards long off for one more. Hasaranga finishes off as well, 4-0-20-2 for him.
W Hasaranga to S Khan, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
W Hasaranga to S Khan, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
W Hasaranga to F Ashraf, Full and outside off, Ashraf pushes at it and gets a thick outside edge through the vacant slip region to third man for a single.

Shadab Khan to bat now.

W Hasaranga to A Ali, OUT! Caught! The last hope for Pakistan perishes as well. Full and outside off, Asif gets under it and looks to go big but he only gets height. Not the distance. Two men converge - long on and long off and in the end, Danushka Gunathilaka from the former position takes it in front of long off, over his own head.
W Hasaranga to F Ashraf, Should that be adjudged LBW? Arguable. Picture this. Ashraf looks to play the reverse sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. An LBW appeal ensues but because the ball is pitched outside leg, it is not given. The argument now is - if he was playing the reverse sweep, should the pitch map be reversed? A thought to ponder. Meanwhile, a leg bye stolen.
K Rajitha to F Ashraf, On middle, flicked high in the air, almost straight to deep square leg but the ball does not carry. A run taken. 4-0-20-1 for Rajitha tonight.
K Rajitha to F Ashraf, Full and around off, Ashraf looks to push it to the off side but gets a thick inside edge past the stumps.

Faheem Ashraf walks in next.

K Rajitha to I Wasim, OUT! Straight to the man! Imad goes as well. Full and outside off, Wasim gets under it and hits it towards mid off but Wanindu Hasaranga gets low, takes the catch and jumps forward. The run chase spiralling down.
K Rajitha to A Ali, Full and around middle, Asif looks to flick but gets a top edge towards square leg. The batsmen go for a quick single and the fielder charges in but his throw hits Ali's bat and deflects to long on. The fielder is not impressed but the batsmen show good sportsmanship and do not run.
K Rajitha to I Wasim, Around middle, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
K Rajitha to I Wasim, FOUR! CREAMED! Has the attack begun? Full and outside off, Imad clobbers it down the ground, through mid off and finds the fence!

Kasun Rajitha to bowl out. 3-0-13-0 so far.

W Hasaranga to I Wasim, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot for a single.
W Hasaranga to A Ali, Full and around middle, driven down the ground for one.
W Hasaranga to A Ali, Outside off, punched off the back foot again.
W Hasaranga to I Wasim, Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.

Imad Wasim walks in next at number 7, replacing his skipper.

W Hasaranga to S Ahmed, OUT! BOWLED! Sarfaraz' struggles are over. Full and around middle, the skipper comes down the track and looks to go big, slogging wildly across the line but misses. Timber. 30 balls for his 24 runs. Blessing in disguise for Pakistan? Or too late? 90 more needed from 40 balls.
W Hasaranga to A Ali, Full and outside off, Asif looks to swing hard but the ball takes the inner half of the bat and goes to square leg. A single taken.

Wanindu Hasaranga returns. 2-0-13-0 so far.

L Sandakan to A Ali, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
L Sandakan to A Ali, Landed outside off, Asif looks to play the reverse sweep but the fielder at first slip, Danushka Gunathilaka dives to his right and makes a wonderful stop.
L Sandakan to S Ahmed, Full and outside off, swept through square leg for one.
L Sandakan to A Ali, Comes down the track and pushes it towards long off for a run.