Sri Lanka in Pakistan, 3 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Date & Time: 05 October 2019
RR: 5.71 | Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 64 runs
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.
Only one man left now. Mohammad Hasnain to get some batting practice.
Isuru Udana is back on. 2-0-10-1 so far.
Mohammad Amir walks in next at number 10, replacing Ashraf.
Nuwan Pradeep returns. 2-0-11-2 so far.
Shadab Khan to bat now.
Faheem Ashraf walks in next.
Kasun Rajitha to bowl out. 3-0-13-0 so far.
Imad Wasim walks in next at number 7, replacing his skipper.
Wanindu Hasaranga returns. 2-0-13-0 so far.
Asif Ali walks in at number 6, replacing Iftikhar.
Mix up and a big wicket here for Sri Lanka. The question is who is the one who has to walk back? Here comes the photo-finish. Sarfaraz beats his partner!
Isuru Udana returns. 1-0-6-1 so far.
We go upstairs again! This time for a run out appeal. Against Sarfaraz. Looks to be home, as per the replays.
An LBW review! The Lankans reckon that they have got Iftikhar Ahmed. Pitched outside leg? Yes. Ball Tracker confirms. Don't bother checking whether it will hit the stumps.
Kasun Rajitha is back on. 2-0-8-0 so far.
First sign of spin in this inning. Wanindu Hasaranga to bowl his leggies.
3 wickets down and in comes Iftikhar Ahmed. He will need to play a gem of a knock with his skipper if his side is to get a win here.
First bowling change of the innings. Isuru Udana replaces Kasun Rajitha.
Another shout for LBW! No, says Aleem Dar. Sri Lanka take the review. Height? Shehzad has been hit around the knee roll, but he is inside the crease. No inside edge, now awaiting Ball Tracker. Clipping the top of the stumps. Saved by umpire's call is Shehzad.
Sarfaraz Ahmed walks in at number 4. But because the over ended, he will not be on strike.
Babar Azam's cousin brother is in, Umar Akmal, at number 3.
Nuwan Pradeep to bowl from the other end.
Looks like something has gone into Aleem Dar's eye. He runs towards his partner and gets his right eye checked. Dr. Ahsan Raza does the needful, perhaps blowing the dirt away and Aleem is okay now.
We are back for the chase. Sri Lankan players are in a huddle with their skipper having a final word with his troops before they take the field. The comeback man Ahmed Shehzad walks out with Babar Azam to open the innings for Pakistan. Kasun Rajitha to start the proceedings with the ball.