Sri Lanka in Pakistan, 3 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Date & Time: 07 October 2019
RR: 7.73 | Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 35 runs
That is it from this game. Sri Lanka have turned the tables and have sealed the 3-match series 2-0. They would now be looking to whitewash the best side in T20Is in their own backyard. Pakistan, on the other hand, will be looking to give their fans something to cheer about and will play for pride in the 3rd and final T20I of the series. That match will be played at the very same venue on Wednesday, 9th October. The match will begin at 1830 Local (1330 GMT). Join us for that one. Till then, cheers!
Victorious Sri Lankan skipper comes for the interview. Shanaka says they played some quality cricket and hence they were able to achieve the result. Credits Rajapaksa for his brilliant innings and adds he had good support out in the middle. Shanaka hopes that the youngsters to get more chances after the series but he also says that he is aware of the senior players coming back.
Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed is up next for the interview. Sarfaraz admits that they did not play well and were second best to Sri Lanka. Adds they need to look at themselves and feels there were moments in all three departments which saw them wanting. On the poor bowling performance in the series, he says that they tried hard but were not able to execute their plans. Takes out young Mohammad Hasnain as a positive. Sarfaraz feels they were unable to take wickets in the middle overs and that hurt them. On the reason for former players being called up again, Sarfaraz tells that they had performed really well and deserved their call-ups.
For his magnificent 77 off 48 balls, Bhanuka Rajapaksa has been named the Man of the Match. Rajapaksa says that initially he had to pace his innings. Admits it is not easy to come to Pakistan and win a series but credits the coaching staff for helping them. Tells he was just happy to be in the side and it is a real joy to defeat the No.1 side in T20Is.
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Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka posted a mammoth total of 183 courtesy of a brilliant 77 from Bhanuka Rajapaksa and cameos from Shanaka and Jayasuriya. The total was too good for the visitors to chase down. Imad Wasim was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan picking up a wicket and conceding just 27 runs.
It was a collective effort from the Sri Lankan bowlers. Wanindu Hasaranga was expensive but his 3 wickets in one over made the target a lot more difficult for the hosts. But the real star with the ball was Nuwan Pradeep who held his nerve and showed his class. His 4/25 ensured that even though there was a fightback from Imad and Asif Ali it was not enough. Udana and Rajitha took two and one wickets respectively.
Needing 183, Pakistan got off to a terrible start losing both their openers inside the first 4 overs. The hosts tried to find stability with their skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed taking the aggressor's role. But 3 wickets in one over from Wanindu Hasaranga looked to have killed the tie. Imad Wasim and Asif Ali though had other ideas. The duo added 75 runs but the task in hand was too much as once Imad fell owing to the scoreboard pressure, it was just out of reach for Pakistan's lower order to get and in the end they fell short by 35 runs.
Stop the press! Sri Lanka have broken the duck. They have got their first series win against Pakistan in T20Is. The Sri Lankan players are up in joy.
Mohammad Hasnain is the last man in.
Mohammad Amir is the new man in.
Shadab Khan walks out now.
Nuwan Pradeep is back. 2-0-14-1, his figures so far.
The new man in is Wahab Riaz. He can hit the long ball too.
Kasun Rajitha is back on.
Run Out appeal taken upstairs. Asif Ali is the man in question. He looks confident and the Sri Lankan players are not. Let us see what the replays have to say.
Isuru Udana is back on.
Imad Wasim is the next man in for the hosts.
Asif Ali walks out to face the hat-trick ball.
LBW appeal taken upstairs. Umar Akmal is the man in question. Will he get another golden duck? If it is hitting the pad first then Umar is out of here.
Umar Akmal is the new man in.
Lakshan Sandakan is into the attack.
Wanindu Hasaranga is into the attack now.
Isuru Udana is on now.
Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed walks out at number 4.
Ahmed Shehzad walks out at number 3.
Nuwan Pradeep to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase. Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam walk out in pursuit of the Sri Lankan total. The Sri Lankan team is out in a huddle. Kasun Rajitha to start for the visitors with the ball.