147/7 (20.0 ov)SL
VS
PAK 134/6 (20.0 ov)
CRR: 6.7 | Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 13 runs

SL beat PAK by 13 runs | Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, Highlights And Cricket Score 3rd T20I Match

Sri Lanka in Pakistan, 3 T20I Series, 2019

Date: Oct 09, 2019 Start Time: 19:00 IST | 13:30 GMT | 18:30 Local
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Highlights And Cricket Score 3rd Match - T20I Summary

End of Over : 20.0 PAK: 134/6

Dasun Shanaka is handed over the trophy and his teammates surround him to pose for the cameras. Big moment for a young team. They were written off even before this T20I series kicked off and have managed to surprise one and all. That's all we have from this Sri Lankan tour of Pakistan. The touring team will fly back home as a satisfied unit whereas the hosts have got a reality check in this format. How will they respond? We will find that out soon. Until next time, it's goodbye and cheers!

Victorious Sri Lankan skipper, Dasun Shanaka says that it's a good victory and thanks the Pakistani crowd for supporting them as well. Mentions that all the players were bonded and terms it the key for their success. States that all his players are equally talented and their unity was the secret. Feels that if you play smart cricket, there is always a chance to win. Believes that they took good calls in the middle which helped them win the series. Thanks the PCB and the Pakistani crowd for inviting them for a series.

Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed starts by saying that they recovered well with the ball and had a good partnership going as well during the chase but then they could not get the momentum after the 10 overs and that cost them the match. Rues the dropped catches and their bowling in the middle overs. On his batting spot, Sarfaraz replies that the batting position has been the same for quite a while and they wanted to try out as many players as possible before the next series. Admits that they have to work hard in all the three departments, mainly in the middle overs. Concludes by thanking the Sri Lankan team for visiting Pakistan and having a good series.

Man of the Match and Series, Wanindu Hasaranga! Says that this has been the best that he has bowled in his career. Further adds that he looks to take wickets with his wrong 'uns. On absorbing pressure, Wanindu replies that he tries to bowl as many dot balls as he can.

Sri Lanka were brilliant in the field. Unlike Pakistan, they were alert and the intensity was top notch. Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara bowled with a lot of fire and mixed their variations smartly. Wanindu Hasaranga once again stood out and finished with a 3-wicket haul, truly a find for the Islanders. They judged the nature of the pitch and bowled accordingly and it reflects their refreshed mindset as a unit.

Right at the beginning of the run chase, Pakistan lost Fakhar Zaman on the first ball. After that Haris Sohail and Babar Azam constructed a partnership but it was on the slower side. That didn't take care of the required rate. Babar was rusty in his innings while Haris also slowed down after a promising start. Sri Lanka should be commended for the way they kept their patience when the partnership was developing. All their bowlers stuck to the task and varied their pace judiciously. Eventually, the 76-run stand was broken and the Pakistani chase got derailed. The batsmen who followed never got going and found it tough to time their shots on a pitch which was holding up.

Handshakes all around! Smiling faces. The Lankan lads are celebrating. They were inexperienced and under a new captain but played fearless cricket to clean sweep the series. The young guns have achieved something that even Sri Lanka's 'first-choice team' has never achieved - A series whitewash in T20Is! Kudos to them. They have beaten the number 1 T20I side! The Sri Lankan boys are taking a lap of honour to thank the crowd.

19.6 1

Lahiru Madushanka to Iftikhar Ahmed. SRI LANKA WIN BY 13 RUNS! Back of a length delivery around off, Iftikhar rocks back and punches it square of the wicket on the off side for a run. The Lankan players are running in celebration. Fireworks around the ground!

19.5 1

Lahiru Madushanka to Wahab Riaz. Another dipping full toss on middle, it's hit down to long on for just a run. The crowd has gone silent.

19.4 2

Lahiru Madushanka to Wahab Riaz. A full toss on middle, it's heaved down to deep mid-wicket for a couple. All over for Pakistan.

19.3 2

Lahiru Madushanka to Wahab Riaz. Fullish and outside off, Wahab reaches out for it and hits it aerially over backward point. It doesn't carry to the fielder in the deep and they take a couple of runs. Three sixes needed now for a win!

19.2 6

Lahiru Madushanka to Wahab Riaz. SIX! High and handsome! Shades of Martin Guptill in this shot. Wahab has hit it without even looking up. Too full and around off, Riaz throws all his power behind this shot and hoists it over the bowler's head.

19.1 1

Lahiru Madushanka to Iftikhar Ahmed. Very full length ball on off, Ahmed drills his drive through covers and takes a single.

19.1 wd

Lahiru Madushanka to Iftikhar Ahmed. Wide! Madushanka begins the last over with a fuller length ball wide outside off, Iftikhar allows it through.

End of Over : 19 9 Runs 20.0: 120/6
18.6 0

Kasun Rajitha to Wahab Riaz. Swing and miss! Rajitha lets out a skiddy delivery on a fuller length wide outside off, Wahab goes for an almighty heave at it but misses. 4-0-17-1, a top spell by the speedster.

18.5 1

Kasun Rajitha to Iftikhar Ahmed. Pitches it up and in the line of the off stump, it's driven through point for just a single.

18.4 1

Kasun Rajitha to Wahab Riaz. Gets behind the line of the ball and hits it firmly past the left side of the bowler. A half stop there and they cross.

18.3 1

Kasun Rajitha to Iftikhar Ahmed. Forces it down through mid on for a single.

18.2 2

Kasun Rajitha to Iftikhar Ahmed. Shortish and around off, a mistimed pull shot down towards long off for a couple of runs. Didn't come from the middle of the bat.

18.1 4

Kasun Rajitha to Iftikhar Ahmed. FOUR! Bang! Full toss angling into the batsman, Iftikhar gets behind the line and clobbers it over his partner's head for a rocketing boundary at long on.

Summary

Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in the 3rd and the final T20I on October 9 (Wednesday). Sri Lanka have already won the three-match T20I series after winning both the first two matches. The 3rd T20I is just a formality for the visitors Sri Lanka, however, they will seek to clean sweep the series with a victory.

 

Sri Lanka lost the ODI series 2-0, however they bounced back in the T20I series. Sri  Lanka outclassed Pakistan in both the T20Is. Sri Lanka won the first match by 64 runs and the second match by 35 runs. Sri Lanka batted first in both the T20Is and successfully defended their targets.

 

Sri Lanka will stick to this strategy in the third game as well. On the other hand, Pakistani bowlers and top order batsmen need to perform well to turn the result of the game on their side.

 

Pakistan Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Sohail

 

Sri Lanka Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Minod Bhanuka (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shehan Jayasuriya, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep, Angelo Perera, Lahiru Madushanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando

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