Sri Lanka accomplished a Three-Zero clean-sweep of their T20I sequence over world primary Pakistan. © AFP
Inexperienced Sri Lanka accomplished a Three-Zero clean-sweep of their Twenty20 Worldwide sequence over world primary Pakistan on Wednesday with a 13-run victory in Lahore. Chasing a modest 148-run goal, Pakistan had been on the right track for victory with Haris Sohail’s 50-ball 52 with 4 boundaries and a six however leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga turned the tables with Three-21 to limit Pakistan to 134-6 in 20 overs.
Hasaranga had Sohail stumped within the 16th over after which dismissed Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed (16-ball 17) within the 18th to provide Sri Lanka victory on a match day designated as Pink Day for breast most cancers consciousness.
Oshada Fernando struck a superb 48-ball 78 with three sixes and eight boundaries — the very best by a Sri Lankan participant on T20I debut — to carry Sri Lanka to 147-7 of their 20 overs.
Jehan Mubarak and Danushka Gunathilaka — who each scored 46 every — had held the earlier document for many runs on Twenty20 debut for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s victory — their first-ever Twenty20 sequence whitewash — was achieved regardless of lacking ten of their high gamers, together with common Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga, who refused to tour Pakistan over safety fears.
However that didn’t damage Sri Lanka as they staged a outstanding comeback after shedding the one-day sequence 2-Zero by profitable the primary two matches of the T20 sequence by 64 and 35 runs respectively.
Earlier than this, Pakistan’s solely T20I whitewash was by the hands of England in United Arab Emirates in 2015.
Pakistan’s begin was as soon as once more disastrous as they misplaced aggressive opener Fakhar Zaman off the primary ball of their innings, bowled by Kasun Rajitha for nought.
Babar Azam (32-ball 27) and Sohail added 76 for the second wicket however Sri Lanka utilized the brakes as boundaries dried up.
Iftikhar Ahmed hit a six and a boundary in his 17 however targets of 37 off the final two overs and 28 within the final had been past Pakistan.
Earlier, Sri Lanka rode on a superb maiden half century by Fernando who held the innings collectively after Sri Lanka misplaced two wickets for 28 runs in 4 overs.
They then slumped to 58-Four with Bhanuka Rajapaksa, the star of the second match, falling for simply three.
Fernando repaired the harm with a preventing 76-run stand for the fifth wicket with skipper Dasun Shanaka who made 12.
Pakistan had been as soon as once more sloppy within the area, dropping as many as 4 catches whereas Sarfaraz spurned a stumping probability behind the wicket.
Paceman Mohammad Amir, who went wicket-less within the first two matches, completed with Three-27.
Sri Lanka’s tour furthered Pakistan’s efforts to revive worldwide cricket within the nation, suspended after terror assaults on the identical group in March 2009.
Since then Pakistan have hosted a World XI, Sri Lanka (each in 2017) and the West Indies final yr.