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Sri Lanka Clinch T20I Series with Facile Win over Pakistan

Sri Lanka Clinch T20I Series with Facile Win over Pakistan Photo: TT
Sri Lanka Win Again

Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 35 runs to clinch the second T20I and take a decisive two love lead in their best of three match series.

Sri Lanka, after their thumping victory in the first T20I on Saturday, were unchanged. Pakistan, for their part, brought in Fakhar Zaman for Iftikhar Ahmed.

It was Sri Lanka who won the toss In Lahore and opted to bat first through Danushka Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando, with Gunathilaka the first to fall, caught behind by Sarfaraz Ahmed off the bowling of Imad Wasim for 15. Fernando then added 25 with Bhanuka Rajapaksa, until he was run out for 8. Rajapaksa then combined with Shehan Jayasuria, and the pair put on 94 for the third wicket, scoring at almost ten an over, until Jayasuriya, who had made 34, was out by Asif Ali.

Five balls later, Rajapaksa, who had been the backbone of the Sri Lanka innings was caught by Fakhar off the bowling of Shadab Khan for 77, scored off just 46 balls. He had struck 6 sixes and 4 sixes. Three balls later Minod Bhanuka was run out by Wahab Riaz. Isuru Udana was bowled by Wahab chasing quick runs, but Dasun Shanaka, helped by Wanindu Hasaranga, put on 27 unbeaten runs at the end as Sri Lanka closed their innings on 182 – 6. Shanaka finished 27 not out, having hit one six.

In reply, Pakistan were soon in trouble, losing Fakhar to the bowling of Kasun Rajitha, and then Babar Azam to Nuwan Pradeep. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad led a recovery with a stand of 40, but then two wickets fell in successive balls bowled by Wanindu Hasaranga, Shehzad, who had struck one six, bowled for 13, and Umar Akmal lbw for a first ball duck. Two balls later he accounted for Sarfaraz, whose 26 included one six, bowling him, to reduce Pakistan to 52 – 5.

Imad Wasim and Asif Ali staged a recovery with a stand of 75 for the sixth wicket, but then Wasim, who had made 47, was lbw to Udana, having hit 8 fours. In the next over, Pradeep had Wahab caught behind, with Shadab Khan falling off the next ball, bowled by Udana, Shanaka providing the catch. Asif Ali had provided late resistance, but he was bowled by Pradeep for 29, and he also claimed the final wicket to fall, Mohammad Hasnain, caught by Hasaranga. Pakistan had been bowled out for 147, with an over still to be bowled.

For Sri Lanka, Pradeep took 4 for 25, Hasaranga 3 for 38, and Udana 2 for 38.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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