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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.
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!
Another dipping full toss on middle, it's hit down to long on for just a run. The crowd has gone silent.
A full toss on middle, it's heaved down to deep mid-wicket for a couple. All over for Pakistan.
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!
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.
Very full length ball on off, Ahmed drills his drive through covers and takes a single.
Wide! Madushanka begins the last over with a fuller length ball wide outside off, Iftikhar allows it through.
28 runs needed. Lahiru Madushanka to bowl the final over. 24 is the most hit by a batter in the last over of a T20I. It was Carlos Brathwaite who did that against England in the World T20 final. Can Pakistan do it?
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. 120/6
Pitches it up and in the line of the off stump, it's driven through point for just a single.
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.
Forces it down through mid on for a single.
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.
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.
Wahab Riaz is in now. Kasun Rajitha to bowl the penultimate over of the match.
OUT! Bowled 'em! A superb wrong 'un at 77 kph, delivered to perfection by Hasaranga. It's around off and turning back in, Sarfaraz stands back to heave it across the line but misses the ball completely. It doesn't miss the off pole though. A sorry knock by the skipper comes to a sorry end. Third wicket for Hasaranga, another eventful evening for the leggie. 111/6
Goes down on one knee for a big slog across the line but it takes the inside edge and strikes him on the pads. Two dot balls.
Flighted and around middle and leg, Sarfaraz fails to middle his attempted shot properly.
Slower delivery, short and close to off, Iftikhar cuts it to point for one.
SIX! Up and just over the jumping long off fielder! This is quite incredible. Two batsmen have fallen looking for a six and in comes a new batsman and he manages to clear the rope. Tossed up ball outside off, landing full, Iftikhar hammers it down the ground and gets it over Angelo Perera.
Iftikhar Ahmed is in at 7.
OUT! Another one bites the distance! Hasaranga gives his delivery some extra toss and lands it very full around off, Asif hangs back and tries to clear long on. But his bat turns in his hands and he towers it high in the air towards long on. Gunathilaka takes the skier safely and Pakistan lose half their side. 44 needed off 17 balls.
A slower ball to finish the over. Sarfaraz goes hard at this good length ball outside off. Uses all his power but the ball is too slow and he goes with the shot early but misses. End of a top spell from Kumara, 2 for 24 in his four overs. 104/4
Full on middle, Asif Ali pushes it towards long on for a run.
Asif Ali is the new man in.
OUT! Imad Wasim holes out! Kumara deceives the batsman with a slower one. He lands it in the slot for the left-hander but takes the pace off the ball. Wasim lines behind the delivery and tries to pump it over long on. But there isn't enough meat on the shot and Hasaranga near the fence jumps to take the catch over his head. Wheels are coming off for Pakistan. 45 needed off 20 balls.
Slower one around off this time, Sarfaraz slaps it through cover-point for a run.
FOUR! Not out of the middle but Pakistan and Sarfaraz won't mind it. A good length ball around off, Sarfaraz looks to go big on the leg side but gets a leading edge which goes over the short third man fielder and runs to the fence.
On the pads on a fullish length, worked towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
Lahiru Kumara into the attack now.
The batsman has just lofted it over mid off. They pick up a single. 97/3
Quicker and flatter on off, defended from the back foot.
Risky, very risky from Sarfaraz. A googly. Flat and on middle. A bit on the shorter side. Sarfaraz goes deep inside the crease and plays it very late. Cuts it almost off the middle stump. Finds point but still a single is taken.
Wrong 'un landing on a fuller length around off, Ahmed gets forward and pushes it back off the inner half.
Quicker one and outside off, punched through mid off for a single.
Asif Ali or Iftikhar Ahmed at this stage? Oh interesting - It's Imad Wasim. Maybe, the left-hander is elevated to counter the leg spinner.
OUT! Stumped! Hasaranga strikes! A googly that deceives Sohail. The scoreboard pressure has got the better of the batsman. The asking rate was over 10 and Sohail decides to go after the leg spinner. Hasaranga smartly floats this googly outside off, Sohail skips down the track too early to hammer it down the ground but the ball turns away to beat his bat. Samarawickrama behind the wickets collects the ball and breaks the stumps easily. A good knock by Sohail but Pakistan needed him to last the distance on this slowish surface.
Wanindu Hasaranga is back on. 2-0-11-0, so far.
Full toss outside off, Sohail reaches out at the ball but can't get the timing right. The ball goes over the cover-point region for a single. 54 runs needed in 30 balls. 94/2
Another full ball around off, Sarfaraz jams it to the left of the bowler who dives to stop the ball. Does well but parries it towards cover and allows the single.
Shortish length ball outside off, Sarfaraz cuts it through point and gets a couple now.
Goes for another yorker but this is a low full toss. Sohail lobs it uppishly towards long on for a run.
A yorker around off this time. Sohail digs it out.
Starts with a full toss around off, Sarfaraz drives it towards long on for a single.
Kasun Rajitha is back into the attack. He was exceptional in his first two overs, going for just two runs and accounted for the wicket of Fakhar Zaman. 60 needed off 36 balls.
Full ball on middle and leg, driven towards long on for a single by Sarfaraz. 88/2
Fuller ball around middle and off, Sarfaraz lifts it over the bowler. The long off fielder makes a sliding stop near the fence and the batsmen take two.
Fifty on return in this format for Sohail! A top knock so far. Sohail gets a good length ball on middle and leg, he tucks it towards mid-wicket to get to his second half century in T20Is.
Looks for a quicker yorker this time but misses as he sprays it down the leg side. Sohail leaves it alone, called a wide by the umpire.
Superb delivery! A slower yorker. Sohail does well to keep it out.
Good length ball angled into the batter, worked towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
Starts with a slower delivery on the pads, Sohail flicks it towards backward square leg for an easy run.
Lahiru Madushanka into the attack. 2-0-15-0, so far.
Slower through the air this time, Sohail nudges it towards deep mid-wicket. He completes a run easily but Sarfaraz wants the second. Sohail sends him back but there was a chance for two. 81/2
Quicker ball outside off, Sarfaraz works it through cover-point for a single.
Off the blocks right away is the skipper. Sarfaraz gets a fullish ball on middle and leg, he works it wide of the long on fielder and calls for a quick couple. Good running between the wickets.
Loopy ball around off, Sohail plays it uppishly towards mid off for a single.
Fuller ball on off, Sohail strokes it back to the bowler.
Fires one outside off, Sohail leaves it alone. No signal from the umpire so a legal ball.
Skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed walks out to the middle at number 4.
OUT! Edged and gone! Babar Azam was looking a bit rusty and is done now. Kumara speeds in and hurls in a sharp delivery on the shorter side around off. It's at 143.2 kph. Azam moves back to make some room and guide it down to third man but ends up edging it towards Sadeera Samarawickrama. A good low catch to his right by the keeper. The 76-run stand is broken and Pakistan need 72 runs for a win off 48 balls. 76/2
Shortish and outside off, slower in pace, Haris rocks back to cut but mistimes it off the bottom edge. It rolls towards backward point and they cross for one more in this over. Easy going for Pakistan.
Full in length and just outside off, Babar swings his bat early and gets it away from the inner half to long on. A single is taken.
Slower delivery, on a fuller length around off at 118 kph, Sohail pushes it with soft hands to point and scampers across to the other end.
A 144.2 kph yorker outside off, Babar reaches out for it and squeezes it down to third man for a run.
Starts his new spell with a good length ball on middle, Sohail hits it across the line to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Lahiru Kumara (2-0-12-0) is back into the attack.
Fullish length ball on the stumps, worked towards deep mid-wicket for a run. 71/1
A direct hit and it would've been curtains for Sohail. Sandakan bowls a slower ball on the pads on a fullish length, Babar looks to work it towards the leg side but can't get bat on ball. The ball hits him on the pads and goes towards short fine leg. Babar goes for a quick single. The fielder there hares towards the ball, picks it up and throws at the striker's end but misses.
Flighted ball on the pads, tucked towards the leg side for a single.
Fires it closer to the off pole. Sohail goes to cut but misses.
FOUR! Brilliantly done! Sohail gets the ball in the slot, in front of his eyes. He gets into position and lofts it over the extra cover region to enter into the 40s.
Fuller ball around middle and off, Babar drives firmly through mid off but just a single as Sri Lanka have got protection at long off.
Hasaranga fires the last ball of the over outside off, Azam cuts but the fielder makes a diving stop. A single for Babar though. 85 more needed for Pakistan in 10 overs to win the game. 63/1
Another easy single. Another ball on the pads, Sohail tucks it towards the leg side for a single.
Flighted ball on the pads, Babar pushes it towards mid-wicket for a single.
On the pads, worked through mid-wicket for a run.
Outside off this time, Babar comes down the track to push it through off side but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball goes towards point for a leg bye.
Too full and around off, Sohail leans forward and gently pushes it towards cover-point for a quick run.
Flighted ball on the pads, worked through mid on for a single. 57/1
WIDE! Now, a wide down the leg side as Sandakan misses his line again.
WIDE! Fires it outside off, Sohail leaves it alone. Called a wide by the umpire. Good call.
A flatter one on the pads, Sohail looks to flick but misses. A stifled appeal but nothing serious.
Shortish ball outside off, Azam taps it towards point for a single.
Good fielding! Slightly shortish length ball, Haris goes back to cut but can't beat Rajitha at point. They get a single as Rajitha dives and stops and then lobs it to the other fielder who throws the ball back to the wicketkeeper.
Bowls a fullish ball on the pads this time, Babar flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for an easy run.
Floats one around off and middle, Sohail eases a single through mid off.
Spin from both ends now! Lakshan Sandakan is introduced from the other end.
A wrong 'un, on the shorter side around off, Sohail punches it down to long on for the sixth run of this over. 50/1
Full and flighted outside off, spinning away, Babar presses forward and drives it down to long off for a single.
Beaten this time! Quicker one around leg, Babar tries to flick but misses and wears it on his pads.
Slower through the air, landing full on middle, Haris flicks it with the spin to deep mid-wicket for one.
Loopy delivery, once again very full in length, Sohail whips it to the left of long on and scampers back for the second run.
Tossed up ball landing full on middle, Babar forces it down to long on for a run.
Wanindu Hasaranga into the attack.
FOUR! Sweetly timed straight drive. Straight as an arrow. Lahiru is too full and too straight this time. Sohail brings down a straight bat and caresses it past the bowler and the stumps at the other end for a boundary. No stopping it. 9 again from the over, 18 in the last two, Pakistan are on the right path! 44/1
Back of a length delivery outside off, the pace is right up in the 140s this time, Babar glides it down to third man for a run.
Another slower one, on a length around middle at 127.8 kph, staying low as well, Sohail works it behind square leg for one.
Fooled by a slower one! Kumara cuts down on his pace and angles across a length ball outside off at 122.6 kph, Sohail is early into his shot and misses.
Kumara bowls it with a lot of fire. It's 146.4 kph and on middle, Sohail does well to flick it through mid-wicket for a run.
Spears in a very full ball on middle, Babar flicks it through mid-wicket and takes a single.
FOUR! Up and over, he is very strong there, Haris Sohail. The length is slightly short outside off, Haris spots it early, moves back to create room and slams it over wide mid off for a boundary. 9 from the over, Pakistan are 35/1 at the end of the Powerplay. Sri Lanka were 44/3 at this stage. 35/1
Fullish and outside off, driven to extra cover.
Good length ball on off, punched down the ground to long on for one. Again not from the middle of the bat by Babar.
Slower delivery. Full and dipping in on middle, Babar clips it in front of square leg and runs the first run hard. Gets back for the second run with ease.
Switches to 'round the wicket for the left-hander and darts in a fuller length ball on off. Haris knocks it down to long on for one.
A low full toss on the pads, it's worked to deep square leg for a single.
Lahiru Madushanka is back on.
Clocks 143 kph this time and pitches it up around off. Babar drives it down to mid on from the inner half of his bat. He scampers across to the other end. Not finding his timing, Babar. 26/1
Slower one, on a length around middle and leg at 122 kph, Haris sticks back and deflects it late past backward point for a single.
A leg stump half-volley, Haris drives it firmly down the ground but finds the mid on fielder.
Fractionally short and close to off, Babar strokes it off his back foot to the left of wide mid off. Shanaka there dives to stop the racing ball. A single is taken.
Swing and a miss! Kumara offers width outside off and it's shorter in length, Azam flashes his blade at it and misses. Beaten by a bit of zip and lack of bounce.
Good length ball on off, Babar punches it in front of square on the off side but finds the cover fielder.
Lahiru Kumara comes into the attack.
FOUR! This is extraordinary batting. Gunathilaka fires in a fuller length ball on off, Sohail skips down the track in a flash and smashes it over extra cover. 15 from the over, a much-needed one for Pakistan. 23/1
SIX! This one has gone all the way! Lovely footwork shown by Haris Sohail. He jumps down the track to a full ball around off and lofts it nonchalantly over extra cover. Scintillating.
Senses the charge from the batsman and drops his length short around middle. Babar adjusts well and hits it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
FOUR! In the slot and gone this time! Flighted delivery outside off, pushed quicker at 90 kph, Azam stays back this time and powers it over extra cover for a boundary.
Uses his feet this time and pushes a full ball back to the bowler.
Flatter and shorter outside off, Babar punches it off his back foot to covers.
Danushka Gunathilaka to bowl now.
A full toss this time, on middle, it's pushed back to the bowler. Top over by Rajitha, just one from it. 8/1
Another top stop at point. Wanindu Hasaranga is the fielder. Slower one this time by Rajitha. He delivers it on a shortish length outside off, Sohail rocks back and whacks it late towards backward point but fails to beat the fielder.
Mishit! The idea was good but not the execution. Fuller length ball outside off, staying low, Haris clears his front leg and tries to smash it down the ground. But it catches the toe end and rolls to mid off.
Too full in length and outside off, Sohail squeezes it out towards backward point where the fielder makes a diving stop to his right.
Slightly short and around off, Babar punches it on the up and to the left of mid off for a run.
On middle and leg, worked on the leg side but straight to the fielder.
Shortish and outside off, Haris slaps it through the line but finds the fielder inside the ring at extra cover. 7/1
Lands it on a length and in the line of the stumps, Sohail brings a straight bat down and pushes it back to the bowler. Madushanka slides to his left and parries it to mid-wicket.
A length ball on middle, Babar rotates his wrists and whips it in front of square leg for a run. He is extremely efficient off his pads.
Full and outside off, Babar reaches out for it with a drive but finds the cover fielder.
Good length ball close to off, Azam stays back and hits it across the line through square leg. They take a couple of runs.
Back of a length ball around off, Haris Sohail moves back and punches it sweetly through covers. A good stop near the fence and the batsmen take three.
Lahiru Madushanka to bowl from the other end. A slip in place.
Length around off and middle, punched straight to mid on by Babar this time. A run and a wicket in the first over. What a top start for Sri Lanka 1/1
First runs! Good length ball outside off, Sohail taps it through point for a single.
Fuller ball again, Sohail looks to flick it but the ball goes towards mid-wicket off the inner half of his bat.
Outside off, a fuller length, Sohail throws his bat at the ball but gets a bottom edge onto the pitch.
A fullish ball on the pads, Sohail punches it straight to mid on.
Haris Sohail is the new batsman.
OUT! Hits the bull's eye on the first delivery! What a start for Sri Lanka. A duck for Zaman. What a top nut this one! Good length ball landing around leg and nipping back in a hint. Zaman tries playing straight but misses and is hit on the thigh pad first. It then deflects onto his stumps to break the hearts of his fans. Body blow for Pakistan.
We are all set to start the chase! Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam make their way out to the middle in pursuit of 148. Kasun Rajitha will start for the visitors.