Sri Lanka defeat Pakistan by 64 runs in Lahore's T20
LAHORE - Sri Lanka brushed aside Pakistan by 64 runs in the opener of T20I series at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore here on Saturday.
Sri Lankan opener Gunathilaka scored 57 runs to give a good start to the innings, supported by Fernando who scored 33 runs.
The visiting team lost 5 wickets in 20 overs to clinch 165 runs.
On the other hand, Mohammad Hasnain scored a hat-trick to become the youngest ever in the T20 format.
Pakistan's battling line-up crumbled in response as the whole team was sent packing in the 18th over.
Green Shirts managed to score 101 runs with Iftikhar Ahmed emerging as the top scorer, bagging 25 runs. Sarfaraz Ahmed contributed 24 to the meager total.
Sri Lankan bowlers outclassed Pakistan as Isuru Udana took 3 for 11 runs while Nuwan Pradeep sent three batsmen to the pavilion for 21 runs.
The T20 series comes after Pakistan humbled the visiting team in ODI series. Green shirts humbled the Sri Lankan team in two encounters after the first one was washed out.
The citizens of Lahore thronged the stadium to catch a glimpse of the high-octane clash while the law enforcers have taken strict security measures.
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain
Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Banuka Rajapaksha, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Dasun Shanaka (capt), Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep.
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