Sri Lanka 165 for six (Gunathilaka 57, Hasnain Three-37) beat Pakistan 101 (Udana Three-11, Pradeep Three-21) by 64 runs
Sri Lanka rode to 165 for five on Danushka Gunathilaka‘s fast fifty, earlier than the bowlers shut Pakistan down in unexpectedly ruthless vogue, taking three early wickets, earlier than wiping out the rest of the batting order by the center overs.
Towards the No. 1-ranked T20 facet on the earth, Sri Lanka’s 64-run victory was a considerable upset. The assault didn’t have the talent nor management of Lasith Malinga, and but produced a supreme crew efficiency, Nuwan Pradeep and Isuru Udana taking three wickets apiece, Wanindu Hasaranga claiming two, and Kasun Rajitha one. Even Lakshan Sandakan, who went wicketless, performed an vital function in Sri Lanka’s defence, conceding not more than 24 from his 4 overs.
Pakistan’s solely main pleasure was quick bowler Mohammad Hasnain‘s hat-trick, accomplished throughout two overs. He obtained Bhanuka Rajapaksa lbw on the finish of the 16th over, earlier than getting Dasun Shanaka and Shehan Jayasuriya to gap out firstly of the 18th. Hasnain is the ninth bowler to take a hat-trick in T20 internationals, and at 19, is the youngest to do it.
Past a 46-run fourth-wicket partnership between Sarfraz Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed, which resulted in an terrible run-out, Pakistan’s innings struggled for substance. No batsman crossed 30, the primary three wickets fell for 22 runs, and the final seven for 33. They had been all out within the 18th over – Udana the second Sri Lanka bowler to take two wickets in two balls, after Pradeep had achieved it earlier within the innings.
Gunathilaka performed such a elegant lone hand by the early overs that when he was finally out for 57 off 38 balls within the 10th, his opening companion Avishka Fernando had made not more than 16. His knock contained eight fours and a six over midwicket, three of these fours coming off a single Shadab Khan over, Gunathilaka biffing him by the legside, with the sweep, then the pull, then the sweep once more.
Two overs earlier, he had slammed Hasnain for 2 offside fours as effectively. It was within the Powerplay that Gunathilaka wreaked essentially the most injury, hitting 43 off 26, whereas the crew complete had sped to 64 for no loss by the top of the sixth over. Fernando had struck the primary 4 of the innings, by level, however contented himself with turning the strike over as his companion hit a excessive gear.
Gunathilaka reached his fifty together with his solely six, off Shadab, however was finally dismissed by Shadab, lbw to a hard-spun legbreak. Fernando by no means managed to lift his strike charge, getting out for 33 off 34 balls, however the momentum that had been injected to the innings was taken ahead by Rajapaksa, enjoying his first ever worldwide. He hit two sixes and two fours in his 32 off 22 balls, earlier than captain Shanaka produced an vital cameo, launching Faheem Ashraf for 2 legside sixes on his solution to 17 off 10.
The end may have been stronger, from the likes of big-hitting allrounders Hasaranga and Udana, however with Mohammad Amir delivering a superb last over, Sri Lanka may maybe be happy with their complete.
Pradeep then improved the Sri Lankan temper considerably, when he obtained each the prize wicket of Babar Azam in addition to that of Umar Akmal in consecutive deliveries, on the finish of the second over. Babar had cracked him for a regal boundary by mid-on fourth ball, however Pradeep obtained him to nick off subsequent ball, T20 debutant Minod Bhanuka diving to his proper to take an excellent first-up catch. The supply after that, to Akmal, produced as plumb an lbw as was seen by the tour – the ball hitting the batsman’s again pad in entrance of center stump.
Udana then had Ahmed Shehzad enjoying the ball on to his stumps within the fifth over, however the partnership between Sarfraz and Iftikhar gave Pakistan only a sliver of hope, even because the required charge mounted. Iftikhar was run out when each batsmen ended up on the striker’s finish after a miscommunication, nevertheless, and the remaining batsmen tumbled in fast succession after that. Sarfraz and Asif Ali had been dismissed by Hasaranga, Ashraf turned Pradeep’s third sufferer of the evening, after which Udana polished the innings off.
The victory was Sri Lanka’s first of the tour they usually lead this three-match sequence 1-Zero.