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Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in 1st T20 Series




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Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in 1st T20 Series

Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 64 runs within the 1st Twenty20 international in Lahore on Saturday, taking a 1-0 lead within the three-match series.

Sri Lanka scored 165-5 in their 20 overs with Danushka Gunathilaka scoring 57 off 38 balls together with a six and eight boundaries, that he was awarded Man of the Match.
Teenage Pakistan paceman Mohammed Hasnain took a hat-trick, finishing with 3-37.
Pakistan were bowled out for 101 in 17.4 overs with Nuwan Pradeep and Isuru Udana taking 3 wickets from each one.

Babar Azam (13 off 10) was the first man down at 1.5 overs, caught out from Pradeep's delivery. Pradeep then bagged a golden duck, once he took Umar Akmal's wicket on succeeding ball. He was not lucky enough to score a hat-trick, however. Ahmed Shehzad (4 off 9) found himself discharged when dragging a thick within edge back onto the stumps courtesy Udana's ball.

In a confusion between skipper Sarfaraz and Iftikhar Ahmed over taking a run, that per ESPNcricinfo defined a lot of of Pakistan's innings, Iftikhar Ahmed (25 off 24) had to exit at 11.3 overs.

The skipper (24 off 30) was next to travel at thirteen.2 overs, once he was bowled out by Hasranga.
Over the course of following 3 overs, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali and Faheem Ashraf all fell, leaving Shadab Khan and Mohammed amir at the crease.

The 18th over saw the match wrap up because the 2 batsmen were laid-off within a ball of 1 another by Udana, who by then had a 3-wicket haul in conjunction with Pradeep.Earlier, the guests, raced to 84 with openers Gunathilaka marking 57 off 38 balls including a six and eight boundaries and Avishka Fernando making 33 off 34.

Debutant Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored 32 off 22 with two sixes and as several boundaries whereas skipper Dasun Shanaka broken in with 17 including two sixes.
A heavy presence of Army personnel and police was seen deployed in and around the Qaddafi stadium to provide security to players and fans.

The surroundings of the stadium are cordoned off by serious readying of the personnel of Rangers and also the commandos of the police since Friday night, an official told Dawn.He aforementioned 25 major and little roads round the venue are blocked for general traffic by putting containers and barriers. quite 13,000 policemen can man roads. Snipers have conjointly taken positions on the buildings declared sensitive within the connected of the stadium.

The second match will be played on Monday and also the third on Wednesday — all in Lahore.

In the one-day international series control in Karachi, Pakistan won the three-match series 2-0. Pakistan's Muhammad Hasnain created the squad for today's match, beating left-armers Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz for a spot within the beginning XI. Faheem Ashraf, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal conjointly created it to the batting lining up. Fakhar zaman and Haris Sohail sat this one out.

The Sri Lankan aspect featured 2 T20 debutants: Wicketkeeper-batsman Minod Bhanuka and ballplayer Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Bhanuka, who played his 1st ODI on Wednesday, these days played a T20I for the first time. Rajapaksa played the first ever international match of any kind.

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk) (capt.), Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammed amir, Muhammad Hasnain
Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka (capt.), Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep

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