Sri Lanka: 124/9 (20 overs) (Gunathilaka 51; Ashraf 3/16)
Pakistan: 125/8 (Sarfraz 28; Perera 3/24)
Result: Pakistan win by 2 wickets & seal the series 2-0
Man of the match: Shadab Khan
Since the start of the ODI series, Sru Lanka has been absolutely blown away by a brilliant Pakistan side. Each time, the Lankans came up with little to no fight. But that wasn’t the case during the second of three-match T-20 series when Pakistan just got over the line by 2 wickets, sealing a series win over their sub-continent counterparts. In a low scoring game, ultimately it was Pakistan’s all round smart play that helped them win the match.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and invited Sri Lanka to bat first again. The visitors coukd only conjure up 124 for 9 at the end of their 20 overs. Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka top scored with 51 & opener Sadeera Samarawickrama supported him with a crisp 32. Pakistani pacer Fahim Ashraf became the first Pakistani to take a hat-trick in the T20Is. His overall fugures of 3 for just 16 was simply brilliant.
Everyone thought the chase would be easy for the in form Pakistani batsmen but it was anything but that. The Lankan bowlers absolutely pushed them to the limits. Openers Ahmed Shehzad and Fakhar Zaman started off well with a 30-run stand before Zaman departed for 11. Babar Azam was run out the very next over. Experienced pair of Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfraz contributed to a 39-run stand for the 5th wicket. Hafeez departed in the 16th over. With Perera’s men looking for their first win in limited overs this series, the pair of Shadab and Hasan Ali dismissed such hopes, sealing the series for the men in green. Pakistan needed 11 off the last 5 deliveries. Hasan was dropped in the 3rd ball at extra cover which helped the batsmen to take three runs. Ultimately, it was the six by Shadab off Vikum Sanjaya, which drastically brought the equation down to two off two, as the pair took the winning runs off the very next ball.
The next match will take place in Lahore on Sunday (October 29), with the two battling in Pakistan for the first time since 2009’s terrorist attack in Sri Lanka team bus.