Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I – As It Happened
In the third and final T20I, the visiting skipper, Dasun Shanaka won the toss and once again decided to put up a score for Pakistan to chase down. Sri Lankan openers returned to the pavilion early. It was quite a one-man show form Sri Lanka’s batting perspective, and the man was Oshada Fernando. He came in to bat when Sri Lanka was struggling for runs.
The visitors were 30/3 in five overs. Fernando came in and took the attack to the Pakistani bowlers. The 27 years old all-rounder scored a fluent 78* off just 48 balls on a pitch which had gotten challenging to bat on.
Sri Lanka finished at a below-par total of 147/7 in 20 overs. At the end of the first innings, the things looked to go, for the first time in the series, in Pakistan way.
Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim were once again exceptional with the ball. Imad Wasim picked up one scalp and went only for 18 runs in his four overs. Mohammad Amir picked up three wickets for 27 runs in his four overs. Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan also bowled well. Wahab conceded 26 runs from his four overs and picked up a wicket. Shadab Khan went wicket-less. The leggie conceded 32 runs off his four overs. Usman Shinwari was expensive with the bowl. He didn’t pick up any wicket and went for 43 runs.
Pakistan wobbled in the chase as usual. Rajitha cleaned Fakhar Zaman up on the very first ball of the 2nd innings. Haris Sohail came in to bat at number three. He and Babar Azam added 76 runs for the 2nd wicket. As soon as Babar Azam (27) departed, Pakistan started to lose their way in the chase.
Haris Sohail scored a slow fifty (52 off 50 balls). None of the other batsmen could get going at the right time. Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistani skipper, came out to bat at number four. He slowed down the run-rate further. He scored 17 off 16 balls when the required rate was ten runs per over.
Iftikhar Ahmed (17 off 8) and Wahab Riaz (12 off 6) tried their best to take Pakistan over the line, but the slow batting of middle-order had done the damage. Pakistan fell short by 13 runs to face an embarrassing whitewash in their backyard.
Sri Lankan bowlers were once again right on target. Rajitha conceded only 17 runs and picked up the vital wicket of Fakhar Zaman. Wanindu Hasaranga was brilliant, and he picked up three wickets haul in back to back T20Is. Lahiru Kumara picked up two wickets as the Islanders restricted Pakistan to 134/6 in 20 overs.
Man Of The Match
Wanindu Hasaranga, the man with the golden arm, won the back-to-back man of the match awards, and also the man of the series award for his brilliant bowling. His googly remained unpicked throughout the series. None of the Pakistani batsmen could get going across the young leggie.