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Rookie Sri Lanka thrash Pakistan to complete T20I whitewash

The 3-0 sweep is the first ever T20I series whitewash for Sri Lanka.



Rookie Sri Lanka thrash Pakistan to complete T20I whitewash
Dasun Shanaka with the trophy. Photo: AFP

An inexperienced Sri Lankan side clean swept world number one Pakistan in the three match T20I series on Wednesday with a 13-run victory in the third and final match in Lahore.

Chasing a modest target of 148-run in front of packed 27,000 fans at the Gaddafi Stadium, Pakistan seemed to end up with the win when leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga nailed the equation with stand out bowling performance taking 3 for 21 to restrict Pakistan to 134 for 6 in 20 overs.

Hasaranga stumped Haris Sohail in the 16th over, who, with a 50-ball 52 almost took Pakistan to reach into the victory target.

The leggy then dismissed Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed (16) one over later booking Sri Lanka the much coveted victory.

Earlier in the match, Sri Lanka’s inning was built up by a brilliant maiden half century from Oshanda Fernando after the team lost two wickets for 28 runs in four overs.

Sri Lanka kept losing wickets. At one stage, they were down with four wickets for 58 but Fernando repaired the damage with a fighting 76-run fifth wicket stand with skipper Dasun Shanaka who made 12.

At the end of their allotted over, Sri Lanka scored 147/7.

Mohammad Amir grabbed 3/27 for Pakistan.

This was the first ever T20I series whitewash for Sri Lanka. The island nation toured Pakistan with a strength curtailed team as ten of their top players, including regular Twenty20 skipper Lasith Malinga refused to visit Pakistan over security fears.

After losing the one-day series 2-0, Sri Lanka made a remarkable comeback winning the first two matches of the T20 series by 64 and 35 runs respectively.

Before this, Pakistan’s only T20I whitewash was at the hands of England in United Arab Emirates in 2015.

After leading his team to the victory, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka said, “Unity was the secret (of success). We wanted to thank the people of Pakistan, they supported us, not just the Pakistan (team). All the players were bonded and that was the key to our success.”

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