2nd T20I (N), Abu Dhabi, October 27, 2017, Pakistan tour of United Arab Emirates
(19.5/20 ov, T:125) 125/8

Pakistan won by 2 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

Player Of The Match
16* (8) & 1/14
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"Our bowlers did really well to pull Sri Lanka down form their position of strength while they were batting. The fielding too was really really good. And then Shadab at the end, hitting that six, that was a million-dollar shot," Sarfraz Ahmed says. "IN that crunch situation, on this difficult pitch, that shot was very difficult. Our youngsters are putting up big performances. We back them, our coaching staff backs them and they are coming good even in high pressure situations. We have a New Zealand tour, and we can't be batting like this then. We are trying to improve and hopefully we do before going away. Good that we've won the series now, but we are looking forward to the game in Lahore. Hopefully the ground is full and the people support Sri Lanka as well."

"If we look back at this match, we can take a lot of positives," Thisara Perera says. "My team-mates are giving 100%. Just at the last minute we missed a catch. But we did well. On this wicket, it was really hard to put up a big score. One-twenty four is a hard score to defend but our bowlers did a really really good job to take it that far. My team-mates are giving me 100% effort and so I give my 100% to the team as well. As a captain, I'm really proud of them and our win is not too far away. It's coming soon. Set batsman need to contribute, if we take the first two batters, our plan is that they have to play till the 15th over. Unfortunately they couldn't do it. Went to Lahore for the World XI game. It's an amazing place."

11.45 pm Shadab Khan is Man of the Match. "I was just thinking about trying to win the match. I went for the six in the last over, and Allah helped it carry over the fence. In T20s, you have to have variations with the ball. So that's what I've been working on."

11.30 pm. A last over finish. A hat-trick. A fifty. An appeal for obstructing the field. A superb display of death bowling. And a 19-year old allrounder showing outstanding skills under pressure. Low-scoring T20s, aren't they just the best?

Shadab Khan is surrounded by his team-mates, and is soaked by the adulation of the crowd. That six in the final over was a freakish shot. And so too was the winning shot, simply the composure to play the ball gently enough to exploit the fielder standing on the edge of the boundary with the game on the line deserves an award of some kind. But perhaps that will go to Faheem Ashraf for becoming the first Pakistani bowler to take a hat-trick in T20Is

Arbaz: "4-14-0-1 and 16 in 8, I think shadab is real MOM. His nature won my heart. "

Omar: "Shadab & Hasan are the complete package. Luck favoring them (Hasan's dropped catch), performing under pressure (Shadab's six) and smart cricketing skills (soft dab to long on to run 2). Real super stars in the making!"

Spare a thought for the Sri Lankans. They had only 124 on the board, but their inexperienced attack did so well, exploiting a two-paced pitch and nailing yorker after yorker to make the chase so very difficult for the hosts. They've not had the best time in limited-overs cricket of late - it is their 15th loss on the trot in one-dayers. The bowlers and fielders worked their backsides off but the batsmen - collapsing from 101 for 2 to 124 for 9 have to be held accountable for this loss.

shafqat: "SMA Priyanjan was playing as specialist batsman and he bated at 10, Prasana was playing as a bowling allrounder, and he did not get a ball to bowl, that sums up all"

Sanjaya to Shadab, 2 runs

full and outside off, dabs it to long-on, with the express purpose of getting two and he pulls it off! Shadab is absolutely pumped! What a talent! Good batter, sensational bowler, top fielder and a gun player under pressure. He banks on the ball being close to yorker length. He sees long-off and long-on back. He gently taps it down the ground, soft enough to seal Pakistan's series win

Pakistan need two off two

Sanjaya to Shadab, SIX runs

hoists it straight down the ground! What a shot! Sanjaya goes for the blockhole, but misses it, comes out as a length ball and Shadab smacks it with fearsome power

Sanjaya to Hasan Ali, 3 runs

dropped at long-off Gunathilaka the man, racing in, and having to leap to his left. Good effort, but at this stage of the game, those three runs could prove pivotal

Sanjaya to Shadab, 1 run

full and swinging into the right-hander, who has cleared his leg, waiting for it. Even so, he can only hack it down to long-on

Sanjaya to Faheem, OUT

caught at long-on! What scenes!. A superb yorker, tailing in late to the left-hander, is whipped powerfully. But even with all that power, it doesn't carry the distance and that's only because Sanjaya puts the ball so full that Ashraf simply cannot get under it

Faheem Ashraf c Gunathilaka b Sanjaya 4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) SR: 66.66
end of over 194 runs
PAK: 113/7CRR: 5.94 RRR: 12.00
Faheem Ashraf4 (5b)
Shadab Khan7 (5b 1x4)
Isuru Udana 4-0-17-1
Thisara Perera 4-0-24-3

Pakistan need 12 off the last over, and Sanjaya has the ball

Udana to Faheem, 1 leg bye

appeal for lbw as Udana bowls full and angles the ball into the pads. Faheem swings hard, looking for the midwicket boundary. He has to accept a leg bye and Sri Lanka have to accept that ball would have been sliding down.

Udana to Faheem, no run

yorker again, just outside off, Faheem tries to slice it behind point but cannot get bat to it. This is absolutely brilliant death bowling

Mazhar Shehzaad: "Glimpses of old Srilanka and old Pak tonight"

Udana to Shadab, 1 run

skews it out to deep square leg

Udana to Faheem, 1 run

full on middle, Faheem slogs wildly and gets an inside edge to long leg

Udana to Shadab, 1 run

nails the blockhole again, Shadab clips it to the leg side and runs. He would have been run out had Udana hit the stumps direct at the non-strikers' end

Udana to Shadab, no run

There's an appeal from Sri Lanka for obstructing the field! The soft signal is not out. Right then, all this starts with another yorker, from around the wicket. it tails into the right-hander, who digs it out. The ball travels towards Faheem, who is down the pitch, looking for a single. And Udana isn't able to get to the ball until Faheem extricates himself and gets back in his crease. That's why Sri Lanka asked the question, but it really wasn't intentional

end of over 189 runs • 2 wickets
PAK: 109/7CRR: 6.05 RRR: 8.00
Shadab Khan5 (2b 1x4)
Faheem Ashraf3 (2b)
Thisara Perera 4-0-24-3
Vikum Sanjaya 3-0-20-0

Pakistan need 16 off 12

Perera to Shadab, 1 run

looks to sweep a full toss, which is just outside off, doesn't connect, survives the lbw

Perera to Shadab, FOUR runs

what a shot! He yanks a near yorker on off stump and slices it past point. Amazing that he is able to generate that much power

Perera to Sarfaraz, 1 run, OUT

Sri Lanka think they have Sarfraz run-out. The wicketkeeper has simply raced away, absolutely certain and he's right. The wicket is the result of a yorker length delivery, off a round-arm action. Sarfraz drills it to long-off and he wants to pinch an extra run - the result of all the pressure he's under, and he comes in second best. Superb throw from Gunathilaka, picking the right end and making sure it was right next to the stumps

Sarfaraz Ahmed run out (Gunathilaka/†Samarawickrama) 28 (26b 1x4 0x6 ) SR: 107.69
Perera to Faheem, 1 run

whips it away to deep midwicket

Perera to Faheem, 2 runs

nearly carries to point. Sri Lanka's seamers are getting this old ball to swing in the air - this one, which is angled into the left-hander, nips away at the last second to take the leading edge as Ashraf flicks

"Come on, Sri Lanka" chants rising up to meet Faheem Ashraf, who took a hat-trick a few minutes earlier

Perera to Imad Wasim, OUT

traps him lbw! Awful shot from Imad - he's trying to sweep a proper yorker and as a result, the ball has a free path to slam into his boot before the bat is anywhere near it. Perfectly in line with middle stump.

Imad Wasim lbw b Perera 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) SR: 66.66
end of over 176 runs
PAK: 100/5CRR: 5.88 RRR: 8.33
Sarfaraz Ahmed27 (25b 1x4)
Imad Wasim2 (2b)
Vikum Sanjaya 3-0-20-0
Sachith Pathirana 4-0-18-1

Pakistan need 25 off 18 balls

Gohar: "Dini, our performance in the match is proportional to the other side. We strengthen and tone down our performance based on the opposition, to keep things interesting"

Sanjaya to Sarfaraz, no run

this one darts away past the outside edge! Sanjaya's bowled a lovely over, pitching the ball near the blockhole and getting it to swing in the air. Sarfraz's attempts to dig it out all in vain

Sanjaya to Sarfaraz, 2 runs

great work at long-on! It's Priyanjan, running to his right, diving to stop the ball from getting past him. A firm pull form Sarfraz results in only two

Sanjaya to Imad Wasim, 1 run

backs away, Sanjaya follows him, looking for his toes, Imad is still able to lash it down to long-off

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