1st T20I (N), Lahore, Oct 5 2019, Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan
(17.4/20 ov, target 166)101
Sri Lanka won by 64 runs
player of the match

9.55pm So, Sri Lanka throw the first punch in the T20I series and consign Pakistan to a 64-run defeat. Gunathilaka laid down the marker with a blazing fifty, before Sri Lanka wobbled in the middle overs, and then landed some late blows to reach 165 for 5. Pakistan then unravelled quickly in the face of a challenging chase. Their reply was so muddled that at one point Ifthikhar and Sarfaraz were dashing towards the same end. Dew set in later in the evening, but Sri Lanka had enough runs in the bank. Pradeep and Udana came away with three wickets each while Hasaranga picked up two. The victory is Sri Lanka's first of the tour and they lead this three-match series 1-0

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Danushka Gunathilaka, Man of the Match: It was a great win for the unit, and we did well in the one-dayers as well. Avishka batted well and it helped me a lot. When we go forward, we can win more games.

Dasun Shanaka, SL captain: It's a great achievement for us without our top guns. Our openers were tremendous on this wicket. We had great belief in this team. All the credit need to go to the openers and debutant Banuka. The bowlers also started well.

That's a wrap of this game. Thanks for tuning in. This is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Andrew Miller and Chandan Duorah. Goodbye and good night

ShivaRam : "Wow.. This has to be one of the worst t20 chases ever. Surely, Pakistan are a better batting side than this. "

Ali: "I don't know what selecters and coaches see in Shahzad and Umar what fans don't see. They are not international material they can perform good in local let them stay there."

Khawaja: "Dropping Fakhar cost them initial start. Dropping Haris cost them momentum. Dropping Shinwari cost them early break throughs. Picking tried and tested players (Ahmed, Akmal) cost them match.

Udana to Amir, OUT

That is that! A second-string SL side tramples the No.1 T20I team. Udana sews up an emphatic win for the visitors. Amir makes some swinging room and mis-hits another slower ball into the lap of long-off

Mohammad Amir c Gunathilaka b Udana 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
Udana to Shadab, OUT

Shadab holes out to Avishka at deep midwicket. Slower short ball outside off, Shadab, having shuffled across off, slogs this back-of-the-hand variation to the outfielder

Shadab Khan c Fernando b Udana 6 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71
Udana to Shadab, no run

wide yorker, squeezed back to Udana

Tasmeem: "Lol, T20 rankings. Should they lose two series on the trott, they will be back being 5th or 6th."

Udana to Amir, 1 run

Amir moves away outside leg, Udana follows him, jabbed into the off side

Ranodeep Dutta: "Why drop Fakhar Zaman? He was in really good form in odis scoring 2 50s in 2 innings. Just when he was getting confidence the team management decides to drop him. Poor selection"

end of over 1710 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 100/8CRR: 5.88 • RRR: 22.00 • Need 66 runs from 18b
Shadab Khan6 (5)
Mohammad Amir0 (0)
Nuwan Pradeep3-0-21-3
PWH de Silva4-0-20-2
Pradeep to Shadab, FOUR runs

pretty full on middle, Shadab sizes it up and scoops it with the bottom hand over mid-off. Some belated cheer for the Lahore fans

Aabis: "Whatever's happening now is because of the nonsense partnership of dots between Sarfaraz and Iftikhar. Sarfaraz should simply understand and accept that he does not have the calibre to play in the white ball cricket. He should stick with the red ball and let someone deserving to represent Pakistan in the shorter formats. He might be a good captain but he's also occupying an important slot in the batting order."

Pradeep to Shadab, no run

short and outside off, Shadab swings hard and almost drags it back onto his own stumps

Pradeep to Faheem, OUT

full-toss on the pads, picked up and hit into the lap of Danushka at deep square leg. Ashraf adds to Pakistan's collapse. The umpires check for a possible front-foot no-ball, but Pradeep is okay on that count as well. Ashraf has to keep going

Faheem Ashraf c Gunathilaka b Pradeep 8 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100
Pradeep to Shadab, 1 run

full on off, driven with an open face to sweeper cover

Ranodeep Dutta: "Rizwan should be Pakistan's keeper for Odis and tests and Sarfaraz should be pakistans keeper in t20s only"

Pradeep to Faheem, 1 run

length ball on off, Ashraf wants to slog this out of the Gadaffi Stadium, instead he splices it back to the bowler

DaMan: "I know Pakistan are world number 1 in T20, but I feel they are more suited to UAE wickets where 150 is par first innings score"

Pradeep to Faheem, FOUR runs

Pradeep bowls a yorker on middle stump, Ashraf clears his front leg and scythes it up and over extra-cover. That's some hit from Ashraf

Khalid: "how many times do Shehzad and Umar Akmal have to remind everyone they are not good enough to be in the team before everyone stops calling for them to be recalled every few months?"

end of over 164 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 90/7CRR: 5.62 • RRR: 19.00 • Need 76 runs from 24b
Faheem Ashraf3 (5)
Shadab Khan1 (2)
PWH de Silva4-0-20-2
Kasun Rajitha4-0-20-1
PWH de Silva to Faheem, 1 run

back of a length on middle, forced off the back foot for one

PWH de Silva to Shadab, 1 run

short and breaks away outside off, swished down to long-off

PWH de Silva to Shadab, no run

shorter and on off, stabbed back to the bowler

Dr Atif Azad: "All those calling for Rizwan, he is no 6 hitter himself. Just a more consistently scoring version of Sarfraz. "

PWH de Silva to Faheem, 1 run

good length and sliding across off, edged to short third man

PWH de Silva to Asif Ali, OUT

liberally tossed up on off stump, Asif Ali aims to launch it downtown. He does not get hold of it though and winds up slicing it in the air. Danushka, SL's first-innings hero, runs across to his left and grabs the catch

Asif Ali c Gunathilaka b de Silva 6 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60
PWH de Silva to Faheem, 1 leg bye

slider from Hasaranga, beats the reverse-sweep, hits the pad, and wanders away. Not given out lbw. It looks very tight, but SL have exhausted their review

end of over 157 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 86/6CRR: 5.73 • RRR: 16.00 • Need 80 runs from 30b
Faheem Ashraf1 (2)
Asif Ali6 (9)
Kasun Rajitha4-0-20-1
PWH de Silva3-0-17-1
Rajitha to Faheem, 1 run

full on the pads, picked up and the ball landed in front of deep square leg

Rajitha to Faheem, no run

off-stump yorker, dug out

Rajitha to Imad Wasim, OUT

Hasaranga pouches it at mid-off. Full-toss outside off, Imad aims to launch it over him, no dice, he simply slaps it to the man there

Imad Wasim c de Silva b Rajitha 7 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 140
Rajitha to Asif Ali, 1 run

full-toss on leg stump, miscued to square leg and throw is to the non-striker's end. Hits his bat and rolls away to the deep

Rajitha to Imad Wasim, 1 run

slower ball outside off, this full-toss is hauled away to deep midwicket

Rajitha to Imad Wasim, FOUR runs

Imad goes boom! Just short of a good length and outside off, clears his front leg and whacks it straight of mid-off