Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I

    Sri Lanka in Pakistan, 3 T20I Series, 2019 | 2nd T20I | Monday 7th October | 13:30
     Match Ended
    147 (19.0) RR:7.73
    Sri Lanka
    182/6 (20.0) RR:9.1
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    That is it from this game. Sri Lanka have turned the tables and have sealed the 3-match series 2-0. They would now be looking to whitewash the best side in T20Is in their own backyard. Pakistan, on the other hand, will be looking to give their fans something to cheer about and will play for pride in the 3rd and final T20I of the series. That match will be played at the very same venue on Wednesday, 9th October. The match will begin at 1830 Local (1330 GMT). Join us for that one. Till then, cheers!

    Victorious Sri Lankan skipper comes for the interview. Shanaka says they played some quality cricket and hence they were able to achieve the result. Credits Rajapaksa for his brilliant innings and adds he had good support out in the middle. Shanaka hopes that the youngsters to get more chances after the series but he also says that he is aware of the senior players coming back.

    Pakistan skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed is up next for the interview. Sarfaraz admits that they did not play well and were second best to Sri Lanka. Adds they need to look at themselves and feels there were moments in all three departments which saw them wanting. On the poor bowling performance in the series, he says that they tried hard but were not able to execute their plans. Takes out young Mohammad Hasnain as a positive. Sarfaraz feels they were unable to take wickets in the middle overs and that hurt them. On the reason for former players being called up again, Sarfaraz tells that they had performed really well and deserved their call-ups.

    For his magnificent 77 off 48 balls, Bhanuka Rajapaksa has been named the Man of the Match. Rajapaksa says that initially he had to pace his innings. Admits it is not easy to come to Pakistan and win a series but credits the coaching staff for helping them. Tells he was just happy to be in the side and it is a real joy to defeat the No.1 side in T20Is.

    Stay tuned for the presentation.

    Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka posted a mammoth total of 183 courtesy of a brilliant 77 from Bhanuka Rajapaksa and cameos from Shanaka and Jayasuriya. The total was too good for the visitors to chase down. Imad Wasim was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan picking up a wicket and conceding just 27 runs.

    It was a collective effort from the Sri Lankan bowlers. Wanindu Hasaranga was expensive but his 3 wickets in one over made the target a lot more difficult for the hosts. But the real star with the ball was Nuwan Pradeep who held his nerve and showed his class. His 4/25 ensured that even though there was a fightback from Imad and Asif Ali it was not enough. Udana and Rajitha took two and one wickets respectively.

    Needing 183, Pakistan got off to a terrible start losing both their openers inside the first 4 overs. The hosts tried to find stability with their skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed taking the aggressor's role. But 3 wickets in one over from Wanindu Hasaranga looked to have killed the tie. Imad Wasim and Asif Ali though had other ideas. The duo added 75 runs but the task in hand was too much as once Imad fell owing to the scoreboard pressure, it was just out of reach for Pakistan's lower order to get and in the end they fell short by 35 runs.

    Stop the press! Sri Lanka have broken the duck. They have got their first series win against Pakistan in T20Is. The Sri Lankan players are up in joy.

    Over: 19 | 2 Runs
    W 18.6
    Nuwan Pradeep to Mohammad Hasnain

    OUT! CAUGHT BY WANINDU HASARANGA AND SRI LANKA HAVE WON THE SERIES! Good length ball on middle and leg, Hasnain looks to hoick this one over the long on fielder. However, he cannot get the timing he desired and the fielder in the deep, Wanindu Hasaranga takes an easy catch. This young group of Sri Lankan players have played in fantastic fashion as they gain an unassailable lead in this series.

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