T20 Series: Pakistan restrict Sri Lanka to 147
The Men in Green will be playing the match to avoid a series whitewash.
Rejuvenated Sri-Lanka led the three match series 2-0. Sri Lanka have never won a T20I series 3-0. And Pakistan have never been whitewashed 3-0 in T20Is.
Despite being inexperienced, Sri Lanka team gave their best with discipline. Sri Lanka earned another emphatic 35-run victory over top-ranked Pakistan in the second Twenty20 for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
In the first match, Pakistan’s last seven wickets fell for 33. In the second, their last five went down for 20. Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad, recalled on the basis of their form in domestic cricket, have produced four awful innings between them. Akmal got out first ball in both matches. Shehzad played 25 Powerplay deliveries for his 17 runs across the two games.
Babar Azam, Pakistan’s most prolific batsmen over the last few years, surprisingly failed to score big in both matches. Mohammad Amir, who took 14 wickets at 15.50, going at 6.57 in nine appearances last year, has failed to take a wicket through the first two matches in Lahore.
Iftikhar Ahmed, who impressed many in the ODI series played in Karachi, is expected to replace Umar and Haris Sohail is likely to replace Shehzad.