Sri Lanka inflicted a 3-0 series whitewash over Pakistan after edging the hosts by 13 runs in the third and final T20 international at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore. Defending a 147-run total, Sri Lanka bowled exceptionally well to restrict the number one ranked Pakistan team to 134-6 in their allotted 20 overs.
It was for the first time that the Lankans completed a series whitewash over their sub continent rivals in their own backyard.
🚨 Sri Lanka win the final T20I and win the series 3-0! 🚨
Oshada Fernando hit 78* and a very disciplined performance from the Sri Lankan bowlers saw Pakistan fall 13 runs short 🔥 pic.twitter.com/hF2wRV4PtV— ICC (@ICC) October 9, 2019
Pakistan got off to the worst possible start after they lost in-form opener Fakhar Zaman to Kasun Rajitha on the first ball of their innings. Babar Azam and Haris Sohail then resurrected the Pakistani innings by stitching a 76 run partnership.
However, Lahiru Kumara sent back the well settled Babar Azam to the pavilion. Haris Sohail kept accumulating the runs from one end but just as he looked dangerous, he was stumped by Samarawickrama off the bowling off Wanindu Hasaranga. Spinner Wanindu Hasaranga then cast a web by dismissing skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and Asif Ali in quick succession.
There was a late flourish by Iftikhar Ahmed and Wahb Riaz towards the end of the innings but it was rather too late by then to cause an serious damage.
Batting first, Sri Lanka posted a competitive 147-run total against Pakistan. The batting efforts for Sri Lanka were led by debutant Oshada Fernando, who top scored with a belligerent 78 knock off just 48 deliveries.
Spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was awarded the Man of the Series for his stellar bowling efforts, which saw him taking 3 for 21 in his 4 over spell.