PAK vs SL : Fernando & Hasaranga Help Sri Lanka Whitewash Pakistan


Sri Lanka 147/7 (Fernando 78*, Amir 3-27) beat Pakistan 134/6 (Sohail 52, Hasaranga 3-21) by 13 runs

Sri Lanka's crazy 2019 got even weirder on Wednesday, when they made five changes to the team that had won the first two T20Is against Pakistan, but still managed to pull off a whitewash - debutant Oshada Fernando producing the defining innings, before legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga took three wickets in his second successive match.

Oshada hit 78 not out off 48 balls, overseeing Sri Lanka's recovery from 30 for 3 after five overs, then 58 for 4 after eight. Very much the talisman in the innings - no other batsman made even 15 - he guided Sri Lanka to 147 for 7 on a slow Lahore surface.

That total would prove 13 too many for Pakistan, who had a 76-run second-wicket partnership, and yet could never get ahead of the asking rate.

Haris Sohail struck 52 off 50 balls for them, but there was the sense that the top order could have been more ambitious in the first two-thirds of the innings.

After 12 overs the required rate had crept up to nine. Iftikhar Ahmed and Wahab Riaz both struck desperate boundaries in the final overs, but they had been left with too much to do.

Hasaranga's two wickets in the 18th over effectively sealed the whitewash for the visitors.


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