Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (Pak vs SL) 1st T20I Highlights: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 64 runs in the first T20I in Lahore on Saturday. After Sri Lanka set the home team a target of 166, Pakistan collapsed in their run chase. Sarfaraz Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed were the only ones who got their scores into the 20s, with nobody else managing to trouble the scorers much. Pakistan were bowled out for 101 in 17.4 overs.
Mohammad Hasnain took three wickets off consecutive balls across two overs to become the youngest to take a T20I hat-trick as Pakistan pegged back Sri Lanka after their blistering start to contain them to 165/5 in 20 overs. Danishka Gunathilaka (57) gave the visitors a magnificent start but Sri Lanka lost wickets in a heap towards the end.
Sri Lanka in Pakistan, 3 T20I Series, 2019Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 20 October 2019
Pakistan 101 (17.4)
Sri Lanka 165/5 (20.0)
Match Ended ( Day - 1st T20I ) Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 64 runs
Sri Lanka win
Sri Lanka win by 64 runs. Udana and Pradeep, with three wickets each, the destructors-in-chief- for the Sri Lankans. For Pakistan, nothing went right today. Sarfaraz and Iftikhar tried to hang around for a bit, both of them getting into their 20s, but nobody else could trouble the scorers much. Sri Lanka's young team, led by first time captain Dasun Shanaka, defeats Pakistan, the world No.1 team, at home.
Shadab is out
One wicket away from a dominating win over the World No.1 team for Sri Lanka's young guns. Shadab goes for 6. Pakistan's No.10 and No.11 are in the middle, delaying the inevitable. PAK 101/9 after 17.3 overs
PAK 8 down
Faheem Ashraf offers a catch to fine leg. He walks back after a short stay of 8 runs. Pakistan keep losing wickets. 96/8 after 16.4 overs. The challenge for Pakistan in this match now down to whether if they can play 20 overs.
Wickets keep tumbling
Imad Wasim finds Hasaranga with a lofted shot. Nothing going right for the home team today. They lose their 6th wicket and this is possibly the end of this match as a contest. Unless Asif Ali can come up with something really special. PAK 85/6 after 14.4 overs
Pakistan sink deeper into crisis as they lose their skipper. Sarfaraz Ahmed, a man in poor form, a man who has looked very uncomfortable today, but who has still stuck on for a long time, is finally out for a 30-ball 24. He is bowled by Hasaranga. PAK 78/5 after 13.5 overs
And just when Pakistan's troubles could not get any worse, there is a comical run out. Replays are being pored over, not to see whether there has been a run out, but to see which of Iftikhar and Sarfaraz is out. Both batsmen went for the same end of the pitch, in what is a batsman's worst nightmare. Sarafaraz looked more intent on making his ground. Iftikhar is the man who has to depart for 25. PAK 68/4 after 11.3 overs
Pressure rising on Pakistan
The required run rate is now inching up to 11. Pakistan need something to happen! They are pushing themselves into a corner, they cannot afford to bat in this mode for far longer. Need 107 runs from 59 balls now.
50 up for Pakistan
50 comes up for Pakistan in the 9th over. 50 had come up in thr 5th over for Sri Lanka. Pakistan had pulled it back with their bowling effort towards the end of the innings, however. They'll need a late surge in this innings as well. Sarfaraz and Iftikhar are looking to shift up a gear meanwhile. PAK 51/3 after 9 overs
Sarfaraz and Iftikhar are playing Pakistan nervously back into a position from where they can go for the win. However, they need to ensure they don't fall too far behind the required run rate. Sri Lanka had more than double the runs Pakistan have at this stage. There have not been any boundaries in the last 2 overs. PAK 38/3 after 7.2 overs
PAK in crisis.
Shehzad is bowled! He falls cheaply too. Pakistan are losing wickets fast. Udana gets the latest wicket to fall. Sarafaraz and Iftikhar Ahmed are in the middle for Pakistan now, with their agenda now surely being to rebuild this innings. This Pakistan innings has gotten off to a very contrasting start to how the Lankan innings had. PAK 22/3 after 4.5 overs
Pradeep jolts PAK
Umar Akmal is out for a first ball duck! Pakistan have lost two in two. Nuwan Pradeep is on fire! PAK 13/2 after 2 overs
Babar falls early
Big blow for the home team! Babar Azam is gone. He hits Pradeep for a four but is then dismissed. Minod Bhanuka takes a stunning catch to get rid of Babar. Babar goes for 13. PAK 13/1 after 1.5 overs
SL 165/5 after 20 overs
Amir finishes off with a yorker. What a brilliant performance he has put in today. ENds wicketless, but his figures of 0/25 in 4 overs don't tell the whole story. Hasnain, with those three wickets, the star of the show for Pakistan in terms of bowling figures. Sri Lanka end their 20 overs at 165/5. They might be a little disappointed after the start that Gunathilaka had given them. Can Pakistan chase down 166? We could be in for a cracker of a chase.
Hat-trick for Hasnain
That is, technically, a hat-trick for young man Mohammad Hasnain. He got a wicket off the last ball of his 3rd over and he has got two wickets with the first two balls of his last over. What a comeback this has been after getting hammered in his first over! 3/37 in his four overs. SL 159/5 after 19 overs
Shanaka is OUT
Dasun Shanaka's short but glorious stay comes to an end. He departs for a 10-ball 17. He was loking good, Shehan Jayasuriya has been looking a little fidgety at the other end. Umar Akmal takes the catch on the boundary line. Isuru Udana in as the new man. And Jayasuriya goes out immediately as well. Ahmed Shehzad with the catch this time. Sri Lanka losing wickets in a hurry towards the end. SL 153/5 after 18.2 overs
Shanaka to the fore
Skipper Dasun Shanaka, facing his fourth ball, connects brilliantly. Lofts Faheem Ashraf for a maximum over long on. Next ball is also pulled for a SIX! Shanaka looked a little nervous at the toss, nothing nervous about the way he is going about his cricket now. SL 149/3 after 16.5 overs
Pakistan are getting their way back into this match. First Avishka Fernando is run out. Courtesy a brilliant throw from Shadab Khan. Rajapaksa then looks to give charge but he is also out. Caught lbw in his crease by Hasnain. Sri Lanka lose their set batsmen. SL 135/3 after 16 overs
Mohammad Hasnain has come out all guns blazing on the Lahore stage but he has had just no luck. Gets an edge to fly off for four in the last ball of the 14th over, just when it looked the over would pass without much event. Sri Lanka's young guns are trumping Pakistan at the moment. SL 117/1 after 14 overs
SL continue onslaught
Rajapaksa, the new man in, and Avishka Fernando have taken a few balls to recover from the jolt of losing their in-form batsman, Gunathilaka, but they are now stepping on it. Avishka, who has been batting at a strike rate below 100, is looking to make an effort to find the gaps for the boundaries. Rajapaksa shows his intentions by going down on his knee and sweeping Shadab Khan for a six down to fine leg. SL 100/1 after 12 overs
First wicket for Pakistan! Gunathilaka is out lbw after a very well-made 38-ball 57. Shadab Khan gets the wicket. What a great start Gunathilaka has given the visitors in this 1st T20I though. Gunathilaka was not impressed with umpire Aleem Dar's decision and he wen for the review. Replays show the ball would have been clipping leg stump. Umpire 1 Batsman 0. SL 84/1 after 9.4 overs
50 for Gunathilaka
Gunathilaka brings up his 50 in the 8th over with a SIX! He's on 52 off 32 balls now. This is already his highest score in this format and he looks set to get much much more than just this today. This match could easily turn into the Gunathilaka show! Avishka Fernando playing the waiting game at the other end. SL 77/0 after 8 overs.
50 up for SL
50 comes up for SL in the 5th over. Mohammad Amir bowls a good over but does not have much luck. He raps the batsman on the pad with a ball but that was too short. The last ball of the over takes an edge and just drops in front of the keeper. Shadab Khan comes on to bowl the 6th over and he is also smashed for back to back boundaries straight up. SL are off to a blistering start! SL 64/0 after 5.5 overs
Hasnain under the cosh
Good raw pace from Hasnain. Missing the accuracy at the moment though. Two wides in the over. Gunathilaka has had the better of him in his first over. Has had to wait so long on the wings for his chance. Hasnain would be desperate to bowl a better 2nd over. Time for Mohammad Amir to come on to bowl. SL 41/0 after 4 overs
Intelligent cricket from SL
8 runs in the over. The SL openers are playing some good cricket to keep the scoreboard moving. Imad, who bowled five dot balls in the 1st over, just manages one dot ball in his next over. The pace of Mohammad Hasnain to bowl the 4th over. SL 25/0 after 3 overs.
12 runs come off the second over, bowled by Faheem Ashraf. Both batsmen got their first boundaries in that over Imad Wasim back to bowl the 3rd over. Gave away just 1 run off the bat in his first over, let's see what this over holds.. SL 17/0 after 2 overs.
The first runs of the day come in comical fashion. Imad Wasim bowls four dot balls. Then gives Gunathilaka a wiggle of the eyebrows, challenging him to get a run. The fifth ball, unfortunately for him, is a huge wide down the leg side. Four byes. Anti-climactic. SL 5/0 after 1 over.
Players step out
What an occasion for Lahore! 'Pakistan 100% secure. Please come and play', entreats a poster in the stands. Avishka Fernando and Danushka Gunathilaka to open for Sri Lanka. Gunathilaka got a 100 in the ODI series, something he can build on. Spin in the form of Imad Wasim to start off for Pakistan.
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Umar Akmal, Asif Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain
Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka(w), Dasun Shanaka(c), Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep
PAK win toss
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed wins the toss at the Gaddafi Stadium and decides the home team will field first. Sri Lanka have been asked to set up a target in this first match of the series. Live action less than 30 minutes away.
The big news from the home side's perspective is the returns of Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal. There's a lot of experience in the Pakistan side, even as Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez are not there. Dasun Shanaka will be leading Sri Lanka for the first time, on the other hand. Let us see if the young guns from the touring side can spring a surpise or two over the No.1 T20I side in the world. Toss in 15 more minutes.
Hello and welcome
Welcome to our live coverage of the 1st T20I between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan are coming to the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on the back of a triumphant campaign in the ODIs. Sri Lanka, though not having exactly rolled over, have not quite come close to a win on this tour yet either. Could the shortest format be where they put up more of a fight? Match starts in less than an hour. Toss in less than 30 minutes.