Ruthless Sri Lanka Upset Top-Ranked Pakistan In 1st T20I

1st T20I

Greenshirts lost the match despite Hasnain’s heroics in 1st T20I

Greenshirts lost the match despite Hasnain’s heroics

What began as a day to cherish ended as one to forget as a top-ranked Pakistan side lost to a second-string Sri Lankan team because of two words – Over Confidence, in the 1st T20I. Coach cum Chief Selector Misbah ul Haq thought that by including useless Cricketers, he could change their fortune. However, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad made sure that their fortune remained the same, and Pakistan suffered. That’s exactly what happened in Lahore, where the visitors won their first match on the tour, despite regular setbacks.

Hasnain became second Pakistani to take a T20I hat trick

Danushka Gunathilaka’s quickfire fifty helped Sri Lanka post 165 for 5 after being put to bat first. In the 84-run opening stand, his contribution was 57 runs off 38 balls. Avishka Fernando and Rajapaksa also scored over 30, before Mohammad Hasnain wiped the visitors out with his triple strike. He became the second Pakistani after Fahim Ashraf to take a hat trick in T20 internationals and proved his selection correct.

Recalled players should be retired players!

However, it was the senior players returning to the side who couldn’t justify their recall. Chasing 166 runs to win, first Umar Akmal and then Ahmed Shehzad proved that they don’t deserve a recall, but retirement. After a first-ball duck for the younger Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad went for 4 runs off 9 balls. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed did try to make amends and added 46 runs for the fourth wicket. But after their departure, it was a trip down the road as no one seemed interested in scoring runs.

Lower order collapsed as if batting wasn’t their talent!

Asif Ali (6), Imad Wasim (7), Faheem Ashraf (8), Shadab Khan (6) and Mohammad Amir (1) batted as if they were only paid to bowl, and batting was not a priority. No batsman managed to cross 30, and the last seven could only manage 33 runs. Udana and Pradeep managed three-wicket each and utilized the conditions as if they were the home bowlers.

Sri Lanka takes 1-0 lead in the three-match series!

By dismissing Pakistan for 101 all out, the Sri Lankan team achieved their first victory of the tour. They now lead the series 1-0, with the second match scheduled for Monday, 7th October. Misbah ul Haq has two days to decide whether he wants to look at the future, or past and lose again.

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