They came, they played and they lost, that’s Pakistan in T20 series for you
Pakistan may have won the ODI series against Sri Lanka but their overconfidence cost them the T20 series. Overconfidence of being the top-ranked side in the world; resting key players and recalling undeserving players. The way they chased the target of 183 runs reminded one of the school kids playing for the first time. They were never in it to win it, and Sri Lankan players’ will and intent won them the series.
It was a day to forget for hapless Pakistan
Sri Lanka won the toss, elected to bat and posted 182 runs against wayward Pakistanis. The hosts were not just bad in the field, their bowlers went for runs. They were unable to control Bhanuka Rajapaksa who managed to score 77 off 48 balls. With Shehan Jayasuriya he added 94 runs for the third wicket, mercilessly attacking Pakistani bowlers. Dasun Shanaka fireworks ensured the visitors had a good total to defend, but it proved too much for the hosts.
Failed players fail again, despite the change in positions
And when it was Pakistan’s turn to bat, they started on a disastrous note. In form Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman were first to depart, followed by out of sorts recalled duo. Umar Akmal couldn’t last for more than a ball while Ahmed Shehzad tried to cement his place with slow batting. He scored 13 off 16 balls and recklessly threw his wicket after hitting a six. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Asif Ali scored a few runs but were unable to stay at the wicket. Imad Wasim played the lone ranger with 47 runs off 29 balls, but after his departure, all was lost for Pakistan.
Pradeep, Hasaranga shared 7 out of 10 wickets to fall
Nuwan Pradeep took 4 for 25 as Pakistan was dismissed for 147 in 19 overs. He was aided by Wanindu Hasaranga who took three wickets off four balls, that too after being hit for a six by Ahmed Shehzad. Sri Lanka clinched the series 2-0 with one match remaining to be played on 9th October. One hopes that Pakistan fields the team as per their rank instead of coach’s wishful thinking. Who knows, the bench strength might change the tide for the hosts who are losing, instead of being beaten in T20.