Pakistan outsmarted Sri Lanka by 36 runs to complete another series whitewash, but this time in Lahore as cricket returned on Sunday the 29th of October 2017. The home side took the series 3-0.
“Since we have experienced more than 30 years of war, we know what isolation means. We have gone through more than 30 years of war in Sri Lanka, but Pakistan has never cancelled a single game of cricket which we agreed to play against each other in Sri Lanka. There are various [types of] people. We appeal to them to keep children, women, religious places and sports aside. Leave us alone, let us play our game of cricket in peace and harmony. We want to enjoy the game of cricket and give everyone opportunities and a chance to share our happiness in the game,” said SLC President who accompanied the team to Lahore.
Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara also travelled to Lahore and was given a warm welcome amid tight security.
Batting first, Pakistan were off to a steady start with wickets intact to unleash in the latter part of the innings. Shoaib Malik’s half-century in just 24 deliveries put them on course for a target of 160. But, three massive sixes in the final over propelled the home team to 180.
Early wickets had Sri Lanka in deep trouble but Dasun Shanaka hammered a few out of the park in the middle overs. However, it was way too late as his dismissal steered Pakistan to a comfortable 36 runs win.
“It’s a tough tour. For Pakistan fans, thanks for inviting us. My team-mates gelled like a family. Last three matches, we had to take a lot of positives. We need to do something for our batting unit,” said losing captain Thisara Perera at the post-match presentation.
Shoaib Malik was adjudged Man of the Match and Man of the series for his contribution with the bat.
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