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Second T20I at Lahore today

Great achievement for us without our top guns – skipper Shanaka

Sri Lanka’s cricketers celebrate victory in the first Twenty20 International cricket match against Pakistan at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on Saturday. – AFP
Sri Lanka’s cricketers celebrate victory in the first Twenty20 International cricket match against Pakistan at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore on Saturday. – AFP

LAHORE, Saturday: Sri Lanka’s new T20I captain Dasun Shanaka said that it was a great achievement for his team to beat Pakistan in the first T20I at Lahore on Saturday without their top guns.

”It’s a great achievement for us without our top guns. Our openers were tremendous on this wicket. We had great belief in this team. All the credit need to go to the openers and debutant Banuka. The bowlers also started well,” said Shanaka after Sri Lanka’s thumping win by 64 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Danushka Gunathilaka got Sri Lanka off to a great start after they were put in, setting about Faheem Ashraf and Hasnain to bring the 50 stand up in the fifth over.

”It was a great win for the unit, and we did well in the one-dayers as well. Avishka (Fernando) batted well and it helped me a lot. When we go forward, we can win more games” said Gunathilaka after winning man of the match award. Mohammad Hasnain’s hat-trick was in vain as a young Sri Lanka side shocked Pakistan in the opening match of the series.

Top-ranked Pakistan had won six consecutive T20 contests with Sri Lanka and the tourists were smarting from a 2-0 ODI series defeat, but they pulled off an upset under new captain Dasun Shanaka at Gaddafi Stadium.

Sri Lanka posted 165-5 after losing the toss, Gunathilaka top scoring with 57 from 38 balls before 19-year-old Hasnain (3-37) took a hat-trick across two overs in his second international in the shortest format.

Pakistan were bowled out for 101 in reply to suffer a fourth loss in their last five T20s, Nuwan Pradeep (3-21) and Isuru Udana (3-11) starring in a superb Sri Lanka display in the field.


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