The young Sri Lankan side overpowered Pakistan into a three-nil whitewash after beating the men in Green in all the three T20 match series, held at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Chasing a target of only 148, the Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman got bold for duck on the very first ball of the match. Afterwards, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail united to maintain a partnership of 76 runs and offer a good platform to the Men in Green.
Since the pressure mounted due to a higher required run-rate, Babar decided to strike but was caught behind by wicketkeeper Sadeera Samarawickrama off the bowling of fast-bowler Lahiru Kumara after scoring 27 runs off 32 deliveries.
Haris Sohail dropped shortly after, trying a wild slog, stumped by Samarawickrama off the bowling of leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga.
Pakistan’s batting order then dropped beneath the mounting pressure from the Sri Lanka bowlers. All-rounder Imad Wasim, Batsmen Asif Ali and Sarfaraz Ahmed were eliminated in rapid succession to leave Pakistan struggling.
All-rounder Iftikhar Ahmed and tailender Wahab Riaz subsequently attempted to slog their way from difficulty but could not finish the match on a winning note and lost to the young Sri Lankan side by 13 runs.
Iftikhar and Wahab remained unbeaten on 17 runs of 8 deliveries and 12 runs off 6 deliveries as the Islanders finished an unlikely three-nil series whitewash.
Before, Sri Lanka got off to a shaky start with the two openers leaving in rapid succession after winning the toss and opting to bat .
More wickets followed, as batsmen Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who were awarded player of the game in the next T20I, and Angelo Perera left in rapid succession to leave the Islanders fighting at 58 for four.
The collapse of wickets, however, failed to hold Sri Lanka back as batsmen Oshada Fernando and Dasun Shanaka united to get a 76-run venture that provided a good base for the Islanders. Fernando was the primary aggressor at the partnership leading 56 runs off 35 deliveries while Shanaka donated 12 runs of 25 balls.
Fernando continued his fine form and stayed unbeaten after scoring 78 off 48 deliveries to propel the Islanders into 147 for seven in their allocated overs.