SL 124/9 (20.0 Ovs)
PAK 125/8 (19.5 Ovs) CRR: 6.3
Pakistan won by 2 wkts
Pakistan opt to bowl
Pakistan (Playing XI): Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilshan Munaweera, Sadeera Samarawickrama(w), Ashan Priyanjan, Mahela Udawatte, Sachith Pathirana, Dasun Shanaka, Seekkuge Prasanna, Thisara Perera(c), Isuru Udana, Vikum Sanjaya
Safraz Ahmed: Our bowlers have been outstanding. The way they brought us back into the game in the last four overs, I couldn’t have asked for more. Shadab Khan was just amazing. The way he handled the pressure in the last over was superb. It was not that easy to play your shots on this wicket. But these players are working hard in every area to get better. That shot off Shadab Khan was a million dollar shot. We still have a lot to improve in our batting, we will work on it before we head to New Zealand. The entire team is very excited to go to Lahore, we will have a great support there. The way they supported World XI, I’m sure our crowd will also support the Sri Lankan side. I also want to thank the crowd here in Abu Dhabi.
Thisara Perera: We can take a lot of positives from this game. We gave our 100 percent and unfortunately that (dropped) catch in the last over cost us the game. Our bowlers did a great job. To defend that total wasn’t easy, but they responded well. My team-mates are giving their 100 percent and that’s what motivates me to give my 100 percent. Our plan is to have as many wickets as possible until 15 overs, but we lost the plot in the end overs today. It’s a great place (Lahore) and I’m looking forward to it (the third T20I).
Shadab Khan, Man of the Match: I believed that I can win the game for my side. I tried my best to hit a six, because I had to and thankfully I did. It is very important to contain the batsmen in T20Is and bring some variety to the bowling and I’m working on it.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I – Pakistan Won By 7 Wickets
SL 102 (18.3 Ovs)
PAK 103/3 (17.2 Ovs) CRR: 5.94
Sri Lanka Innings
- Powerplay: Overs 0.1 – 6.0 (Mandatory – 40 runs, 2 wickets)
- Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 7.6 overs (48 balls), Extras 2
- Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 18.1 overs (109 balls), Extras 4
- Innings Break: Sri Lanka – 102/10 in 18.3 overs (S Prasanna 23)
- Powerplay: Overs 0.1 – 6.0 (Mandatory – 21 runs, 2 wickets)
- Pakistan: 50 runs in 9.3 overs (57 balls), Extras 7
- Pakistan: 100 runs in 16.6 overs (102 balls), Extras 7