Pakistan win series to leave with three trophies


The last match of Pakistan's tour to Sri Lanka was fitting of 'finale' status as the second T20 ended in a final over thrill-ride, with Pakistan winning by one wicket to seal the series.

The win meant they won two-nil, and take home all three trophies on offer on the tour, winning the Tests two-one and the ODIs three-two.

Sri Lanka recorded 172 for seven in their 20 overs, before blistering knocks from the lower order, Shahid Afridi and Anwar Ali in particular, saved them from defeat after the top order collapsed.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat, handing out two more debuts and making sure that six players in the line up had just two caps or fewer.

Debutant Shehan Jayarsuriya was quickly thrust into the spotlight though, coming in at number three when Tillakaratne Dilshan was removed by Anwar Ali for 10.

Sri Lanka got off to a quick start, but the repeated loss off top order wickets saw them sitting on 90/5 at one stage, with Pakistan veterans Sohail Tanvir, Shoaib Malik and Afridi taking wickets.

Jayasuriya was one of the better batsmen, making 40 off 32 balls, including two sixes. He was the fifth wicket to fall, after which Milinda Siriwardana carried the knock forward. He made 23 before departing in the 19th over.

Chamara Kapugedara, who has eight Tests under his belt but hasn't featured in a few years, pushed the score to a defendable total by making 48 not out. The pace bowling was poor, and he hit four sixes as he punished the death over bowlers.

The chase got off to a poor start when Ahmed Shehzad was bowled by Binura Fernando for seven, in the third over. He was swiping across the line and paid the price for such poor technique.

Mukhtar Ahmed followed in the same over, caught by Kapugedara for four, leaving Pakistan in a bit of strife on 17 for two after three overs.

Things got even worse with two run outs, as the top five only managed one score in double figures (Mohammad Hafeez made 11) between them. In the eighth over they were 40 for five.

Only Afridi made any sort of impact with the bat early on, as he scored 45 off 22 balls, smacking two sixes. He was bowled by Jayasuriya in the 15th over, seemingly putting paid to the hopes of catching the target.

But then Anwar let rip, with boundary after boundary, and suddenly Pakistan needed 20 runs off the last two overs, with Anwar on 34 off 13 balls at that point. He was out for 47 in the next over.

So Pakistan only needed six runs off the final over, but they only had one wicket in hand as Sohail was run out off the last ball of the penultimate over. Imad Wasim was the last hope, as he was on 18.

Mohammad Irfan got a single, leaving Imad to get five from five, and he won the game, and the series, by smashing a huge six to end the game.