Pakistan 180-3 (Malik 51) beat
Sri Lanka 144-9 (Amir 4-13) by 36 runs
Third Twenty20 International in Lahore
Shoaib Malik scored a blistering fifty while Mohammad Amir followed it up with a brilliant four wicket haul as Pakistan completed a 36 run win over Sri Lanka in the third Twenty20 International in Lahore to claim the series 3-0.
This was also the first time Sri Lanka have played a cricket in Pakistan since their players were attacked in 2009. Thisara Perera led Sri Lankan side won the toss and opted to field first.
Fakhar Zaman (31) looked aggressive at the start while Umar Amin (45) was going about run a ball as Pakistan ended the powerplay at 47 for naught. The 50-run stand between the duo came off 39 deliveries.
Just as the duo were coasting along, Dilshan Munaweera (1-26) picked his maiden T20I wicket when he castled Zaman but Amir, who was handed a reprieve continued to up the ante as Pakistan went into the 90s at the end of 12 overs.
Even though Isaru Udana (1-32) removed Amin, Malik (51) ensured Pakistan got the much needed late flourish with his 24-ball decisive knock while Babar Azam (34) remained solid at the other end as the home side reached 180 for three in the 20 overs.
In the chase, Sri Lanka lost Danushka Gunathilaka (9), Munaweera (1) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (4) in the first four overs and were reduced to 21 for three. Dasun Shanaka (54) tried to keep the visitors in the hunt but with not much support from the other end, Sri Lanka could manage only 144 for nine with Amir (4-14) cleaning up the lower order effectively.
The result also means that Pakistan have whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 following their 5-0 series win in ODIs as well.
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