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Shadab Khan steers Pakistan to two-wicket win in tight chase

Shadab Khan (right) came up with a terrific all-round performance
Shadab Khan (right) came up with a terrific all-round performance

Pakistan 125-8 (Perera 3-24) beat
Sri Lanka 124-9 (Gunathilaka 51) by two wickets
First Twenty20 International in Abu Dhabi

Shadab Khan played a brilliant eight ball cameo as Pakistan managed to edge out Sri Lanka by two wickets in the first Twenty20 International in Abu Dhabi to take a 2-0 lead in the three match series.

Chasing a modest total of 125 to win, Pakistan got off to a decent start of 23 for naught in the first three overs before an indecision in running led to the run out of Fakhar Zaman (11).

Even though Ahmed Shehzad (27) tried to keep up the ante, disciplined bowling from Sri Lanka led to the dismissals of Babar Azam (1) and Shoaib Malik (9). By the end of the 11th over, Pakistan were 59 for four.

Pakistan were left with 35 runs to get off the final five overs with six wickets in hand but Sri Lanka were unrelenting as they claimed three more wickets of Mohammad Hafeez (14), Imad Wasim (2) and Sarfraz Ahmed (28).

With just two wickets in hand Shadab (16 not out) with his brilliant eight ball unbeaten cameo ensured Pakistan chased down the target with one ball to spare as they claimed a 2-0 lead in the series.

Earlier, Danushka Gunathilaka (51), Dilshan Munaweera (19) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (32) all fired but Pakistan fought back brilliantly to restrict Sri Lanka to 124 for nine in the 20 overs. Fahim Ashraf (3-16), Hasan Ali (2-14) and Shadab (1-14) were the pick of the Pakistan bowlers.

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