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Sri Lanka collapse again as Pakistan dominated limited overs leg

Shoaib Malik scored a quick 45 in the chase
Shoaib Malik scored a quick 45 in the chase

Pakistan 103-3 (Malik 42no) beat
Sri Lanka 102 (Hasan 3-23) by seven wickets
First Twenty20 International in Abu Dhabi

After a collective bowling effort from Pakistan dismissed Sri Lanka for 102 runs, the batsmen led by a blistering 42 from Shoaib Malik helped the home side chase down the target in 17.2 overs with seven wickets in the first Twenty20 International in Abu Dhabi to claim a 1-0 lead in the series.

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first. Imad Wasim (1-26) struck early in the first over castling Dilshan Munaweera (0). Danushka Gunathilaka (18) continued to play positively before he was caught behind off Usman Khan (2-20) in the fourth over.

Sri Lanka ended the powerplay with a score of 40 for two. Between overs 11 and 13, Sri Lanka lost four more wickets with Ashan Priyanjan (12), Mahela Udawatte (8), Dasun Shanaka (0) and Sachith Pathirana (4) all departing and Mohammad Hafeez (2-10) had two scalps in it.

Only Seekkuge Prasanna (23 not out) showed some resilience in the end but with not much support at the other end, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 102 runs in 18.3 overs with Hasan Ali (3-23) being the pick of the Pakistan bowlers.

Pakistan struggled at the top of the order with Fakhar Zaman (6) and Babar Azam (1) falling cheaply while Ahmed Shehzad (22) too struggled to get going.

Nevertheless Malik (42 not out) injected the much-needed momentum into the innings while Hafeez (25 not out) supported him as well as Pakistan completed the chase in 17.2 overs with seven wickets in hand to take a 1-0 lead in the three match series. Usman bagged the player of the match for setting up the game with a splendid spell.

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