First T20I, Pakistan win by 7 wickets

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Sri Lankan openers fell early as Pakistan chose to bowl first
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Over 17 – Pakistan 100/3 Mohammad Hafeez (22*) Shoaib Malik (42*)

Over 16 – Pakistan 96/3 Mohammad Hafeez (21*) Shoaib Malik (39*)

(15.3) FOUR! Pull shot by Hafeez as it was a short ball

Pakistan need 15 off 30 balls

Over 15 – Pakistan 87/3 Mohammad Hafeez (17*) Shoaib Malik (35*)

(14.1) FOUR! Hafeez controlled it quite nicely, he hits so hard

Over 14 – Pakistan 83/3 Mohammad Hafeez (12*) Shoaib Malik (35*)

Pakistan need 27 off 42 balls

Over 13 – Pakistan 76/3 Mohammad Hafeez (6*) Shoaib Malik (34*)

(12.6) FOUR! Malik finds the gap and played it well

Over 11 – Pakistan 67/3 Mohammad Hafeez (2*) Shoaib Malik (29*)

Mohammad Hafeez is the new batsman

(11.3) OUT! Good catch by the keeper, Ahmed Shehzad is gone, Full down leg, Shehzad gets a bit of bat on his flick

Over 11 – Pakistan 62/2 Ahmed Shehzad (22*) Shoaib Malik (27*)

(10.4) FOUR! Shoaib Malik hits another boundary with the perfect timing

skipper to bowl

Pakistan need 48 runs to win in ten overs

Over 10 – Pakistan 55/2 Ahmed Shehzad (19*) Shoaib Malik (22*)

(9.3) FOUR! Malik played beautifully, he gets an opportunity in this over and he nailed it

Over 9 – Pakistan 47/2 Ahmed Shehzad (18*) Shoaib Malik (15*)

Prasanna continues to bowl

Over 8 – Pakistan 43/2 Ahmed Shehzad (16*) Shoaib Malik (13*)

(7.3) Four! goes through Samarawickrama’s legs and runs away down for five extras

Over 7 – Pakistan 31/2 Ahmed Shehzad (12*) Shoaib Malik (10*)

(6.6) FOUR! Great shot by Shoaib Malik, quickly judging the length

Over 6 – Pakistan 21/2 Ahmed Shehzad (11*) Shoaib Malik (2*)

Experienced batsman Shoaib Malik is the new batsman.

(5.1) OUT! Babar Azam is stumped off Pthirana, he was looking to play an inside-out shot but missed the ball. He scored 1 run.

Over 5 – Pakistan 18/1 Ahmed Shehzad (10*) Babar Azam (1*)

(4.6) FOUR! Ahmed Shehzad came down the track and pierced the gap through off for a boundary.

Isuru Udana into the attack now

Over 4 – Pakistan 12/1 Ahmed Shehzad (5*) Babar Azam (0*)

Pathirana bowls

Over 3 – Pakistan 11/1 Ahmed Shehzad (4*) Babar Azam (0*)

(2.3) OUT! A wild wild swing from Fakhar Zaman cost him his wicket, it was a full delivery from Sanjaya and Fakhar just swung hard it coming down the track, he lost his leg-stump. He scored 6 runs.

Over 2 – Pakistan 9/0 Fakhar Zaman (6*) Ahmed Shehzad (3*)

Munaweera bowls from the other end

Over 1 – Pakistan 4/0 Fakhar Zaman (4*) Ahmed Shehzad (0*)

Fakhar Zaman and Ahmed Shehzad starts the proceedings for Pakistan, Vikum Sanjaya bowls the first over.

Pakistan need 103 to win the first T20i of the series.

Hasan Ali led the attack from the front with three wickets, while Usman Khan, Mohammad Hafeez took two wickets each, whereas Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf struck once.

Over 18.3 – Sri Lanka 102/10  Seekkuge Prasanna (23*)

(18.3) OUT! Sri Lankan inning ended by Hasan Ali as he skied one which is caught by Faheem Ashraf at mid-off.

Over 17 – Sri Lanka 95/9  Seekkuge Prasanna (16*) Vikum Sanjaya (4*)

Over 16 – Sri Lanka 87/8  Seekkuge Prasanna (13*) Udana (0*)

Over 15 – Sri Lanka 83/7  Seekkuge Prasanna (10*) Thisara Parera (5*)

Over 14 – Sri Lanka 82/7  Seekkuge Prasanna (10*) Thisara Parera (4*)

(13.1) SIX! Incredible hit from Prasanna as he sends one over the boundary.

Over 13 – Sri Lanka 72/7  Seekkuge Prasanna (0*) Thisara Parera (4*)

(12.6) FOUR! Thisara Parera struck the short ball of Hasan Ali to a boundary on mid-wicket.

(12.2) OUT! Another wicket for Pakistan, a fast bouncer got the better of Pathirana as he played from the splice straight to Hasan Ali, it was as easy as you like. He scored 4 runs.

Hasan Ali into the attack.

Over 12 – Sri Lanka 66/6 Sachith Pathirana (2*) Seekkuge Prasanna (0*)

Seekkuge Prasanna is the new man in

(11.3) OUT! Dasun Shanaka is stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed, brilliant from Hafeez.

(11.1) OUT! Mohammad Hafeez strikes! The nightmare for the left-handed batsman, Hafeez caught Udawatte in front of the wicket, he scored 8 (9) runs.

Hafeez comes into bowl

Over 11 – Sri Lanka 66/4 Mahela Udawatte (8*) Sachith Pathirana (2*)

(10.3) FOUR! Mahela Udawatte swept Shadab Khan beautifully to earn a boundary, a much needed one for the Lankan Lions.

(10.1) OUT! Priyanjan looked to reverse sweep the leggie Shadab Khan, but was caught at the short third-man by Shoaib Malik.

Shadab Khan continues

Over 10 – Sri Lanka 58/3 SMA Priyanjan (12*), Mahela Udawatte (3*)

Imad Wasim bowls

Over 9 – Sri Lanka 53/3 SMA Priyanjan (9*), Mahela Udawatte (1*)

(8.2) OUT! Faheem Ashraf excellent delivery, Samarawickrama back to pavilion after a blazing start

Over 8 – Sri Lanka 50/2 SMA Priyanjan (7*), S Samarawickrama (23*)

Shadab Khan is the new bowler

Over 7 – Sri Lanka 44/2 SMA Priyanjan (4*), S Samarawickrama (20*)

(5.5) FOUR! Samarawickrama Beaten for pace by that short ball. Excellent

Over 5 – Sri Lanka 32/2 SMA Priyanjan (1*), S Samarawickrama (14*)

Over 4 – Sri Lanka 29/2 SMA Priyanjan (0*), S Samarawickrama (11*)

(3.4) OUT! Usman sends Gunathilaka back to dressing room

(3.2) Four! another superb shot by Gunathilaka

Over 3 – Sri Lanka 25/1 MD Gunathilaka (14*) S Samarawickrama (11*) 

Imad continues

Over 2 – Sri Lanka 16/1 MD Gunathilaka (6*) S Samarawickrama (10*) 

Usman Shinwari shares the new ball with Imad

Over 1 – Sri Lanka 8/1 MD Gunathilaka (5*) S Samarawickrama (3*) 

(0.6) Four! the first boundary for Sri Lanka as Gunathilaka played a beautiful short

(0.3) OUT! Imad Wasim gets the first breakthrough as he cleaned up Dilshan Munaweera with an arm-ball.

Imad Wasim bowling the first over for Pakistan,

TOSS: Pakistan has won the toss in the first T20I, the skipper decided to bowl first against Sri Lanka.

Sarfraz eleven is aiming to carry momentum after the great success in ODI. On another hand, Thisara Perera will lead Sri Lanka in T20 format.

Sri Lanka has had a dismal ODI record this year, but comparatively, their T20 record in 2017 has been much more impressive.

Pakistan: 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Usman Khan

Sri Lanka: 1 Dilshan Munaweera, 2 Danushka Gunathilaka, 3 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 4 Mahela Udawatte, 5 Ashan Priyanjan, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Seekkuge Prasanna, 8 Thisara Perera (capt.), 9 Sachith Pathirana, 10 Jeffrey Vandersay, 11 Lahiru Gamage

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