Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st T20: Gunathilaka’s career-best 57 powers Sri Lanka past Pakistan

Danushka Gunathilaka 57 Pakistan Sri Lanka 1st T20 Lahore cricket

Danushka Gunathilaka walloped eight boundaries and a six during his knock of 57

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Sri Lanka opener Danushka Gunathilaka hammered a career-best 57 to lead his side to a 64-run win over Pakistan in the first Twenty20 International in Lahore.

Being put in to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to a superb start as Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando amassed an 84-run partnership, during which Gunathilaka brought up his fifty.

However, he ended up being trapped lbw off the bowling of Shadab Khan for 57, which came off 38 balls and included eight boundaries and a six.

Avishka went on to score 33 before he was run out by Shadab.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa walloped a 22-ball 32 before he was dismissed by Mohammad Hasnain on the final ball of the 16th over.

With Hasnain taking out Dasun Shanaka and Shehan Jayasuriya on the first two balls of his next over, he completed his first-ever hat-trick in international cricket.

Given the regular wickets Sri Lanka lost, they finished on 165/5.

Hasnain was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Shadab chipped in with one.

Chasing 166 to win, Pakistan lost Babar Azam on the 11th ball of their innings as he was caught behind off the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep for 13 runs.

Pradeep struck again the very next ball as he trapped Umar Akmal lbw for a golden duck.

With Isuru Udana cleaning up Ahmed Shehzad for four runs, Pakistan found themselves in all sorts of trouble at 22/3.

Iftikhar Ahmed and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed halted Sri Lanka’s charge with a 46-run partnership before Iftikhar was run out for 25.

Sarfaraz went on to score 24 before he was clean bowled by Wanindu Hasaranga.

Once Sarfaraz was gone, Pakistan lost wickets in a hurry as they went from 76/5 to being bowled out for 101.

Pradeep and Udana took three wickets apiece, while Hasaranga snapped up two and Kasun Rajitha claimed one.

Gunathilaka was named Man of the Match.

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