Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20: Rajapaksa, Pradeep sink Pakistan to give Sri Lanka unassailable 2-0 series lead

Bhanuka Rajapaksa 77 Pakistan Sri Lanka 2nd T20 Lahore cricket

Bhanuka Rajapaksa struck four boundaries and six sixes during his career-best knock of 77

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Bhanuka Rajapaksa hammered a career-best 77 and Nuwan Pradeep took four wickets to not only lead Sri Lanka to a 35-run win over Pakistan in the second Twenty20 International in Lahore, but also give their side an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Choosing to bat first, Sri Lanka lost opener Danushka Gunathilaka in the third over as he was caught behind off the bowling of Imad Wasim for 15 runs.

Avishka Fernando, who opened the batting with Gunathilaka, only made eight runs before he was run out by Shadab Khan.

Rajapaksa and Shehan Jayasuriya stabilised the innings with a 94-run partnership, during which Rajapaksa brought up his fifty, before Jayasuriya was run out by Asif Ali for 34.

Rajapaksa went on to score a career-best 77, which came off 48 balls and included four boundaries and six sixes, before he was dismissed by Shadab.

Minod Bhanuka was run out for a golden duck three balls later, while Isuru Udana was clean bowled by Wahab Riaz for eight runs.

However, with stand-in captain Dasun Shanka smashing an unbeaten 27 off 15 balls, Sri Lanka finished on 182/6.

Imad, Shadab and Wahab picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 183 to win, Pakistan were dealt an early blow when opener Fakhar Zaman was clean bowled by Kasun Rajitha for six runs.

Babar Azam mustered three runs before he was cleaned up by Pradeep.

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad managed to add 40 runs to the score before Shehzad was clean bowled by Wanindu Hasaranga for 13.

Umar Akmal was trapped lbw the very next ball and Hasaranga took his third wicket in the over when he cleaned up Sarfaraz for 26 two balls later.

With Pakistan struggling at 52/5, Imad and Asif brought them back into contention with a 75-run partnership before Imad was given out lbw off the bowling of Udana for a 29-ball 47, which included eight boundaries.

Wahab was caught behind off the bowling of Pradeep for seven runs, while Shadab was sent packing by Udana for a golden duck.

Asif went on to score 29 runs before he was clean bowled by Pradeep, who finished things off for Sri Lanka three balls later by dismissing Mohammad Hasnain for one run, which led to Pakistan being bowled out for 147.

Pradeep was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Hasaranga took three, Udana snapped up two and Rajitha claimed one.

Rajapaksa was named Man of the Match.

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