Shoaib Malik produced another brilliant knock to help Pakistan down Sri Lanka in the third T20I to complete another whitewash over the struggling Islanders. On a historic day when first cricketing giant played an international match on Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, it was visitors captain Thisara Perera who won the toss and opted to bowl first.
His decision was based on the fact that there was expectations of heavy dew in the later stages of the game.Pakistan knowing that they have to post in excess of 170, had a successful beginning, courtesy new opening partnership, as this time Umar Amin joined Fakhar Zaman instead of Ahmed Shehzad.However, the hosts were crawling till the 15th over as they were going at merely seven runs per over, below par in perfect batting conditions.
Then, veteran all-rounder Malik stood up and made himself count in front of the packed Gaddafi stadium and scored breathtaking 51 off just 24 with the help of five fours and two sixes to guide Pakistan to a respectable total of 180 for the loss of three wickets in their allotted 20 overs.He was well supported by Babar Azam, who played a solid hand of unbeaten 34 off 31 with the help of two boundaries.
For Sri Lanka, pacers Vikram Sanjaya, Udana and all-rounder Munaweera claimed one wicket each.Chasing 181 was never going to be easy for such a young looking team, and so it proved to be as the Islanders kept losing wickets at regular intervals, and managed to score 144 for the loss of seven wickets in their 20 overs.Dasun Shanaka was the star of the show for visitors, as he scored brilliant 54 off 36 with the help of five fours and three sixes, whereas for Pakistan, Mohammad Amir was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed career-best figures of four for 13.
For his outstanding batting performance in the match and throughout the series, Malik was named man of the match and man of the series.