Oshada Fernando delivered superlative batting performance followed Wanindu Hasranga’s splendid bowling performance was enough to see Sri Lanka complete a clean sweep over Pakistan in the T20I series.
The day started with Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka winning the toss and opting to bat first in good batting conditions. The visitors got off to a sluggish start as they lost Danushka Gunathilaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa perished in space of few overs. Wicket-keeper Sadeera Samarawickrama and Angelo Perera failed to capitalize on his good start as Sri Lanka reduced to 58 for 4 after 8 overs.
Oshada Fernando produced a brilliant innings and put on a 76-run partnership with Dasun Shanaka to help Sri Lanka post a competitive score of 147 for the loss of seven wickets in their 20 overs. Fernando finished the innings with the top-score of 78 not out off 48 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes.Captain Dasun Shanaka played a supporting role to Fernando and scored 12 runs off 25 balls.
For Pakistan, Left-arm quick Muhammad Amir was the standout bowler and finished with figures of 3 for 27 from his four overs.
Oshada Fernando and Wanindu Hasaranga delivered splendid performance to help Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 13 runs in third T20I on Wednesday
In reply, Pakistan got off to poor start as Fakhar Zaman perished for a first-ball duck. Babar Azam and Haris Sohail led the fightback for the side. The duo put on 76-run partnership in space of 12 overs to keep Pakistan in the hunt to win the game.
Once Azam and Haris departed, Pakistan lost the momentum and failed to accelerate in the last over of the innings.Left-handed batsman Haris Sohail finished Pakistan’s innings with the top score of 52 off 50 balls with four fours and one six.
For Sri Lanka, Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga picked up crucial wickets and claimed three wickets in his four overs. Pace bowler Lahiru Kumara also bowled well and picked up two wickets.
For his outstanding bowling performance, Wanindu Hasaranga was named man of the match in this game. Hasaranga was also named man of the series as he claimed eight wickets in three-match T20I series.