Newcomer Bhanuka Rajapaksa hit a quickfire half-century while Nuwan Pradeep and Wanindu Hasaranga recorded their career-best bowling figures as Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 35 runs in the second T20I at Lahore on Monday.
Rajapaksa’s 77 off 48 balls guided Sri Lanka to a competitive total of 182/6.
Pacer Pradeep finished with 4/25 while leg-spinner Hasaranga took 3/38 – collecting his wickets in the space of just four balls – as Sarfaraz Ahmed & Co. were bowled out for 147 in 19 overs.
The victory gave Sri Lanka their first T20I series win over Pakistan in seven attempts as they took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Sri Lanka won the first match by 67 runs, also in Lahore. The last match will be at the same venue on Wednesday.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Excellent series win 🇱🇰
And Great captaincy by #DasunShanaka
Keep walking boys
— Thisara perera (@PereraThisara) October 8, 2019
Feels sooo gud! This series win is for all 🇱🇰 @OfficialSLC fans n wellwishers who believed in us. @b489d6a639c949c played a gem of an inning and rest contributed in all deptmnts to seal the win.
Was a complete TEAM performance. One more to go!#teamworkmakesthedreamwork #PAKvsSL
— Danushka Gunathilaka (@danushka_70) October 7, 2019
#PAKvsSL Alarmingly poor were Pakistan -again!
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) October 7, 2019
Outstanding series win for @OfficialSLC over @TheRealPCB in Lahore. This young Sri Lankan team has a promising future under a young captain Dasun Shanaka whose brand of T20 cricket is fearless #PAKvSL
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) October 7, 2019
Done & Dusted That's A Wrap Congratulations @dasunshanaka1 who led the team nicely and the support form all the players are amazing…. well done bhanuka for your phenomenal performance…. well done boys keep it up the winning habits…👍👍 #PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/8Geeu8GyCL
— Dimuth Karunaratne (@IamDimuth) October 7, 2019
Congratulations to @dasunshanaka1 and the boys for the series win. It was super stuff boys. Super batting displayed from Bhanuka, @ShehanJaya12 , @dasunshanaka1 wat great bowling effort from @WaninduH nuwan Pradeep and @IAmIsuru17. It was great achievement. 👏👏👏👏👏
— Dhammika Prasad (@imDhammika) October 7, 2019
What a performance @OfficialSLC #PAKvsSL This is the future .. exciting stuff . A wonderful team performance once again and what about @b489d6a639c949c #bhanuka Yakekne💪🏾 Niyama .. Niyama. Extremely proud of the mob !! 👏👏
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) October 7, 2019
— Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) October 7, 2019
— Kusal Mendis (@KusalMendis1) October 7, 2019
Congratulations SL on a historic series win,for all the talk about SL sending a “B side” this is a pretty special performance.Pak,some questionable selection for sure. A lot to reflect.. #PakvSL
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 7, 2019
It's time once again to find the 1992 World Cup final or Champions Trophy 2017 final DVD #PAKvSL
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 7, 2019