Sri Lanka ready to play T20 in Pakistan



In a press conference, before the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, Sarfraz was asked for his comments on the development.

One-drop batsman Babar scored a fighting 133-ball 103 while Shadab scored a career best 52 not out to lift Pakistan from a struggling 79-5 before Shadab returned with figures of 3-47 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 187 all out in 48 overs.

Sri Lanka found themselves 93 for 7 when Vandersay joined Tharanga at the crease as the Pakistan attack made short work of the Sri Lankan top order.

The win gives Pakistan a 2-0 series lead in the five match series. Once paceman Junaid Khan removed Niroshan Dickwella for three in the third over, spinners Shadab, Shoaib Malik (1-17) and Mohammad Hafeez (1-24) rocked Sri Lanka's batting with regular wickets.

Earlier in the day, it was skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed who won the toss as Pakistan elected to bat first.

"As much as we understand the need to help Pakistan at this moment, we need to grasp the mentality of the players here", said a national cricketer (Sunday Times). "Pakistan has been one our closest allies and we don't want to let them down", they added.

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A target of 220 wasn't going to be a tough task but Sri Lanka messed up their run chase.

Earlier, Azam and Shadab featured in a century stand after Pakistan slipped to 101-6 against seamers Lahiru Gamage (4-57) and Thisara Perera (2-34).

Shadab, who scored 14 not out in his only previous innings, played a support role during which he hit just one boundary off 68 balls. Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas is demanding his players snap the losing streak.

The players have said they remained uncomfortable about travelling to Lahore for the last match of the ongoing series between the two countries in the UAE.

Upon his arrival at Lahore's Allama Iqbal International Airport after attending the International Cricket Council's (ICC) meeting in New Zealand, PCB chief Najam Sethi said that the Sri Lankan cricket chief has confirmed that the Sri Lankan cricket team would play the Third T20 in Lahore on October 29.

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