Pakistan, the top team in the T20 rankings, lost to the eighth-ranked team Sri Lanka, comprising more than half the young players, lost by 64 runs.
Pakistan’s new manager Misbah-ul-Haq, who has decided to add two former players Ahmed Shehzad and Omar Akmal to the squad, has cost Pakistan dearly.
Both players were reinstated to the domestic team for good performance in domestic cricket but both disappointed the cricket fans once again.
Pakistan’s innings started disastrously. Babar Azam and Ahmed Shehzad started the innings from Pakistan.
Babar Azam was the first to be dismissed after which Omar Akmal came into play and he was dismissed without scoring any runs. After that Ahmed Shehzad also returned the pavilion with only four runs.
Iftikhar Ahmed had good innings that ended on a very stupid run-out. Pakistan’s two players were on the same side when the wickets were dropped on the other side of the pitch. Iftikhar scored 25 runs.
After that, the Sarfraz who were unable to play openly returned out. After that, Imad Wasim came and went. It was Pakistan’s sixth wicket.
After Emad, Asif Ali and Fahim Ashraf were out and the story is not worth mentioning.
Earlier, Mohammad Hasanin, a home-debater from Pakistan, got a hat-trick in his second Twenty20 match.
Sri Lanka opener Dineshka Gnathlaika gave Sri Lanka a good start, scoring 57 runs. Their partner Oshika Fernando was leading the way with 33 runs.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and decided to field first.
On the eve of the toss, Sarfraz Ahmed said that he had decided to bowl first because of the possibility of dew in the second innings. Sri Lankan captain Dasan Shanaka, on the other hand, said he would try to score at least 170 runs in the first game.
Apart from Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan’s Babar Azam, Ahmed Shehzad, Iftikhar Ahmed, Omar Akmal, Fahim Ashraf, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Emad Wasim and Mohammad Hasan are included in the squad for the match.