Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1st T20I statistical review- Malik and Akmal power Pakistan to a 29-run victory
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Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1st T20I statistical review- Malik and Akmal power Pakistan to a 29-run victory: When Pakistan got off to a slow start and Mukhtar Ahmed and Mohammad Hafeez were back in the dressing room after 7 overs, many few would have imagined that the visitors could hammer 175 runs at the end of their full quota of 20 overs. You call it lady luck of Sania Mirza or anything else, but the duo of Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal were in destruction mode and launched fireworks as they inflicted severe wounds on the Lankans in the slog overs.
When Pakistan pace spearhead Sohail Tanvir and Anwar Ali made early in-roads in the Sri Lankan batting line-up the chase transformed into an improbable task from a difficult one. Sri Lankan’s couldn’t stage a comeback after the early set-backs which left them reeling at 19-3. Siriwardana and Kapugedera enthralled the Colombo crowd for a while but they couldn’t take past their team to the finishing line. The Pakistani team triumphed to an easy victory of 29 runs.
Let’s take a look at the stats review of the match:
– Total number of fours hit by Pak/SL: 13/8
– Total number of sixes hit by Pak/SL: 4/5.
– Total number of dot balls bowled by Pak/SL: 45/35
– Total number of wide’s bowled by Pak/SL: 1/7
– Highest run scorer of the match: 46 off 24 balls.
– Highest strike rate registered in the match: (min 15 balls): Siriwardene- 194.44
– Total runs scored in the match: 321/12
– Highest wicket taker of the match: Sohail Tanvir 3 for 29.
Other records affected in the game:
- Ahmed Shehzad passed 3000 runs in T20 matches when he reached 33.
- Shoaib Malik passed 1000 runs in 20-20 international matches when he reached 27.
- The pair of Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal added 81 runs off just 45 balls for the 4th The partnership turned out into a match-winning partnership.
- Earlier, Pakistan had clinched the Test and ODI series by margin of 2-1 and 3-2 respectively against Sri Lanka. Today, they have won the first of the two-match T20I series which means they won’t taste series defeat in any format on this Sri Lankan tour down under.