Twitter Reactions: Sri Lanka defend 147 to inflict a whitewash on Pakistan in Lahore
Wanidu Hasaranga and Oshada Fernando helped the visitors pull off a 13-run win in the third and final T20I.
The second-grade side of a world number eight team managed to enter the home turf of the world number one side and whitewashed them with disdain. Among the many iconic performances Sri Lankan cricket produced, this is one that will enlighten them and give them hope for a brighter future.
For the third consecutive time in the series, Sri Lanka batted first and Sadeera Samarawickrama was replacing young-gun Avishka Fernando. The openers failed to get their side off to a good start as Mohammad Amir first cleaned up the stumps of Gunathilaka before Imad Wasim trapped Samarawickrama in front of the stumps.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who has had a decent outing in the T20I series thus far, was dismissed early as well, ensuring the visiting side had lost three wickets before the field restriction overs were completed. It was a great opportunity for Oshada Fernando to show his worth at the big stage and the 27-year-old did so with a sublime knock.
Despite getting no support from the other end, he battled on and completed a brilliant half-century. He finished with a 48-ball 78 and remained unbeaten as Sri Lanka posted 147 runs batting first for the loss of seven scalps. Mohammad Amir returned with an impressive 3/27 for the hosts.
Another poor batting rendition from the men in green
Kasun Rajitha got Sri Lanka a very early breakthrough, dismissing Fakhar Zaman off the very first ball of the innings. Haris Sohail, who replaced Umar Akmal in the side, batted alongside Babar Azam for a while to consolidate Pakistan’s position. The duo couldn’t get the tempo going and the scoring rate too was on the lower side.
Despite adding 76 runs for the second wicket, there was no promise in the partnership and it ended with Babar Azam throwing it away off Lahiru Kumara. Shortly after Sohail completed his fifty, Wanindu Hasaranga’s double-strike pretty much confirmed the white-wash for the Lankans. He dismissed Sohail and Sarfaraz Ahmed in quick succession, putting the hosts in dire trouble.
There was some late blitz from Iftikar Ahmed and Wahab Riaz, but Pakistan were short of their target by 13 runs. Wanindu Hasaranga chipped in with a magical spell, picking up three wickets and giving away just 21 runs in his 4 overs.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 9, 2019
Hats off and many congratulations Dasun and the Co for beating the number one T20 team in their own home 3-0 👏🏻. And really nice to see the Energy that u guys are showed entire tournament…….🇱🇰🇱🇰🇱🇰💪💪#PAKvSL
— Dimuth Karunaratne (@IamDimuth) October 9, 2019
Congratulations @OfficialSLC Very very proud and excited about what you did and how you did it #pakvsl Great achievement … Loving the friendship and spirit you guys show on and off the field. #3nil New heroes . Yeah 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/TQBss5zRNe
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) October 10, 2019
Presentation ceremony earlier 😀
Ramiz Raja "Is this the best you have ever bowled?
Microphone moved towards the translator.
Translator says "He said yes"#PakvSL
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 9, 2019
— Sohail Tanveer (@sohailmalik614) October 9, 2019
BREAKING: Pakistan denies having any bilateral series with Sri Lanka 🤣 #PAKvSL
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) October 9, 2019
Translator : He said yes
— David Brent bets IPL (@DavidBrentIPL) October 9, 2019
Lmao morning!! https://t.co/BlICuGcJPv
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 10, 2019
Congratulations @OfficialSLC for wonderful team effort to win the T-20 series. Few stand out performances from a new breed of talent. Let’s build on this for next years WC. 👊
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) October 10, 2019
Niyama… niyama 😂😂😂 https://t.co/njZXd7X3F9
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) October 9, 2019
Better being safe than sorry mate https://t.co/9wKbZjIxcG
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) October 9, 2019
I’ve not posted anything bcuz my previous comments ve been taken personally. This was never my intention, any criticism in the past has always been intended to be constructive & not personal. However need to allow the new Management time to implement there vision & ideas #PAKvsSL
— Mohammad Yousaf (@yousaf1788) October 9, 2019
End of a very special tour.Kudos to @TheRealPCB for bringing back intl cricket to their fans.Great hospitality.Excellent security measures.Hope every other country will visit here soon.Pakistan is safe to play cricket & their fans deserve it!#PakvSL @ImranKhanPTI @OfficialSLC
— Danushka Gunathilaka (@danushka_70) October 9, 2019