Shadab stars as Pakistan clinch T20I series

Published: October 27, 2017
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Sri Lanka's Danushka Gunathilaka is dismissed during the second T20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 27, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Sri Lanka's Danushka Gunathilaka is dismissed during the second T20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 27, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera (L) celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan's Ahmed Shehzad (not seen) next to Pakistan's Shoaib Malik (R) during the second Twenty20 series cricket match Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on October 27, 2017 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi. PHOTO: AFP Sri Lanka's Danushka Gunathilaka is dismissed during the second T20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 27, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Young Shadab Khan produced heroics with the bat in the final over to take Pakistan over the line with two wickets in hand in the second T20I of the three-match series against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Chasing just 125 to clinch the series, Pakistan were on course till the fifth over, when Fakhar Zaman was run out, courtesy poor calling from his partner Ahmad Shahzad.

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From there on, Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually reduced to 113-7, needing 13 off the final over.

On the first delivery of the 20th over, Vikran Sanjaya claimed the wicket of Fahim Ashraf to apparently sealed the game for the visitors, but Shadab had some other ideas.

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The 19-year-old struck a brilliant six on the fourth ball of the over when his team needed eight off three balls and the Men in Green got over the line with a ball to spare.

Earlier, all-rounder Ashraf became first Pakistani to claim hat-trick in T20I cricket. The 23-year-old claimed wickets of Udana, Udawatte and Shanaka in the 19th over of the visitors’ innings.

The final game of the series will be played in Lahore on Sunday.

So that’s it everyone from us today. What a game of cricket. We will meet again on Sunday. Till then, it’s goodbye from Azeem Siddiqui.

SL 125-8 (19.5 overs)

And that’s it. Pakistan have won the match and the series. What heroics from the youngster.

SIX! What a hit from Shadab. Pakistan need two off two.

Sanjaya to start his new over.

SL 113-7 (19 overs)

Just four off the over.

Udana to continue.

SL 109-7 (18 overs)

Nine runs and two wickets off the over.

Perera to start his new over.

SL 100-5 (17 overs)

Six off the over.

Sanjaya to start his new over.

SL 94-5 (16 overs)

Just four runs and a wicket off the over.

Pathirana to start his new over.

SL 90-4 (15 overs)

Eight off the over.

Udana to start his new over.

SL 82-4 (14 overs)

Eleven off the over. Great one for Pakistan.

Shanaka to continue.

SL 71-4 (13 overs)

Seven off the over.

Perera to continue.

SL 64-4 (12 overs)

Five off the over.

Shanaka to start his first over.

SL 59-4 (11 overs)

Just four runs and a wicket off the over.

Perera to continue.

SL 55-3 (10 overs)

Just four off the over.

Pathirana to continue.

SL 51-3 (9 overs)

Four runs and a wicket.

Captain Perera to start his first over.

SL 47-2 (8 overs)

Just three off the over.

Pathirana to start his new over.

SL 44-2 (7 overs)

Just five off the over.

Udana to continue.

SL 39-2 (6 overs)

Seven off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Pathirana to start his new over.

SL 32-2 (5 overs)

Just one run and a wicket off the over.

Udana to start his new over.

SL 31-1 (4 overs)

Eight runs and a wicket off the over.

Munaweera to continue.

SL 23-0 (3 overs)

Seven off the over.

Sanjaya to continue.

SL 16-0 (2 overs)

Nine off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Dilshan Munaweera to start his first over.

SL 7-0 (1 over)

Just seven off the over.

So it’s Ahmad Shahzad and Fakhar Zaman to open for Pakistan, whereas Vikum Sanjaya will start for Sri Lanka.

What a turn around it was for Pakistan team. At one stage, they were easily looking to chase target in excess of 150, and now they have to chase 125 to seal the series. We will join you again in 15 minutes for the second session.

SL 124-9 (20 overs)

Seven runs and a wicket off the over.

Hasan Ali to bowl final over.

SL 117-8 (19 overs)

Brilliant over from the youngster.

Fahim Ashraf to start his new over.

SL 111-5 (18 overs)

Just three runs and two wicket off the over.

Hasan to start his new over.

SL 108-3 (17 overs)

Just two runs and two wickets off the over. Great one for Pakistan.

Shadab to continue.

SL 106-1 (16 overs)

Eight off the over.

Hafeez to continue.

SL 98-1 (15 overs)

Just three off the over.

Shadab Khan to start his new over.

SL 95-1 (14 overs)

Nine off the over.

Hafeez to continue.

SL 86-1 (13 overs)

Thirteen off the over. Great one for Sri Lanka.

Hasan to start his new over.

SL 73-1 (12 overs)

Just four off the over.

Mohammad Hafeez to start his first over.

SL 69-1 (11 overs)

Eight off the over.

Imad Wasim to continue.

SL 61-1 (10 overs)

Six off the over.

Shadab to continue.

SL 55-1 (9 overs)

Seven off the over.

Fahim to continue.

SL 48-1 (8 overs)

Just three off the over.

Shadab Khan to start his new over.

SL 45-1 (7 overs)

Just three runs and a wicket off the over.

Fahim Ashraf to start his first over.

SL 42-0 (6 overs)

Eight off the over.

Hasan Ali to start his first over.

SL 34-0 (5 overs)

Eight off the over.

Imad to continue.

SL 26-0 (4 overs)

Ten off the over. Great one for Sri Lanka.

Shinwari to continue.

SL 16-0 (3 overs)

Seven off the over.

Imad to continue.

SL 9-0 (2 overs)

Eight off the over

FOURx2! Good over for Sri Lanka.

Usman Khan Shinwari to start his first over.

SL 1-0 (1 over)

Just one off the over.

So it’s Imad Wasim to start for Pakistan, and it’s

Gunathilaka and Munaweera for Sri Lanka.

TOSS: The news from the centre is Sarfraz Ahmed has won the toss and opt to bowl first.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Fiz
    Oct 27, 2017 - 9:06PM

    I like the confidence pak has shown by opting out to bat second chasing the score. Recommend

  • Fiz
    Oct 27, 2017 - 10:24PM

    After a jittery start, pak taking the advantage back. SL 117/7 in 19 oversRecommend

  • Fiz
    Oct 27, 2017 - 10:27PM

    Pakistan on fire. SL reeling after a strong start.Recommend

  • Fiz.
    Oct 27, 2017 - 10:35PM

    Congrats, you lucky guy, Fahim for hat trick.Recommend

  • Fiz
    Oct 27, 2017 - 11:54PM

    Ahmad shehzad playing terrible. He was instrumental in having Fakhar out and then almost got Malik out. Empire needs to get his eyes checked, the one who gave Babar out. Why wasn’t the review taken?Recommend

  • Fiz
    Oct 28, 2017 - 12:27AM

    Never mind. The final match in Lahore is going to be interesting. Try to clinch the series then, green shirt. SL played well in this match. Congrats.Recommend

  • Fiz
    Oct 28, 2017 - 12:31AM

    Shadab keeping the hopes alive. I’m on tenter hooks. Shabaz Shadab, wonder boy. No need to wait for the final match. Series is ours. Thank you youngsters.Recommend

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