Yes, we are using a surprising mark there. Team Pakistan is currently best for T20I cricket and when a team like Sri Lanka which did not ground their best eleven against the Green Army found a dominating victory against Pakistan, it is a bit surprising obviously. The most important thing is the Lions are traveling Pakistan right now which means, Pakistan was defeated at their home venue! The impossible thing has happened after all. Sri Lanka destroyed Pakistan in the first T20I at Gaddafi Stadium!
A number of top-rated players of Sri Lanka did not agree to visit Pakistan and so, excluding them, the Lions are visiting. They have faced the obvious consequences in the ODI series where the Green Army beat them and won the series by 2 – 0. Now, earlier today, the T20I series has started which also consists of three matches. After winning the ODI series, the Shaheens thought to get the easy victory in the T20I series but the Lions have presented their strength. They defeated Pakistan by 64 runs!
Clinical Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 64 runs and take 1-0 lead in the T20I series
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) October 5, 2019
In the match, Sri Lanka has used a number of new players. Minod Bhanuka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa made their T20I debut through the match. Besides, The Lions has got their new T20I captain where the regular skipper did not come to Pakistan for the security issue. The new captain of the Lions is Dasun Shanaka who managed his first T20I victory.
— ICC (@ICC) October 5, 2019
Earlier today, at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore the first T20I took place where the Green Army won the toss and decided to bowl first. Danushka Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando started the Lions innings. The opening partnership led the team to a good total. The home team bowlers took time for a breakthrough but it was too late. The openers added 84 runs jointly. Avishka Fernando scored 33 runs and Danushka Gunathilaka scored the highest 57 runs so far. One more player added an almost good figure who was Bhanuka and his 32 runs secured a handsome total. Pakistani bowler Mohammad Hasnain made a hat-trick in the match. As the 2nd bowler of Pakistan and overall 9th bowler in the World of making hat-trick in the T20I competition.
1st T20 : Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 64 runs
Congratulations to Sri Lanka You Played Really Well and Beat No.1 T20 Side👏👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/WZKC3sXOVF
— W a s i f 🏏🔥 (@_cricketFreak) October 5, 2019
At the end of 20 overs, the Lions scored 165 runs in exchange for five wickets. When the local team came to chase, the faced the batting collapsed and just three players made it to the double-figure runs. In 17.4 overs, Pakistan lost all wickets scoring 101 runs.