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Brilliant Rajapaksa puts Pakistan to the sword

Brilliant Rajapaksa puts Pakistan to the sword
Sri Lanka's Bhanuka Rajapaksa plays a shot as Pakistan's captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed looks on. (AFP)

Lahore - Rajapaksa added 94 for the third wicket with Shehan Jayauriya, who made a 28-ball 34 with four boundaries


Published: Mon 7 Oct 2019, 8:30 PM

Last updated: Mon 7 Oct 2019, 10:33 PM

Bhanuka Rajapaksa smacked an aggressive maiden half-century as Sri Lanka made 182-6 against Pakistan in the second Twenty20 international in Lahore on Monday.
The 27-year-old left-hander, playing only his second T20 international, blasted 77 off 48 balls in an innings featuring six sixes and four boundaries after Sri Lanka won the toss and batted.
Rajapaksa added 94 for the third wicket with Shehan Jayauriya, who made a 28-ball 34 with four boundaries.
Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
A relatively inexperienced Sri Lanka squad, touring Pakistan without several of their key players, leads the three-match series 1-0 after upsetting top-ranked Pakistan by 64 runs on Saturday.
Pakistan made two changes to their team, keeping faith in batsmen Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal despite both scoring 4 and 0, respectively, in their comeback match.
All-rounder Faheem Ashraf made way for left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz, while opening batsman Fakhar Zaman came at the expense of Iftikhar Ahmed.
Sri Lanka, led by Dasun Shanaka, kept the same winning combination from the first match.
Sri Lanka's regular Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga was among the 10 players who pulled out of the tour to Pakistan due to security concerns.
The final match takes place at the same venue on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has come out in support of Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad, who are eyeing a comeback in the team.
Akmal last featured in a T20 for Pakistan three years ago, while Shehzad played in T20Is last year before he was found positive in a dope test.
Shehzad scored only four runs in the match against Sri Lanka while Akmal registered a golden duck.
"We are trying our fullest to give a complete chance to those who are brought back. Both are experienced players and once they settle in, they will perform," ESPN Cricinfo quoted Sarfaraz as saying.
"I give my full backing for them as a captain," he added.
Pakistan are currently the number one T20 side in cricket. However, they have lost four of the five games played in 2019.
"We will come back and it's going to be more exciting for the spectators as they will get to see more tough cricket," he said. 


Sri Lanka
D Gunathilaka c Sarfaraz b Imad 15
A Fernando run out 8
B Rajapaksa c Fakhar b Shadab 77
S Jayasuriya run out 34
MD Shanaka not out 27
M Bhanuka run out 0
I Udana b Wahab 8
P de Silva not out 2
Extras: (b 1, lb 6, w 4) 11
Total: (six wkts; 20 overs) 182
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Gunathilaka), 2-41 (Fernando), 3-135 (Jayasuriya), 4-142 (Rajapaksa), 5-145 (Bhanuka), 6-155 (Udana)
Bowling: Imad Wasim 4-0-27-1; Mohammad Amir 4-0-40-0; Wahab Riaz 4-0-31-1; Shadab Khan 4-0-38-1; Mohammad Hasnain 4-0-39-0

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