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Twitter Reactions: Sri Lanka register their first ever series win over Pakistan in T20Is

Nuwan Pradeep and Bhanuka Rajapaksa steer the visiting side to a comfortable win.

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Sri Lanka. (Photo by ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)

Sri Lanka have clinched a historic series win in Pakistan, winning the second T20I in Lahore by a convincing margin. After registering a thumping win in the first game, Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s 77 off 48 balls helped Sri Lanka post a total that was beyond Pakistan’s reach in the run chase.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Lankans lost the openers early in the game courtesy some brilliant new-ball bowling from Imad Wasim. Avishka Fernando ran himself out in bizarre circumstances before Shehan Jayasuriya and Bhanuka Rajapaksa stitched a brilliant partnership for the third wicket.

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They played some delightful strokes to keep the scoring rate on the higher side and ensured they were in a dominant position going into the final five overs. Rajapaksa completed his first half-century in international cricket as the partnership between these two accounted for 94 runs. Both batsmen fell in a span of five deliveries, putting the side under some trouble.

Dasun Shanaka though had his composure intact, which allowed Sri Lanka to get a decent finish. They registered 182 runs on the board losing six wickets. It wasn’t a great bowling effort from Pakistan, apart from Imad Wasim’s 1/27 spell with the new ball.

Nuwan Pradeep delivers another strong performance

After a fantastic performance in the opening game, Nuwan Pradeep once again was the chief architect of Pakistani top order’s falling-out. After Kasun Rajitha dismissed Fakhar Zaman, Pradeep got the big fish in Babar Azam. Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfaraz Ahmed tried to get a partnership going, but couldn’t pull up more than 40 runs together.

Wanindu Hasaranga had an action-packed 8th over, where he removed Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Sarfaraz Ahmed in a span of four deliveries. At 52/5, Pakistan’s morale was down and it seemed like they would go down easily once again. But Asif Ali and Imad Wasim put up a fight with a brilliant counter-attack.

The duo added 75 runs, where Imad Wasim nearly completed his half-century. But he fell three runs short and Pradeep was the man providing a crucial breakthrough. After the partnership was broken, it was one-way traffic as Pakistan lost their last five wickets for 20 runs. Pradeep returned with figures of 4/25 as Sri Lanka won the game by 35 runs.

Here how Twitter reacted to Sri Lanka’s stunning victory:

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