Doors of Cricket opened for Pakistan after a decade long struggle as Sri Lanka Tour to Pakistan after 11 years. Last time, Sri Lankan Cricket Team visited Pakistan in 2009. Unfortunately, this tour was abandoned due to an attack on the touring team during Lahore Test. Luckily, no casualty was resulted in this attack due to the presence of the mind of Pakistani Bus Driver, who saved the players from fatal injury due to his immaculate driving skills.
Services of Sri Lankan Cricket Team and their board cannot be underestimated in the restoration of cricket in Pakistan. They stood shoulder to shoulder with PCB at every time of trial. They proved their affiliation once again by paying the first official tour to Pakistani Cricket Grounds.
Although, PCB invited West Indian Cricket Team and Zimbabwe Cricket Team for a limited edition of Series. But those were symbolic assignments to restore the confidence of ICC for Pakistan.
No doubt, Pakistan is safe for every sort of cricket and the credit goes to Pakistani Government along with the Security Establishment for putting the “Jin of Terrorism” into the bottle after a decade long struggle. For this purpose, the name of General (Retd) Raheel Sharif and his colleagues along with the Pakistani Police Force cannot be forgotten in the history of Pakistan. As they were the men who strived for the restoration of peace in Pakistan with a systematic and effective line of action.
Sri Lankan Cricket Team visited Pakistan for a full-fledged tour, which included 3 ODIs being played at National Stadium, Karachi along with 3 T20i, which were hosted at Gaddafi Cricket Stadium, Lahore.
Sri Lanka Tour to Pakistan After 11 Years – ODI Series at National Stadium Karachi:
First One Day International out of 3 was washed out due to heavy rain. In this way, series was restricted to 2 ODIs for conclusive results. Whereas, Pakistan won the 2nd ODI by 67 Runs. By Batting First, Pakistan set a total of 305 on the loss of 7 wickets in allocated 50 overs. From the Pakistani Cricket Team, Babar Azam (Captain) scored a brilliant knock of 115 runs on 105 runs, while Fakhar Zaman scored 54 runs on 65 balls. Whereas, P D Silve took 2 wickets in 10 overs after giving 63 runs.
Resultantly, Sri Lankan Team got all out in 46.5 overs at 238 runs. From Sri Lanka, J Jayasuriya scored 96 runs on 109 balls. While MD Shanaka scored 68 runs on 80 balls. Usman Shinwari of Pakistan took 5 wickets on 51 runs in 10 overs along with 1 maiden over.
In 3rd ODI, Sri Lanka scored 297/9 and Guanthilaka of Sri Lanka scored a marvelous 133 runs on 134 balls and MD Shanka scored 43 on 34 balls. Mohammad Amir took 3 wickets with 50 runs. Pakistan chased this total by scoring 299/5 in 48.2 overs. Fakhar Zaman scored 76 runs on 91 balls, Abid Ali 74 runs on 67 balls and Haris Sohail scored 56 runs on 50 balls. N Pradeep took 2 wickets with 53 runs. In this way, Pakistan won the match by 5 wickets.
In this tour of Sri Lanka to Pakistan, 3 T20i were also played. First T20i was won by Sri Lanka by 64 runs. Sri Lanka scored 165/5 in provided overs, while Pakistan scored 101 all out in 17.4 Overs. Gunathilaka of Sri Lanka scored 54 runs on 37 balls and WIA Fernando 33 runs on 34 balls. Hasnain took 3 wickets for 37 runs. Sarfraz Ahmed of Pakistan scored 24 on 30 and Iftikhar Ahmed 25 on 24. Pradeep took 3 wickets on 21 and Udhaka also took 3 wickets for 11 runs.
In 2nd T20i, Sri Lanka also won this T20i by 35 runs. Sri Lanka scored 182/6 in 20 overs. Pakistan scored 147 all out in 20 overs. PBB Rajapaksa scored 77 on 48 balls and GSNFG Jayasuriya 34 runs on 28 balls. Imad Wasim Took 1 Wicket for 27 runs and also scored 47 runs on 29 balls. Pradeep took 4 wickets for 25 runs and PWH De Silva took 3 wickets for 38 runs.
In 3rd T20i, Sri Lanka won by 13 runs. Sri Lanka scored 147/7 in 20 overs. Pakistan scored 134/6 in 20 overs. BOP Fernando of Sri Lanka scored 78 runs on 48 balls. Mohammad Amir took 3 wickets on 27 runs. Haris Sohail scored 52 runs on 50 balls. PWH De Silve took 3 wickets for 21 runs.