Debutant Oshada sailed the sinking ship of Sri Lanka after he struck 78 runs off 48 balls to help his team post 147-6 on the scoreboard against Pakistan in the third T20I.

Oshada comes at the crease when Sri Lanka lost 3 wickets for just 30 runs. The visitors were facing immense pressure but he kept his nerves calm and single-handedly started scoring runs despite wickets falling at the other hand.

The right-handed batsman struck eight boundaries and three sixes in a special knock in front of a jam-packed enthusiastic crowd at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.

Earlier, Mohammad Amir put the Islanders under pressure by picking up their in-form opener Danushka Gunathilaka in the third over.

Imad Wasim, right in the next over, got rid of Sadeera Samarawickrama immediately after Shadab Khan dropped a simple catch at mid-off on previous delivery. He scored 12 runs.

Amir came up with yet another impressive strike to reduce Sri Lanka to 30-3. Asif Ali took a blinder on the boundary line to counter Bhanuka Rajapaksa flick at deep-backward square leg.

Fernando joined hands with skipper Dasun Shanaka at 58-4 and they both raced the team’s total to 134-5 with Fernando keeping the strike for most of the time. Shanaka managed to score just 12 runs. They partnered for scoring for 76 runs.

Amir took three wickets and conceded 27 runs in his four overs while Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz shared a wicket apiece.

Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka have won the toss and decided to bat first against Pakistan in the third and last T20I at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore on Wednesday.

Following a good batting surface, Shanaka aims to post another lengthy total on the scoreboard to put the hosts under pressure after winning the three-match series 2-0.

“It is a fine batting surface and we had good memories from the last match. We will try to have an impact on the hosts by putting a lengthy total on the scoreboard,” he said after winning the toss.

Sarfraz Ahmed, on the other hand, is confident to win the last match by making a couple of changes in the side. “Had we won the toss, we would have decided to bat first. It’s a new game and a different opportunity, we will try to get them out as early as possible,” he said.

Sri Lanka have made five changes by bringing Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Perera, Oshada Fernando, Lahiru Madhushanka and Lahiru Kumara. Pakistan has dropped Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shahzad and Mohammad Husnain and brought Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed and Usman Shinwari into the playing XI.

 

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