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Sarfaraz and co suffer ignominy of 3-0 whitewash on home soil

Sri Lanka find a new hero in their T20I debutant Fernando; Pakistan drop multiple catches
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Another inexplicable display of Sunday league fielding and irresponsible batting saw Pakistan lose to Sri Lanka by 13 runs in the third and final T20I at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore on Wednesday.
The Greenshirts once again suffered a horrible start to their run chase, losing their first wicket on the very first ball of the innings. Fakhar Zaman was the casualty as he was bowled by Kasun Rajitha.
Haris Sohail and Babar Azam, Pakistan’s best batsmen, were tasked with anchoring the innings and help their side secure a face-saving win. The duo did not disappoint, guiding Pakistan to 63-1 at the halfway mark. But their 76-run stand was broken in the 12th over when Lahiru Kumara had Azam caught behind. He contributed 27 off 32 balls.
Sohail, who had overshadowed Azam for much of their partnership, brought up his 50 in the 14th over. With Sarfaraz Ahmed struggling for runs, the responsibility was on Sohail’s shoulders to bat till the end. But in the 16th over he came down the track and was stumped out. Imad Wasim followed him back in the pavilion soon after. He chipped in with just three. Asif Ali and Sarfaraz did not last long as the possibility of a 3-0 whitewash neared.



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