The most interesting over of the match was the 20th. The ball was in the hands of young sensation and in-swinger Naseem Shah, who troubled him in the match, then he was caught by Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa hit fours and sixes in the last two balls. Both these shots were amazing and Naseem Shah’s face fell. Earlier, 5 runs were scored in 4 balls, which brought a total of 15 runs in 6 balls of the over. Talking about Naseem Shah, he conceded 40 runs in 4 overs, while getting one wicket.
Sri Lanka had a bad start
Earlier, after losing the toss, the Pakistani bowler put pressure on the Sri Lankan batsmen, due to which they scored 42 runs for the loss of three wickets in the powerplay. During this Kusal Mendis (0), Pathum Nisanka (8) and Danushka Gunathilaka (1) soon returned to the pavilion. At the other end, Dhananjay de Silva made some great shots. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who came in at number five, carried on with de Silva, but de Silva (28) was caught by Iftikhar, as Sri Lanka lost four crucial wickets for 53 runs in 7.4 overs.
Then Rajapaksa took over the front
After this, half of Sri Lanka’s team returned to the pavilion for 58 when Shadab bowled captain Dasun Shanaka (2). Thereafter, Sri Lanka returned to the match as Wanindu Hasaranga and Rajapaksa shared a 36-ball 58 as Hasaranga smashed a quick 21-ball 36, which included five fours and a six. But Rauf completed his third wicket by dismissing Hasranga.
Rajapaksa rained heavily in the last
Meanwhile, Rajapaksa completed his fifty in 35 balls. Naseem, who came to bowl the 20th over, gave a total of 15 runs including a six and a four, which took Sri Lanka’s score to 170 for 6 wickets. Rajapaksa scored 71 off 45 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes and Chamika Karunaratne scored 14 not out off 14 balls. There was an unbroken partnership of 54 runs in 31 balls between the two.