Talking points from the first Pakistan-Sri Lanka T20I

Cricket festivity returns to Lahore

Recalled Pakistan paceman Mohammad Hasnain (3-37) helped to peg the visitors back in the closing stages by removing Dasun Shanaka (17) and Shehan Jayasuriya (2) with successive deliveries. The MRF Tyres No.8 ranked side had downed the world No.1 team on their home turf and taken a 1-0 lead in the series. Isuru Udana and Nuwan Pradeep then picked up three wickets each to leave Pakistan tottering in the chase as they lost by 64 runs.

Pakistan won the toss and sent Sri Lanka into bat in the first Twenty20 global in Lahore Saturday, with maverick batsmen Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal back in the home side.

"Our stay in Pakistan is going very well and we are being hosted very nicely", said Gunathilaka, who has been one of the finds of the tour for Sri Lanka.

But the home side were hit by a double blow at the start of their reply when Nuwan Pradeep (3-21) had the risky Babar Azam (13) caught behind and then trapped Umar Akmal (0) lbw with his next ball.

Ahmed Shehzad (4) was sent back to the pavilion in the fifth over, reducing Pakistan to 22/3.

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In a mix up between skipper Sarfaraz and Iftikhar Ahmed over taking a run, which according to ESPNcricinfo characterised much of Pakistan's innings, Iftikhar Ahmed (25 off 24) had to exit at 11.3 overs. The selection of Faheem Ashraf is also contentious in these conditions.

The 18th over saw the match wrap up as the two batsmen were dismissed within a ball of one another by Udana, who by then had a 3-wicket haul along with Pradeep.

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The remaining two matches will be played on Monday and Wednesday - also in Lahore.

The Sri Lankan side featured two T20 debutants: Wicketkeeper-batsman Minod Bhanuka and batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa. Babar nicked off before Umar Akmal, playing his first T20I in nearly three years, fell LBW.

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