Powered by a lightning 51 off 24 balls by Shoaib Malik and a bowling attack led by paceman Mohammmad Amir, the hosts made sure the fans would enjoy a night to remember as Pakistan finally hosted an global cricket fixture on home soil after being shunned by foreign teams for eight years due to security risks. The list is still dominated by two New Zealand players and two Sri Lankans, along with an Australian.
It's simply more than just Cricket for wretched Pakistan which has been striving hard to revive its peaceful environment.
(Web Desk) - Pakistani al-rounder Faheem Ashraf took three-in-three during the second T20 global against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.
Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas urged the tourists to show more character after they lost the first match on Thursday, but they capitulated from 106-1 to 124-9 a day later after a half-century from Danushka Gunathilaka (51) at the top of the order. "It's a great honour that I will be umpiring in the match", said Raza.
"They have taken a big step".
Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium is all set to witness history as the Green Shirts take on Sri Lanka for the final T20I on Sunday.
Lahore is blessed to host an International Cricket match for the fifth time in 2017, which will be streamed live on PTV Sports, following an eight-year deprivation as Pakistan and Sri Lanka end their bilateral series with the last T20 at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Sunday evening.
"Police snipers have been deployed at all high buildings around Gaddafi Stadium", he added.
West Indies have already committed to a tour although the dates have yet to be finalised, cricket board chairman Najam Sethi told Reuters.
"Fans in Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka are all passionate about the game and Pakistani fans deserve the best of cricket".
Sumithapala also called on other Asian countries to support Pakistan.
Security measures have been tightened in places where the teams are residing and at the stadium ahead of the match.