Despite playing without their star players, Sri Lanka inflicted a 3-0 whitewash over Pakistan in the T20I series as they beat the hosts by 13 runs in the final game at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on Wednesday (October 9).
Just like the first two matches, Pakistan had a poor outing with the bat in the third T20I. Barring Haris Sohail (52 off 50 balls), none of the Pakistani batsmen managed to touch the 30-run mark while chasing Sri Lanka’s modest target of 148.
Wanindu Hasaranga (3/21) and Lahiru Kumara (2/24) ran through the middle order to restrict the home team to 134/6 in 20 overs.
After the humiliating series loss, Pakistan’s newly appointed head coach and chief selector Misbah Ul Haq attended the press conference wherein he was asked why the team management is not opening with Abid Ali in T20Is in spite of Fakhar Zaman’s constant failures.
The reporter also added that “If a century in Champions Trophy 2017 final means it has given Fakhar a life visa to play for Pakistan,”
Replying to the question, Misbah said: “Fakhar Zaman has an average of 47 whereas Abid Ali has an average of 20 with a normal strike rate of 104 and if I include him in the playing XI, the common public will only shoot me down for this vulnerable decision.”
Last month, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Misbah as national team's head coach cum chief selector for a three-year-long term.
He pipped the likes of Dean Jones, Mohsin Khan and Courtney Walsh to secure this job after being unanimously chosen by five-member panel that comprising Intikhab Alam, Bazid Khan, Asad Ali Khan, Wasim Khan and Zakir Khan.