LAHORE: Fresh from a surprising 64-run victory in the first T20 of the three matches series against Pakistan on Saturday night, dark horses Sri Lanka must be high in morale to repeat the performance when they meet the hosts in the second tie at the Gaddafi Stadium here on Monday night to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead.
The stunning victory in the opener was not expected from the inexperienced Sri Lankans against World No.1 Pakistan. But the visitors with their well-disciplined bowling and fielding and thanks to good knocks from top three batsmen Danushka Gunathilaka (57), Oshada Fernando (33) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (32) managed a fighting total of 165-5 in 20 overs.
The Pakistan top order, in contrast to their Sri Lankan counterparts were back in the pavilion at a score of just 22 runs on the board and Pakistan succumbed to the pressure to be all out for just 101 with 14 balls left giving Sri Lanka their first T20 victory against Pakistan in six years.
For Sri Lanka skipper Gunathilaka, the second T20 will be about putting on display a similar show and seal the series for the visitors.