Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal back in Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka T20Is

Umar Akmal of Pakistan

The decision was taken mutually by both the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in order to ensure the ground staff get an additional day to ensure the playing conditions are better after the first match was washed out due to rain on Friday (27).

Pakistan now lead the three-match series against Sri Lanka 1-0. While praising Pakistan's vice-captain after he a century in the second ODI of the series against Sri Lanka, Afridi said that the youngster is capable of scoring a double-century as well.

The opener scored 133 from 134 balls in the third and final match in Karachi, but Sri Lanka could still only manage 297-9 from their 50 overs.

Notably, a decade ago, the touring Sri Lankan team was attacked by terrorists in Lahore, leaving a few players injured.

Pakistan did not stage global Cricket for six years before Zimbabwe toured in 2015 followed by visits from a World XI, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. The 28-year-old left-hander hit 16 fours and a six for his second ODI hundred.

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He was removed in the 45th over, bowled by pacer Mohammad Amir who was the best bowler for the hosts with 3/50.

It was Amir who gave Pakistan an early breakthrough when he had Avishka Fernando caught behind for four by Sarfaraz Ahmed, leading Pakistan for the 50th time in an ODI.

For Sri Lanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Isuru Udana and Oshada Fernando made way for Minod Bhanuka, Lakshan Sandakan and Angelo Perera.

Besides Gunathilaka, all-rounder Shanaka smashed a whirlwind 24-ball 43 with five boundaries and two sixes as Sri Lanka added 50 in the last five overs.

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said: "Gaddafi Stadium has been one of my favourite venues and I once again look forward to the crowds' support in the three T20Is".

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