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Match Preview Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I 2019

Big Picture Yes, even the first-string Sri Lanka had lost their four most-recent T20I series, and sure Pakistan topped the rankings, but there are no two sides that revel quite as much in chaos as these two, so in some ways, a comfortable series victory to the underdogs is not …

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Match Preview Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I 2019

Big Picture It was no real surprise that Sri Lanka rode an outstanding fifty from Danushka Gunathilaka to a competitive total in the first match. Were it not for injury and disciplinary issues, the opener would command a place in their first-choice limited-overs XI. He is among the more naturally-gifted …

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Match Preview Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20I 2019

Big Picture Sri Lanka did not embarrass themselves in the two ODIs, but they did not come close to winning a match either. On the surface, their prospects in the T20I series seem even bleaker. Pakistan are the top-ranked T20I side in the world, having won 11 of their past …

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Gunathilaka shows why Sri Lanka stuck by him

Less than 15 months ago, Danushka Gunathilaka found himself banned from all forms of cricket, further action pending following the results of a Sri Lankan police inquiry. He had been suspended for breaching curfew during the middle of a Test, but far more gravely, the offence was linked to an …

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Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad return to Pakistan T20I squad

Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal, two players who have seen precious little international action in the recent past, are back in the Pakistan T20I set-up for the Sr Lanka series, recalled after 16 months and three years respectively. Their recalls were the most notable aspect of a side that also …

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Match Preview Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI 2019

Big Picture It wasn’t as embarrassing as it could have been. At 28 for 5, Sri Lanka were in danger of being crushed by more than 200 runs in the second ODI. Shehan Jayasuriya and Dasun Shanaka dragged Sri Lanka almost back into the game, but the result, in the …

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