Umar Akmal equals unwanted record for most ducks in T20Is as Sri Lanka defeat Pakistan in Lahore
Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal did not have an ideal comeback to the T20I side as he failed to open his account with the bat in the first and second T20I against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka made it two wins in a row in the ongoing three-match series with a comfortable 35-run win over the hosts at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Monday attaining an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. The loss saw Akmal attain an embarrassing feat.
Akmal now has created an unwanted record of having joint-most ducks in T20Is by any player with former Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan. Both batsmen have ten ducks in T20Is - most by any player in the world. Akmal, who was dismissed on a duck in the first T20I on Saturday, continued his poor run with the willow on Monday once again failing to get off the mark in the second T20I on Monday. He was dismissed by Wanindu Hasaranga on the very first ball he faced in the game.
With consecutive ducks, it's unlikely that coach Misbah-ul-Haq will be keen on giving him one final chance to prove his worth in the final third T20I. Akmal, who was sidelined from the national side due to poor form, had made a return into the T20I team after impressing in the domestic circuit. However, the right-hander failed to live up to the expectations in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka and was sent back cheaply in both the games.
A second-string Sri Lankan side yet again humbled Pakistan in their own backyard to seal the series on Monday. It was a comprehensive all-round effort from the visitors who rode on Bhanuka Rajapaksa's brilliant 77 to post a strong total of 182 runs on the board in the first innings before successfully defending the total against a misfiring Pakistan batting attack.
Nuwan Pradeep was the destructor-in-chief for Sri Lanka as he picked up a four-wicket haul running through the Pakistan batting line-up as the hosts were bundled out for 147 in 19 overs. Sri Lanka now lead the series 2-0 and will be looking to make it three wins in a row when they face the hosts in the final T20I on Wednesday.