WATCH: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed suffer terrible mix-up in 1st T20I against Sri Lanka
Pakistan would have backed themselves to come out undefeated against Sri Lanka in the ongoing T20I series at home after a sublime effort in the ODIs but the visitors stunned the hosts in the opener on Saturday with a comprehensive 64-run victory. Sri Lanka produced an excellent effort with the bat as they posted a strong total of 165 runs on the board riding on Danushka Gunathilaka's 38-ball 57. Pakistan failed to successfully chase down the target and were bundled out for a paltry 101 to go 1-0 down in the three-match affair.
Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and batsman Iftikhar Ahmed suffered a hilarious mix-up in the game while batting out in the middle. The incident happened in the 12th over of Pakistan's chase when Iftikhar hit one straight to Dasun Shanaka in the cover region and ran for a single. Iftikhar looked unsure about the single and went back from halfway through his run as the duo suffered a terrible mix-up gifting Sri Lanka a wicket.
The ball was collected well by Shanaka, who was quick to throw the ball towards the bowler and the bails were off in a flash of a second. It was Iftikhar who had to walk back after managing to score 25 off 24 balls as Pakistan further crumbled in the chase after a poor start from the top-order.
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Pakistan never looked in control in the chase as openers Babar Azam (13) and Ahmed Shehzad (4) couldn't get the team off to a good start getting dismissed cheaply. Umar Akmal, who was making his comeback to the national team, was also dismissed on a duck before Sarfaraz and Iftikhar added 46 runs for the 4th wicket to keep Pakistan in the hunt. However, after Iftikhar's run-out Sri Lankan bowlers wreaked havoc on the lower-middle order.
Nuwan Pradeep and Isuru Udana picked up three wickets apiece as Pakistan were folded for 101. The two sides will now lock horns in the second T20I on Monday at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.