An air-tight bowling performance in Sri Lanka allowed them to defend 148 to win in the third T20I against Pakistan.
That they also achieved this seemingly low sum was due to a brilliant strike by Oshada Fernando, who scored eight fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 48-ball 78. His innings helped Sri Lanka recover from 58/4 when the tourists fought early.
Mohamamd Amir played Danushka Gunathilaka for 8, Sadeera Samarawickrama for 12, Bhanuka Rajapaksa for 3 and Angelo Perera for 13.
Sri Lanka needed someone to play long innings and Oshada delivered. He had help from Captain Dasun Shanaka. Although he made only 12, the 25 balls he faced made him run 76 races and gave Sri Lanka something to bowl.
The Sri Lankan defense began perfectly, with Kasun Rajitha shaping one back to roll Fakhar Zaman and barely easing from there. Rajitha continued playing early on, taking just eight runs from his first three overs, but Wanindu Hasaranga came out with the selection of the characters.
He has had a fortunate habit of beating repeatedly, and this time he effectively decided the contest when he removed Asif Ali and Sarfaraz Ahmed from 94/2 to 111/6 in an over-the-Pakistan strike, a collapse from 4/17.
🚨 Sri Lanka win the final T20I and win the series 3-0! 🚨— ICC (@ICC) October 9, 2019
Oshada Fernando hit 78* and a very disciplined performance from the Sri Lankan bowlers saw Pakistan fall 13 runs short 🔥 pic.twitter.com/hF2wRV4PtV
However, this 94/2 is a misleading record – at that time, Sri Lanka was already ahead of the pack thanks to the thriftiness of bowling. Babar Azam scored below average in his twentieth year and only found the rope once, while Haris Sohail scored only marginally faster and overtook Hasaranga with 52 of 50 balls.
A late flood of Iftikhar Ahmed and Wahab Riaz proved too late, and Sri Lanka won after eleven runs, sealing a whitewash that few saw.