Sri Lanka Cricket approves team's visit to Pakistan for T20 match


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Babar Azam scored a succesive hundred while Shadab Khan gave his career best bowling and batting performance to help Pakistan thump Sri Lanka by 32 runs in the second day-night worldwide in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The cricketers enjoyed the moment as the national cricket players gave Azam a cake facial.

Pakistan lead five-match series 2-0 against Sri lanka.

Chasing a target of 220 runs, Sri Lanka started off the chase in a disappointing manner and were reduced to 93 for 7 before Upul Tharanga and Jeffrey Vandersay compiled a partnership of 76 runs for the 8th wicket.

Dropped twice - on 13 and 20 - Tharanga waged a lone battle as Sri Lanka needed 51 off the last five overs but the last two batsmen were run out and he was left stranded. In August he called for an end to Pakistan's isolation from world cricket.

Pakistan chose to bat but saw their innings get off to an alarming start, as Fakhar Zaman (11), Ahmed Shehzad (8) and Mohammad Hafeez (8) fell quickly to leave their side 40-3.

Medium pacer Thisara Perera (2/34) then struck twice, removing Shoaib Malik (11) and Sarfraz Ahmed (5) to leave Pakistan in a spot of bother.

"The Executive Committee evaluated the reports obtained together with the recommendation of the International Cricket Council - which successfully conducted the Independence Cup tournament in Lahore fielding a World XI Team - and having been fully satisfied with the stringent security measures in place, the SLC ExCo unanimously made a decision to play the third T20 in Lahore on October 29".

Pakistan's efforts to conduct worldwide cricket matches at home received a major setback on Monday as Sri Lanka's limited-overs captain Upul Tharanga pulled out of the scheduled T20 global in Lahore citing security reasons.

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