Pakistan were stunned by Sri Lanka in the first T20I of the series as chasing a target of 166, the hosts were bowled out for just 101 in the 18th over. Pacers Nuwan Pradeep and Isuru Udana took three wickets each while spinners Wanindu Hasaranga's two-wicket haul helped Sri Lanka's cause as well. They can not afford to lose this series against a second-string Sri Lankan side, especially now that global cricket has returned to the country after 10 years.
This is only the second T20I match of Hasnain. This is the first T20 global of the three-match series.
Danushka Gunathilaka's knock of 57 runs helped Sri Lanka post a score of 165/5 in the allotted twenty overs after being asked to bat first. Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed then retrieved the innings for the side. Sri Lanka chipped away at the wickets in the final overs and the team registered a win by 64 runs.
However, they batted slowly and the asking rate soared. He struck eight fours and a six in his 38-ball knock before becoming the first wicket to fall, missing a sweep against Shadab Khan and being given LBW.
It was Shadab who accounted for the next wicket to fall too, running out Gunathilaka's opening partner Avishka Fernando with a direct hit from mid-off for a sedate 33-ball 34, and thereafter it was the Mohammad Hasnain show. Pakistan is ranked world No.1 in Twenty20 rankings while Sri Lanka is in the bottom half, placed at No. 8. "We lost Babar early and that put pressure on the batting".