Dasun Shanaka joins MS Dhoni in elite record as T20I captain


Shanaka-led Sri Lankan staff registered three wins within the T20I collection.

Dasun Shanaka
Dasun Shanaka, (Photograph by ARIF ALI/AFP through Getty Pictures)

Sri Lanka’s interim T20I skipper Dasun Shanaka created historical past when he led Sri Lanka to a Three-Zero collection win over Pakistan in their very own yard, because the Islanders beat Males in Inexperienced by 13 runs within the final and last match of collection. He was main the staff instead of common captain Lasith Malinga, who refused to journey to the nation resulting from safety considerations.

This victory gave the Lankan staff a cheerful ending to their Pakistan tour, as they misplaced the ODI collection below Lahiru Thirimanne. Thirimanne and Shanaka had been appointed interim skippers after Karunaratne, ODI captain was amongst the 10 gamers who refused to journey to Pakistan. The house staff had received 29 out of their earlier 33 T20Is earlier than the collection, and had been anticipated to dominate the proceedings however had been outclassed by the guests.

Shanaka creates a file for Sri Lanka towards Pakistan in T20Is

Dasun Shanaka with three wins in his first three T20Is as captain joined an elite record which incorporates the likes of MS Dhoni of India and Michael Clarke of Australia, who registered their first three T20Is as captain towards Pakistan. The Lankan staff was a second-string staff which noticed many kids come by in robust time towards a full-strength no.1 ranked T20I staff.

Sri Lanka received the primary match by 64 runs as Males in Inexperienced couldn’t chase down 165. The second match noticed Pakistan being bowled out for 147 inside 20 overs runs with Nuwan Pradeep choosing 4 wickets, as they had been chasing 182 for a win. The final and last recreation noticed Pakistan falling 13 runs in need of the goal of 148 runs set by Sri Lanka, resulting in a whitewash of the no.1 ranked staff in their very own yard.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa was the very best run-getter for the Lankans with 112 runs in three matches with a better of 77, whereas Oshada Fernando made 78* for the Islanders within the final match on his debut. Wanindu Hasaranga was the bowler with most wickets-Eight to his identify, whereas skilled Nuwan Pradeep picked 7 wickets as effectively.

In the meantime, Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq was a destitute face on the post-match convention and admitted the staff made errors.