Newbie Faheem Ashraf joins legends with his hat-trick

Hasan, Malik star as Pakistan cruise to victory over Sri Lanka

He is also the sixth bowler in the world to claim a hat-trick in the format.

Ashraf dismissed Isuru Udana, Mahela Udawatte and Dasun Shanaka off successive deliveries in only his third Twenty20 global. Ashraf ended with career-best figures of 3/16 from his three overs. A short delivery from Ashraf and Udana went for the pull but Hasan Ali took a good jumping catch at fine leg. However, he was caught at the boundary ropes by Babar Azam. And his third victim, Shanaka, was trapped in front of the wickets.

Sunday's game will mark the homecoming of top-level worldwide cricket as Sri Lanka become the first major cricket team to visit Pakistan since they were targeted in a deadly ambush in 2009 - with attack survivors among those returning to the scene.

It turned out to be a fighting total for Sri Lanka as they made Pakistan toil hard to reach the target. He was bowling the second last over of the game in which last three balls of his third over were all wickets.




Pakistan eventually reached the target with one ball and two wickets to spare.

And now Sri Lanka will round off a T20 series which Pakistan already leads 2-0 after winning in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Pakistan showcases its security capabilities to the cricketing world for the third time in eight months on Sunday when it hosts Sri Lanka in a Twenty20 worldwide at Lahore's heavily guarded Gaddafi Stadium.

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