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Sri Lankan cricket team against Pakistan in 2017–18
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Pakistan
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Sri Lanka
Dates 28 September – 29 October 2017
Captains Sarfraz Ahmed Dinesh Chandimal (Tests)
Upul Tharanga (ODIs)
Thisara Perera (T20Is)
Test series
Result Sri Lanka won the 2-match series 2–0
Most runs Asad Shafiq (183) Dimuth Karunaratne (306)
Most wickets Yasir Shah (16) Rangana Herath (16)
Player of the series Dimuth Karunaratne (SL)
One Day International series
Result Pakistan won the 5-match series 5–0
Most runs Babar Azam (303) Upul Tharanga (199)
Most wickets Hasan Ali (14) Lahiru Gamage (7)
Player of the series Hasan Ali (Pak)
Twenty20 International series
Result Pakistan won the 3-match series 3–0
Most runs Shoaib Malik (102) Danushka Gunathilaka (78)
Most wickets Faheem Ashraf (6)
Hasan Ali (6)
Vikum Sanjaya (4)
Player of the series Shoaib Malik (Pak)

The Sri Lanka cricket team toured the United Arab Emirates in September and October 2017 to play two Tests, five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches against the Pakistan cricket team. It included the first Tests that Sarfraz Ahmed of Pakistan captained following the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq. The tour also featured a T20I match in Pakistan, the first time that Sri Lanka had visited the country since 2009.

On 27 September 2017, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) named umpires for the Test and ODI fixtures. The second Test match was played as a day/night fixture, the first day/night Test for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka won the Test series 2–0. It was Pakistan's first whitewash in the United Arab Emirates, and only their second whitewash in a home series, after losing 3–0 to Australia in October 2002. Pakistan won the ODI series 5–0. Sri Lanka became the first side to be whitewashed 5–0 three times in ODIs in the same calendar year, after previously losing to South Africa in January and India in August.

Return to Pakistan

In August 2017, Thilanga Sumathipala, president of Sri Lanka Cricket, said that he would like to play at least one of the three T20I matches in Lahore, Pakistan during October. In March 2009, the Sri Lanka cricket team were attacked by terrorists while travelling to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Since then, the only Test side to visit Pakistan has been Zimbabwe, when they toured during May 2015. Two of Sri Lanka's current team, Chamara Kapugedera and Suranga Lakmal were on the bus during the 2009 terrorist attack, and both could have been selected for the T20I squad for this series.

In September 2017, the fixtures were confirmed, with the final T20I match of the series scheduled to be played in Lahore. Sri Lanka Cricket said that players have a "contractual obligation" to play the match in Lahore, but it was unlikely to issue penalties to any player who chose not to visit Pakistan. However, on 14 October 2017, the Sri Lankan team expressed their reluctance to travel to Pakistan, requesting that the fixture is moved to a neutral venue. On 16 October 2017, Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed that the fixture in Lahore would go ahead as planned, but their limited-overs captain, Upul Tharanga, had pulled out of the match. Despite the concerns from the players, team manager Asanka Gurusinha felt that a competitive squad would be named. On 19 October 2017, Sri Lanka's chief selector, Graham Labrooy, said that players who do not travel to Lahore would be unlikely to be selected for the other two T20I fixtures. The squad for the T20I fixtures was named two days later, with Thisara Perera selected as captain.

The Sri Lankan squad arrived in Lahore under "extraordinary" security and made their way to the team's hotel in a bomb-proof bus. Ahead of the T20I in Lahore, Cricket Sri Lanka's president Thilanga Sumathipala said that the team was privileged to be in Pakistan and that he would help support the country in hosting more tours. Najam Sethi, chairman of the PCB, said that this fixture would be the start of international cricket returning to the country, with him expecting every country to play in Pakistan by the end of 2020. Pakistan went on to win the T20I series 3–0. Following the conclusion of the match, the Asian Cricket Council announced that the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup would be played in Pakistan in April.

Squads

Tests ODIs T20Is
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka Flag of Pakistan Pakistan Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka

Ahead of the ODI series, Mohammad Amir was ruled out of Pakistan's squad with an injury, with Usman Khan added as his replacement. Nuwan Pradeep was ruled out of Sri Lanka's ODI squad with an injury, with Lahiru Gamage added as his replacement. Ahead of the third ODI, Sadeera Samarawickrama was added to Sri Lanka's ODI squad.

Test series

1st Test

28 September–2 October 2017
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
419 (154.5 overs)
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
422 (162.3 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 21 runs
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (Eng) and Nigel Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: Rangana Herath (SL)
Dinesh Chandimal 155* (372)
Mohammad Abbas 3/75 (26.5 overs)
Azhar Ali 85 (226)
Rangana Herath 5/93 (40 overs)
138 (66.5 overs) 114 (47.4 overs)
Niroshan Dickwella 40* (76)
Yasir Shah 5/51 (27 overs)
Haris Sohail 34 (69)
Rangana Herath 6/43 (21.4 overs)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Haris Sohail (Pak) made his Test debut.
  • Sarfraz Ahmed became the 32nd captain of Pakistan in Tests.
  • Umpire Ian Gould was ill and did not take to the field. He was replaced by Richard Kettleborough.
  • Yasir Shah (Pak) took his 150th wicket in Tests and became the quickest spinner and joint-second quickest bowler overall to do so.
  • Azhar Ali (Pak) became the 8th batsman for Pakistan to reach 5,000 runs in Tests.
  • Rangana Herath (SL) took his 400th wicket and became the first bowler to take 100 wickets against Pakistan in Tests.
  • This was the first time that Pakistan had lost a Test in Abu Dhabi.

2nd Test

6–10 October 2017
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
482 (159.2 overs)
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
262 (90.3 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 68 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (Eng) and Nigel Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: Dimuth Karunaratne (SL)
Dimuth Karunaratne 196 (405)
Yasir Shah 6/184 (55.5 overs)
Azhar Ali 59 (128)
Dilruwan Perera 3/72 (26 overs)
96 (26 overs) 248 (90.2 overs)
Kusal Mendis 29 (49)
Wahab Riaz 4/41 (9 overs)
Asad Shafiq 112 (176)
Dilruwan Perera 5/98 (26 overs)

ODI series

1st ODI

13 October 2017
15:00
Scorecard
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
292/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
209/8 (50 overs)
Pakistan won by 83 runs
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Umpires: Ahsan Raza (Pak) and Sundaram Ravi (Ind)
Man of the Match: Shoaib Malik (Pak)
Babar Azam 103 (131)
Suranga Lakmal 2/47 (10 overs)
Lahiru Thirimanne 53 (74)
Hasan Ali 3/36 (9 overs)


2nd ODI

16 October 2017
15:00
Scorecard
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
219/9 (50 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
187 (48 overs)
Pakistan won by 32 runs
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (Eng) and Shozab Raza (Pak)
Man of the Match: Shadab Khan (Pak)
Babar Azam 101 (133)
Lahiru Gamage 4/57 (10 overs)
Upul Tharanga 112* (144)
Shadab Khan 3/47 (9 overs)


3rd ODI

18 October 2017
15:00
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
208 (48.2 overs)
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
209/3 (42.3 overs)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Sundaram Ravi (Ind) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Man of the Match: Imam-ul-Haq (Pak)
Upul Tharanga 61 (80)
Hasan Ali 5/34 (10 overs)
Imam-ul-Haq 100 (125)
Thisara Perera 1/22 (4 overs)


4th ODI

20 October 2017
14:00
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
173 (43.4 overs)
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
177/3 (39 overs)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (Eng) and Shozab Raza (Pak)
Man of the Match: Babar Azam (Pak)
Lahiru Thirimanne 62 (94)
Hasan Ali 3/37 (8.4 overs)
Shoaib Malik 69* (81)
Lahiru Gamage 1/27 (5 overs)


5th ODI

23 October 2017
14:00
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
103 (26.2 overs)
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
105/1 (20.2 overs)
Pakistan won by 9 wickets
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Umpires: Sundaram Ravi (Ind) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Man of the Match: Usman Khan (Pak)
Thisara Perera 25 (29)
Usman Khan 5/34 (7 overs)
Fakhar Zaman 48 (47)
Jeffrey Vandersay 1/30 (6.1 overs)


T20I series

1st T20I

26 October 2017
20:00
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
102 (18.3 overs)
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
103/3 (17.2 overs)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Ahsan Raza (Pak) and Shozab Raza (Pak)
Man of the Match: Usman Khan (Pak)
Seekkuge Prasanna 23* (23)
Hasan Ali 3/23 (3.3 overs)
Shoaib Malik 42* (31)
Vikum Sanjaya 2/20 (4 overs)


2nd T20I

27 October 2017
20:00
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
124/9 (20 overs)
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
125/8 (19.5 overs)
Pakistan won by 2 wickets
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Umpires: Shozab Raza (Pak) and Ahmed Shahab (Pak)
Man of the Match: Shadab Khan (Pak)
Danushka Gunathilaka 51 (48)
Faheem Ashraf 3/16 (3 overs)
Sarfraz Ahmed 28 (26)
Thisara Perera 3/24 (4 overs)


3rd T20I

29 October 2017
18:00
Scorecard
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
180/3 (20 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
144/9 (20 overs)
Pakistan won by 36 runs
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Umpires: Ahsan Raza (Pak) and Ahmed Shahab (Pak)
Man of the Match: Shoaib Malik (Pak)
Shoaib Malik 51 (24)
Dilshan Munaweera 1/26 (4 overs)
Dasun Shanaka 54 (36)
Mohammad Amir 4/13 (4 overs)


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