PAK vs SL: Babar, Shadab steer Pakistan to win

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Sri Lanka's cricket board Tuesday halved a six-match ban imposed on all-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka for misconduct, amid speculation several players may drop out of an upcoming Twenty20 series final in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's limited-overs captain Upul Tharanga has reportedly pulled out of the Lahore T20I due to security concerns and it is likely that the board would not consider him for first two matches as well.

"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 chose to play the third T20 in Lahore on October 29".

The SLC has, however, confirmed that the Sri-Lankan team will be touring Pakistan and the squad will be announced on October 20.

SLC said its president Thilanga Sumathipala will accompany the team to Lahore.

Sri Lankan new-ball bowlers Lahiru Gamage (4/57) and Suranga Lakmal (1/42) made early inroads with three wickets inside first power-play.

Babar Azam claimed a share of one-day worldwide history as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 32 runs in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The report also added that from the current squad playing the ODI series in UAE, only four Sri Lankan players - Thisara Perera, Dishad Munaweera, Ashan Priyanjan, Isuru Udana - have agreed to tour Pakistan, as of now.

The third T20 global is the final match of the current tour of Pakistan in UAE and the SLC administration had wanted to play at Lahore's Gaddaffi Stadium. Seems like we will be there in Lahore only for 24 hours.

The last time Sri Lanka toured their Asian neighbour was in 2009 when they suffered a gun and grenade attack leading to six police officials and two civilians killed while six of the players were injured.

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