Sri Lankan team hesitant to visit Pakistan for T20 fixture

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Sri Lanka to play Third T20I in Lahore's Gaddafi stadium on October 29

But Sri Lanka were similarly found wanting with the bat and, despite Upul Tharanga replicating Babar's heroics by racking up an unbeaten 112, it was not enough to rescue a result for his side.

Babar Azam scored a succesive hundred while Shadab Khan recorded his career best bowling and batting performance to help Pakistan thump Sri Lanka by 32 runs in the second one-day global in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The two teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals, the first two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) and the third in Lahore (October 29).

Earlier, Sri Lanka's players had indicated strong reluctance to visit Pakistan for the third and final T20I.

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"Having been fully satisfied with the stringent security measures in place, the SLC ExCo unanimously chose to play the 3rd T20 in Lahore on the 29th October", the SLC said in the statement.

Accordingly, the 15 member squad will be announced on October 20.

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

Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella leaves the field after being dismissed by Pakistan's Junaid Khan during the second one day global (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 16, 2017.

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Sri Lanka's batting coach Hashan Tillakaratne said it was the board's duty to help Pakistan, who had aided the country during the 1996 World Cup.

Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board, however, claimed that the SLC will try and convince the players to tour Lahore.

The victory gives Pakistan a 2-0 lead in the five-match series while this becomes Sri Lanka's ninth defeat in a row.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief Sumathipala in August appealed for an end to Pakistan's isolation-a statement welcomed by Pakistani cricket officials-and urged countries to come to play.

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