Shahid Afridi shone with bat and ball as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 23 runs in Hambantota to tie the two-match T20 international series.
Afridi struck an unbeaten 52 off 33 balls to help Pakistan make 122 for six batting first and the all-rounder then took two for 17 off his four overs as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 99 in reply.
Pacemen Mohammad Sami (three for 16) and Yasir Arafat (three for 18) also impressed as Pakistan avenged their 37-run defeat to Sri Lanka on Friday.
Pakistan were skittled for 95 in that loss with only two of their batsmen getting into double figures and it looked set to be a similar story as, despite winning the toss, they slumped to 41 for four with over half of their allotted overs gone.
However, the departure of captain Mohammad Hafeez for a 34-ball 24 brought Afridi to the wicket and, in partnership with Shoaib Malik, he helped turn things round with quickfire 68-run stand.
Malik contributed 27 to that partnership, but it was Afridi who was the real thorn in Sri Lanka’s side, the big-hitting 32-year-old striking five boundaries and a six as he made his fourth T20 international half-century.
Sri Lanka’s run chase started well enough, with Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan putting on 19 for the first wicket.
However, Sangakkara and Nuwan Kulasekara were then both dismissed in the same Arafat over with no addition to the scoreline and Sri Lanka were always playing catch-up after that.
Dilshan (18), Chamara Kapugedera (19), Dinesh Chandimal (12), Lahiru Thirimanne (18) and captain Angelo Mathews (11) all got starts, but were unable to push on as Pakistan’s impressive bowling attack kept their opponents in check.