Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik smashed a quick 52 as Pakistan outplayed Sri Lanka by 36 runs in the third and last T20 international on Sunday before a charged full house at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi dubbed Sunday's match “historic”, saying it marked the return of international cricket to Pakistan.
Prior to the match, the countries' respective national anthems were played before a crowd of 23,000 cricket fans who applauded both the teams.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed thanked the Sri Lankan team and the crowd. “I thank the Sri Lankan team for coming to Pakistan as it was a great gesture,” said Ahmed. “It was lovely to play before the home crowd and win.” Sri Lankan skipper Thisara Perera said his players were honoured.
“We want to thank the Pakistani fans for inviting us,” said Perera. “We love you and it was an honour to lead this young side."