Pakistan on Sunday beat Sri Lanka by 36 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International match, being played at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Sri Lanka, in pursuit of Pakistan’s 181-run target, lost early wickets and managed to score 144 runs in their allotted 20 overs.

The visitors had won the toss and opted to field first against Pakistan.

Shoaib Malik was the top scorer with 51 while Umar Amin (45) and Babar Azam (34 not out) were the other contributors.

The team was off to a smooth start, scoring 70 runs in the first 10 overs with the loss of just one wicket. Fakhar Zaman was bowled for 31.

Later, Umar Amin was sent packing by Udana on 45, leaving Pakistan 91 for 2 in 12 overs.

Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik then steadied the Pakistan innings as both managed to pull a 75-run partnership off 45 balls, thus putting a big total of 180 runs on the board.

In reply, Sri Lankans were off to a shaky start as they lost 3 wickets in 4 overs with just 22 runs on the board.

Trailing 2-0 in the series, Sri Lanka brought in all-rounder Chaturanga de Silva in place of Ashan Priyanjan.

Pakistan made two changes from the side which won the second Twenty20 by two wickets in Abu Dhabi.

They brought in paceman Mohammad Amir and Umar Amin in place of injured fast bowler Usman Shinwari and the out-of-form Ahmed Shehzad.

Amir is playing his first international match at his home ground.