Sarfraz Ahmed makes a successful run out appeal against Angelo Perera during the final T20 match at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday. AFP
Debutant Oshada Fernando struck a brilliant 48-ball 78 with three sixes and eight boundaries. For Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir took 3-27.
Sri Lanka successfully defended totals in the first two games and is chasing its first-ever 3-0 victory in a three-match bilateral series.
With the series already won, Sri Lanka made five changes from the team, which beat Pakistan by 35 runs on Monday.
Lahiru Madushanka, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Perera, Lahiru Kumara and wicketkeeper-batsman Sadeera Samarawickrama all got their first match in the series. The visitors left out experienced seamers Isuru Udana and Nuwan Pradeep along with batsmen Shehan Jayasuriya, Avishka Fernando and Minod Bhanuka.
Pakistan dropped out-of-form Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad after both batsmen failed to make a mark in the first two matches.
Middle-order batsman Haris Sohail replaced Akmal, while Iftikhar Ahmed came in place of Shehzad. Left-arm fast bowler Usman Shinwari replaced Mohammad Hasnain as Pakistan made three changes.
Players and match officials will be wearing pink ribbons to promote awareness about breast cancer.
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Angelo Perera, Oshada Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Madushanka, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha.
Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari.
An unusual spell of monsoon rain in the southern port city during this time of the year left the cricket ground completely waterlogged. The second game of the three-match series, which could also be affected by rain, is on Sunday.
"History will be made on Friday when Karachi will host the first ODI," said Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. "We must thank the Sri Lankan team for touring us."
Pakistan rode on a brilliant century from Babar Azam and fast bowler Usman Shinwari’s five wickets to beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs in the second day-night international on Monday
India skipper Virat Kohli said on Sunday the team’s “hunger” to keep improving has led to their record 11th-straight Test series win at home after outplaying South Africa by an innings and 137 runs.
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