Pakistan defeat Sri Lanka by five wickets in third ODI

AFP – Updated October 02, 2019

Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets in the third and final day-night international between the two sides in Karachi on Wednesday, taking the three-match series 2-0.

Abid Ali was named man of the match for his 74-run knock. “However much I thank Allah, it’s not enough. I got a good opportunity today and was happy to do well. I must thank the management and players for backing me. I am thankful to the fans for coming to the ground here in Karachi. Hope to have more international cricket here,” ESPNcricinfo quoted him as saying.

Pakistan's batsman Abid Ali plays a shot during the third and final one day international (ODI) cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Karachi on Wednesday. — AFP
Pakistan’s batsman Abid Ali plays a shot during the third and final one day international (ODI) cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Karachi on Wednesday. — AFP

Babar Azam was awarded the Player of the Series title. “The hundred two nights ago was my first hundred in Pakistan, so proud of that. My plan is to bat all the overs I can. We’ve got a good confidence boost from this series, hope to carry it through to the T20Is,” he said, according to ESPNcricinfo.

Sri Lanka were lifted to 297-9 in their 50 overs opener Danushka Gunathilaka scoring a career best 133 before Pakistan reached their target in 48.2 overs.

Fakhar Zaman led the way with 76 while fellow opener Abid Ali scored 74 and Haris Sohail 56.

The host team were off to a good chase before the first wicket fell at 19.3 overs, when Abid Ali (74 off 67) was dismissed off a googly by Hasaranga.

Babar Azam (31 off 26) was ruled ‘out’ after a successful leg-before-wicket review appeal of Pradeep’s delivery at 29.1 overs.

Fakhar Zaman (76 off 91), in an attempt to hit an upper cut, ended up hitting it towards the third man fielder (Shanaka) and was caught out.

Earlier, Gunathilaka knocked a 134-ball 133 with 16 boundaries and a six for his second hundred which lifted Sri Lanka after they won the toss and batted on a flat National stadium pitch.

Gunathilaka, suspended twice for breaches of disciplines in the last two years, held the innings together with stands of 88 with skipper Lahiru Thirimanne (36) for the second, 50 for the third with Angelo Perera (13) and 74 with debutant Minod Bhanuka (36) for the fourth in a brilliant display of batting.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first. — Photo courtesy PCB Twitter
Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first. — Photo courtesy PCB Twitter

 

Gunathilaka defied Pakistan’s bowling with guts and determination, improving his previous ODI best of 116 he made against Zimbabwe at Hambantota in 2017.

Thirimanne hit four boundaries off 54 balls while Bhanuka had two sixes in his 39-ball knock.

All-rounder Dasun Shanaka hit a quick 24-ball 43 with five boundaries and two sixes as Sri Lanka added 50 in the last five overs.

Pakistan won the second game by 67 runs while the first match was rained off without a ball being bowled, both in Karachi.

For today’s fixture, the side brought Abid Ali and Mohammad Nawaz for Imamul Haq and Imad Wasim.

A Pakistani Army helicopter patrols over the stadium during the 3rd ODI in Karachi on Wednesday.  — AFP
A Pakistani Army helicopter patrols over the stadium during the 3rd ODI in Karachi on Wednesday. — AFP

For Sri Lanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Isuru Udana and Oshada Fernando made way for Bhanuka, Lakshan Sandakan and Perera.

The first match was rained off, also in Karachi, on Friday.

After the ODIs conclude, the teams will face each other in three Twenty20 internationals in Lahore.

Teams:

Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne (capt), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Angelo Perera, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari

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