A Babar Azam century and Usman Shanwari 5-fer helped Pakistan record a 67 run-win after their skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first against Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI of the series at National Stadium, Karachi on Monday (30th).
As a mark of respect to its former manager, Michael De Zoysa, who passed away yesterday, the Sri Lanka team wore black arm bands when they took the field today.
Read: Michael De Zoysa no more
No Worries for Openers
Pakistan openers, Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq weren’t troubled by the early introduction of spin from Shehan Jayasuriya or any of the Sri Lankan seamers, as they found the boundaries at regular intervals. The pair put up a decent 74-run partnership inside the 15 overs.
But as soon as Wanindu Hasaranga was introduced by skipper Thirimanne, he produced the much-needed breakthrough in his first over with a ripping leg break, trapping Imam-ul-Haq in front of wicket for 31. Six overs later, a dangerously settled Fakhar Zaman was dismissed by the same bowler trying to clear mid-off, only presenting a catch to Isuru Udana who did well to hold on.
Newcomers Babar Azam and Haris Sohail then, built the telling partnership of the innings with a run-a-ball 111, laying the foundation to accelerate at the death. Babar Azam, as elegant as ever, punished Sri Lankas’ relatively inexperienced attack with mouthwatering boundaries all over the field. He reached his 11th century in 97 balls while Haris Sohail played a great supporting role with a timely 40. Sri Lankan bowlers found themselves powerless in the hands of Babar Azam who started to go berserk in the last 10 overs but was finally dismissed by Lahiru Kumara for 115.
Late charge by Iftikhar Ahmed and Imad Wasim helped Pakistan to 305-7 at the end of the 50 overs setting a testing chase for the visitors who has a lot of youngsters in their batting unit.
Sri Lanka openers Sadeera Samarawickrama and Danushka Gunathilake couldn’t last long in the crease and unfortunately number 03, 04 and 05 soon followed the openers to the dressing room leaving Sri Lanka 5/28. Usman Shenwari was the chief destroyer of Sri Lanka, snatching 3 top order scalps.
A Record Partnership from Shanaka & Shehan
Though a win looked a distant dream, Shehan Jayasuriya and Dasun Shanaka didn’t surrender to the rampant Pakistan attack: the pair tried to slow down the situation and build a partnership. The duo complimented each other very well and after a few early scares, both batsmen started to find the gaps and the occasional boundary.
With extremely humid conditions, Jayasuriya struggled with a few cramps but Shanaka and himself put up a record partnership for the 6th wicket, adding 177 runs.
Following records were broken during this partnership
- Highest 6th wicket partnership for Sri Lanka in ODIs (Previous best: Chamara Kapugedara and Chamara Silva’s 159 against West Indies in 2008)
- Highest 6th wicket partnership vs Pakistan in ODIs (Previous best: Jeff Dujon and Richie Richardson’s 154 in 1991)
- Highest 6th wicket partnership in Pakistan in ODIs (Previous best: Rahul Dravid and Mohammed Kaif’s 132* vs Pakistan in 2004)
- Highest ever partnership for any wicket for a side which had lost first 5 wickets for 40 or less
Jayasuriya made his maiden fifty but unfortunately got out, a mere 4 less of a deserving century and soon his partner Shanaka too dismissed for 68. Sri Lanka were soon all out for 238 runs mainly thanks to Usman Shanwaris’ 5-fer.
Pakistan won the 2nd ODI by 67 runs and they go 1-0 up in the series. Next ODI will be held on 2nd October at Karachi.
|Fakhar Zaman||c Isuru Udana b Wanindu Hasaranga||54||65||6||1||83.08|
|Imam-ul-Haq||lbw b Wanindu Hasaranga||31||41||1||0||75.61|
|Babar Azam||c Wanindu Hasaranga b Lahiru Kumara||115||105||8||4||109.52|
|Haris Sohail||run out (Sadeera Samarawickrama)||40||48||1||0||83.33|
|Sarfaraz Ahmed||run out (Lahiru Thirimanne)||8||12||0||0||66.67|
|Iftikhar Ahmed||not out||32||20||2||2||160.00|
|Imad Wasim||c Oshada Fernando b Isuru Udana||12||8||2||0||150.00|
|Wahab Riaz||run out (Wanindu Hasaranga)||2||2||0||0||100.00|
|Extras||11 (b 0 , lb 8 , nb 1, w 2, pen 0)|
|Total||305/7 (50 Overs, RR: 6.1)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-73 (14.4) Imam-ul-Haq, 2-104 (20.5) Fakhar Zaman, 3-215 (39.2) Haris Sohail, 4-242 (43.6) Sarfaraz Ahmed, 5-261 (45.5) Babar Azam, 6-278 (48.3) Imad Wasim,|
|Danushka Gunathilaka||c Imad Wasim b Mohammad Amir||14||19||2||0||73.68|
|Sadeera Samarawickrama||b Usman Khan||6||14||1||0||42.86|
|Avishka Fernando||c Fakhar Zaman b Usman Khan||0||7||0||0||0.00|
|Oshada Fernando||lbw b Imad Wasim||1||14||0||0||7.14|
|Lahiru Thirimanne||c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Usman Khan||0||3||0||0||0.00|
|Shehan Jayasuriya||c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Usman Khan||96||109||7||1||88.07|
|Dasun Shanaka||c Fakhar Zaman b Shadab Khan||68||80||6||2||85.00|
|Wanindu Hasaranga||c Iftikhar Ahmed b Shadab Khan||30||23||1||2||130.43|
|Isuru Udana||c Sarfaraz Ahmed b Usman Khan||1||4||0||0||25.00|
|Lahiru Kumara||lbw b Wahab Riaz||1||8||0||0||12.50|
|Nuwan Pradeep||not out||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||21 (b 1 , lb 15 , nb 0, w 5, pen 0)|
|Total||238/10 (46.5 Overs, RR: 5.08)|
|Fall of Wickets||1-18 (3.6) Sadeera Samarawickrama, 2-22 (6.1) Danushka Gunathilaka, 3-22 (7.3) Avishka Fernando, 4-22 (7.6) Lahiru Thirimanne, 5-28 (10.1) Oshada Fernando, 6-205 (40.5) Shehan Jayasuriya, 7-205 (41.1) Dasun Shanaka, 8-211 (42.5) Isuru Udana, 9-232 (45.6) Lahiru Kumara, 10-238 (46.5) Wanindu Hasaranga,|