In the second ODI of the series, Pakistan is on their way to a big collection of batsmen. In the meantime, Pakistan team has taken the eleventh century of their career. After a long 10 years, Pakistan is playing on the big format of international cricket. Sri Lanka had a long wait in Karachi against Sri Lanka at home. The entire stadium facing the shouting of loyal supporters. The second ODI came into the gallery.
Pakistan team decided to bat before winning the toss in Karachi. This pair comes with a valuable 73 runs. Sri Lanka got their first success in 14.4 overs. Imam became the first victim of Oneindu Hassaranger’s LBW trap. 41 off 31 balls came from his bat. Another opener, Choton took the eleventh fifty. He could not go far for half a century. He became the second victim of Hasararanga for 54 off 65 balls. Harris Sohail returned to the dugout for 40 runs off 48 balls.
Sri Lanka had hoped to compose an extraordinary story of a turnaround after a bad start to the run. However, Jayasuriya and Shankar broke the record-breaking pair of Pakistan team. The win gives Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with the first ODI rained off in Karachi on Friday. The third and final match is also set for the same venue on Wednesday.
Pakistan won the second ODI 67 on Monday in a three-match series.
ODI cricket returns to Karachi National Stadium after a decade. The Pakistan and Srilanka teams also played in the last ODI here in 2009. The third and final ODI will be in the same venue next Wednesday.
Sarfaraz, Pakistan captain: Have to do better during the middle overs. The way we started with the bat, credit to Babar and Haris. Fakhar and Imam provided a good start, although it would’ve been great had they converted. Will try to give opportunities to as many as possible.
Thirimanne, Sri Lanka captain: Shehan and Dasun showed us how to bat in these conditions. Disappointed how we handled these conditions. 28/5 wasn’t good enough. Shehan and Dasun showed us how good this pitch is. They bowled well but I think overall we could’ve got kept them under 300. Bowlers did well in phases. But towards the end, we leaked some runs. Today Shehan took the chance and batted really well. Great opportunity for the youngsters.
Pakistan XI: Fakhr Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari.
Sri Lanka XI: Lahiru Thirimanne (captain), Sadira Samarabikrama, Danushka Gunathilaka, Aviska Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Sheehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hassarupanga, Nandurana Hoodarupanga, Nandurana, Nandu.