Babar Azam slams 11th ton as Pakistan defeat Sri Lanka by 67 runs in second ODI
Karachi | Jagran Sports Desk: Opener Babar Azam slammed his 11th century while pacer Usman Shinwari clinched five wickets to help Pakistan defeat Sri Lanka by 67 runs in the second ODI palyed in Karachi after 10 years.
The first match of the series was washed out without a ball being bowled on Friday.
Babar Azam struck 115 of 105 balls to become third fastest to 11 ODI hundreds getting past Virat Kohli. South Africa's Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock occupy the first two positions in the list, respectively.
Opted to bat first, Pakistan scored 305/7 in 50 overs, setting a target 306 runs for the visitors. In reply, Sri Lanka’s Shehan Jayasuria scored 96 and Dasun Shanaka scored 68 to stay in the hunt after Pakistan reduced them to a mere 28/5 within first 11 overs.
Breaking the 177-run sixth-wicket stand in the 41st over, Shinwari outclassed Jayasuriya making him caught behind. Following Jayasuria, Shanaka was removed by Shadab Khan in the next over with Fakhar Zaman taking a brilliant catch at deep midwicket.
Sri Lanka was eventually bowled out for 238 in 46.5 overs with Shinwari returning figures of 5/51 in his 10 overs.
Azam made his 11th ODI hundred in the 71st innings of his career while Kohli took 82 innings to get there. Azam also became the fifth batsman to complete 1,000 ODI runs in 2019 behind Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja when he was on 54.
Besides Azam, opener Fakhar Zaman (54) scored a half-century. Fakhar and Imam-ul-Haq gave Pakistan a steady start by putting up 73 runs on board before leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga trapping Imam for 31.
Azam and Haris Sohail (40) then added 111 runs for the third wicket. Sohail was run out before Azam square-cut pacer Lahiru Kumara for a boundary to complete his 11th ODI hundred off 97 balls.
He was finally dismissed in the 46th over, caught at deep mid-on by Hasaranga off Lahiru Kumara. Iftikhar Ahmed then played an unbeaten 20-ball 32 cameo as Pakistan scored 89 runs in the last 10 overs.
Brief scores: Pakistan: 305/7 in 50 overs (Babar Azam 115, Fakhar Zaman 54; Wanindu Hasaranga 2/63) beat Sri Lanka: 238 all out in 46.5 overs (Shehan Jayasuriya 96, Dasun Shanaka 68; Usman Shinwari 5/51) by 67 runs.
(With IANS Inputs)
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