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 ODI on Monday as Karachi staged its first ODI in a decade. Babar Azam, currently one of the batsmen in limited overs cricket, smashed a solid 105-ball 115 to lift Pakistan to 305-7 after the home team won the toss and batted.
Usman Shinwari then knocked off the top-order in figures of 5-51 as the visitors depleted by the withdrawal of 10 top players who refused to tour over security fears were bowled out for 238 in 46.5 overs. The win gives Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with the first ODI rained off in Karachi on Friday. The final match is also set for the same venue on Wednesday. Jayasuriya missed his maiden hundred by four runs while Shanaka notched his highest ODI score of 68, but both fell in the space of three balls to surrender the fight.
Jayasuriya hit seven borders and a six in his 107-ball knock while Shanaka had six fours and two sixes in his eighty balls. Pakistan captain Ahmed praised Sri Lanka’s fightback. “Sri Lanka fought back hard and we did not get wickets through our spinners in the middle overs,” said Sarfaraz. “We batted well with Babar and Fakhar doing well.”Sri Lankan skipper Lahiru Thirimanne praised Jayasuriya and Shanaka.