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2nd ODI: Babar Azam and Usman Shinwari Guide Pakistan To 67-run Victory Over Sri Lanka

Pakistan celebrated the revival of One-day International (ODI) cricket in Karachi after ten years with a thumping win over Sri Lanka. Babar Azam and Usman Shinwari were the stars of the day in the 2nd ODI of the series.

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first against the weak-looking Sri Lanka side. Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman looked in good touch early on. They put on 74 runs for the first wicket. In the 15th over, Imam departed after a steady 41 balls 31. Fakhar Zaman was the next man to follow his counterpart. Soon after his half-century, he fell to Wanindu Hasaranga.

Babar Azam (115) and Haris Sohail (40) put on the hundred runs partnership before Haris fell to a horrible mix-up between him and Babar Azam. Iftikhar Ahmed (32) and Imad Wasim (12) finished the inning with much-needed momentum. Men in green ended their innings on 305/7 in 50 overs.

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For Sri Lanka, Wanindu Hasaranga was the pick of the bowlers. He picked up both Pakistani openers for 63 runs in 10 overs. Isuru Udana and Lahiru Kumara picked up one scalp each.

In the chase, Sri Lanka was jolted by early strikes of Usman Khan Shinwari and Mohammad Amir. Shinwari picked up his 2nd fifer in ODIs against the same opponents. Shadab Khan picked up two wickets while, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, and Imad Wasim picked up one scalp each. For the visitors, Only Dasun Shanaka (68), their stand-in T20I skipper for Pakistan Tour, and Shehan Jayasuriya were among the runs. The pair added 177 runs for the sixth wicket, but still, it wasn’t enough as they were restricted to 238/10 in 46.5 overs.

International Cricket Council (ICC) Was Quick To Congratulate Pakistan Cricket Team. International Cricket Council Tweeted:

Babar Azam Becomes The Fastest Pakistani Batsman To Reach 1000 ODI Runs In A Calendar Year

 Babar Azam reached his 11th ODI ton in the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka at the National Stadium Karachi. He now has joint 3rd most number of centuries for Pakistan in ODI. Babar is only behind Mohammad Yousuf and Saeed Anwar in this list, but babar left these Pakistani legends to take another record to his name. He became the fastest Pakistani batsman to reach 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year.
Babar reached the milestone in only 19 innings breaking the record of the great Javed Miandad who achieved this feat in 21 innings back in 1987.

In the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka, Babar Azam scored 115 runs off just 105 balls. He hit four 6s and eight 4s them this onslaught.

Usman Shinwari was given the man of the match award for his superb comeback.

Sarfraz and Thirimanne Showed Concerns Over Middle Order Failure

 Sarfraz Ahmed and Lahiru Thirimanne showed concerns over the poor performances of the middle orders of the respective teams. Thirimanne, the visiting captain, applauded the two youngsters, Shehan Jayasuriya, and Dasun Shanaka, the way both of them handled the pressure and took their team out of trouble. Unfortunately, they could make over the line and fell short by 67 runs in the 2nd ODI. However, Sri Lanka skipper promised for an improved show on Wednesday in the final ODI of the series.

Sarfraz Ahmed was also concerned about the middle order progress. The way top-order batsmen provided the foundation, the middle and lower-order were unable to build on.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka will return in action on Wednesday at the same venue for the third and final ODI of the series. Then they will move to Lahore for T20I series.

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