An outstanding all-round performance from young Babar Azam and Shadab Khan steered the home to team another win in the 2nd one day international between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Abu Dhabi last evening.
From a dominant position, Sri Lanka threw it all away, extending their losing streak to nine consecutive games.
Batting first, the home side was pushed to the back foot as they were 6 down for 101 in the 27th over of the game. Babar Azam alongside young Shadab Khan rebuilt the innings with an aggressive style of play towards the end of the innings. Babar made 101 in 133 deliveries for Pakistan.
The home team finished at 219 for 9 in 50 overs.
In response, Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals, struggling to rotate the strike and deliver under pressure. Upul Tharanga and Jeffrey Vandersay showed some resistance but it was a little too late for the boys in blue.
Sri Lanka lost all 10 wickets for 182 as Pakistan went two up in the five-match one day international series in the UAE.
“Bowlers were really good today. It was a tough wicket. If you hung in there, it got better and better. Thirimanne’s wicket was crucial. The seam bowlers bowled especially well, and Akila and Vandersay did well. Disappointed to lose. Vandersay batted well too, but when you’re 90 for 7, it’s a tough task. It was good to carry the bat, but disappointed with the result,” said Upul Tharanga.
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