Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2nd ODI – Young Guns Help Greenshirts To 67 Run Win In Karachi
It was an eventful match of Cricket at the National Stadium Karachi that hosted an ODI after 10 years as Pakistan outclassed Sri Lanka by 67 runs due to heroics of their young guns in the 2nd ODI. The best batsman in the side Babar Azam continued his excellent run by scoring another century. The best bowler not to be part of the World Cup Usman Shinwari reminded the selectors of their error. He finished the match with figures of 5 for 51, troubling the visitors with his brilliance.
Pakistan Captain won the toss and elected to bat first in 2nd ODI
It was a good toss to win for Sarfaraz Ahmed who sent his in-form openers to bat first. Fakhar Zaman showed his class by scoring a 65-ball 54 that included 6 fours and a six. Imam ul Haq’s 41-ball 31 had just one four, and he continued to slow the run rate. With Babar Azam’s arrival after Imam’s departure, things began to improve until Fakhar’s dismissal in the 20th over.
There is something about Babar Azam
Babar Azam continued to play his shots around the stadium and added 111 for the third wicket with Haris Sohail whose contribution was 40 runs. Babar Azam smashed his 11th century in his 73rd match and ended at 115 runs off 105 balls. His innings consisted of 8 fours and 4 towering sixes. Iftikhar Ahmed’s 20-ball unbeaten 32 proved Coach Misbah ul Haq’s decision to drop Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez correct. The recalled all-rounder hit two fours and two sixes to help Pakistan post 305 runs on the board for the loss of 7 wickets.
Usman Shinwari Had A Lot To Prove!
Usman Shinwari who was dropped from the World Cup squad earlier this year came as a man possessed. Not only did he let the team settle, but he also took down as many as 5 Sri Lankan batsmen with him. Besides Shehan Jayasuriya and Dasun Shanaka, no one was able to cross 50. Jayasuriya missed what could have been his maiden ton by just 4 runs while Shanaka’s contribution was a valid 68.
Shadab Khan was way too expensive
Leg spinner Shadab Khan managed to take two wickets but went for 76 runs in his 9.5 overs. Why Iftikhar Ahmed who bowled 4 overs for 9 runs wasn’t given more overs remains a mystery. Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, and Imad Wasim also ended with one wicket apiece as Sri Lankans were bowled out for 238 in 47th over. The match was halted repeatedly as National Stadium floodlights went dark, twice during the Sri Lankan innings. Usman Shinwari was declared Man of the Match for his 5 wickets for 51 runs. The two teams will now clash in the third and decisive match of the series on 2nd October at the NSK.