KARACHI, Pakistan, Sept 30, (AP): Pakistan marked the return of ODI cricket in Karachi after 10 years with a 67-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second one-day international on Monday.
Babar Azam formed the backbone of Pakistan’s strong total of 305-7 as he smashed 115 off 105 balls. Babar also became the fastest Pakistani batsman to complete 1,000 ODI runs in a calendar year in 19 matches.
In the absence of some key players who pulled out of the tour due to security concerns, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 238 in 46.5 overs.
Shehan Jayasuriya (96) missed out on a maiden ODI hundred and Dasun Shanaka made a career-best 68 before both fell in successive overs after sharing a century partnership.
Left-arm fast bowler Usman Shinwari rattled Sri Lanka’s inexperienced top order and reduced the visitors to 28-5 before Jayasuriya and Shanaka shared a 177-run sixth-wicket stand.
Shinwari returned and broke the partnership by having Jayasuriya caught behind and finished with 5-51. Shanaka was brilliantly snapped at midwicket by the diving Fakhar Zaman off leg-spinner Shadab Khan (2-76) in the next over.
A power failure at the National Stadium disrupted play for 26 minutes during Sri Lanka’s run-chase when one of the six floodlight towers malfunctioned twice. It was not a packed house at the 32,000-capacity National Stadium, where Sri Lanka was the last team to play an ODI in 2009. But still around 12,000 cricket enthusiasts braved the strict security checkpoints under hot and humid conditions and were enthralled by Babar’s imperious 11th ODI hundred that featured eight fours and four sixes.
Pakistan, which won the toss and opted to bat, got off to a good start with Fakhar (54) and Imam-ul-Haq (31) adding 73 runs for the opening stand.
Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (2-63) got two wickets by removing both openers before Babar took charge. He shared a 111-run stand with Haris Sohail (40) before holing out at wide long on in the 46th over as Pakistan looked for quick runs in the final overs.
F. Zaman c Udana b Hasaranga 54
Imam ul-Haq lbw Hasaranga 31
B. Azam c Hasaranga b Kumara 115
H. Sohail run out (Samarawickrama) 40
S. Ahmed run out (Thirimanne) 8
I. Ahmed not out 32
I. Wasim c O. Fernando b Udana 12
W. Riaz run out (Hasaranga) 2
Extras: (8lb, 1nb, 2w) 11
Total: (7 wkts, 50 overs) 305
Fall of Wickets: 1-73 (ul-Haq), 2-104 (Zaman), 3-215 (Sohail), 4-242 (Ahmed), 5-261(Azam), 6-278 (Wasim), 7-305 (Riaz)
Did Not Bat: Khan, Amir, Shinwari
Bowling: Jayasuriya 10-1-48-0, Pradeep 9-0-59-0, Udana 9-0-60-1-6, Kumara 10-0-59-1, Gunathilaka 2-0-8-0, Hasaranga 10-0-63-2
D. Gunathilaka c Wasim b M. Amir 14
S. Samarawickrama b Shinwari 6
A. Fernando c Zaman b Shinwari 0
O. Fernando lbw Wasim 1
L. Thirimanne c S. Ahmed b Shinwari 0
S. Jayasuriya c S. Ahmed b Shinwari 96
D. Shanaka c Zaman b S. Khan 68
W. Hasaranga c I. Ahmed b S. Khan 30
I. Udana c S. Ahmed b Shinwari 1
L. Kumara lbw Riaz 1
N. Pradeep not out 0
Extras: (1b, 15lb, 5w) 21
Total: (all out, 46.5 overs) 238
Fall of Wickets: 1-18 (Samarawickrama), 2-22 (Gunathilaka), 3-22 (A. Fernando), 4-22 (Thirimanne), 5-28 (O. Fernando), 6-205 (Jayasuriya), 7-205 (Shanaka), 8-211 (Tillakaratna), 9-232 (Kumara), 10-238 (De Silva)
Bowling: M. Amir 7-1-21-1, Shinwari 10-1-51-5, Wasim 7-1-38-1, Riaz 9-0-27, S. Khan 9.5-0-76-2, I. Ahmed 4-1-9-0
Match Result: Pakistan win by 67 runs
Umpires: Michael Gough, Shozab Raza
TV Umpire: Joel Wilson
Match Referee: David Boon