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Babar, Shadab steer Pakistan to win in second ODI

  • Published at 12:49 PM October 17, 2017
  • Last updated at 08:01 PM October 17, 2017
Babar, Shadab steer Pakistan to win in second ODI
Pakistan's Shadab Khan and Babar Azam run between the wicket during the second one day international (ODI) cricket match against Sri Lanka at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October MondayAFP

Babar Azam knocked a fighting 133-ball 103 while Shadab Khan scored a career best 52 not out to lift Pakistan from a struggling 79-5 to win by 32 runs

Babar Azam scored a second successive hundred while Shadab Khan gave his career best bowling and batting to help Pakistan thump Sri Lanka by 32 runs in the second day-night international in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

One-drop batsman Babar knocked a fighting 133-ball 103 while Shadab scored a career best 52 not out to lift Pakistan from a struggling 79-5.

That was before Shadab the bowler returned with his best figure of 3-47 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 187 all out in 48 overs.

The 23-year-old Babar and Shadab, who turned 19 earlier this month, were engaged in a match-turning 109-run seventh wicket stand which helped Pakistan reach 291-9 on a sluggish Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

The victory gives Pakistan a 2-0 lead in the five-match series while this becomes Sri Lanka’s ninth defeat in a row.

Skipper Upul Tharanga became the first Sri Lankan and 11th batsmen in the one-day history to carry his bat through a complete innings with a fighting 144-ball 112 not out with 14 boundaries – his 15th ODI century.

It were the bowlers who helped Pakistan defend a low total despite Tharanga and Jeffrey Vandarsay (22) putting up a fighting 76-run eighth wicket stand, but it wasn’t enough.

Dropped twice on 13 and then on 20, Tharanga stood alone as Sri Lanka needed 51 off the last five overs but the last two batsmen were run out and he was left stranded.

It were the bowlers who helped Pakistan defend a low target.

Once paceman Junaid Khan removed Niroshan Dickwella for three in the third over, spinners Shadab, Shoaib Malik (1-17) and Mohammad Hafeez (1-24) rocked the Sri Lankan batting with regular wickets.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed praised his bowlers.

“I can’t praise the bowlers enough for defending this 220,” said Sarfraz. “Babar and Shadab are very young and it was nice to see them bat so well.”

Tharanga admitted his batting let the team down.

“It’s disappointing to lose,” said Tharanga. “When you’re 90 for 7, it’s a tough task. It was good to carry the bat, but I’m disappointed with the result.”

Earlier, Babar followed up his 103 which anchored Pakistan’s 83-run win in the first game in Dubai on Friday, once again anchoring the innings.

Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, found the going tough as they lost half the side at the end of 20 overs for just 79, but Babar and Shadab led the fightback.

Babar brought up his seventh one-day hundred off 130 balls – his fourth this year – with a sharp double in the 49th over.

Shadab, who scored 14 not out in his only previous innings, played a support role during which he hit just one boundary off 68 balls.

Sri Lankan new-ball bowlers Lahiru Gamage (4-57) and Suranga Lakmal (1-42) made early inroads with three wickets inside first power-play of 10 overs.

Gamage had Fakhar Zaman dismissed for 11 and Hafeez for eight while Lakmal dismissed out-of-form Ahmed Shehzad for eight.

Medium pacer Thisara Perera (2-34) then struck twice, removing Malik (11) and Sarfraz (five) to leave Pakistan in a spot of bother.

Babar added 22 for the sixth wicket with Imad Wasim (10) before his stand with Shadab gave Pakistan’s total some respectability.

The remaining matches will be played in Abu Dhabi (October 18) and Sharjah (October 20 and 23). The two teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals, the first two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) and the last in Lahore (October 29).

BRIEF SCORE

Pakistan 219 for 9 (Azam 101, Shadab 52*, Gamage 4-57, Thisara 2-34) beat Sri Lanka 187 (Tharanga 112*, Vandersay 22, Shadab 3-47) by 32 runs

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