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Imam-ul-Haq scores century on debut as Pakistan wrap up series against Sri Lanka

Hasan Ali picked a five wicket haul
Hasan Ali picked a five wicket haul

Pakistan 209-3 (Imam 100) beat
Sri Lanka 208 (Tharanga 61) by seven wickets
Third One-Day International in Abu Dhabi

A five wicket haul from Hasan Ali and a century on debut from Imam ul Haq helped Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the third One-Day International in Abu Dhabi and wrap up the series 3-0.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opt to bat. After a cautious start, Niroshan Dickwella (18) and Upul Tharanga (61) shifted gears as Sri Lanka reached 53 for naught in the first powerplay.

Hasan (5-34) provided the initial breakthrough with the wicket of Dickwella and but Tharanga went on to complete his 35th half-century at the other end and at halfway mark, Sri Lanka were positioned at 102 for one.

The introduction of Shadab Khan (2-37) once again changed the complexion of the game as he removed both Tharanga and Chandimal in successive overs and that triggered the collapse in the Sri Lankan innings.

From there on only Lahiru Thirimanne (28) and Thisara Perera (38) showed some fight as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 208 runs in 48.2 overs after being 102 for one at one stage. Hasan was easily the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with a five wicket haul while Shadab played a vital role with the ball as well.

In response, Imam (100) scored a couple of boundaries in the third over to begin the proceedings and with Fakhar Zaman (29) also going strong at the other end, they raced to 53 for naught in the first powerplay.

Jeffrey Vandersay (1-43) got the breakthrough when Zaman was stumped but Imam carry forwarded the momentum with another 66 runs for the second wicket with Babar Azam (30).

Imam had only five boundaries and two sixes in his innings and was dismissed on reaching his maiden century in his debut game and by then Pakistan needed just six more runs to win which they completed in the 43rd over with seven wickets in hand.

Imam, who is also the nephew of Inzamam ul Haq was declared the man of the match as Pakistan wrapped up the series 3-0.

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