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Tharanga's unbeaten century went in vain as Pakistan claim 2-0 lead

Upul Tharanga waged a lone fight for Sri Lanka
Upul Tharanga waged a lone fight for Sri Lanka

Pakistan 219-9 (Azam 101) beat
Sri Lanka 187 (Tharanga 112no) by 32 runs
Second One-Day International in Abu Dhabi

Upul Tharanga's unbeaten century went in vain for Sri Lanka as Pakistan completed a 32 run victory in the second One-Day International in Abu Dhabi riding on another Babar Azam ton and an all-round effort from Shadab Khan to claim a 2-0 lead in the series.

Chasing a moderate total of 220 runs, Sri Lanka suffered an early blow when Niroshan Dickwella (3) was trapped LBW by Junaid Khan (1-21) in the third over.

Tharanga (112 not out) was cautious, to begin with as Sri Lanka successfully negotiated the new-ball attack of Pakistan and ended the first powerplay with a score of 30 for one. However, Hasan Ali (1-32) provided the breakthrough accounting for Kusal Mendis (10).

The middle overs proved to be futile for Sri Lanka as the spinners came in operation. Shoaib Malik (1-17) ended a 34-ball struggling innings of Lahiru Thirimanne (12) while Shadab (3-47) removed Dinesh Chandimal (2), Milinda Siriwardana (3) and Akila Dananjaya (1).

The innings sunk further when Mohammad Hafeez (1-24) dismissed Thisara Perera (7) and Sri Lanka found themselves reeling at 93 for seven.

Amid the collapse, Tharanga completed a 90 ball half century and finally managed to find some support from Jeffrey Vandersay (22) as the pair added 76 runs for the eighth wicket.

Just as the innings was gaining momentum, Rumman Raees (1-37) got Pakistan into the game with the wicket of Vandersay while Suranga Lakmal (1) was also run out soon in the same delivery in which the Sri Lankan skipper completed a century.

Sri Lanka were eventually bowled out for 187 runs in 48 overs with Tharanga remaining unbeaten on 112.

Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first and were reduced to 101 for six following a burst from Lahiru Gamage (4-57). At one stage, Pakistan looked like they will get bowled out under 150 but Azam (101) and Shadab (52) shared a 109 run stand for the seventh wicket with the former completing his second consecutive ton in the series to take the total to 219 for nine in the 50 overs.

Shadab bagged the player of the match for scoring a half-century and also claiming three wickets.

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