In a high-scoring World Cup match played here on Tuesday, Pakistan overcame Sri Lanka by six wickets thanks to hundreds from opener Abdullah Shafique and wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan.
Rizwan overcame cramps to score an unbeaten 131 and had a 95-run partnership with Saud Shakeel (31) to help Pakistan surpass Sri Lanka's total of 344/9 in 48.2 overs. Shafique, playing in just his fifth ODI, slammed a 103-ball 113. With their second victory of the competition, Pakistan moved up one slot to second place behind leaders New Zealand in the points standings.
Earlier, Sri Lanka posted a staggering 344/9 thanks to outstanding centuries from Kusal Mendis (122) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (108). Mendis scored 122 off 77 balls with 14 fours, 6 sixes, and participation in two century partnerships. For the second wicket, he contributed 102 runs with Pathum Nissanka (51), and for the third wicket, 111 runs with Samarawickrama.
PAK win by 6 wickets- This will be bowled by Madushanka, and that's it. Rizwan makes a single and wins it for Pakistan! Another high-scoring game ends in defeat for Sri Lanka. They must start over from scratch.
SL has to examine their bowling - as they have given up more than 750 runs in just two games. On surfaces that spun, gripped, and even assisted seamers with the new ball at the Asia Cup, the loss of Hasaranga and Chameera was not felt. However, the bowling assault looks to lack the cutting edge on these flat grounds. The first two games make the attack's inexperience abundantly obvious. It is difficult to imagine Sri Lanka doing well in the competition if they don't find solutions moving forward.