Highlights, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI at Abu Dhabi: Hosts win by 32 runs

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FirstCricket Staff, Oct,16 2017

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Abu Dhabi:Pakistan rode on Babar Azam's century and brilliant bowling by its seamers upfront to notch a convincing 83-run victory against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international on Friday.

Pakistan's experienced batsman Shoaib Malik believes youngsters should be given the chance to carry a winning momentum into the second day-night international against Sri Lank in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Malik's swashbuckling 61-ball 81 and a return to form 103 by Babar lifted Pakistan to 292-6 in the first one-day in Dubai on Friday before they kept Sri Lanka to 209-8 for a 83-run win.

The match was Pakistan's first since winning the top eight nation Champions Trophy in England in June this year.

File image of Sarfraz Ahmed and Upul Tharanga. AFP

File image of Sarfraz Ahmed and Upul Tharanga. AFP

Malik said youngsters are developing fast.

"It's important to give youngsters consistent chances and by doing that we develop them and the team does well," said Malik, declared man-of-the-match on Friday.

Malik said Pakistan has a potent bowling attack.

"We have good fast bowlers and the way they took wickets in the middle overs during the Champions trophy it helped us beat top teams and here too they bowled well and got us wickets we needed," said Malik.

Fast-rising paceman Hasan Ali – declared player of the Champions trophy with 13 wickets – finished with 3-36 while left-armer Rumman Raees took 3-49 to derail Sri Lanka.

Pakistan will retain the same combination despite opener Ahmed Shehzad failing to score on Friday.

Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas is demanding his players snap a losing streak of eight consecutive games.

"We have not been very good in this format for a while now," said Pothas, a former South African wicket-keeper. "We have to find answers and find them quick."

Pothas wants his batsmen to deliver.

"From a batting point of view, the currency of your batting is runs. If you don’t keep making them, the shop is going to close down at some point. We have to ask the batters to take some responsibility."

"The top six batters managed 96 between them. One batter got 53 and you are not going to get too many," said Pothas of Lahiru Thirimanne who scored a half century.

The remaining matches will be played in Abu Dhabi (18 October) and Sharjah (20 and 23 October).

The two teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals, two in Abu Dhabi (26 AND 27 October) while the last is scheduled for Lahore on 29 October.

Sri Lankan players had shown reservations over going to Lahore for security fears and a final decision is expected later this week.

Pakistan Cricket Board has been endeavouring to bring international cricket back amidst improved security in the country.

Pakistan have been forced to play its home games in United Arab Emirates since 2009 terrorists' attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus suspended international cricket in the country.

With inpiuts from Agencies

Published Date: Oct 16, 2017 | Updated Date: Oct 17, 2017




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2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
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3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
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3 India 3607 120
4 New Zealand 3013 116
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