Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman shine with the bat as Pakistan clinch ODI series

Opening pair of Abid Ali and Fakhar Zaman produced brisk half-centuries to see Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the third and final game of the one-day series played at Karachi on Wednesday.

The day started with Sri Lankan Captain Lahiru Thiramanne winning the toss and opting to bat first. His decision proved a correct one as Lahiru Thiramanne and Danushka Gunathilaka put on 88-run partnership to get the side off to a good start.

Thiramanne failed to capitalize on his good start and perished after scoring 36 off 53 balls with the help of four boundaries.

After his departure, Gunathilaka continued to play positively and put on crucial partnership with wicket-keeper Minod Bhanuka and Dasun Shanaka to make sure Sri Lanka end up with a competitive score of 297 for 9 in their allotted 50 overs.

Gunathilaka finished the innings with the top score of 133 off 134 balls with the help of 16 fours and one six. All-rounder Dasun Shanaka continued his excellent form in this game as well and scored a brisk 43 off 24 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.

For Pakistan, left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir was the pick of the bowlers and claimed three wickets.

Abid Ali and Fakhar Zaman smashed brisk half-centuries to help Pakistan registered a comfortable five-wicket win in the final match of the series

In reply, Pakistan got off to a flying start as Abid Ali and Fakhar Zaman added 123 runs for the opening wicket.

Rookie opener Abid Ali was the standout performer in the batting department and scored 74 off 67 balls with the help of 10 boundaries. He was well supported by Fakhar Zaman, who finished the innings with the top score of 76 off 91 balls with the help of seven fours and a six.

Middle-order batsman Haris Sohail who scored 56 off 50 balls with the help of three fours and a six, whereas Iftikhar Ahmed chipped in with unbeaten 28 off 22 balls with the help of three boundaries.

Babar Azam and Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed also chipped in with crucial scores to help Pakistan complete the chase in the 48th over of the innings.

For Sri Lanka, medium-pacer Nuwan Pradeep was the best bowler on display he claimed two wickets in his nine overs.

For his brisk half-century, Abid Ali was named player of the match, whereas for scoring 146 runs at an astonishing average of 73.00, Babar Azam was named player of the series.

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