Babar Azam, Usman Shinwari star as Pakistan thrash Sri Lanka

Left-arm pacer Usman Shinwari produced a potent bowling performance to help Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs in the second ODI of the three-match series in Karachi on Monday.

The day started with Pakistan Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmad winning the toss and opting to bat first on a good surface.However, his decision proved to be a correct one as Pakistan was able to post a competitive score of 305 runs for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

The star of the show was Pakistan’s premier batsman, Babar Azam, who scored brilliant 115 off 105 balls with the help eight fours and four sixes.

Opener Fakhar Zaman found form with the bat and scored 54 off 65 balls with the help of six fours and one six., whereas left-handed Haris Sohail also scored a timely 40 off 48 with the help of one boundary. Iftikhar Ahmed playing his comeback game also produced vital runs in the later stages of the innings. He scored unbeaten 32 off 20 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes to help Pakistan push their score beyond 300-run mark.

For Sri Lanka, Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was the star of the show as he claimed two wickets and gave away 63 runs in his ten overs.

Usman Shinwari bagged a five-for to help Pakistan register 67-run win over Sri Lanka in the second one-day game of the series played on Monday.

Chasing 306 runs was never going to be an easy task for an inexperienced batting lineup like Sri Lanka and so it proved to be as they lost half of their side with 28 runs on the board. All-rounder duo of Shehan Jayasuriya and Dasun Shanaka led the fightback for Sri Lanka. Jayasuriya put on a 177-run partnership to keep Sri Lanka in the hunt to win the game.

Once Jayasuriya and Shanaka departed, the lower-order could not offer much resistance as Sri Lanka was dismissed for 238 runs in 46.5 overs.

Shehan Jayasuriya played exceedingly well and finished the Sri Lankan innings with the top score of 96 runs off 109 balls with the help of seven fours and a six. He was well supported by Dasun Shanaka, who chipped in with 68 off 80 balls with the help of six fours and two sixes.

For Pakistan, Left-arm pacer Usman Shinwari was the standout bowler and claimed five wickets in his ten overs.

For his outstanding new-ball spell, Usman Shinwari was awarded man of the match.

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