Saturday, 14 October 2017 - 8:39
Pakistan regains dominance in UAE


Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 83 runs to reclaim their dominance in the desert venue.

Batting first, the Pakistanis backed up by a century from Babar Azam (102) and a blistering 81 off 61 balls by Shoaib Malik totaled 292 for 6 in their allotted 50 overs.

Suranga Lakmal bagged 2 for 47.

In reply, Sri Lanka collapsed to 67 for 5 as top order lost their way due to sharp bowling.

Tharanga looked thoroughly unconvincing once Mohammad Hafeez came on, surviving numerous lbw appeals in a phase when the middle of his bat completely disappeared from the game.

After being worked over for a couple of overs, the Sri Lanka captain was put out of his misery by Hafeez with a ball that skidded on and thudded into his off stump.
Two overs later, Hasan Ali dismissed Kusal Mendis and Milinda Siriwardana off successive deliveries, effectively putting the game to bed.

The lower order hung around long enough to seriously frustrate Pakistan, without really having a hope of winning.

Thisara Perera provided brief entertainment before top-edging Shadab Khan and holing out, substitute fielder Faheem Ashraf taking an excellent catch.

Raees came back into the attack and ended the resistance of the last recognized batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, who top-scored with 53.

Dananjaya ended up with an unbeaten fifty as the game meandered along for a full two hours.

Eventually, Sri Lanka reached 209 for 8. Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali bagged 3 wickets each.

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