Gunathilaka’s tough knock to get 133 runs in 134-balls, helped Sri Lanka get a total of 297-9 in their 50 overs but Pakistan achieved the score in 48.2 overs for their first series.
A week ago, Abid Ali was in superb form while playing for Sindh, pulverizing a Yasir Shah and Taj Weli-led Balochistan knock as he ended up with his highest individual first-class score of 249 not out. Despite composing a brilliant batting, Abid looked set to find himself out of the Pakistan team.
Compare the second ODI against Sri Lanka, Imam-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s established opener, injured his hand and Abid was drafted into the side.
Pakistan won the second match by 67 runs, and the first match was abandoned due to rain without a Single ball bowled both also in Karachi.
And Pakistan team was obliged to Fakhar Zaman (76) and Abid Ali (74) who’s partnership provided 123-runs for the opening stand in 20 overs before Haris Sohail (56) and Iftikhar Ahmed chipped in with a 22-ball 28 not out.
Pakistan accumulated 37 runs in the last five overs as players Iftikhar perfectly timed a six and a boundary to bring up the Pakistani victory which was its eighth consecutive ODI win over Sri Lanka since 2017.
Sohail and Iftikhar hit three fours and a six apiece. Abid nicely 10 well-timed boundaries in his 67-ball innings, And Abid easily got a second hundred in his fourth ODI before he was trapped leg-before by spinner Wanindu Hasaranga.