On October 10, Pakistan, powered by Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique, secured a 6-wicket win over Sri Lanka by chasing down a target of 345.
In the Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka World Cup clash, Pakistan achieved a remarkable 6-wicket triumph while chasing a challenging 345-run target. The early loss of opener Imam-ul-Haq and captain Babar Azam had left Pakistan in a precarious position.
However, Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique assumed the responsibility of stabilizing the innings, gradually turning the tide in Pakistan’s favor. Their partnership surged towards the 200-run milestone, with Shafique notching a World Cup century on his debut. Shafique’s innings ended at 115 off 103 after a spectacular catch by substitute fielder Dushan Hemantha. Rizwan, despite cramps and back issues, showcased immense determination and secured his third ODI century.
Earlier, Sri Lanka’s captain, Dasun Shanaka, opted to bat first after winning the toss. Pakistan made an ideal start, with Hasan Ali dismissing opener Kusal Perera for a duck in just the second over. However, the partnership of Nissanka and Mendis ignited a flurry of boundaries for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka managed to post a competitive total of 344/9, primarily fueled by centuries from Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama. In the late stages, Hasan Ali’s four-wicket haul and Haris Rauf’s two wickets in the final over prevented Sri Lanka from reaching a 350-plus total.
Ultimately, Pakistan accomplished a historic feat by achieving the highest successful World Cup chase, securing victory with 10 balls remaining as they successfully pursued a 345-run target.
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Last Updated on October 10, 2023
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