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Babar, Shadab steer Pakistan to win

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) — Babar Azam scored a succesive hundred while Shadab Khan gave his career-best bowling and batting performance to help Pakistan thump Sri Lanka by 32 runs in the second day/night international in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

One-drop batsman Babar knocked a fighting 133-ball 103, while Shadab scored a career-best 52 not out to lift Pakistan from a struggling 79-5. Shadab the bowler returned with his best figures of 3-47 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 187 all out in 48 overs.

The 23-year-old Babar and Shadab, who turned 19 earlier this month, were engaged in a match-turning, 109-run, seventh-wicket stand which helped Pakistan reach 291-9 in a sluggish Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

The victory gives Pakistan a 2-0 lead in the five-match series while this becomes Sri Lanka's ninth defeat in a row.

Skipper Upul Tharanga became the first Sri Lankan and 11th batsman in one-day history to carry his bat through a complete innings, with a fighting 144-ball 112 not out with 14 boundaries — his 15th ODI century.

The remaining matches will be played in Abu Dhabi (tomorrow) and Sharjah (October 20 and 23). The two teams will also play three Twenty20 internationals, the first two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) and the last in Lahore (October 29).

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