Sri Lanka Elect to Bowl in First ODI Versus Pakistan

Ruben Hill
October 14, 2017

Azam compiled a well-made 103 from 131 deliveries, while Malik's 81 came off only 61 balls in Pakistan's total of 292-6, before pacemen Hasan Ali (3-36) and Rumman Raees (3-49) restricted Sri Lanka to 209-8 from their 50 overs.

Of the top order only Lahiru Thirimanne (53) passed fifty for the tourists and his departure as the seventh Sri Lankan wicket saw whatever hopes they may have harboured dissipate.

Babar Azam scored an impressive hundred while Shoaib Malik smashed a quickfire half century to help Pakistan thump Sri Lanka by 83 runs in the first one-day global in Dubai on Friday.

Pakistan couldn't have bounced back from the Test disaster in a more emphatic style, recording a massive 83-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first match of the five-game ODI series at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.

But without the big shots and clever running between the wickets from the 35-year-old Malik, Pakistan would not have been in a position to take their total close to the 300-mark against a disciplined Lankan bowling attack.

The first of Shoaib's two sixes was his 100th in ODIs as he looked to accelerate, but he holed out off Suranga Lakmal prior to Babar bringing up his hundred, before the latter and Sarfraz Ahmed (1) perished in the final two overs.

Sri Lanka opener Niroshan Dickwella predictably came out of the gate swinging but he lasted just 13 balls for his 19 before nicking off to Rumman Raees. "Babar played well and Hafeez played a little cameo which set us well". The 22-year-old Azam scored what was the sixth century of his fledgling ODI career and it was the ideal response to his critics after his failure with the bat in Pakistan's 2-0 Test defeat.

Fakhar Zaman and Azam took the total to 75 before Akila Dananjaya bowled the opener with a googly.

The remaining matches will be held in Abu Dhabi (October 16 and 18) and in Sharjah (October 20 and 23).

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