Pakistan: 219/9 (50 overs) (Babar 101*, Shadab 52; Gamage 4/57, Perera 2/34)
Sri Lanka: 187/10 (48 overs) (Tharanga 112*; Shadab 3/47)
Result: Pakistan won by 32 runs
Man of the match: Shadab Khan
When Imad Wasim was dismissed following a review by Sri Lanka, Pakistan were reeling at 101 for 6. Very few people would’ve bet against the Lankans to level up the series. Instead, Pakistan once again proved why they are known as the ‘Unpredictables’. With tail ender Shadab Khan, batsman Babar Azam took Pakistan over the 200 mark with a magnificent partnership of 109. Babar completed his ton while Shadab also scored a half century. Winning the toss, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahemd opted to bat. But his batsmen couldn’t take the advantage as they kept on falling from time to time. Lankan pacers Gamage & Perera took care of the batsmen with no one being able to leave a mark. With Pakistan in need of a hero, up stepped Babar. The stylish right hander completed his 7th ton which undoubtedly will be one of his most important knocks. Pakistan ended the innings on 219 for 9 with Shadab undefeated at 52.
After a brilliant comeback, the confidence in the Pakistanis was sky high and it told when Sri Lanka came out to bat. Tharanga’s men faced the same fate as Pakistan with all of his top batsmen falling at the hands of the Pakistani bowlers. With Sri Lanka looking set for an embarrassing defeat at 93 for 7, tail ender Jeffrey Vandersay took charge of the run chase With Tharanga by his side. After a fighting partnership of 76 Vandersay was dismissed by Rumman Raees, sealing the fate of the Lankans. They could only add 18 for the last 2 wickets with Tharanga helplessly looking on as his teammates kept on coming & going. With Raees running out Gamage, Pakistan took a giant stride in the ODI series win with the men in green already up 2-0. Sri Lanka must win the next match on 18th October to stay alive with the other two ODIs set to commence on 20th & 23rd instant.