Pakistan clinches series 2-0, beat Sri Lanka by five wickets
In the third and final day-night international in Karachi today, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets, claiming the three-match series 2-0. Sri Lanka reached 297-9 in 50 overs as opener Danushka Gunathilaka scored his career best 133. Pakistan however, reached their target in 48.2 overs as Fakhar Zaman led the way with 76 while fellow opener Abid Ali scored 74 and Haris Sohail 56. Pakistan won the second game by 67 runs while the first match was rained off without a ball being bowled, both in Karachi.
Gunathilaka scored a career best century to lift Sri Lanka to a challenging 297.9 earlier. The left-hander knocked a 134-ball 133 with 16 boundaries and a six for his second hundred that lifted Sri Lanka after they won the toss and batted on a flat National stadium pitch.
He suspended twice for breaches of disciplines in the last two years, held the innings together with stands of 88 with skipper Lahiru Thirimanne for the second, 50 for the third with Angelo Perera and 74 with debutant Minod Bhanuka for the fourth in a brilliant display of batting. He was eventually dismissed in the 45th over, bowled by paceman Mohammad Amir who was the best Pakistani bowler with 3-50.
Amir gave Pakistan an early breakthrough when he had Avishka Fernando caught behind for four by Sarfaraz Ahmed, leading Pakistan for the 50th time in an ODI. Gunathilaka defied Pakistan’s bowling with guts and determination, improving his previous ODI best of 116 he made against Zimbabwe at Hambantota in 2017. Thirimanne hit four boundaries off 54 balls while Bhanuka had two sixes in his 39-ball knock.
Allrounder Dasun Shanaka hit a quick 24-ball 43 with five boundaries and two sixes as Sri Lanka added 50 in the last five overs.