Watch: Pakistan captain Babar Azam gifts jersey to Hyderabad ground staff after win vs SL
Pakistan successfully chased 345 against Sri Lanka in their 2nd match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Tuesday has been a high-scoring game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Two games were played duringthe day, and three 340+ totals were achieved. England first made 367 in the game against Bangladeshand won by 137 runs. In the second game, Sri Lanka also posted a big total of 344/9 against Pakistan, butthey were not that lucky.
Pakistan, who were looking in trouble at one stage, made mockery of the target in the end and won bysix wickets with 10 balls to spare. Babar Azam and his men registered the highest successful run chaseever in the history of the Cricket World Cup and made 345/4 to win the game and add two more pointsto the table, too, without any major contribution from Babar Azam, who got out for just 10 runs.
Watch: Babar Azam gifts his jersey to grounds men in Hyderabad after an incredible win vs SL:
Pakistan didn’t have a great bowling performance. It started with Sri Lanka winning the toss and battingfirst. Kusal Mendis carried on his form and smashed a 65-ball ton. He made 122 off 77 balls, with 14fours and six sixes. Sadeera Samarawickrama also struck a century. He made 108 off 89 balls, with 11fours and two sixes. Sri Lanka posted a massive total.
The chase didn’t start well for Pakistan. They lost opener Imam-ul-Haq for 12 runs, and skipper BabarAzam also couldn’t play a long innings and scored only 10 runs. But Abdullah Shafique and MohammadRizwan added 176 runs for the third wicket to take the team over the 200-run mark. That partnershipbecame the prime reason for Pakistan’s chase. After the win, there was a heartwarming gesture fromPakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam, as he gifted his jersey to the Hyderabad ground staff. Notably, Pakistanplayed both warmup games and the first two games in Hyderabad.
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For Pakistan, Shafique and Rizwan both scored hundreds. Shafique scored his maiden ODI ton in just thefifth innings and made 113 off 103 balls, including 10 fours and three sixes. Rizwan registered his careerbest score and remained unbeaten on 131 runs off 121 balls, with eight fours and three sixes. Pakistanadded two more points to the points table.