In the eighth match of the ICC World Cup 2023 between Pak Vs SL. Which took place on Tuesday in Hyderabad. Both Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan scored valiant hundreds, which ultimately led Pakistan to achieve the biggest successful run-chase in the history of the World Cup.
Pakistan knocked off the winning runs with 10 balls to spare to inflict Sri Lanka’s second loss of the tournament and a six-wicket loss against Sri Lanka, who were attempting to chase a daunting 345.
Pak Vs SL: Shaky Start in the run Chase
Pakistan, on the other hand, got off to a shaky start in their chase of the target, as they fell to 37/2 in the eighth over after their opening batters Imam-ul-Haq (12) and Captain Babar Azam (10) failed to score significantly.
After the initial setback, Mohammad Rizwan joined Abdullah Shafique in the center, and the two of them immediately began an incredible comeback.
During the course of their marathon partnership, they batted intelligently. They contributed 176 runs to the overall score, allowing Abdullah to score his first century in a one-day international.
Pak Vs SL: Pathirana took an important one
Matheesha Pathirana then eventually broke the shackles for Sri Lanka. He got rid of the Dangerman Abdullah Shafique thanks to a wonderful catch by substitute Dushan Hemantha. This was the moment that Matheesha Pathirana was able to finally break the shackles for Sri Lanka.
He hit 10 fours and three sixes on his way to a score of 113, which he accomplished in 103 balls.
After Abdullah Rizwan Seized Control
Consequently, Mohammad Rizwan seized control of Pakistan’s run-chase. And he formed an important partnership of 95 runs with Saud Shakeel, who hit 31 runs off of 30 balls before getting out in the 45th over.
After receiving considerable support from Iftikhar Ahmed, who remained undefeated on 22 runs despite facing just 10 balls, Rizwan stood his ground and scored the winning runs for Pakistan in the penultimate over of the match.
Pak Vs SL: Rizwan Remains Unbeaten
Mohammad Rizwan smashed eight fours and three sixes on his way to an unbeaten 131 runs in 121 balls during Pakistan’s second match of the ICC World Cup 2023. He was the player with the highest score for Pakistan.
Dilshan Madushanka led the bowling assault for Sri Lanka with 2/60, while Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana each got a batter to hit a ball out of the park.
Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama both scored a century as Sri Lankan hitters justified their captain’s decision to bat first by imposing their will on a Pakistani bowling unit that was having trouble keeping up with them and setting a big total.
Park Vs SL: Shaky Beginning
Earlier, Sri Lanka’s batting attempt got off to a shaky beginning when the opening hitter, Kusal Perera, was out to a duck off four balls in the second over, when the team had just five runs on the board.
After suffering an early setback, Kusal Mendis joined Pathum Nissanka in the middle to put up an important 102-run stand that lasted until the 18th over, when Shadab Khan removed Nissanka from the game.
On his way to a 51 from 61 balls, Nissanka hit seven fours and a six to go along with it.
Mendis Showed his Class yet again
Mendis was subsequently a part of yet another century-plus partnership when he and Sadeera Samarawickrama put together 111 runs for the third wicket until Mendis finally lost his wicket in the 29th over. This was the last partnership in which Mendis participated.
He scored the most runs for Sri Lanka with a lightning-fast 122 in only 77 deliveries, which included 14 fours and six sixes over the boundary.
After he was out of the game, Samarawickrama stepped up to lead Sri Lanka’s batting charge. During his time at the crease, he formed brief but important partnerships with Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Dasun Shanaka before he was out for good in the 48th over.
On his route to a 108 off 89 balls, Samarawickrama hit 11 fours and two sixes, bringing his total to 108.
The Pakistani bowlers were able to recover themselves following Samarawickrama’s dismissal and make a late return to stop the flow of runs, but Sri Lanka was still able to set a challenging mark for Babar Azam’s team.
Pak Vs SL: Hassan Ali Led the bowling Assault
Hassan Ali led the Pakistani bowling assault with four wickets, although he was expensive as he allowed 71 runs to be scored in his 10 overs. Haris Rauf, on the other hand, only took two wickets for Pakistan.
On the other side, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, and Shaheen Shah Afridi all managed to take one scalp for themselves.