Shoaib Akhtar, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz and others absolutely go wow as Pakistan came up with strong win with the healthy margin of 67-runs win. This win ensured them, they can’t loose a series here in Karachi if Sri Lanka wins the last match, if Pakistan win, they will grab the trophy for the 2nd time in Pakistan in last 4 years.
Pakistan started their innings with solid opening partnership, then a phenomenal middle order partnership provided by Babar Azam and Haris Sohail who are used to be called Pakistan’s strongest pillar at the moment with temperament and the patience any player should have. With this partnership Babar Azam carried his classy batting to his 11th century. Although he should have finished the game (remaining overs) but thanks to Iftikhar Ahmad who got himself set to hit 2 sixes at the end of Pakistan’s innings that help Pakistan to register 305 runs.
Sri Lanka started their innings with horrible setup as they lost 5 wickets for just 28 runs. Which means they were just one wicket short to loose their batting department but thanks to Jayasuriya and Shanaka who stood tall and showed their batsmen how to bat on such flat tracks where batting looked very easy though hitting wasn’t that much easy. They broke the all time 6 wicket partnership when they crossed 122 runs partnership. But Shinwari with his last spell made sure that Pakistan win the healthy margin of 67 runs when he removed Jayasuriya on low delivery coming back to stump to go through Sarfaraz Ahmed’s hand who made look easy to do rest.
After that wicket, everything fall behind and Pakistan came up with win. Here is how Shoaib Akhtar, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz and others go wow:
Babar Azam with century and Usman Shinwari with five-fer were contenders to win the Man of the Match Award but management decided to go with Usman Shinwari who taken strong men away from Sri Lanka when they started chasing.