Pakistan posted 292/6 in 50 overs after being sent into bat. Fakhar Zaman made 45-ball 43 with four fours and a six at the top. Babar Azam scored his sixth ODI century in his 32nd innings. He hammered 103 runs off 131 balls including just five boundaries.
Babar was involved in a 139-run fourth-wicket stand with experienced Shoaib Malik. Malik made a brisk 81 from 61 deliveries hitting five fours and two maximumss. After a steady start, Pakistan fell just eight runs short of 300-mark.
Suranga Lakmal took two wickets for 47 runs for Sri Lanka.
In reply, the Lankan Lions were put under deep trouble when they lost five wickets for 67 runs in 16 overs. Lahiru Thirimanne and Thisara Perera put on 51 runs for the sixth-wicket. Thirimanne scored his 19th ODI fifty, 53 off 74 with three fours while Perera made 29-ball 21.
With Thirimanne being dismissed, Sri Lanka lost seven wickets for 132 runs. No.8 and No.9- Akila Dhananjaya and Jeffrey Vandersay added 68 runs for the eighth-wicket. Vandersay made 25 off 47 while Dhananjaya brought up his maiden half-century. The off-spinner scored unbeaten 72-ball 50 runs with five fours.
Sri Lanka were restricted to 209 runs for 8 wickets as Pakistan went over the line with 83-run win. Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali picked up three wickets each.
Pakistan 292/6 in 50 overs (Babar 103, Malik 81; Lakmal 2/47, Vandersay 1/47)
Sri Lanka 209/8 in 50 overs (Thirimanne 53, Dhananjaya 50*; Hasan 3/36, Rumman 3/49)
Pakistan won by 83 runs
Man of the Match: Shoaib Malik (81)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com 1 of 1