Pakistan Vs SriLanka Match Analysis

As Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in a breathtaking chase to win their second game by six wickets, records were broken in Hyderabad. Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama's earlier efforts were surpassed by Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan as Pakistan smashed 345 to become the best successful run chase in World Cup history. Four centuries were scored in a single World Cup match for the first time ever.

Imam-ul-Haq compounded his team's problems at the top of the order, thus Pakistan actually got off to a bad start in the chase. While Babar Azam initially flipped his ball for a boundary to get the crowd excited, he too didn't survive long and left the field for just 10 after nicking one down the leg side. Pakistan had only 48 on the scoreboard at the end of the powerplay and was satisfied to reassemble the innings after losing the two wickets.

However, Pakistan's low-risk strategy increased the asking rate. Despite the strain, Shafique and Rizwan continued to rotate the attack, occasionally hitting a boundary. The two batters chose to accelerate when Pakistan needed 207 from 150 balls at the midway stage. Prior to the opener taking on Dunith Wellalage for a four and a six to advance into the nineties, Matheesha Pathirana in particular had a bad performance and was hammered for a boundary by each of the batters. Pakistan's run rate thereafter exceeded six for the first time throughout the chase.

Prior to a jaw-dropping catch at backward point ending the opener's stay, Pakistan had the momentum solidly in their favor thanks to a 19-run over from Dilshan Madushanka that also saw Shafique reach his century. It was the Rizwan show from that point on. Rizwan fought cramps and struggled on his feet several times but would not give up. Despite the left-hander leaving for 30 after a crucial stand with Saud Shakeel gave Pakistan control of the chase, Rizwan stayed right up until the end to hit a spectacular ton and seal the victory for Pakistan alongside Iftikhar Ahmed.

Sri Lanka's innings got off to a great start earlier in the day, completely in contrast to Pakistan's. Kusal Perera was lost for a duck, but Mendis and Pathum Nissanka sparked Sri Lanka with a barrage of boundaries. Mendis was given a significant respite while batting on 18, and he took full advantage of it. Before Shadab Khan gave his team a breakthrough by dismissing Nissanka, Mendis and both of them reached their respective fifties in the same over.

However, Mendis and Samarawickrama continued to have a good time to make sure the momentum wasn't lost, so Sri Lanka wasn't deterred by the wicket. Even Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf were unable to stop the flow of runs as Mendis completely feasted on the Pakistani assault as the flurry of boundaries continued. Sri Lanka had scored 181 after 25 overs and was on track to surpass 350 at the halfway point.

Mendis then chose Hasan Ali for additional punishment and blasted him for a six to finish with a sensational century in just 65 balls. Prior to ultimately hitting the fielder close to the boundary in an attempt to smash a third consecutive six, he hit the same bowler for two additional sixes. Samarawickrama assumed leadership and persisted at the other end while Pakistan promptly removed Charith Asalanka so he could storm back. At 294/4 after 41 overs, Sri Lanka was in a strong position and a total of 375 was unquestionably in the cards.

At the death, Pakistan continued to strike at regular intervals. Nawaz made his debut by taking out Dhananjaya de Silva, and Afridi succeeded in getting rid of captain Dasun Shanaka. Samarawickrama was able to reach three figures at the other end for the first time in his ODI career, but when he was dismissed with two overs left, Pakistan only gave up 9 runs off those 12 deliveries. The last-ditch effort, in which they allowed Sri Lanka to score just 50 runs from the final nine overs, did make a difference.

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