Pakistan defeat Sri Lanka by five wickets in third ODI

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KARACHI: Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets in the third and final day-night international between the two sides in Karachi on Wednesday, taking the three-match series 2-0.

Abid Ali was named man of the match for his 74-run knock. “However much I thank Allah, it’s not enough. I got a good opportunity today and was happy to do well. I must thank the management and players for backing me. I am thankful to the fans for coming to the ground here in Karachi.

According to the cricket website, Babar Azam was awarded the Player of the Series title. “The hundred two nights ago was my first hundred in Pakistan, so proud of that. My plan is to bat all the overs I can. We’ve got a good confidence boost from this series, hope to carry it through to the T20Is,” he said.

The teams will now face each other in three Twenty20 internationals in Lahore.

Sri Lanka were lifted to 297-9 in their 50 overs with opener Danushka Gunathilaka scoring a career best 133 before Pakistan reached their target in 48.2 overs. Fakhar Zaman led the way with 76 while fellow opener Abid Ali scored 74 and Haris Sohail 56.