Pakistan celebrates the return of international cricket with a series win against Sri Lanka. The hosts defeated the Lankan lions in the third ODI of the three-match series by 5 wickets. They had earlier won the second game while the first one was washed away due to rain.
A late surge from Haris Sohail who notched up a brisk half-century scripted the win for Pakistan. The home side were earlier handed over a target of 298 runs by Sri Lank in 50 overs.
Fakhar Zaman and Abid Ali gave a positive start to the run-chase as the two put 123 for the first wicket before Ali was out for 74. Zaman too struck a 91-ball 76. Pakistan then lost wickets at regular intervals before Sohail and Iftikhar Ahmed came together to steady the ship for their team.
The duo scored 43 runs for the fifth wicket before Sohail departed. Iftikar remained unbeaten at 28.
For Sri Lanka, it was Danushka Gunathilaka who hammered 133 off 134 to help his side put a total of 297/9 in 50 overs. The two teams will now begin the three-match T20I series from October 5 in Lahore.