Innings Sri Lanka 297 for 9 (Gunathilaka 133, Shanaka 43, Amir Three-50) v Pakistan
Opener Danushka Gunathilaka‘s good-looking 133 off 134 balls headlined a wonderful outing for Sri Lanka’s decidedly second-string prime order, because the guests strode to 297 for 9.
Pakistan’s indiscipline within the discipline and infrequently wayward bowling helped them alongside. Within the hosts’ defence, although, this was the second ODI performed within the house of 48 hours, in stifling situations.
Nobody else crossed 50, however Lahiru Thirimanne and Minod Bhanuka each contributed essential 30s in Gunathilaka’s firm. Dasun Shanaka‘s 43 off 24 then supplied the late firepower that noticed Sri Lanka make 50 within the final 5 overs. Shanaka benefited from repeated fielding errors, in addition to a no-ball from Wahab Riaz, off which he had been dismissed. However his second spectacular efficiency in successive matches might assist shore up his place within the ODI staff, after he had missed out on World Cup choice.
Mohammad Amir was the most effective of Pakistan’s bowlers, taking Three for 50 – Gunathilaka amongst his victims. Wahab, in the meantime, was costly, leaking 81 off his ten overs. His solely wicket, that off Shanaka, got here off the final ball of the innings.
Gunathilaka had struck fairly boundaries within the earlier ODI as nicely, however this time, there was higher defence to go together with the elegant strokes. He hit fours via wonderful leg and canopy within the second over of the innings, then adopted them up with 4 extra regal boundaries contained in the Powerplay, with solely the occasional play-and-miss via the new-ball interval.
He had 28 off 27 balls after ten overs, however as soon as the sector unfold, he was no much less an environment friendly collector of runs, effortlessly mining the gaps within the outfield, although not lacking alternatives to punish genuinely dangerous deliveries. He reached his half-century with a finely-placed reduce behind sq. for 4 off the 56th supply he confronted, and continued to progress with out incident towards the spinners via the center overs.
His 88-run second-wicket partnership with Thirimanne, who made 36, was the most effective of the innings. However Gunathilaka additionally made fifty-run stands with Angelo Perera and debutant wicketkeeper-batsman Bhanuka. Solely Bhanuka, who hit 36 off 39 earlier than being run-out, contributed extra to a type of stands than the opener.
Gunathilaka reached his hundred – the second of his ODI profession – off the 100th supply he confronted however didn’t lose focus after reaching the milestone, regardless of clearly having drained within the Karachi warmth. It was not till the 45th over during which he can be dismissed, making room and lacking an Amir yorker. He had hit sixteen fours and an imposing six over long-on off Wahab throughout his keep.
Shanaka was caught twice within the remaining over of the innings however was referred to as again to the crease on the primary of these events, after Wahab was proven to have overstepped. He had arguably been extra lucky within the 46th over of the innings – additionally bowled by Wahab – when on two separate events, fielders on the leg-side boundary allowed balls to slide via their fingers and on to the rope. He struck 5 fours and two sixes in all – his hitting now in good condition forward of the T20Is, during which he’ll captain.