Pakistan win toss, bat against Sri Lanka in 2nd ODI

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Azam and Shadab were engaged in a match-turning 109-run seventh wicket stand.

Colombo/Karachi: Sri Lanka will travel to Lahore for the final T20I against Pakistan on 29 October, despite top players expressing their reservations on travelling to the country, where the national team was attacked by terrorists in 2009.

One-drop batsman Babar scored a fighting 133-ball 103 while Shadab scored a career best 52 not out to lift Pakistan from a struggling 79-5 before Shadab returned with figures of 3-47 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 187 all out in 48 overs.

Sarfraz XI showed similar form against Sri Lanka in the 1 ODI which they had won by 83 runs.

Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala, who will accompany the team to Lahore, in a statement, extended his best wishes to Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi and his board on the occasion of the historic game, which is set to bring back bilateral cricket to Pakistan.

Batting first after winning the toss, Pakistan, too, found the going tough, but Azam and Shadab led the resistance.

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Upul Tharanga's unbeaten 112 was not enough to win the match. However, it was with Shadab Khan that Azam managed to revive Pakistan's innings.

After Pakistan elected to bat, Fakhar Zaman began well and stroked two crisp boundaries before being undone by a superb delivery from Lahiru Gamage which left him and took the outside edge of the bat. Ahmed Shehzad also fell in the same style after scoring eight. "Babar and Shadab are very young and it was nice to see them bat so well".

Babar added 22 for the sixth wicket with Imad Wasim (10) before his stand with Shadab gave Pakistan something to defend.

Shadab, more known for his legspin, proved he had the makings of an allrounder with a mature knock in just his second outing with the bat in ODI cricket.

Meanwhile, the SLC support staff has agreed to visit Lahore after a conversation with Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur. Gamage was the pick amongst the Sri Lankan bowlers as he took four wickets.

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