Player of the Match
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Best performances - Batsmen

Imam-ul-Haq
100(125) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 29 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
2 8 13 14 32 14 3 14
WU Tharanga
61(80) 5x4 - 0x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 19 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
1 3 7 8 15 1 2 24

Best performances - Bowlers

Hasan Ali
O10
M0
R34
W5
Eco3.40
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W
Shadab Khan
O10
M0
R37
W2
Eco3.70
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

10.40 pm That's about as perfect a game as can be played, roll over the opposition for 208, with a young fast bowler taking a five-for and overtaking a veritable legend of the game. Then have a debutant take centre stage and score an impressive century. It just seemed on the cards for Pakistan, so much that Imam-ul-Haq started walking on 89, only to be called back to the crease for the catch he thought was clean wasn't quite so. After the trials of the Test series, where they came up short playing for the first time without Misbah and Younis in so many years, here, they have been propped up on young shoulders.

At the other end, Sri Lanka have slumped to their 10th ODI defeat in a row. Much of that has been because their batsmen has not been able to produce big scores and as a result the team has struggled to post competitive totals. Bright lights like Kusal Mendis haven't been able to crack the ODI code like say Babar Azam has. They'll need time, yes, but they'll also need to acknowledge that they are playing pretty poorly at the moment and will need to sit down and have an honest talk about what they want to do out in the field. Increasingly, it looks like a team that goes out to bat wanting to avoid a collapse rather than put up big runs on the board.

Imam-ul-Haq is the Man of the Match, of course. Well then, thank you for your company tonight. Hopefully you'll join us for the rest of the game, even though they have become dead rubbers.

Shabaib Abdulla: "Now Imam have doubled his burden on him. Intially he was supposed to carry his Uncle's legacy and now with his Debut century people will now have more expectation from him"

42.3
1
Vandersay to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, a simple defensive push past cover takes Pakistan to victory by seven wickets, and with that the series is theirs
42.2
4
Vandersay to Mohammad Hafeez, FOUR, lifts an overpitched delivery away to the midwicket boundary. The series win comes ever closer to Pakistan
42.1
0
Vandersay to Mohammad Hafeez, no run, tosses it up on middle, defends
42.1
1w
Vandersay to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 wide, drifts down leg, the batsman misses a flick, and it's called a wide

END OF OVER:
42 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 203/3 (6 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.83, RRR: 0.75)

  • Mohammad Hafeez29 (48b)
  • NLTC Perera4-0-22-1
  • JDF Vandersay9-1-37-1

Imam walks off to great applause. He is met by the incoming batsman Shoaib Malik and pulled into a hug. Then he disappears into a huddle with his team-mates. They're all chuffed for him

41.6
W
Perera to Imam-ul-Haq, OUT, goes for the pull, and he gloves it through to the wicketkeeper. Gone for exactly one hundred, to a ball that was short and down leg side and ripe for the taking. Cross-seamer from Thisara, getting a little bit of extra bounce. For what its worth, that's good work from the allrounder

Imam-ul-Haq c †Dickwella b Perera 100 (125b 5x4 2x6) SR: 80.00

41.5
1
Perera to Mohammad Hafeez, 1 run, back of a length and on off stump, tucks it through to deep midwicket

Dream debut

13

No. of players to score a century on ODI debut, including Imam-ul-Haq in this match. Saleem Elahi, in 1995, is the only other Pakistan player to do so.

Races to 50th

0

No. of Pakistan bowlers to reach 50 wickets in their ODI career in fewer games than Hasan Ali who's got it in 24 matches. Waqar Younis was the previous quickest, in 27 games. Overall, Hasan is the joint-4th quickest to the feat.

Hasan at top

37

No. of wickets for Hasan Ali in ODIs this year - the most, edging past Rashid Khan's 36. Vandersey was Hasan's 37th scalp of 2017 and he's also completed 6 three-wkt hauls in last 7 ODIs.

Stands strong

75.4

No. of consecutive overs Tharanga was on the crease before getting out to Shadab Khan in this match. He carried his bat throughout last ODI for 48 overs and 27.4 in this.

Bat-first venue

35

No. of times the teams winning the toss have elected to bat first in Abu Dhabi, in 37 ODIs. Teams winning the toss have won 23 of the previous 36 ODIs here.