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August 22, 2009
Pakistan A 167 for 7 (Fahad 47, Shehzad 39) beat Sri Lanka A 163 (Kapugedera 53, Maharoof 47, Talha 3-28, Rehman 3-27) by three wickets
Sri Lanka A's top-order batting failed them yet again as Pakistan A took a 2-0 lead in the five-match one-day series. In another rain-affected encounter, reduced to 30 overs, fast bowler Mohammad Talha and left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman bagged three wickets each to bowl out Sri Lanka for 163. The home team were tottering at 83 for 6 - they lost three wickets for no runs at one stage - before Chamara Kapugedera (53) and Farveez Maharoof (47) added 41 to stage a recovery. Maharoof was supported by the tail to take Sri Lanka to a competitive total but it proved inadequate.
Though no Pakistan batsman managed to score a half-century, there were important contributions from their top order. Fahad Iqbal top scored with 47 while Ahmed Shehzad (39) and opener Khalid Latif (22) scored at a brisk rate to keep the target within reach. Pakistan, though, did experience a wobble, losing four wickets for 28, including Fahad but wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed held his nerve, making 20 off 12 balls, to see his team through with four balls to spare.
Sri Lanka have to win the third ODI on August 24, unless there is a washout, to stay alive in the series.
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