Sri Lankan batters smashed the Green Shirts’ bowling lineup on Tuesday, giving up the best score in Pakistan’s World Cup history. This was a bad record for the national team. In the eighth match of the ICC World Cup 2023, which is still going on at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium International in Hyderabad, Sri Lanka set Pakistan a huge goal of 345 runs, thanks to centuries from Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama.
Pak Vs SL: Green Shirts score highest World Cup total
The Islanders got 344 runs, which was more than India’s 336 runs in the 2019 World Cup. They set a new record for most runs scored against Pakistan in a World Cup innings. Even though they lost an early wicket, the Sri Lankan players didn’t give up. Opening batsman Pathum Nissanka reached fifty by hitting eight fours in 51 balls.
However, after Shadab Khan got rid of Nissanka, Mendis and Samarawickrama chose to step up their batting game to a whole new level for themselves. The Pakistani bowling line was having a hard time because Mendis, who is 28 years old, was hitting fours all over the field. He got 122 runs off of just 77 balls, which is a very good strike rate of 158.44. His innings had 14 hours and six sixes. Following Mendis’s dismissal, Samarawickrama kept going and reached his hundred, hitting 108 runs in 89 balls with 13 fours.
Hasan Ali gave up the most runs for the Green Shirts (71 in 10 overs), but he made important breaks for the Men in Green by getting four wickets. Mendis, Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, and Kusal Perera were all taken off by Hasan.
Ace pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi cost the team the second most money because he let 66 runs score in nine overs and only took one wicket. Pakistan has a huge goal to reach because the Green Shirts have never had to chase a goal of 265 runs or more in the World Cup.