Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in Hyderabad on Tuesday, giving them their second straight World Cup win. Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique were the stars with the bat. The Green Shirts also made history when they chased down 345 runs against Sri Lanka, beating Ireland to become the team with the best ODI World Cup run chase ever.
Pakistan beats Sri Lanka in World Cup 2023 match
Men in Green took an early beating when top hitters Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam were out in just 7.1 overs, leaving them 37-2. However, Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique, who was playing in his first World Cup, came together to win the game, turning around Pakistan’s bad luck. Between them, the two hitters hit 176 runs, giving their team a much-needed break and putting them back in charge.
Abdullah went back to the pavillion after scoring 113 runs off of 103 balls, which included 10 fours and 3 sixes. But Rizwan stayed until the end and led his team to victory by scoring 131 runs, which was Pakistan’s second-highest individual score in the World Cup, after Ramiz Raja’s 119 against New Zealand in 1992. India plays Pakistan in the most-anticipated match of the World Cup on October 14 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The amazing win will give the Pakistani team a lot of confidence. Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama’s amazing batting led Sri Lanka to a huge 344-run score, which was the best score ever against Pakistan in a World Cup match, beating India’s score of 336 in the 2019 World Cup in Manchester, England. Mendis got 122 runs off of just 77 balls, which is a very good strike rate of 158.44. His innings included 14 fours and six sixes. At the same time, Samarawickrama kept going strong and reached his century, hitting 108 runs in 89 balls with 13 fours. They will now play India on October 14, and Sri Lanka will play Australia in Lucknow on October 16.