Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique shine in the ODI World Cup 2023 as Pakistan overcomes Sri Lanka by six wickets by chasing down a massive total
Despite experiencing leg pain during the lengthy innings, Mohammad Rizwan persisted in batting, vowing to help Pakistan defeat Sri Lanka by six wickets on Tuesday.
In the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, he amassed an incredible hundred runs, his third in the format, and assisted his team in winning their second match.
With eight fours and three sixes, Rizwan amassed 131 runs in 121 balls without losing, scoring the winning run with ten balls remaining.
Because of their carelessness in the field and lack of clinicality in their line and length of bowling, Sri Lanka made it easy for the Babar Azam-led team to chase down the enormous 345-run target.
After dismissing Babar Azam (10) cheaply, they put pressure on Pakistan until Abdullah Shafique (113) and Mohammad Rizwan joined each other in the middle.
Before Shafique was removed in the 34th over, the pair put together an incredible partnership of 176 runs for the second wicket and smashed respective centuries.
Up until that point, Rizwan had already done the damage with his carefree boundaries, brilliant running between the wickets, and ability to find gaps everywhere, even though he was experiencing cramps in the middle.
The final victory came in the 45th over for the Dasun Shanaka-led team when they removed Saud Shakeel for 31 runs.
But before Iftikhar Ahmed, 22, joined Rizwan, it was just a formality. Together, they added the final touches that allowed their team to win the tournament twice.
Earlier, Sri Lanka, who chose to bat first, was extremely proficient with the bat, amassing a massive 344/9 in their 50 overs.
Star batsman Kusal Mendis (122) carried on with his outstanding play, scoring a stunning century in just 65 balls.
With Pathum Nissanka (51), he first put on 105 runs for the second wicket. Then, with Sadeera Samarawickrama (108), he stitched together a 111-run partnership for the third wicket, marking his maiden ODI century.
Pakistan's best bowler was Hasan Ali, who claimed four wickets for 71 runs in his allotted ten overs.
The next match between Pakistan and India will take place on Saturday, October 14 at the renowned Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.