Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI: Azam, Shinwari blow Sri Lanka away

Babar Azam 115 Usman Khan Shinwari five wickets Pakistan Sri Lanka 2nd ODI Karachi cricket

Babar Azam scored his 11th ODI century, while Usman Khan Shinwari (pictured) finished with figures of 5-51 off his 10 overs

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Babar Azam scored a superb 115 and Usman Khan Shinwari took a five-wicket haul as Pakistan crushed Sri Lanka by 67 runs in the second ODI in Karachi.

Opting to bat first, Pakistan got off to a strong start as Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq amassed a 73-run partnership before Imam was trapped lbw off the bowling of Wanindu Hasaranga for 31.

Zaman went on to score 54, which came off 65 balls and included six boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Isuru Udana at mid-off off the bowling of Hasaranga.

Azam and Haris Sohail stabilised the innings with a 111-run partnership, during which Azam raced past his half-century, before Haris was run out for 40.

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed only made eight runs before he was run out by Sri Lanka stand-in captain Lahiru Thirimanne.

Azam ended up making a 105-ball 115, which included eight boundaries and four sixes, before he was dismissed by Lahiru Kumara.

Imad Wasim and Wahab Riaz fell shortly after, but Iftikhar Ahmed hammered an unbeaten 32 off 20 balls to help Pakistan finish on 305/7.

Hasaranga was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Udana and Kumara chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 306 to win, Sri Lanka lost opener Sadeera Samarawickrama early on as he was clean bowled by Shinwari for six runs.

Danushka Gunathilaka only mustered 14 runs before he was sent packing by Mohammad Amir.

Shinwari then took out Avishka Fernando and Thirimanne, while Imad trapped Oshada Fernando lbw for one run to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 28/5.

However, Dasun Shanaka and Shehan Jayasuriya came to the rescue as they forged a 177-run partnership, during which both batsmen cruised past their fifties.

With Jayasuriya being within touching distance of his maiden ODI hundred, he could not get there as he was caught behind off the bowling of Shinwari for a career-best 96, which came off 109 balls and included seven boundaries and a six.

Shanaka went on to score a career-best 68, which came off 80 balls and included six boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Zaman at deep midwicket off the bowling of Shadab Khan.

Even though Hasaranga walloped a 23-ball 30 towards the end, Sri Lanka fell well short of their target as they were bowled out for 238.

Shinwari was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Shadab took two, and Amir, Imad and Wahab claimed one wicket each.

Shinwari was named Man of the Match.

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