Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Pakistan’s fantastic victory

Pakistan clinched the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka 5-0 thanks to an all-round performance.

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After winning the fifth and final ODI at Sharjah, Pakistan handed Sri Lanka a bitter 5-0 whitewash. Courtesy of a fine spell by Usman Khan, Pakistan registered their second clean sweep against Sri Lanka. After winning the toss Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga opted to bat but the decision backfired as the top-order batsmen failed to get a start as Usman Khan ran through the top-order in his fiery spell. At one point, Sri Lanka were reduced to 49/6 and from thereon they could never recover from the setback as they were ultimately bowled out for 103. Chasing a modest total of 104,  Fakhar Zaman (48) and Imam-ul-Haq (45 ) guided their side to a comfortable win. Pakistan’s win sent Twiteratti into a frenzy as they couldn’t help but applaud their team’s monumental effort.

Pakistan’s sixth 5-0 series win in ODIs had a some of the best performance in recent times. Babar Azam with the bat showed why is said to be one of the best limited-overs batsmen among the current players. His two centuries in the first two ODIs set the tone for Pakistan and Usman Khan wrapped up Pakistan’s all-round performance with a stunning five-wicket haul in the fifth ODI. Pakistan team had a match-winner in all five games.

Babar Azam: The highest run-scorer in the ODI series by a distance. In the four innings he batted for Pakistan, Babar scored 303 runs with the help of the two centuries. The 101-run unbeaten innings in the chase was a perfectly paced innings that took Pakistan home. With an average of 101, Babar was made this one of his best series.

Hasan Ali: Like Babar in batting, Hasan was Pakistan’s go to man in bowling. The man-of-the-series with 14 wickets was clearly the best bowler of the series. The pacer had a five-wicket haul (second ODI) and two three-wicket hauls. He bowled at an economy rate of under four and an average of 11.28.

Shadab Khan: The leg-spinner has already impressed everyone since his debut but in this series, he played a role that got diminished by the performance of the pacers. But,  the spinner emerged as the second highest wicket-taker of the series with 10 wickets.

Usman Khan: He played only two matches but when you pick five wickets in just 21 balls on a wicket like Sharjah, the bowler must have great skills. Pakistan had won the four matches and Usman made sure they win the final game as well. He picked up first 5 wickets of Sri Lanka as they were bowled out for 103.