Hyderabad. Pakistan has created a new record by achieving the biggest target in the history of World Cup Cricket. Thanks to the brilliant century innings of Abdullah Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan, Pakistan achieved the target of 345 runs given by Sri Lanka with 10 balls remaining. With this victory, this is Pakistan’s second victory in the World Cup. Along with chasing the huge target, a record has also been made for four batsmen to score centuries in a World Cup match.
There was a lot of batting in the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium of Hyderabad and the bowlers were seen peeping nearby. While chasing the huge score of 345 runs set by Sri Lanka, Pakistan suffered two initial setbacks. Opener Imam Ul Haq was out early after scoring 12 runs and captain Babar Azam was out after scoring 10 runs. Then Mohammad Rizav, who came to support Abdullah Shafiq, together took a tough class from the Sri Lankan bowlers. There was a brilliant partnership of 176 runs between the two, due to which Pakistan achieved its dream of victory.
However, after scoring a century, Shafiq (113 runs) could not stay at the crease for long. Shaud Shakeel (31 runs), who came to bat after his dismissal, also supported Rizwan fully and took the team closer to victory. There was a partnership of 95 runs between the two. However, when 37 runs were needed to win, Shakeel was out. But Rizwan, who remained at the crease, did not give up till the end and led the team to victory with 10 balls remaining. Rizwan remained unbeaten after scoring 131 runs. Dilshan Madhushanka got two successes from Sri Lanka. While Mahish Tikshina and Mathisa Pathirana got one wicket each.
Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat, the Sri Lankan team scored 344 runs. For Sri Lanka, two batsmen Kusal Mendis (122) and Samarawickrama (108) scored excellent centuries. Whereas Pathum Nishanka played an inning of 51 runs. Hasan Ali took four wickets for Pakistan. While Harish Rauf got two successes, Shaheen Afridi, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz got one success each.
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