Imam-ul-Haq replaces Shehzad in Pak-SL ODI final

Cheryl Sanders
October 19, 2017

Pakistan lead the five-match series 2-0 after winning the first match by 83 runs in Dubai and a 32-run victory in Abu Dhabi.

That was before Shadab the bowler returned with his best figures of 3-47 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 187 all out in 48 overs.The 23-year-old Babar and Shadab, who turned 19 earlier this month, were engaged in a match-turning 109-run seventh wicket stand which helped Pakistan reach 291-9 on a sluggish Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

They won the Test series 2-0 but are on a bad run in ODI cricket which now extends to nine straight losses.

Thisara Perera added a 37-ball 38, but Hasan claimed his third five-wicket ODI haul as the Sri Lanka innings fell to pieces.

Ali combined with captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed to get Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya and Dushmantha Chameera all caught behind as Sri Lanka struggled after losing Tharanga in the 28th over.

Imam, replacing out-of-form Ahmed Shehzad at the top order, dominated two productive stands - adding 78 runs with Fakhar Zaman (29) and further 66 with Babar Azam (30).

Imam ul Haq smashed two sixes and stroked four boundaries to score 100 off 125 deliveries.

It's not often you see a batsman, and that too a Pakistani one, score a century on his ODI debut.

Wicketkeeper Dickwella twice dropped Imam, on 29 and 89, before finally catching him down the leg side.

He has also become the highest wicket taker of the calendar year. Hong Kong's Mark Chapman scored century on debut at the age of 21 years and 142 days.

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