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smashed 103 off 95 balls after rattling Sri
Lanka with a career-best 4-41 to lead Pak-
istan to a convincing six-wicket victory
yesterday in the first of five one-day inter-
Needing 256 to win, Hafeez came in at
No 3 and recorded his 10th one-day century
in his 162nd match. He hit four sixes and 10
boundaries to help seal Sri Lanka's victory
with 28 balls to spare.
Hafeez shared 58 runs with Babar Azam
(25) for the third wicket and 75 with Shoaib
Malik who made an unbeaten 55 off 45 balls.
Earlier, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won
the toss and made Sri Lanka bat at Dambulla
Stadium. Dinesh Chandimal top scored with
an unbeaten 65 to give the home side a com-
Hafeez' four-wicket haul surpassed his
previous best of 3-17 against Bangladesh
from 12 years ago.
He dismissed Sri Lanka openers Kusal Per-
era (26) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (38), along
with Upul Tharanga (20) and Thisara Perera
(1). Chandimal's 14th one-day half century
came off 68 deliveries, including a six and
Dilshan and captain Angelo Mathews, who
also made 38, got good starts but failed to
convert into big scores.
Sri Lanka slipped to 118-4 but Chandimal
and Mathews prevented a slide with an 82-
run stand for the fifth wicket.
Newcomer Milinda Siriwardana made a
brisk 22 off 21 deliveries to help Sri Lanka
accelerate in the last overs.
Seamer Rahat Ali also took two wickets
Pakistan tops Sri Lanka by 6 wickets
Kagiso Rabada lit up a gloomy evening in Mirpur
on Friday with a hat-trick in his six-wicket haul
on debut. He now holds the record for best bowling
figures on ODI debut, and the best ODI bowling
figures for a South African. The visiting captain
Hashim Amla, while not expecting Rabada to strike
another six-for, will want the bowler as well as the
rest of the young players to do enough to complete
a series win today.
South Africa completed their eight-wicket win
through a strong, unbroken 99-run third wicket
stand between Rilee Rossouw and Faf du Plessis.
Amla later said the pair made a tough situation look
easy. South Africa are brutal opponents for lower-
ranked sides and Bangladesh are finding that out
despite their own recent form.
But the home side's troubles seem more tactical
in nature, although captain Mashrafe Mortaza has
said that their strategy of using eight batsmen was
a confidence issue. For the first time since December
2011, Bangladesh were bowled out for less than 200
when batting first in an ODI. Their batting form was
not all that good even in the India series, but they
managed to get the job done.
South Africa did not give Bangladesh much of a
chance to fight back after Rabada's hat-trick and
that is where the home side are behind. South Africa
never give up, and in the second ODI, Bangladesh
should be prepared to put up a fight, something they
have failed to do in the series so far.
Clinical South Africa
looks to close out series
K Perera c Rizwan b Hafeez
T Dilshan b Hafeez
L Thirimanne c Ahmed b Anwar Ali
U Tharanga st Ahmed b Hafeez
A Mathews c Azam b Shah
D Chandimal not out
T Perera c Rizwan b Hafeez
M Siriwardana c Rizwan b Rahat Ali
S Prasanna c Hafeez b Rahat Ali
L Malinga not out
Extras (4b, 7lb, 6w, 1nb)
TOTAL: (for 8 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-44, 2-82, 3-111, 4-118, 5-200, 6-204,
Did not bat: Suranga Lakmal.
Bowling: Mohammad Irfan 10-0-41-0 (1w, 1nb),
Rahat Ali 8-0-44-2 (1w), Anwar Ali 7-0-38-1,
Mohammad Hafeez 10-1-41-4 (1w), Yasir Shah 10-0-
46-1, Shoaib Malik 5-0-34-0 (3w).
A Ali c Chandimal b Mathews
A Shehzad c Chandimal b Lakmal
M Hafeez c and b Perera
B Azam lbw b Dilshan
S Malik not out
M Rizwan not out
Extras (1lb, 5w)
TOTAL: (for 4 wickets)
Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-65, 3-123, 4-198.
Did not bat: Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah,
Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan.
Bowling: Lasith Malinga 8-0-56-0 (5w), Suranga
Lakmal 5-1-21-1, Thisara Perera 8-0-32-1, Angelo
Mathews 5-0-22-1, Seekkuge Prasanna 9-0-72-0,
Tillakaratne Dilshan 8.2-0-45-1, Milinda Siriwardana
Result: Pakistan won by six wickets.
Series: Pakistan leads five-match series 1-0.
Umpires: Ian Gould, England and Ranmore
Martinesz, Sri Lanka.
Match Referee: Javagal Srinath, India. Third
Umpire: Rod Tucker, Australia.
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