Hafeez’s ton boosts Pak’s victory in first ODI against Sri Lanka

Johannesburg, Dec 19: Pakistan has pulled of an impressive 11-run win in the first one-day international against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on Wednesday to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.

An impressive 122 from batsman and Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez saw Pakistan post a total of 322-5 in their 50 overs and although they were made to work hard for their win, they finally bowled Sri Lanka out in 49.4 overs.

Besides Hafeez’s 122, Sohaib Maqsood (73) and debutant opener Sharjeel Khan (61) were the main contributors on a flat pitch.

The report however, mentioned that Sri Lankans Sachithra Senanayake (42) and Seekkuge Prasanna (42) gave Pakistan a scare during their 87-run partnership for the eighth wicket- a record for Pakistan-Sri Lanka one-day internationals.

The second match will be played in Dubai on Friday followed by the third in Sharjah on Sunday and the last two in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and Friday, the report added. (ANI)