Rizwan stayed unbeaten, scoring a brilliant 131 runs, marking Pakistan's second-highest individual score in a World Cup, surpassing Ramiz Raja's 119 against New Zealand in 1992.
HYDERABAD: (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News-Oct 10th, 2023) Pakistan continued their impressive form with a historic victory over Sri Lanka in the eighth match of the ICC World Cup 2023 at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Tuesday.
Chasing a target of 345 runs, Pakistan faced early setbacks, losing their top-order batsmen, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam, within 7.1 overs, reducing them to 37-2. However, a game-changing partnership between Mohammad Rizwan and World Cup debutant Abdullah Shafique swung the momentum in favor of the struggling Pakistani side.
The 176-run partnership between the two batsmen provided Pakistan with a crucial breakthrough, reestablishing their dominance in the game. Abdullah Shafique returned to the pavilion after a remarkable innings of 113 off 103 balls, featuring 10 fours and three sixes. In contrast, Rizwan stayed unbeaten, scoring a brilliant 131 runs, marking Pakistan's second-highest individual score in a World Cup, surpassing Ramiz Raja's 119 against New Zealand in 1992.
This remarkable victory serves as a significant confidence boost for Pakistan as they gear up for the highly-anticipated match against arch-rivals India at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium on October 14.
During their innings, Sri Lanka displayed an impressive batting performance, with Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama leading the way to a massive total of 344 runs. This total stands as the highest-ever against Pakistan in a World Cup match, surpassing India's 336 in the 2019 World Cup in Manchester, England.
Mendis played an exceptional knock, amassing 122 runs off just 77 deliveries at a remarkable strike rate of 158.44, including 14 boundaries and six sixes. Meanwhile, Samarawickrama maintained the momentum, achieving his century with 108 runs in 89 balls, featuring 13 boundaries.