Pakistan defeat Sri Lanka in record World Cup runs chase

Rewrite Pakistan superbly chased a World Cup record 345 to beat Sri Lanka in the game of the 2023 tournament so far in Hyderabad. At 37-2 their target seemed a long way off but a superb partnership of 176 off 156 balls between Abdullah Shafique and Muhammad Rizwan laid the platform. Shafique, who came into the team for Fakhar Zaman, made 113 off 103 balls before being caught at point, but Rizwan and Saud Shakeel then shared 95 for the fourth wicket. Rizwan received treatment on a back injury, and cramp in his calf, but battled through the pain in heroic style. ADVERTISEMENT The wicketkeeper finished unbeaten on 131 from 121 balls, and overcame the dismissal of Shakeel for 31, to hit the winning run and see his side home alongside Iftikhar Ahmed (22*) with 10 balls to spare. Sri Lanka made 344-9 from their 50 overs with Kusal Mendis smashing a brilliant 122 off 77 balls and Sadeera Samarawickrama 108 off 89. The match is the first in World Cup history to have four centuries. Pakistan have won their first two matches, while Sri Lanka have lost both theirs. In Tuesday’s other World Cup match England recovered from their opening-game defeat with an emphatic 137-run win over Bangladesh. Wednesday’s World Cup action pits hosts India against Afghanistan in Delhi.ChatGPT

Pakistan put on a stunning display of cricket as they successfully chased down a World Cup record of 345 runs to defeat Sri Lanka in the standout match of the 2023 tournament in Hyderabad. Initially, at 37-2, their target seemed distant, but an exceptional partnership of 176 runs off 156 balls between Abdullah Shafique and Muhammad Rizwan set the stage for their victory. Shafique, stepping in for Fakhar Zaman, contributed 113 runs from 103 balls before being caught at point, while Rizwan, despite battling through back injury and calf cramps, displayed heroic determination, finishing unbeaten with 131 runs from 121 balls. Rizwan and Saud Shakeel added 95 runs for the fourth wicket, and Rizwan, along with Iftikhar Ahmed (22*), sealed the win with 10 balls to spare after Shakeel’s dismissal for 31.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka had posted a formidable total of 344-9 in their 50 overs, with Kusal Mendis playing a scintillating innings of 122 runs from 77 balls and Sadeera Samarawickrama contributing 108 runs off 89 balls. Notably, this match made history as the first in the World Cup to witness four centuries. Pakistan has now won their first two matches in the tournament, while Sri Lanka has suffered defeats in both of theirs.

In another Tuesday match, England bounced back from their opening-game loss with a resounding 137-run victory over Bangladesh. The upcoming Wednesday’s World Cup fixture will see hosts India facing Afghanistan in Delhi.

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