Twitter Reactions: Sri Lanka lose despite Upul Tharanga’s stupendous ton
A target of 220 wasn’t going to be a tough task but Sri Lanka messed up their run chase.
Updated - Oct 17, 2017 12:50 am
The crowd at Abu Dhabi witnessed a spectacular game in what marked the commencement of the limited overs series. Pakistan went on to register a spectacular victory as they now lead the series 1-0. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, failed to capitalize with the bat.
Earlier in the day, it was skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed who won the toss as Pakistan elected to bat first. Sri Lanka included Lahiru Gamage and Jeffrey Vandersay in their squad. Pakistan, on the other hand, were playing their first ODI game since the Champions Trophy triumph.
Batting first, Pakistan were off to a poor start as both the openers were back to the pavilion with just 27 runs on the board. Mohammed Hafeez who came in at No.4 was dismissed cheaply too as Pakistan were left reeling at 40/3 at the end of the first power play. The collapse continued as the likes of Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz and Imad Wasim took turns to bat as the scoreboard read 101/6.
That’s when Shadab Khan who came in at No.8 batted really well and gave support to Babar Azam who was playing a lone hand in the Pakistan innings so far. Together both stitched a 109 run partnership for the seventh wicket. While Babar Azam went on to score an astounding century, Shadab Khan displayed his valour with the bat as he scored a fantastic 52*.
Pakistan went on to post a total of 219/9 in their quota of 50 overs. Gamage was the pick amongst the Sri Lankan bowlers as he took four wickets. Thisara Perera was also clinical with figures of 2/34. Suranga Lakmal and Vandersay also managed to get a wicket each.
A target of 220 wasn’t going to be a tough task but Sri Lanka messed up their run chase. Opener Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis were out early into the Lankan innings. Skipper Upul Tharanga managed to slow down the pace and make sure his team recovered from the early slump.
However, Shadab Khan created a havoc later into the innings alongside the other spinners. The Sri Lankan middle order collapsed like a pack of cards as they went from 70/2 to 93/7. Upul Tharanga batted like a lone warrior as he went on to score a splendid hundred. However, he had no one to provide him support from the other end as Sri Lanka ended up 32 runs short of the target.
Here are some of the amazing Twitter reactions during the first One Day International:
Fantastic win Pakistan great bowling performance. Excellent batting in touch conditions Babar& Tharanga
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) October 16, 2017
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) October 16, 2017
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) October 16, 2017
— Dimuth Karunaratne (@IamDimuth) October 16, 2017
Upul Tharanga – Carrying the Bat in ODI cricket:
1st Sri Lankan
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) October 16, 2017
Shadab Khan scored a vital 30 runs in a tense chase for TKR during the CPL. Today he has score a 50 when Pakistan were in trouble. Class.
— Clive (@vanillawallah) October 16, 2017
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) October 16, 2017
Kaafi amazing collapse only on Sony Six and Sony Six HD! #PakvsSL
— Manya (@CSKian716) October 16, 2017
Hafeez Bowled 1200 overs and hasn't bowled a no ball Yet … incredible #PakvsSL
— Imran Siddique (@SportsJournoo) October 16, 2017
Excellent partnership between Shadab & Babar, Tremendous inning by Babar ? But its time to get rid of shit like Shehzad? Behave Man#PakvsSL
— Ania Hasaan (@Aniahasaan) October 16, 2017
Srilankan team really disappointed me, losing to this under 19 type Pakistan team in such a manner
— Faizan (@Fizzzzzz10) October 16, 2017
— Nomy Sahir (@Nomysahir) October 16, 2017
— Khushi (@Khushi_bukhari) October 16, 2017
With Chandimal and Thirimanne yet to bat, there is still hope…….for Pakistan #PAKvSL
— Hemant (@hemantbuch) October 16, 2017
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) October 16, 2017
With Hafeez, Shadab, Malik all in the team.. why even select that Imad ? Play a proper batsman or Fahim in his place! #PAKvSL
— Rashid Latif (@iamRashidLatif) October 16, 2017
Legend in progress Babur Azam became the first batsman in the ODI history with five consecutive centuries in one country, UAE #PakvSL
— Ihtisham ul Haq (@iihtishamm) October 16, 2017
Upul Tharanga set to carry his bat…One fluent knock ?#PAKvSL
— Emmad Hameed (@Emmad81) October 16, 2017
Hasan responding to that Mendis celebration in the best way possible,did mention he wanted to respond by getting his wkt everytime?#pakvsl
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 16, 2017
Refreshed the app once, it was 4. Again refreshed it, it's 5 wickets. No more refresh. #slvpak
— Shihaaz Buhary (@shihiboy) October 16, 2017
— Johns ? (@CricCrazyJohns) October 16, 2017
— DANUSHKA ARAVINDA (@DANUSHKAARAVIND) October 16, 2017
Girls please don't text your bf if he is watching the match now ? Corrupted #SLvsPAK
— ShAnuRi✨ (@Sudu_Nona) October 16, 2017
— South_kashmiri_ (@Firdaus_Ahhmad) October 16, 2017
I think Upul Tharanga is out for more than 6 times in this innings ? #SLvsPAK
— Imantha De Silva (@Imaaa94) October 16, 2017
— Johns ? (@CricCrazyJohns) October 16, 2017
— Momina Rashad (@mominarashad25) October 16, 2017
— Saminda Kularathne (@KSSKsam) October 16, 2017
Is this a coincidence ??? Tharanga hitting a boundary every ball after he getting his life back on the crease ! #SLvsPAK
— Pasindu Ransainghe (@pasindu_33) October 16, 2017
— Tabrez Shaikh (@its_tabrez_4u) October 16, 2017