Pakistan drub Sri Lanka in opening ODI encounter

Imran Farhat (L) and Younis Khan shared a 103-run partnership in Pakistan’s comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka on Friday AFP

Dubai: Nov 11, 2011

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the first day-night international at Dubai stadium on Friday to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.

Pakistan chased down the target in 21.5 overs on the back of half-centuries from Imran Farhat and Younus Khan.

Earlier, the Sri Lankan batting line up collapsed for 131 on a bowler friendly track, after a match winning comeback performance by Shahid Afridi who took 3-27 while Saeed Ajmal took 2-21.

LD Chandimal was the highest run getter for Sri Lanka, scoring 28.

Earlier Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan won the toss and decided to bat in the first day-night international against Pakistan at Dubai stadium here on Friday.

Sri Lanka preferred leg-spinner Seekkuge Prasanna over the more experienced off-spinner Syraj Randiv, while they also gave debut to 26-year-old allrounder Kosala Kulasekara.

As expected, Pakistan included Shahid Afridi but left out Shoaib Malik. Afridi was recalled for the series after he last month went back on his decision to retire decision. (AFP)

Brief Score: Sri Lanka 131 all out in 40.3 overs (Dinesh Chandimal 28, Upul Tharanga 25, Mahela Jayawardene 24; Shahid Afridi 3 for 27, Saeed Ajmal 2 for 21, Mohammad Hafeez 2 for 24) lost to Pakistan 132 for 2 in 21.5 overs (Younis Khan 56*, Imran Farhat 50; Suranga Lakmal 2 for 16) by 8 wickets.

Man of the Match: Shahid Afridi

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