Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Hasan Ali blitz sets up Pakistan thrashing of Sri Lanka

Hasan Ali blitz sets up Pakistan thrashing of Sri Lanka

Imam-ul-Haq became 215th ODI player for Pakistan as Sri Lanka made a decision to bat first in the third match. After winning the Test series 2-0, it looked like Sri Lanka have found the much needed winning track.

With an aim to clinch the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series, Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in the third match at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella (18) had provided a solid opening stand of 59 off 65 balls before Hasan clean bowled Dickwella.

Imam, who struck five fours and two sixes, fared better than Inzamam did on debut - Pakistan's now chairman of selectors making just 20 on his one-day-international bow against West Indies in 1991.

Hasan Ali had earlier become the fastest Pakistani to 50 ODI wickets - the seamer's career-best 5-34 ensuring he reached the milestone in 24 games, three fewer than it took Waqar Younis.

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The stylish left-handed opener was played in place of Ahmad Shehzad in the third ODI against Sri Lanka.

Tharanga got bogged down and, although the skipper brought up another half-century, he threw it away by pulling Shadab to Fakhar Zaman and Hasan claimed another two quick wickets after the spinners exerted the pressure.

Imam joined Saleem Elahi from Pakistan in club of centurions on debut, which now has 13 members from around the world.

He has also become the highest wicket taker of the calendar year. Mark Chapman of Hong Kong is the second-youngest at 21 years and 142 days, when he managed the feat against the United Arab Emirates in 2015.

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