Pakistan’s preparations for their three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka received a blow on Wednesday as they lost their one-off practice match against Sri Lanka Board XI (SLBXI) by 13 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis (D/L) method.
Batting first at the Moratuwa’s Tyronne Fernando Stadium, the hosts amassed 325 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs. Ashan Priyanjan top-scored with a run-a-ball 65, while Kithuruwan Vithanage, who featured in the first Test of the ongoing tour in Galle, chipped in a useful 56 off 51 balls.
Mohammad Hafeez was the pick of the bowlers, claiming four wickets in his ten overs. He was also the top scorer for Pakistan with 54 runs when the match was stopped due to bad light in the 47th over of the innings. The tourists were 13 runs short of the par D/L score at that juncture.
The first ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played on Saturday in Hambantota. Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2014.
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