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Azam ton helps Pakistan put 292 on board against Sri Lanka

After defeating Pakistan with a clean sweep in the two-match Test series in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Sri Lanka get set for the five-match ODI series against the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 winners, starting Friday October 13. Thus, he became only the 5th Pakistan player and the 32nd overall to hit 100 sixes in ODI cricket. So Pakistan's playing XI is very clear.

Pakistan on the other hand will want to prove that their win at the Champions Trophy was not a one-off and that they can play consistent cricket for a prolonged period.

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to put Pakistan in to bat in the first ODI in Dubai.

The tourists swiftly found themselves five wickets down in response as seamers Raees (3-49) and Hasan (3-36) did the bulk of the damage and their efforts left Lahiru Thirimanne (53) with too much to do as Sri Lanka could only make 209-8.

They never stopped dancing to "Surangani", that famous Sri Lankan folk number, even as Lankan wickets kept falling.

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But even Pakistan were in danger of losing their way in the middle overs of their own innings and it wasn't until Malik stepped onto the field that their fortunes changed.

It's not easy to steal the limelight from a teammate who had hit a century in the same innings.

Raees returned for his second spell to trap Thirimanne leg before to end Sri Lanka's hopes of a successful chase.

Malik, who was playing in his 253rd ODI, has hit 101 sixes and 563 fours so far in the 229 innings he has batted. But he was guilty of throwing away a wonderful chance to get a big hundred.

Babar would record the slowest of his six ODI centuries while Shoaib blasted his way to 81 off just 61 balls including two sixes and five fours. When the time came for him to change gears, he offered a simple catch to Kusal Mendis at mid-wicket off Suranga Lakmal.



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