HYDERABAD (The Thursday Times) — The cricketing world witnessed history as Pakistan chased down Sri Lanka’s hefty target of 345, marking the highest successful run chase in World Cup history. Notable performances from Mohammad Rizwan, who scored an unbeaten 131, and Abdullah Shafique, who contributed a solid 100, were instrumental in achieving this feat. Their partnership showcased a blend of aggression and patience against a formidable Sri Lankan bowling attack.
The match commenced with Sri Lanka winning the toss and electing to bat first, setting a challenging target spearheaded by centuries from Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama. Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lankan captain, decided to set a target for Pakistan, a strategy influenced by New Zealand’s successful defense at Hyderabad the previous day.
Sri Lanka set a challenging target of 344/9, but Pakistan’s response was strong and determined. The highlight of Pakistan’s chase was Mohammad Rizwan staying unbeaten with a score of 131, contributing significantly to Pakistan’s total score of 345/4. This victory marked the highest successful run-chase in ODI World Cup history, showcasing Pakistan’s strong cricketing capabilities.
The detailed analysis of the match showcases that the key players from Pakistan were indeed in a formidable form. The batsmen were able to maintain a steady run rate, which was crucial for chasing down Sri Lanka’s target. The bowlers, too, played their part by restricting Sri Lanka to a total that was within reach.
As the match progressed, the competition got fiercer, with both teams trying to gain an upper hand. However, it was Pakistan’s day as their batsmen played responsibly, ensuring they chased down the target successfully, with six wickets in hand.