A quiet affair, with nothing happening outside the cricketing field. On the big partnership blooming in the middle for Sri Lanka, Sarfaraz says that the bowlers need to work on being more consistent with their lines and lengths in the middle overs. With the bat, he wants batsmen to convert their starts and play a longer innings. On any possible changes for the final ODI, Ahmed says that he would like to play with his first-choice XI but also hints at giving a few chances to some new players.
Babar also became the fastest Pakistani batsman to score 1, ODI runs in a calendar year in 19 matches. In the absence of some key players who pulled out of the tour due to security concerns, Sri Lanka were bowled out for in Shehan Jayasuriya 96 missed out on a maiden ODI hundred and Dasun Shanaka made a career-best 68 before both fell in successive overs after sharing a century partnership.
Left-arm fast bowler Usman Shinwari rattled Sri Lanka's inexperienced top order and reduced the visitors to before Jayasuriya and Shanaka shared a run sixth-wicket stand.
Shinwari returned and broke the partnership by having Jayasuriya caught behind and finished with Shanaka was brilliantly snapped at midwicket by the diving Fakhar Zaman off leg-spinner Shadab Khan in the next over.
A power failure at the National Stadium disrupted play for 26 minutes during Sri Lanka's run-chase when one of the six floodlight towers malfunctioned twice. But still around 12, cricket enthusiasts braved the strict security checkpoints under hot and humid conditions and were enthralled by Babar's imperious 11th ODI hundred that featured eight fours and four sixes.
Pakistan, which won the toss and opted to bat, got off to a good start with Fakhar 54 and Imam-ul-Haq 31 adding 73 runs for the opening stand. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga got two wickets by removing both openers before Babar took charge.
He shared a run stand with Haris Sohail 40 before holing out at wide long on in the 46th over as Pakistan looked for quick runs in the final overs. The third and final match will be played at the same venue on Wednesday.