Pakistan made it two wins in two World Cup matches as batsmen Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafiq scored centuries in their record chase six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
After centuries from Kusal Mendis and Sadira Samarawickrama put Sri Lanka in a strong position in chasing the challenging target of 345, the 1992 champions won in just 48.2 overs thanks to Rizwan’s unbeaten 131 and Abdullah’s 113.
The previous record for the highest chase in the World Cup was set by Ireland with 329 runs against England in the 2011 edition.
Mendis first dominated Pakistan’s bowlers with 14 fours and six sixes, scoring 122 runs, before Samarawickrama anchored the match with 108 as Sri Lanka scored 344-9 in 50 overs, although in the end Ali (4- 71) And Haris Rauf stopped them. 2-64).
Mendis brought up his century in 65 balls – the fastest by a Sri Lankan player in the World Cup – by hitting a six off fast bowler Hasan Ali to surpass former captain Kumar Sangakkara, whose century came off 70 balls against England in the 2015 edition.