Victory for Lanka in the Second ODI


Thisara Perera smashed 65 off 36 balls and then grabbed three wickets as Sri Lanka thumped Pakistan by 77 runs in the second one-dayer on Tuesday to level the three-match series 1-1.

Sri Lanka recovered from 194-6 to post a commanding 310-9 in their 50 overs after electing to bat, before dismissing Pakistan for 233 in 43.5 overs in the day-night match in Hambantota.

Pakistan had won the first match at the same venue by four wickets last week. The decider will be played in Dambulla on Saturday.

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews, who top-scored with 93, said winning the toss on the slow pitch helped win the game.

“It was a crucial toss to win because the wicket was getting slower and slower,” he said. “We bowled badly in the first 10 overs but then pulled it back very well.

“We will be a lot more confident now going into the last match.”

The match was originally slated to be played in Colombo on Wednesday, but heavy rains in the Sri Lankan capital forced officials to change the venue and advance the game by a day.

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