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Rizwan and Abdullah’s Heroics Propel Pakistan to Historic Win

Chasing Glory in the ICC World Cup

In a nail-biting eighth match of the ICC World Cup 2023, Pakistan pulled off a historic victory against Sri Lanka at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, India. Facing a formidable target of 345 runs, Pakistan endured a rocky start with the early dismissals of Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam, leaving them at 37-2. However, what followed was a remarkable partnership that changed the course of the game.

Rizwan and Abdullah's Heroics

Mohammad Rizwan and World Cup debutant Abdullah Shafique joined forces in a mesmerizing 176-run stand. This partnership breathed new life into the struggling Pakistani side, taking them to a dominating position. Abdullah's explosive performance included 113 runs from 103 balls, featuring 10 fours and three sixes. Rizwan, the anchor of the innings, remained unbeaten with a stellar 131 runs, surpassing Ramiz Raja's 119 against New Zealand in 1992, making it Pakistan's second-highest individual score in World Cup history.

Record-Breaking Victory

This historic win serves as a significant confidence boost for Pakistan, setting the stage for the highly-anticipated clash with arch-rivals India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 14. The Men in Green's impeccable form in the World Cup, winning two out of two matches, keeps their hopes high.

Sri Lanka's Strong Batting Display

On the other side of the pitch, Sri Lanka displayed exceptional batting prowess. Kusal Mendis played a pivotal role in their staggering total of 344 runs, scoring an impressive 122 runs off just 77 deliveries. His breathtaking performance included 14 boundaries and six sixes, with a remarkable strike rate of 158.44. Sadeera Samarawickrama continued the momentum, reaching a century with 108 runs in 89 balls, adorned with 13 boundaries.

Next Match

With this record-breaking win, Pakistan is gearing up for the showdown of the tournament against India on October 14, adding to the fervor of cricket fans on both sides of the border. Sri Lanka, in the wake of their strong performance, is set to face Australia on October 16 in Lucknow.

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