Highest successful run chase in ODIs for Pakistan in the last three years. With the win in second ODI at National Stadium Karachi Pakistan also won the bilateral series by 2-0. Sri Lanka who had a good chance of winning the second ODI lost it in last few overs of the match. 

The Sri Lankan skipper Lahiru Thrimanne after winning the toss decided to have a bat first. The pitch was in favour of batting and, with the impact of dew factor in the latter part of the game, chasing was not an easy task. Sri Lanka also had a left-arm off-spinner n their squad that always trouble the batsman on slow pitches. Daniushka Gunathilaka gave a solid start to his team by scoring his second ODI hundred. He scored 133 off 134 balls including 1 six and 16 fours. The good start was followed by several small partnerships in the middle order. Dasun Shanaka played a quick knock towards the end by contributing 43 off just 24 balls. Sri Lanka scored 297 for 9 in 50 overs. Muhammad Aamer picked three wickets for Pakistan.

Pakistan had a decent start as both the openers looked solid and committed. Abid Ali played some delightful shots all around the ground and showed his class. He scored 74 off 67 balls followed by 76 off Fakhar Zaman. Fakhar wasn't up to his potential. He tried to build an innings for himself to bat deep but couldn't do so. 76 of 91 is something unnatural for him though he scored runs, a positive sign. Harris Sohail who has never been out of the team for performance issues rather fitness issues always gave his hundred per cent to the team. His fifty and a partnership with Iftikhar towards the end was crucial and they did well. After all tiring day, it was a relatively easy win for Pakistan. Pakistan won by 5 wickets and Abid Ali was awarded Man of the Match. 

Disappointment for Sri Lankan cricket team and cricket fans as the series will affect ICC ODI rankings. With the refusal of players to visit Pakistan, it was not easy for the youngsters to defeat a team in away series, that eventually helped Pakistan to win comprehensively. 

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