Babar, Shadab heroics give Pakistan win in ODI

It was also confirmed on Monday that the third and final Twenty20 clash between the sides will be played in Lahore on October 29, following a thorough evaluation of security. Sethi had said that the visit by Sri Lankan team to Lahore for the lone match was planned and agreed upon in a meeting in which officials of the two boards and ICC were present.

Sri Lanka won the Two-Test match series earlier by 21 and 68 runs respectively, meanwhile, on October 13, Pakistan won the opening ODI by 83 runs against the Lankans.

Earlier, 40 players, including most in the current squad, had given a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket board (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala expressing their unwillingness to travel to Lahore.

A preliminary 22-man squad is expected to be named on Wednesday, which will be cut down to 15 by October 20.

Babar Azam scored a succesive hundred while Shadab Khan gave his career best bowling and batting performance to help Pakistan thump Sri Lanka by 32 runs in the second day-night global in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

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After being thrashed in the first ODI in Dubai, Upul Tharanga-led Sri Lanka will look to bounce back when they face a confident Pakistan side in the second ODI in Abu Dhabi today. On the eve of the World Cup, a joint India-Pakistan team played a friendly against Sri Lanka to show solidarity and demonstrate that it was safe to play in.

According to a Cricbuzz report, Tharanga's withdrawal also makes him ineligible to play in the first two T20 global matches of the series in the UAE as selectors had earlier announced that they would pick one squad for all the T20 worldwide matches versus Pakistan.

On top of security assurances from Pakistan's cricket board and government, SLC will be looking to further allay player fears by only staying in Pakistan for 24 hours. It seems like we will be there in Lahore for only for 24 hours.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI will begin at 4:30 PM IST (1100 hrs GMT) since it is a day-night fixture.

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