Inzaman's nephew, Imam, makes debut century as Pakistan win ODI series
Imam-ul-Haq scoredÂ a superb centuryÂ on debut and Hasan Ali made history with a five-wicket haul as Pakistan thrashed Sri Lanka by sevenÂ wickets in Abu Dhabi to win the one-day international series with two matches to spare.
Opener Imam played an innings his uncle,Â former captain and current chairman of selectors Inzamam-ul-Haq, would have been proud of with 100 off 125 balls after sorry Sri Lanka collapsed from 102-1 toÂ 208 all out on Wednesday.
Hasan (5-34) broke the record for the fewest number of ODIs neededÂ by a Pakistan bowler to take 50 wickets in his 24th match after the in-formÂ Upul Tharanga top scored with 61 in a Sri Lanka innings that fell apart, but it was very much Imam's day.
The 21-year-old, preferred toÂ Ahmed Shehzad, was given reprieves byÂ NiroshanÂ Dickwella on 29 and 89 and took advantage asÂ Sri Lanka suffered a 10th successive ODI defeat to go 3-0 down.
Outstanding! Imam-ul-Haq becomes the second Pakistan batsman ever to score on ODI debut, the 13th of any nation! A dream innings! #PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/LnpI6fKmhf
â€” ICC (@ICC) October 18, 2017
Captain Tharanga made an unbeaten century in the second ODI and carried on where he left off atÂ Sheikh Zayed Stadium with some elegant drives in an opening stand of 59 with Dickwella.
Hasan got the breakthrough when he bowled theÂ dangerous Dickwella (18) with one that kept low and Dinesh Chandimal was trapped leg before by a Shadab Khan googly after making only 19 from 49 balls.
Tharanga got bogged down and, although the skipper brought up another half-century, he threw it away by pullingÂ Shadab to Fakhar Zaman and Hasan claimed another two quick wickets after the spinners exerted the pressure.
Thisara Perera addedÂ a 37-ball 38, but Hasan claimed his third five-wicket ODI haul as the Sri Lanka innings fell to pieces.
Imam eased the nerves early in Pakistan's run chase with back-to-back boundaries offÂ Lahiru Gamage and struck the same bowler for six over backward point before Dickwella put the left-handerÂ down after he featheredÂ Akila Dananjaya behind.
Jeffrey Vandersay ended a 78-run opening stand whenÂ Fakhar (29) gave him the charge and was stumped and Babar Azam (30) missed out on a third consecutive hundred by playing on to a wide delivery from Gamage.
The composedÂ Imam reached his half-century off 67 balls and continued to look comfortable before trudging off in fury after edgingÂ Dushmantha Chameera behind 11 short of a hundred, only to be called back as Dickwella failed to take the catch cleanly.
Imam cashed in by becomingÂ only the second Pakistan player to score a century on his ODI debut with a pull to square leg for a single butÂ was finally caught by Dickwella off Perera two balls later, so it was left toÂ Mohammad Hafeez (34 not out) to score the winning runs with 45 balls to spare.Published 19 Oct 2017, 00:57 IST