Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Inzi's nephew Imam steals hearts with brilliant century on ODI debut

Inzi's nephew Imam steals hearts with brilliant century on ODI debut

Hasan (5-34) broke the record for the fewest number of ODIs needed by a Pakistan bowler to take 50 wickets in his 24th match after the in-form Upul Tharanga top scored with 61 in a Sri Lanka innings that fell apart, but it was very much Imam's day.

Imam-ul-Haq became 215th ODI player for Pakistan as Sri Lanka made a decision to bat first in the third match. Babar Azam scored a second succesive hundred while Shadab Khan gave his career best bowling and batting to help Pakistan thump Sri Lanka by 32 runs in the second day-night global.

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Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella (18) had provided a solid opening stand of 59 off 65 balls before Hasan clean bowled Dickwella.

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The 21-year-old, who was included in squad as replacement of out-of-form Ahmad Shahzad, smashed two sixes and stroked four boundaries to score 100 off 125 deliveries to become only 2nd Pakistani to score a century on his debut ODI.

Imam looked confident from the onset when he smashed seamer Lahiru Gamage for a six over point. Imam will be 22 in December.

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