Cricket World Cup: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets.

Cricket World Cup: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets.

Pakistan pulled off a stunning chase of 345 runs to defeat Sri Lanka in a thrilling 2023 Cricket World Cup encounter in Hyderabad.

At 37-2 their target seemed a long way off but a brilliant partnership of 176 off 156 balls between Abdullah Shafique and Muhammad Rizwan laid the platform.

Shafique, stepping in for Fakhar Zaman, scored 113 runs from 103 balls before before being caught at point. Rizwan and Saud Shakeel then combined for a 95-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Despite dealing with injuries, Rizwan remained unbeaten with 131 runs from 121 balls, steering Pakistan to victory alongside Iftikhar Ahmed (22*).

Sri Lanka had set a formidable target of 344-9, with Kusal Mendis scoring 122 off 77 balls and Sadeera Samarawickrama contributing 108 off 89.

This historic match featured a record with four centuries.

Sri Lanka faced their second loss while Pakistan secured their second win in the tournament.

In a separate match, England bounced back with a convincing 137-run victory over Bangladesh.

India takes on Afghanistan in Delhi on Wednesday (11).