Vandersay in as Sri Lanka opt to field

Pakistan celebrate their historic Champions Trophy victory

Pakistan celebrate their historic Champions Trophy victory

Babar Azam returned to form with a century and Shoaib Malik smashed 81 as Pakistan posted 6-292 against Sri Lanka in the first one-day worldwide.

Pakistan suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat in the Test series, which was also the first Test series loss in the Emirates for the Green-shirts.

Just when it seemed Pakistan were losing their way in the middle overs after being sent in by Sri Lanka in the first match of the five-game ODI series, Shoaib Malik stepped onto the field and changed their fortunes with some inspired stroke-play. But, having upset all calculations by sweeping Pakistan 2-0 in the Test series that ended on Tuesday, Sri Lanka would be hoping to inflict a bit of series pain on the home side here.

But without the big shots and clever running between the wickets from the 35-year-old Malik, Pakistan would not have been in a position to take their total close to the 300-mark against a disciplined Lankan bowling attack. Rumman Raees made a return to the starting line-up.

With Azam holding down one end, Malik had the freedom to hit five fours and two sixes in his 61-ball knock. When the time came for him to change gears, he offered a simple catch to Kusal Mendis at mid-wicket off Suranga Lakmal.

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