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A carefully crafted century by young batsman Babar Azam helped Pakistan put a competitive 219 in the second One Day International (ODI) match at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium here on Monday. He had done what the other top order batsmen had failed to do in challenging batting conditions.

Sri Lanka Cricket has given the green signal for the final T20I of the three-match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka to be played in Pakistan.

"As much as we understand the need to help Pakistan at this moment, we need to grasp the mentality of the players here", said a national cricketer (Sunday Times).

Pakistan have retained the squad that secured victory in Dubai tie for their second clash against Sri Lanka.

Earlier in the day, it was skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed who won the toss as Pakistan elected to bat first. "Babar and Shadab are very young and it was nice to see them bat so well". "Pakistan has been one our closest allies and we don't want to let them down", they added.

"It's disappointing to lose", he said.

A target of 220 wasn't going to be a tough task but Sri Lanka messed up their run chase. "It was good to carry the bat, but I'm disappointed with the result".

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Earlier, the green shirts avenged the Test defeat by outclassing the touring team with an 83-run win in the first ODI on Friday.

Azam brought up his hundred off 130 balls - his fourth this year - in the 49th over, making it seven ODI hundreds in just 33 innings; the previous quickest to the mark was Hashim Amla, who did it in 41.

Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas is demanding his players snap a losing streak of eight consecutive games.

Medium pacer Thisara Perera (2/34) then struck twice, removing Shoaib Malik (11) and Sarfraz Ahmed (5) to leave Pakistan in a spot of bother.

The remaining matches will be played in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

"SLC have over the past two months conducted a thorough evaluation with the assistance of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Government of Pakistan, the PCB and independent Security experts and The Executive Committee today (16), evaluated the reports obtained together with the recommendation of the International Cricket Council - which successfully conducted the Independence Cup tournament in Lahore fielding a World XI Team", said the statement.

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