(Web desk) – Great performence by the star player Babar Azam and three wickets each by Hasan Ali and Rumman Raees helped Pakistan register victory over Sri Lanka by 83 runs in the first ODI.
Sri Lankan batting collapsed despite half centuries by Lahiru Thirimanne and Akila Dananjaya. Shadab Khan and Mohammad Hafeez picked up one wicket each to upset the tourists.
Pakistan had set Sri Lanka 293 to win after being sent into bat in the first one-day international in Dubai on Friday.
Babar Azam top-scored in Pakistan s total of 292-6 with an excellent 103, while Shoaib Malik scored a rapid 61-ball 81 during their 139-run fourth-wicket stand.
Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal took 2-47.
Earlier, Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga won the toss and sent Pakistan into bat in the first day-night international in Dubai on Friday.
Sri Lanka, who won the preceding two-match Test series 2-0, had spearhead Nuwan Perera ruled out from the one-day series with a hamstring injury and inducted Lahiru Gamage.
The remaining matches will be held in Abu Dhabi (October 16 and 18) and in Sharjah (October 20 and 23).
Three Twenty20 internationals will follow the ODIs, the last in Lahore on October 29.
The second game of the series will be played in Abu Dhabi on Monday while Pakistan has taken 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shahdab Khan, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (capt), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Gamage, Suranga Lakmal, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay