Sri Lanka president keen to beef up ties with Pakistan

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The foreign secretary highlighted the vast goodwill for Sri Lanka in Pakistan, which continues to encourage both the countries to further strengthen and deepen bilateral relations.

Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella leaves the field after being dismissed by Pakistan's Junaid Khan during the second one day global (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 16, 2017.

Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga became the first Sri Lankan and 11th batsmen in ODI history to carry his bat through an innings with a fighting 144-ball 112 not out with 14 boundaries - registering his 15th ODI century.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have agreed to further consolidate bilateral relations in all areas of mutual importance. Pakistan, on the other hand, seemed to have found their touch.

Both teams kept the same sides which featured in the first match that Pakistan won in Dubai by 83 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

The PCB, which successfully hosted three T20Is against a World XI squad last month in Lahore, has been confident of hosting the game despite initial fears.

Gamage had Fakhar Zaman dismissed for 11 and Mohammad Hafeez for eight while Lakmal dismissed out-of-form Ahmed Shehzad for eight.

Azam added 22 for the sixth wicket with Imad Wasim (ten) before his stand with Shadab gave Pakistan's total some respectability.

According to a Cricbuzz report, Tharanga's withdrawal also makes him ineligible to play in the first two T20 global matches of the series in the UAE as selectors had earlier announced that they would pick one squad for all the T20 worldwide matches versus Pakistan.

Colombo/Karachi: Sri Lanka will travel to Lahore for the final T20I against Pakistan on 29 October, despite top players expressing their reservations on travelling to the country, where the national team was attacked by terrorists in 2009.

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