1st ODI: Hafeez’s all-round show helps Pakistan bag six-wicket win over Sri Lanka

Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez (3R) celebrates with teammates after he dismissed Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Perera during the first one day international (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at The Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket stadium in Dambulla, some 150kms north of Colombo on July 11, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Muhammad Hafeez’s century combined with four wickets helped Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the five-match series by six wickets in Dambulla on Saturday. 

Sri Lanka set a 256-run target for the visitors where Pakistan won the toss and opted to bowl first.

Hafeez used the conditions and spin in the pitch to restrict Sri Lanka to 255-8. Rahat Ali chipped in with two wickets as well.

Dinesh Chandimal was the top-scorer with an unbeaten 65 runs for the hosts.

In reply, Pakistan were boosted by Hafeez’s attacking batting who scored 103 off 95 balls to push his team past the finishing line.