Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in first one-dayer

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the first day-night international on Tuesday to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

updated: January 21, 2009 11:49 IST
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Opening batsmen Salman Butt hit an unbeaten century and seamer Rao Iftikhar took a career-best 4-42 on Tuesday to give Pakistan an eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first limited-overs international.

Butt made a polished 100 off 117 balls with 13 fours as Pakistan reached 220-2 in 45.5 overs after Sri Lanka was bowled out for 219. Pakistan leads 1-0 in the three-match series.

Iftikhar was supported by Umar Gul taking 3-30 with Kumar Sangakkara top-scoring with 49 for Sri Lanka.

Butt and Khurram Manzoor put on an opening stand of 168 despite facing two of the world's best spinners in Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis.

Manzoor, who hit nine fours in 127 balls, was out for 83 in the 38th over caught and bowled by Muralitharan, who took 1-42.

The second match is on Wednesday in Karachi, with Lahore hosting the final game on Saturday.