Pakistan’s Head-to-Head Record vs Sri Lanka in ODI World Cup

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Pakistan is one of the most dangerous teams in white-ball cricket. Though the ‘Men in Green’ have only won the World Cup once, they have consistently produced some iconic wins in ODI World Cup history. The Babar Azam-led side has a terrific record against Sri Lanka in the 50-over World Cup, and let’s delve deep into it. 

Pakistan’s Head-to-Head Against Sri Lanka in ODI World Cup


Many believe Pakistan can be the most dangerous in the tournament since they always remain the mercurial best in a multi-nation tournament. In the 1992 ODI World Cup, they were on the brink of a knockout and yet managed to win the trophy from nowhere.

On the other hand, in the 2021 T20 World Cup, Pakistan remained unbeaten in the group stage, only to lose to Australia in the semi-final, which knocked them out of the tournament. So, you never really know about Pakistan.

Against certain teams, they can be formidable. For instance, against Sri Lanka, Pakistan haven’t lost a match. The 1992 World Cup winners have played the Lankans eight times, winning all of them.  

  1. 1975 World Cup – Pakistan won by 92 runs
  2. 1983 World Cup – Pakistan won by 50 runs
  3. 1983 World Cup – Pakistan won by 11 runs
  4. 1987 World Cup – Pakistan won by 15 runs
  5. 1987 World Cup – Pakistan won by 113 runs
  6. 1992 World Cup – Pakistan won by 4 wickets
  7. 2011 World Cup – Pakistan won by 11 runs
  8. 2019 World Cup – Match Abandoned
  9. 2023 World Cup – Pakistan won by 6 Wickets

Here’s a look at the nine Pakistan-Sri Lanka ODI World Cup meetings in brief: 

1975 ODI World Cup:

 It is the first time both teams have had a date at the ODI World Cup. Sri Lanka, who were minnows back then, won the toss and opted to bowl first. The decision backfired as Pakistan put up a humongous total of 330/6 on the board as Zaheer Abbas scored 97 runs. In reply, Sri Lanka could score only 138. Imran Khan took three wickets.

1983 ODI World Cup: 

In the second meeting between both teams in an ODI World Cup, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl at Swansea in England. Pakistan batters were again on the money, with Zaheer Abbas and Mohsin Khan scoring 82 apiece. Needing 339 to win, Sri Lanka fell short by 50 runs. Sarfraz Nawaz claimed three wickets, while, for Sri lanka, Brendon Kuruppu and Guy de Alwis hit fifties.

1983 ODI World Cup: 

The two teams met again in the return leg at Leeds, with Sri Lanka winning the toss and opting to bowl. Imran Khan scored a century and helped Pakistan reach a total of 235/7. In reply, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 224, losing the match by 11 runs. Legendary Abdul Qadir clinched a five-wicket haul.

1987 ODI World Cup: 

At Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad, Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat first in the tournament’s opening match. They put up 267/6 with Javed Miandad scoring a century, and Sri Lanka again failed to chase that down as they lost the match by 15 runs. Abdul Qadir, Imran Khan, and Wasim Akram took two wickets apiece. Meanwhile, Roshan Mahanama played a fighting knock of 89.

1987 ODI World Cup: 

In the return leg at Faisalabad, Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first. Saleem Malik’s century saw Pakistan put up a fighting total of 297/7. Yet again, Sri Lanka failed to chase it, as they could muster only 184 in 50 overs. Abdul Qadir grabbed three wickets. For Sri Lanka, Arjuna Ranatunga and Duleep Mendis scored half-centuries.

1992 ODI World Cup: 

Sri Lanka batted first for the first time against Pakistan in ODI World Cups. But the result didn’t change. They put up a mediocre total of 212/6 on board. In reply, Pakistan chased down the total with four wickets to spare, thanks to half-centuries from Javed Miandad and Saleem Malik.

2011 ODI World Cup: 

Both teams met 19 years later in the 2011 World Cup. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first in Colombo. Riding on the half-centuries from Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan posted a respectable total of 277. In reply, the Sri Lanka batting order didn’t deliver, with Chamara Silva coming in with a lone half-century. Shahid Afridi picked up four wickets as Sri Lanka was restricted to 266/9.

2019 ODI World Cup: 

Both teams came out at the County Ground in Bristol for their eighth encounter in the ODI World Cup. Little did they know that rain would wash out the match without a ball being bowled.

2023 ODI World Cup: 

Cricket fans were treated to a run-fest in Hyderabad in the 2023 World Cup league stage fixture. Sri Lanka chose to bat first after winning the toss and piled up 344 runs in 50 overs. Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama registered hundreds. Pakistan lost two quick wickets in reply, but Mohammad Rizwan saw them home thanks to an unbeaten 131. Opening batter Abdullah Shafique, too, scored a hundred. 

Concluding Thoughts

The 8-0 record over Sri Lanka in the ODI World Cup is something to be proud of for Pakistan. The champion cricketing nation will want to extend the record if both teams meet in the 2027 World Cup to be played in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Namibia.

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FAQs about Pakistan’s Head-to-Head Record vs Sri Lanka in ODI World Cup

What is the head-to-head record between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the ODI World Cup? 

Pakistan has won eight of the nine games played against Sri Lanka in the ODI World Cup.

Who is the first player to score a hundred in the Pakistan-Sri Lanka fixture in the ODI World Cup?

Imran Khan is the first player to score a century in the Pakistan-Sri Lanka ODI World Cup fixture. He made 102 in the 1983 World Cup group stage fixture.  

Who is the only Pakistan player to take a five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in an ODI World Cup match?

Pakistan’s Abdul Qadir is the only Pakistan player to take five wickets against Sri Lanka in an ODI World Cup match. He took 5/44 in the 1983 World Cup.