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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI: Kusal ton leads Lanka to big win

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Kusal Perera led Sri Lanka's strong batting display to give the hosts a comprehensive, but academic, 165-run win over Pakistan in the fifth and final one-dayer in Hambantota on Sunday.

The left-handed opener struck 116 off 109 balls and Tillakaratne Dilshan joined the 10,000-run ODI club as Sri Lanka piled up their highest one-day total against Pakistan of 368-4 in 50 overs.

Pakistan managed only 203 in reply, but took the series 3-2 to build on their 2-1 success in the preceding Test series, clinching a double in Sri Lanka for the first time since 2006.

Pakistan were sailing at 116-2 in the 20th over following an opening partnership of 51 between skipper Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad, before the last eight wickets crashed for 87 runs.

Mohammad Hafeez (37) and Azhar (35) were the principal contributors as the tourists faltered badly under lights despite good batting conditions.

Off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake claimed 3-39 in his first appearance in the series, while seamer Thisara Perera chipped in with two wickets.

Kusal reached his second century after a 164-run stand for the first wicket with Dilshan, who became only the 11th batsman and the fourth Sri Lankan to compile 10,000 one-day runs.

Skipper Angelo Mathews hammered an unbeaten 70 and Milinda Siriwardana clubbed 52 not out off 26 balls as Sri Lanka plundered 136 runs in the last 11 overs to surpass their previous best against Pakistan of 349-9 in Singapore in 1996.

"It was a clinical performance, but unfortunately it came a bit too late," Mathews said. "We had to go back to our basics, especially in the bowling department.

"We also showed a bit of improvement in the fielding, but one needs to keep improving."

Kusal, whose only other one-day ton came against Bangladesh last year, smashed nine boundaries and four sixes before he was run out in the 34th over.

The flamboyant Dilshan reached the 10,000-run landmark in his 319th match when he took a single off Shoaib Malik to move to 55, before he was run out for 62.

The 38-year-old now has 10,007 runs, joining compatriots Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene in a coveted list headed by Indian great Sachin Tendulkar, who had 18,426 ODI runs.

Mathews and Siriwardana added a brisk 114 off just 55 deliveries for the undefeated fifth wicket to complete Sri Lanka's best batting display of the series.

Mathews hit eight boundaries and two sixes, while left-handed all-rounder Siriwardana smacked four fours and three sixes.
Azhar said Pakistan were keen to sign off on a winning note, but conceded Sri Lanka played a better game.

"We really wanted to win this match, but credit must go to Sri Lanka," the Pakistan captain said.

"I am very happy we won the series. We played positive cricket all through and the fielding was very good. It was after a long time that we saw a Pakistani side field so well."

The hosts made three changes from the last match, dropping sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga, seamer Nuwan Pradeep and Sachith Pathirana.

They were replaced by Senanayake, Thisara Perera and fast bowler Lahiru Gamage.

Pakistan retained the same team.

Pakistan will round off their six-week tour with two Twenty20 internationals in Colombo on July 30 and August 1.

Full scoreboard:

Sri Lanka:


K. Perera run out 116
T. Dilshan run out 62
L. Thirimanne c Rizwan b Rahat 30
D. Chandimal c Sarfraz b Rahat 29
A. Mathews not out 70
M. Siriwardana not out 52
Extras: (lb6, w3) 9
Total (for four wickets, 50 overs) 368
Fall of wickets: 1-164 (Dilshan), 2-212 (K. Perera), 3-219 (Thirimanne), 4-254 (Chandimal)
Bowling: Irfan 10-1-73-0 (w1), Anwar 9-0-71-0, Rahat 10-0-74-2 (w1), Imad 3-0-27-0 (w1), Malik 10-0-44-0, Yasir 8-0-73-0.

Pakistan:

Azhar Ali run out 35
Ahmed Shehzad st Chandimal b Senanayake 18
Mohammad Hafeez lbw Mathews 37
Sarfraz Ahmed run out 27
Shoaib Malik c Thirimanne b T. Perera 11
Mohammad Rizwan c Chandimal b T. Perera 29
Imad Wasim c and b Senanayake 15
Anwar Ali c T. Perera b Gamage 11
Yasir Shah c T. Perera b Senanayake 9
Rahat Ali c Senanayake b Siriwardana 0
Mohammad Irfan not out 4
Extras: (lb1, w2, nb4) 7
Total (all out, 37.2 overs) 203
Fall of wickets: 1-51 (Shehzad), 2-71 (Azhar), 3-116 (Hafeez), 4-121 (Sarfraz), 5-140 (Malik), 6-170 (Imad), 7-178 (Rizwan), 8-197 (Yasir), 9-197 (Anwar), 10-203 (Rahat).
Bowling: Gamage 10-0-62-1 (nb4, w1), Lakmal 6-0-35-0 (w1), Senanayake 8-1-39-3, T. Perera 8-0-38-2, Mathews 3-0-9-1, Siriwardana 2.2-0-19-1

Sri Lanka won by 165 runs; Pakistan take series 3-2
Toss: Sri Lanka
Umpires: Ranmore Martinesz (SRI) and Ian Gould (ENG)
TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)

Pakistan innings

Sri Lanka have thrashed Pakistan by 165 runs in the final one-day international at Hambantota.

Chasing an imposing target of 369, Pakistan were bowled out for 203 in 37.2 overs.

Pakistan won the series 3-2.

Off spinner Senanayake claimed three for 39 and Thisara two for 38.

Rahat is the last man out as Pakistan are bowled out for 203 in 37.2 overs.

Rahat Ali c Senanayake b Siriwardana 0 (7b 0x4 0x6)


Thisara takes a brilliant catch at short midwicket to account for Malik. Pak 140-5, 24.4 overs.

Shoaib Malik c Thirimanne b Thisara Perera 11 (10b 1x4 0x6)

Another brilliant piece of fielding accounts for the dangerous Sarfraz beaten by a direct hit from Lakmal. Pak 121-4, 21 overs.

Sarfraz Ahmed run out 27 (24b 3x4 0x6)


Mathews strikes trapping Hafeez leg before with Pakistan being unsuccesfull with the decision review. Pak 116-3, 19.5 overs.

Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Mathews 37 (37b 5x4 1x6)

Mathews removes his opposite number with a brilliant direct hit. Pak 71-2, 12.5 overs.

Azhar Ali run out 35 (42b 5x4 0x6)

Hafeez hits the first six of the innings clobbering Senanayake over long-off.

Senanayake strikes in his first over with Shehzad being adjudged stumped off a marginal decision. Pak 51-1, 9.4 overs.

Ahmed Shehzad st Chandimal b Senanayake 18 (23b 2x4 0x6)

Shehzad cracks Lakmal through the offside for a majestic boundary. Pak 37-0, 8 overs.

Azhar hits another boundary off Gamage while Shehzad survives with Thisara failing to latch onto a skier at mid-on. Pak 26-0, 7 overs.

Azhar hits the first boundary of the innings punching Gamage through the covers. Pak 17-0, 5 overs.

Sri Lanka innings

Sri Lanka piled up their highest one-day total against Pakistan of 368-4 after electing to bat in the fifth and final match in Hambantota on Sunday.

Left-handed opener Kusal Perera hit 116, sharing a first-wicket stand of 164 with Tillakaratne Dilshan, who completed 10,000 one-day runs during his innings of 62.

Skipper Angelo Mathews hammered an unbeaten 70 and Milinda Siriwardana plundered 52 not out off 26 balls as Sri Lanka surpassed their previous best against Pakistan of 349-9 in Singapore in 1996.

Sri Lanka are looking for a consolation win with Pakistan already 3-1 ahead in the series.

Scoreboard:

Sri Lanka:

K. Perera run out 116
T. Dilshan run out 62
L. Thirimanne c Rizwan b Rahat 30
D. Chandimal c Sarfraz b Rahat 29
A. Mathews not out 70
M. Siriwardana not out 52
Extras: (lb6, w3) 9
Total (for four wickets, 50 overs) 368
Fall of wickets: 1-164 (Dilshan), 2-212 (K. Perera), 3-219 (Thirimanne), 4-254 (Chandimal)
Bowling: Irfan 10-1-73-0 (w1), Anwar 9-0-71-0, Rahat 10-0-74-2 (w1), Imad 3-0-27-0 (w1), Malik 10-0-44-0, Yasir 8-0-73-0

Toss: Sri Lanka
Umpires: Ranmore Martinesz (SRI) and Ian Gould (ENG)
TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)

Sri Lanka rattled up their highest ODI score against Pakistan of 368-4 plundering 119 runs in the last 10 overs.

A blazing century by Kusal Perera (116) during a 164-run opening stand with Dilshan (62) set them up for the perfect onslaught in the final overs.

Unbeaten half centuries by Mathews (70) and Siriwardana (52) during an electrifying 114-run stand for the fifth wicket saw them post a record total at Hambantota.

Siriwardana brings up a 25-ball half century by smashing Irfan over square leg for a six.

Mathews jabs Rahat to third man for a boundary to bring up the 100 partnership with Siriwardana off just 48 balls.

Mathews punches Rahat down the ground to race to a 31-ball half century. SL 327-4, 47 overs.

Mathews hammers Anwar for another six to bring up the 50 partnership with Siriwardana off just 27 balls.

Siriwardana sizzles by slamming a six and boundary off Irfan. SL 299-4, 45 overs.

Mathews is turning it on smashing a boundary and six off Shah. SL 284-4, 44 overs.

Kusal's blistering knock comes to an end being run out despite some juggling by Irfan. SL 212-2, 33.5 overs.

Kusal Perera run out 116 (109b 9x4 4x6)

Kusal pulls Rahat for a single to complete his second ODI century off 90 balls. SL 175-1, 28 overs.

Pakistan finally break the record opening stand with Dilshan trying to steal a single but failing to beat the direct hit from Shehzad. SL 164-1, 25.2 overs.

TM Dilshan run out 63 (70b 6x4 0x6)

Dilshan is elated after reaching the milestone of 10,000 runs, the fourth Sri Lankan and 11th overall to achieve this feat. SL 143-0, 23 overs.

Dilshan completes his half century by sweeping Shah to the boundary. SL 138-0, 22 overs.

Kusal is turning it on slamming two consecutive sixes off Wasim to bring up the 100 of the innings. SL 110-0, 16 overs.

Kusal survives a dropped chance off Irfan and a confident leg before off Shoaib with Pakistan losing the decision reveiw. SL 84-0, 13 overs.

Spin introduced but there is no stopping Kusal who gets a boundary off Wasim with a reverse sweep second ball. SL 80-0, 12 overs.

Kusal hits the first six of the match swatting Rahat Jayasuriya-style over midwicket. SL 57-0, 9 overs.

Kusal welcomes Rahat by cutting to third man beating a diving Anwar with superb timing.

Dilshan is looking in good nick getting back-to-back boundaries off Irfan pulling a short ball and then chipping to midwicket. SL 41-0, 7 overs.

Kusal cracks two consecutive boundaries off Anwar through the off to become the 29th Sri Lankan to complete 1,000 ODI runs. SL 31-0, 6 overs.

Dilshan cuts Irfan square of the wicket for his first boundary. SL 11-0, 3 overs.

Irfan begins with a maiden to Kusal who hits the first boundary of the match in the next over flicking Anwar Ali to fine leg. SL 5-0, 2 overs.

Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bat in what is considered a dead rubber at Hambantota.

Pakistan are unchanged while Sri Lanka have made three changes.

Nuwan Pradeep is out injured, and Lasith Malinga and Sachith Pathirana have been dropped.

Sachithra Senanayake, Thisara Perera and Lahiru Gamage come in.

Teams

Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, TM Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Ashan Priyanjan, Sachithra Senanayake, Milinda Siriwardana, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan

Preview

Pakistan romped to a series triumph after their convincing victory over Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI but a drop in intensity is unlikely when Azhar Ali's side takes on Sri Lanka in Hambantota for the fifth and final game on Sunday.

Pakistan, riding on Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad's batting heroics, went past the target of 257 set by Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI on Wednesday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews singled out his team's lacklustre bowling for the hosts' recent woes.

Only three out of the seven bowlers that he used managed to get a breakthrough in that match, with ace pacer Lasith Malinga looking overweight and out of sorts.

“There was no real penetration in our bowling attack,” admitted Mathews, speaking after the 4th ODI.

“Hopefully we can rectify it. We need to play positive cricket and get out of hits hole we have dug ourselves in.”

Sri Lanka's batting on the other hand, has shown signs it can cope without the legendary Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara and barring the third match, most in the line up have chipped in.

Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera and Tilakaratene Dilshan have all contributed.

Meanwhile, Pakistan have got a lot of things going for it, with the relatively inexperienced Rahat Ali, Anwar Ali and Mohamamd Irfan finding their rhythm and the likes of legspinner Yasir Shah keeping things tight in the middle overs.

Hafeez, banned for bowling for a year for a suspect action, is the highest run-getter of the series so far, having notched up 236 runs at at an average of 59.00 in the four matches.

Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali along with the veteran Shoaib Malik have ensured Pakistan have avoided any embarrassment with the bat so far.

From the qualification point of view for the 2017 Champions Trophy, the series win is crucial for Pakistan, who, with 90.4 rating points in the International Cricket Council's ranking system, is now two points ahead of West Indies (88.4 points).

This is the first time Pakistan has won a series in Sri Lanka since 2006 and the ODI series will be followed by a two Twenty20 Internationals between the two sides on July 30 and August 1.

Teams (from):


Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Asad Shafiq, Mukhtar Ahmed, Bilal Asif, Imad Wasim, Ehsan Adil.

Sri Lanka:
Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews (capt), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Thisara Perera, Milinda Siriwardana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Ashan Priyanjan, Sachithra Senanayake, Sachith Pathirana.




 

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