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S. Lanka pull off thrilling consolation win over Pak Chandimal finishes with 64

ABU DHABI, Dec 27, (AFP): Dinesh Chandimal kept his nerve to pull off a sensational two-wicket win for Sri Lanka in the fifth and final one-dayer in Abu Dhabi on Friday, but Pakistan took the five-match series 3-2. Chandimal finished with 64 not out off 70 balls and added a match-turning 40 runs for the ninth wicket with Ajantha Mandis (19 not out) to see Sri Lanka through with two balls to spare. Mendis hit the winning boundary and smashed one of the two sixes in Umar Gul’s penultimate over which cost Pakistan 15 runs and the match. Chandimal hit his only boundary to reach fifty before hitting a six off Gul to clinch an unlikely win after Sri Lanka had wobbled at 195-8, derailed by Junaid Khan (3-31) and Saeed Ajmal (2-43). Sri Lanka, who chased down a 285-run target in their second one-day win in Dubai, were cruising along at 113-1 after Kusal Perera (47) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (45) gave them a brisk start of 75. Perera was aggressive right from the word go, hitting four sixes and three boundaries in his 40-ball knock, but was trapped leg-before by Mohammad Hafeez after he attempted a reverse sweep.

When on 31, Dilshan completed 8,000 one-day runs, becoming the sixth Sri Lankan to achieve the milestone. But Sri Lanka then lost three quick wickets in the space of just 24 runs, two of those to Junaid. Junaid had Dilshan caught behind and bowled Kumar Sangakkara (22) round his legs to complete 50 wickets in the calendar year. Gul accounted for Ashan Priyanjan (one) while skipper Angelo Mathews’s laborious 31-ball eight was ended by paceman Anwar Ali before Chandimal’s rearguard action. “We were just good enough to win the game,” said Mathews. “Once again, a little disappointed with the batsmen who got starts but didn’t go from there. Mendis came to the party, along with Chandimal, and got us over the line.” Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq said the series win was satisfying.
“Our team is in good shape,” said Misbah. “Of course, it’s disappointing to lose the last match but overall I am happy the way team won the series.”

Earlier, Misbah top-scored with 51 while in-form batsman Hafeez, who scored three centuries in the series, made 41 as Pakistan were bowled out for 232 in the 50th over. Anwar Ali chipped in with a fiery 38-ball 41 not out spiced with one six and two fours. Pakistan found the going tough after openers Ahmed Shehzad (17) and Sharjeel Khan (18) by 13th over. Lasith Malinga made it 70-3 by dismissing Sohaib Maqsood (seven) before Misbah and Hafeez shared a 58-run stand for the fourth wicket before the innings once again was derailed. Hafeez was bowled by Angelo Mathews after his 56-ball knock with two boundaries. He finished the series with 448 runs with three hundreds. Malinga then came into his own, sending Misbah back caught behind and then trapped Abdul Rehman (one) to leave Pakistan struggling at 176-7. Malinga finished with 4-57. Misbah hit two boundaries and a six during his 74-ball knock, finishing with 1,371 runs in 34 one-day matches this year — the most by any player. The two teams now play a three-match Test series, with the first in Abu Dhabi from Dec 31.
 

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Scoreboard

ABU DHABI, Dec 27, (AFP): Complete scoreboard of the fifth and final day-night international between Pakistan and Sri Lanka played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday:
PAKISTAN
Sharjeel Khan c and b Malinga    18
Ahmed Shehzad c Priyanjan b Lakmal    17
Mohammad Hafeez b Mathews    41
Sohaib Maqsood c Dilshan b Malinga    7
Misbah-ul-Haq c Sangakkara b Malinga    51
Umar Akmal c Dilshan b Mendis    20
Anwer Ali not out    41
Abdul Rehman lbw b Malinga    1
Umar Gul run out    8
Saeed Ajmal lbw b Lakmal    8
Junaid Khan lbw b Lakmal    0
Extras (lb 10, w10)    20
Total: (all out; 49.3 overs    232
Fall of wickets 1-30 (Shehzad), 2-54 (Sharjeel), 3-70 (Maqsood), 4-128 (Hafeez), 5-169 (Misbah), 6-173 (Akmal), 7-176 (Rehman), 8-194 (Gul), 9-232 (Ajmal), 10-232 (Junaid)
Bowling: Mathews 10-1-26-1 (1w), Lakmal 7.3-0-42-3, Senanayake 10-1-44-0 (3w), Malinga 10-0-57-4 (2w), Mendis 10-1-42-1 (3w), Dilshan 2-0-11-0 (1w)

SRI LANKA
K. Perera lbw b Hafeez    47
T. Dilshan a Ajmal b Junaid    45
K. Sangakkara b Junaid    22
D. Chandimal not out    64
A. Priyanjan c Akmal b Gul    1
A. Mathews c Akmal b Ali    8
K. Vithanage b Ajmal    14
S. Senanayake c Hafeez b Junaid    3
L. Malinga b Ajmal    0
A. Mendis not out    19
Extras: (lb7, w5)    12
Total: (for eight wkts; 49.4 overs)    235
Fall of wickets: 1-75 (Perera), 2-113 (Dilshan), 3-129 (Sangakkara), 4-137 (Priyanjan), 5-166 (Mathews), 6-189 (Vithanage), 7-194 (Senanayake), 8-195 (Malinga)
Bowling: Gul 7.5-0-44-1 (1w), Ali 5.4-0-36-1 (1w), Hafeez 9-0-36-1 (2w), Junaid 7.1-0-31-3, Ajmal 10-0-43-2, Rehman 10-0-38-0 (1w)
 

Result: Sri Lanka won by two wickets
Toss: Pakistan
Series: Pakistan win 3-2
Umpires: Johan Cloete (RSA) and Shozab Raza (PAK)
TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)
Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)

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