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Tuesday , September 29 2020

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 5 wickets to win ODI series 2-0

Gunathilaka’s ton goes in vain

Pakistani fast pacer Usman Shinwari bowls to a Sri Lankan batsman during a match in Karachi, Pakistan on Oct 2. (AP)

KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct 2, (AP): Pakistan capitalized on a brisk century opening stand between Abid Ali and Fakhar Zaman to beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the third and final one-day international on Wednesday, clinching the series 2-0.

The first match was washed out due to heavy rain last week before Pakistan won the second game by 67 runs on Monday.

The 123-run partnership between Fakhar (76) and Abid (74) gave Pakistan a solid start in their run chase. Left-handed Haris Sohail also scored a fine 56 off off 50 balls to guide Pakistan to 299-5 in 48.2 overs.

The Fakhar-Abid stand overshadowed Danushka Gunathilaka’s career-best 133, including 16 fours and six, that had earlier propelled Sri Lanka to 297-9 after the visitors had won the toss and opted to bat.

Abid, who had scored a hundred in his debut ODI against Australia earlier this year and replaced injured Imam-ul-Haq at the top order on Wednesday, smashed 10 boundaries in his 67-ball knock that included some elegant drives.

Abid was finally undone by Wanindu Hasaranga’s googly and fell leg before wicket in the 20th over after Sri Lanka successfully went for a television referral.

Sri Lanka wasted an opportunity to break the stand soon after Abid had completed his half century but substitute fielder Sadeera Samarawickrama’s spilled a diving catch at midwicket in Hasaranga’s first over.

Fakhar hit seven fours and a six but the left-hander also couldn’t capitalize on a dropped chance when on 74 when Gunathilaka couldn’t hold on to an easy catch in the lone slip.

Nuwan Pradeep (2-53) got two wickets in successive overs when he first had Babar Azam lbw (31) and then Fakhar flashed wildly at a short ball and holed out at third man.

Earlier, Gunathilaka anchored Sri Lanka to a healthy total by featuring in three half-century stands.

Gunathilaka added 88 runs for the second-wicket stand with captain Lahiru Thirimanne (36) before adding further 50 runs with Angelo Perera (13) – one of the three changes Sri Lanka had made from the second ODI.

Scoreboard

Scoreboard at close of play of 3rd ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

SRI LANKA

D. Gunathilaka b Amir   133

A. Fernando c S. Ahmed b Amir                4

L. Thirimanne c&b Nawaz                        36

A. Perera c Sohail b Shinwari                    13

M. Bhanuka run out (Nawaz)                   36

S. Jayasuriya c I. Ahmed b S. Khan               3

D. Shanaka c Sohail b Riaz                        43

W. Hasaranga b Amir    10

L. Sandakan run out (Amir)                     0

N. Pradeep not out    1

Extras: (1b, 7lb, 2nb, 8w)                       18

Total: (9 wkts, 50 overs)                        297

Fall of Wickets: 1-13 (A. Fernando), 2-101 (Thirimanne), 3-151 (A. Perera), 4-225 (Bhanuka), 5-236 (S. Jayasuriya), 6-243 (Gunathilaka), 7-284 (Hasaranga), 8-284 (Sandakan), 9-297 (Shanaka)

Did not bat: Kumara

Bowling: Amir 10-0-50-3, Shinwari 8-1-41-1, I. Ahmed 9-1-43-0, Riaz 10-0-81-1, S. Khan 9-0-50-1, Nawaz 4-0-24-1

PAKISTAN

F. Zaman c Shanaka b Pradeep                  76

A. Ali lbw Hasaranga     74

B. Azam lbw Pradeep   31

S. Ahmed b Kumara    23

H. Sohail b Jayasuriya    56

I. Ahmed not out      28

W. Riaz not out         1

Extras: (3b, 5lb, 2w)    10

Total: (5 wkts, 48.2 overs)                      299

Fall of Wickets: 1-123 (Ali), 2-181 (Azam), 3-189 (Zaman), 4-244 (Ahmed), 5-287 (Sohail)

Did not bat: Nawaz, S. Khan, Amir, Shinwari

Bowling: Pradeep 9.2-1-53-2, Shanaka 5-0-28-0, Kumara 7-0-55-1, Sandakan 10-0-62-0, Hasaranga 10-0-54-1, S. Jayasuriya 7-0-39-1

Match Result: Pakistan win by 5 wickets

Umpires: Joel Wilson, Aleem Dar

TV Umpire: Michael Gough

Match Referee: David Boon

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