Gunathilaka’s ton goes in vain
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 at close of play of 3rd ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Wednesday.
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
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