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Shinwari leads Pakistan’s ‘whitewash’ of Sri Lanka – Pak achieve 9-wkt win for 5-0 series sweep

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, Oct 23, (AFP): Left-arm paceman Usman Shinwari destroyed Sri Lanka with a five-wicket burst to help Pakistan achieve a convincing nine-wicket win in the fifth and final match for a 5-0 clean sweep of the series on Monday. Shinwari’s 5-34 in seven overs reduced Sri Lanka to 103 all out in 26.2 overs in Sharjah before openers Fakhar Zaman (48) and Imam-ul-Haq (45 not out) knocked off the paltry target in 20.2 overs. This is Pakistan’s sixth whitewash in a five-match ODI series. They had blanked Zimbabwe (2002 and 2008), Bangladesh (2003 and 2008) and New Zealand in 2003 in the past.

The result was never in doubt once Shinwari assisted by Hasan Ali (2-19) and Shadab Khan (2-24) had destroyed Sri Lanka who had totals of 209, 187, 208 and 173 in the series. The win is Pakistan’s ninth in a row since winning the Champions trophy in June this year while Sri Lanka plummeted to their 12th defeat in a row, also losing 5-0 each to South Africa and India this year. Zaman hit seven boundaries in his 47-ball knock before he fell with just 20 needed. Imam hit the winning boundary, finishing his 64-ball knock with four boundaries and a six.

But it was Pakistan’s new find Shinwari who rocked the Sri Lankans. The 23-year-old finished with 5-34 as Sri Lanka, who won the toss and batted on an easy paced Sharjah stadium pitch, never recovered from early jolts of losing four wickets in the first three overs. Shinwari termed it his best bowling in the entire career. Sri Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga showed disappointment over the loss.

Only Thisara Perera (25), Lahiru Thirimanne (19), Seekuge Prasanna (16) and Dushmantha Chameera (11) reached double figures in an abysmal batting performance by Sri Lanka, their second lowest total in an ODI against Pakistan. Their lowest total of 78 against Pakistan had also come at Sharjah in 2002.

Shinwari, who debuted in the fourth one-day of this series, bowled Sadeera Samarawickrama with the fifth ball of the match for nought and then had Dinesh Chandimal next ball, caught behind without scoring.

In his next over Shinwari had Tharanga bowled off a nippy delivery for eight and then trapped Niroshan Dickwella leg before with the fifth to leave Sri Lanka tottering at 8-4. Shinwari completed his maiden five-wicket haul when he had Milinda Siriwardana (six) caught by Fakhar Zaman, his wickets coming off just 21 balls — third fastest to five wickets in an ODI.

Perera hit three boundaries and a six before he became one of two wickets by leg-spinner Shadab Khan in one over. Hasan Ali also took 2-19, 14 wickets in the series. The two teams now play a three-match Twenty20 international series, the first two in Abu Dhabi on Oct 26 and 27 while the last in Lahore on Oct 29.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Scoreboard

SHARJAH, UAE, Oct 23, (AFP): Complete scoreboard of the fifth and final day-night international between Pakistan and Sri Lanka played at Sharjah on Monday:

SRI LANKA

  1. Tharanga b Shinwari……………………………………… 8
  2. Samarawickrama b Shinwari……………………………. 0
  3. Chandimal c Ahmed b Shinwari……………………….. 0
  4. Thirimanne c Ahmed b Hasan……………………….. 19
  5. Dickwella lbw b Shinwari…………………………………. 0
  6. Siriwardana c Zaman b Shinwai………………………. 6
  7. Prasanna run out………………………………………… 16
  8. Perera c Ashraf b Shadab…………………………….. 25
  9. Vandersay lbw b Shadab……………………………….. 2
  10. Chameera b Hasan……………………………………… 11
  11. Fernando not out………………………………………….. 7

Extras: (lb 1, w 8)……………………………………………… 9

Total: (all out, 26.2 overs)……………………………… 103

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Samarawickrama), 2-1 (Chandimal), 3-8 (Tharanga), 4-8 (Dickwella), 5-20 (Siriwardana), 6-49 (Thirimanne), 7-63 (Prasanna), 8-85 (Perera), 9-85 (Vandersay)

Bowling: Shinwari 7-0-34-5 (5w), Ashraf 4-0-12-0 (1w), Wasim 4-1-12-0 (2w), Hasan 5.2-0-19-2, Shadab 5-1-24-2, Hafeez 1-0-1-0

PAKISTAN

  1. Imam-ul-Haq not out………………………………………… 45
  2. Fakhar Zaman c Dickwella b Vandersay……………… 48
  3. Faheem Ashraf not out……………………………………… 5

Extras: (lb2, w5)……………………………………………….. 7

Total: (for one wkt; 20.2 overs)………………………. 105

Did not bat: Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Usman Shinwari

Fall of wickets: 1-84 (Zaman)

Bowling: Chameera 4-1-13-0, Fernando 4-1-21-0, Vandersay 6.2-0-30-1 (5w), Perera 2-0-18-0, Prasanna 4-0-21-0

Result: Pakistan win by nine wickets, take series 5-0

Toss: Sri Lanka

Umpires: Sundaram Ravi (IND) and Ahsan Raza (PAK)

Tv umpire: Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

ICC match referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)

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