Pakistan 277-6 (Sohaib Maqsood 89no) beat
Sri Lanka 275-7 by four wickets (D/L)
First One-Day International, Hambantota
Fawad Alam and Sohaib Maqsood compiled a new national record sixth-wicket partnership of 147 to put Pakistan on course for a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first One-Day International in Hambantota.
The pair came together with their side struggling on 106 for five chasing 276 to win in 45 overs but turned the game round, Maqsood hitting 89 not out and Alam 62.
After Alam was caught by Ashen Priyanjan off Lasith Malinga in the 42nd over, Shahid Afridi marked the occasion of becoming Pakistan's most-capped ODI cricketer by hitting the winning run with a ball to spare.
Mathews faced 81 balls and looked to be on course for a maiden ODI century before he was bowled by Wahab Riaz going for a big shot.
Jayawardene was run out by Umar Akmal after hitting eight fours in 66 deliveries, sharing a 116-run stand for the sixth wicket.
Pakistan welcomed back Junaid Khan but missed Saeed Ajmal, who is off to Australia to undergo analysis of his bowling action.
Junaid leaked 75 runs in nine over and the wicket-taking responsibilities were shared by Wahab (3-50), Mohammad Irfan (2-48) and Mohammad Hafeez (1-32) after rain reduced the match to 45 overs per side before play could begin.
Setting off in pursuit of their target, Pakistan started well with Ahmed Shehzad hitting 49 and Hafeez 21 before things started to slide.
Hafeez was trapped in front by Mathews and lost Pakistan's review in the process before Younus Khan flicked Mathews into the leg-side only to find Nuwan Kulasekara - one of only two leg-side fielders - waiting to take the catch.
He had made just three and when Akmal (15), Shehzad and Misbah-ul-Haq (13) fell in quick succession, Pakistan were in deep trouble, and few were giving them a chance.
Alam and Maqsood were not to be denied, however, and despite needing to score at a run-rate of eight or more for the final 20 overs, did so with some aplomb.
Maqsood struck nine fours and Alam found the boundary seven times and although the latter fell late on, the job had almost been done.
Afridi applied the finishing touches with a couple of fours - including the winning hit off Kulasekara - to finish not out on 14 in 10 balls.
Mathews finished with two for 48, Thisara Perera two for 43, Malinga one for 60 and Rangana Herath one for 49.
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