Sri Lanka Hold Nerve To Level Series
Sri Lanka 287-8 (Sangakkara 58) beat
Pakistan 284-4 (Shehzad 124) by 2 wickets
Second One-Day International, Dubai
There was more high drama in the UAE, with Sri Lanka this time triumphing in a closely-contested ODI match in Dubai to level the series against Pakistan at one apiece with three games to play.
Sri Lanka had looked out of the contest at 173 for five in the 36th over in their pursuit of Pakistan’s Ahmed Shehzad-inspired 284 for four. However, Angelo Mathews and Nuwan Kulasekara got the chase back on track with a sixth-wicket stand worth 57 that spanned fewer than seven overs.
Kulasekara fell for 32 off 26 balls with Mathews falling with four still needed for 47 off 44 balls. Fortunately for Sri Lanka, Sachithra Senanayake held his nerve to hit the winning runs with two balls to spare.
Kumar Sangakkara (58), Tillakaratne Dilshan (40) and Dinesh Chandimal (44) had earlier got the Sri Lankan run chase off to a promising start. However, Junaid Khan struck in successive overs to remove Chandimal and Perera (5) before Mathews and Kulasekara led the fightback.
Pakistan had earlier recovered from the early loss of Sharjeel Khan to post a competitive total. Ahmed Shehzad hit 124 and added 76 for the second-wicket with Mohammad Hafeez (32).
Misbah-ul-Haq then came to the crease and added a further 105 to finish the 50 overs on 59 not out off 62 balls. There was also a late cameo of 30 off 15 balls from Shahid Afridi.
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