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Pakistan stretch lead to 4-0 as Sri Lanka's struggle in UAE continues

Shoaib Malik scored unbeaten 69 in the chase
Shoaib Malik scored unbeaten 69 in the chase

Pakistan 177-3 (Malik 69no) beat
Sri Lanka 173 (Thirimanne 62) by seven wickets
Fourth One-Day International in Sharjah

Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik scored 69 runs apiece as Pakistan chased down 174 runs against Sri Lanka in 39 overs with seven wickets in hand in the fourth One-Day International in Sharjah to stretch their lead in the series to 4-0.

Sri Lanka, who had earlier won the Test series 2-0 are struggling to revive themselves in the format which saw them lose series against Zimbabwe and succumbed to a 0-5 defeat against India earlier as well.

Upul Tharanga won the toss and decided to bat first. However, he lasted just five deliveries without contributing anything to the score and was dismissed by Usman Khan (1-38).

Niroshan Dickwella (22) looked positive during his 16-ball knock but failed to carry on and Sri Lanka soon slipped to 59 for four following a double strike from Imad Wasim (2-13).

Lahiru Thirimanne (62) waged a lone fight as the wickets were tumbling at tumbling at the other end and with brief support from Akila Dananjaya (18) and Suranga Lakmal (23 not out), Sri Lanka managed 173 runs in 43.4 overs before they were bowled out. Wasim and Shadab Khan (2-29) picked two wickets each for Pakistan while Hasan Ali (3-37) snared three wickets.

In the chase, Pakistan were dealt early blows as they lost Imam-ul-Haq (2), Fakhar Zaman (17) and Mohammad Hafeez (9) and were reduced to 58 for three.

However, Azam (69 not out) and Malik (69 not out) ensured they added unbeaten 119 runs for the fourth wicket to help their team complete the chase in 39 overs with seven wickets in hand. The win has taken Pakistan to 4-0 lead in the series with Azam bagging the player of the match award.

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