Sri Lanka Brush Aside Pakistan To Clinch Series
Sri Lanka 104-3 (Dilshan 50no) beat
Pakistan 102 (Perera 4-34) by seven wickets
Third One-Day International, Dambulla
Sri Lanka clinched a come-from-behind 2-1 series win by thumping Pakistan by seven wickets in the decisive third One-Day International in Dambulla, bowling their tourists out for just 102.
Thisara Perera took his 100th ODI wicket as Pakistan, bowled out in 32.1 overs, slumped to their lowest ever ODI score in Sri Lanka.
The hosts wasted little time in confirming victory, Tillakaratne Dilshan hitting an unbeaten half-century as they won the game in 18.2 overs of their run chase.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Pakistan were quickly in trouble as Dhammika Prasad (2-25) and Lasith Malinga (1-17) removed Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Hafeez for nought and one respectively.
Ahmed Shehzad (10), Misbah-ul-Haq (18) and Fawad Alam (38 not out) then tried to revive the innings, but their efforts were undone by Perera's haul of four for 34.
He dismissed Umar Akmal (7), Sohaib Maqsood (7), Wahab Riaz (0) and Saeed Ajmal (6) while spinners Rangana Herath and Seekkuge Prasanna also got in on the act with a wicket apiece.
Fawad faced 73 balls in all but had precious little support as he at least guided Pakistan past the 100-run mark.
That was never going to be enough and Sri Lanka set off at Twenty20 pace with Upul Tharanga (14 in 17 balls) and Dilshan (50 not out in 55 balls) leading the charge.
Tharanga was bowled by Mohammad Irfan when he chopped on to his stumps and Kumar Sangakkara (2) fell when he edged Riaz to Hafeez at second slip.
Mahela Jayawardene then joined Dilshan and hit 26 from 32 balls only to fall to Ajmal, also caught by Hafeez, with just three further runs needed
Angelo Mathews was not out on nought at the other end when Dilshan brought up his half-century and won the match as Sri Lanka completed an excellent series win having lost the first match by four wickets.
Perera produced a fine all-round display with a half-century and four wickets as Sri Lanka levelled by winning the second game by 77 runs.
Before the ODI series, they won both Tests, in Galle and Colombo.
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