Sri Lanka Hold Nerve To Level Series

Angelo Mathews plays a shot
Angelo Mathews played a key role as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan.
©REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte. Picture Supplied by Action Images

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.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

8th December: Pakistan v Afghanistan, Sharjah
PAK 138-4 beat AFG 137-8 by 6 wickets
11th December: 1st T20I, Dubai
PAK 146-7 beat SRI 145-5 by 3 wickets
13th December: 2nd T20I, Dubai
SRI 211-3 beat PAK 187 by 24 runs
18th December: 1st ODI, Sharjah
PAK 322-5 beat SRI 311 by 11 runs
20th December: 2nd ODI, Dubai
SRI 287-8 beat PAK 284-4 by 2 wickets
22nd December: 3rd ODI, Sharjah
PAK 326-5 beat SRI 213 by 113 runs
25th December: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
PAK beat SRI by 8 wickets
27th December: 5th ODI, Abu Dhabi
SRI 235-8 beat PAK 232 by 2 wickets
31st December-4th January: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
SRI 204 & 480-5d. drew with PAK 383 & 158-2
8th-12th January: 2nd Test, Dubai
SRI 388 & 137-1 beat PAK 165 & 359 by 9 wickets
16th-20th January: 3rd Test, Sharjah
PAk 341 & 302-5 beat SRI 428-9d. & 214 by 5 wicket