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Who would have predicted that: When Sri Lanka couldn't get 23 off the last 10 overs gainst Pakistan

Pakistan's Wasim Akram

In our new feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.


As Sri Lanka faced Pakistan in the 3rd match at the Coca Cola Cup at Sharjah, they had been in the driver's seat all along. However, it was in the last 10 overs of the match that Sri Lanka lost control and Pakistan gained such momentum that the game ended in a thrilling tie.


Chasing a meagre 197, Sri Lanka had stumbled to 177-5 in 43.2 overs after a mini collapse but there was still little doubt that they would go on to win the game.  At this stage, even odds at betoclock would have had Sri Lanka favourites to win this game. However, their last five batmen couldn't even add 20 runs.


Match Summary


Pakistan 196 (49.4 Overs) - Inzamam-Ul-Haq 42 (82), Mohammad Yousuf 48 (90); Muttiah Muralitharan 2/22 (10), Chaminda Vaas 2/29 (8)


Sri Lanka 196 (49.1 Overs) - Russel Arnold 61 (93), Romesh Kaluwitharana 75 (108); Abdul Razzaq 5/31 (9.1), Wasim Akram 3/38 (10)


Result - Match tied


After Chaminda Vaas accounted for both Pakistan openers, Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar by the 11th over, Pakistan needed to steady the ship at 38/2. Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf did the needful, both scoring 40s.


Some fine bowling from Muttiah Muralitharan and three run-outs offset all the hardwork that the duo did for over 25 overs. The slide began with the dismissal of Inzamam-ul-Haq and before Pakistan could react, they were sent packing for just 196.


Fall of wickets: 1-37 (Aamer Sohail, 8.4 ov), 2-38 (Saeed Anwar, 10.3 ov), 3-131 (Inzamam-ul-Haq, 35.4 ov), 4-157 (Mohammad Yousuf, 40.5 ov), 5-163 (Hasan Raza, 42.6 ov), 6-168 (Moin Khan, 44.2 ov), 7-185 (Wasim Akram, 46.6 ov), 8-188 (Azhar Mahmood, 48.2 ov), 9-189 (Shoaib Malik, 48.4 ov), 10-196 (Arshad Khan, 49.4 ov)


In reply, Sri Lanka had crossed 150 for the loss of 1 wicket in 35 overs and were cursing along. They lost their second wicket at 157 and were 173-2 by the end of 40 overs. The team required 23 runs from the last ten overs with as many as eight wickets in hand.


Then, Shoaib Malik got the set Russel Arnlod out for 61 and Wasim Akram dismissed Jayasurya and De Silva. Sri Lanka were reduced to 177-5 in 43.2 overs but it was still their game.


Then came the turn-around affected by Razzaq. Sri Lanka needed 11 off 26 balls for a win when he sent two players to the pavilion. The target further dwindled down to 3 to win off 13 balls with 3 wickets in hand. Razzaq returned and clean bowled Vaas. The next over cost two runs and Muralitharan ran himself out.


Sri Lanka required one off the final over to win. Razzaq bowled LC Silva off the very first ball, bringing about one of the most dramatic finishes ever in the history of ODIs. 


 Fall of wickets: 1-42 (Marvan Atapattu, 8.4 ov), 2-157 (Romesh Kaluwitharana, 35.3 ov), 3-173 (Russel Arnold, 40.1 ov), 4-174 (Sanath Jayasuriya, 41.6 ov), 5-177 (Aravinda de Silva, 43.2 ov), 6-186 (Mahela Jayawardene, 45.5 ov), 7-186 (Suresh Perera, 45.6 ov), 8-194 (Chaminda Vaas, 47.6 ov), 9-196 (Muttiah Muralitharan, 48.6 ov), 10-196 (Chamara Silva, 49.1 ov)




Pakistan - Saeed Anwar, Aamer Sohail, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Hasan Raza, Moin Khan (wk), Wasim Akram (c), Azhar Mahmood, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Arshad Khan 


Sri Lanka - Marvan Atapattu, Romesh Kaluwitharana (wk), Russel Arnold, Aravinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya (c), Mahela Jayawardene, Chamara Silva, Suresh Perera, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Nuwan Zoysa


Match Details

Match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd Match, Coca-Cola Champions Trophy

Date: Friday, October 15, 1999 

Toss: Pakistan won the toss and opt to bat 

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 

Umpires: Doug Cowie, David Shepherd 

Third Umpire: Steve Dunne 

Match Referee: Peter van der Merwe 


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