Sri Lanka defeated again

November 24, 2011
Shahid Afridi

by Harrias

Pakistan heaped more misery on Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi yesterday as they ran out winners by three wickets in the last ODI Match of the series, handing Pakistan a 4-1 victory.

After winning the toss, Sri Lanka decided to bat which may have been a decision based on their recent inability to chase down small targets in this form of the game.

Sri Lanka found themselves in deep trouble at 46/4 with Sohail Tanvir utilising the new ball against the Sri Lankan top order.

With Mahela Jaywardene missing the match through injury, the innings needed a contribution from their talisman Kumar Sangakkara. Batting at four, Sangakkara watch wickets tumble around him until he found a partner in Angelo Matthews.

Matthews and Sangakkara put on 120 for the fifth wicket, and helped Sri Lanka to a competitive 218/9 off their 50 overs. Matthews was dismissed by Ajmal for 61, but it was Sangakkara’s 78 from 100 balls that glued the innings together.

Tanvir was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan with figures of 4/34 from just 7 overs.

Although this match was a dead rubber, Pakistan were determined to finish the series in style and keep their winning momentum going.

Misbah ul Haq (66) and Umar Akmal (61) both made valuable contributions in helping Pakistan reach their victory target by 3 wickets. Despite three late wickets from Jeevan Mendis, Sri Lanka were never really in the contest.

Pakistan fully deserved their 4-1 series victory and are now starting to play a brand of cricket that can compete with any side in the world in any conditions.

Chris Murtagh 24/11/2011

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