COLOMBO: A hat trick from Thisara Perera handed Pakistan 44 run defeat in the fourth one day international.
The rain-hit match at Premadasa was moving in Pakistan’s favour with opener Azhar Ali and captain Misbahul Haq shared a 113 run partnership, chasing Sri Lanka’s 243 for the loss of eight wickets.
But after Haq was dismissed for 57, Pakistani batsmen found the going quite tough, and Perera too hot to handle as the team collapsed from 166 for three to 179-9.
Spinner Saeed Ajmal tried to offer support to Ali to the best of his ability. The pair added 20 more runs before Ajmal tried to lob one over mid-off and was caught by Thirimanne to bring the match to a close.
Azhar Ali remained not out, having made 81 runs.
Sangakkara had shared a 110 run partnership with captain Mahela Jayawardene, who scored 40 runs.
Off-spinners Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal, and paceman Sohail Tanvir each bagged two wickets for Pakistan in the day-night match.
Earlier, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene elected to bat after winning the toss against Pakistan in the fourth one-day international in Colombo on Saturday.
The five-match series is currently tied 1-1, with Pakistan winning the opening one-dayer by six wickets and Sri Lanka winning the second game by 76 runs in Pallekele.
The third match was abandoned due to rain in Colombo on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Sajeewa Weerakoon.
Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Shahid Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir.
Umpires: Ranmore Martinesz (SRI) and Paul Reiffel (AUS)
TV umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)
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