COLOMBO: Sri Lanka won the five match One-Day International (ODI) series on Monday, beating Pakistan by two wickets, in the fifth and final match.
Sri Lanka won the series 3-1. One game had been abandoned due to rain.
Kumar Sangakkara (40), Dinesh Chandimal (54) had given Sri Lanka the platform which allowed them to achieve the target. Angelo Mathews, who top scored with 80 runs, struck the winning boundary.
Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for 42 runs in his alloted 10 overs. Pacer Mohammad Sami, who has been under pressure to justify his selection for the tour, failed to really turn up as he was smashed all over the park to concede an astonishing 75 runs, with 15 coming off in the final over.
Earlier Pakistan had scored a competitive 247-7 after electing to bat against Sri Lanka in the fifth and final one-day international in Colombo on Monday.
Imran Farhat (56) and Umar Akmal (55 not out) scored half-centuries for Pakistan while leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis and paceman Nuwan Kulasekara each took two wickets for Sri Lanka in the day-night match.
Sri Lanka had made one change from the team which won the last match by 44 runs on Saturday, replacing Sajeewa Weerakoon with leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis.
Pakistan brought in batsman Imran Farhat and paceman Mohammad Sami in place of Younis Khan and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.
Pakistan: Misbahul Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Sohail Tanvir.
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Jeevan Mendis.
Umpires: Ranmore Martinesz (SRI) and Paul Reiffel (AUS)
TV umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)
A slideshow of the match can be viewed here.
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