Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets

Published: October 20, 2017
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Seekkuge Prasanna (R) of Sri Lanka bats during the third one day international (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on October 20, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Seekkuge Prasanna (R) of Sri Lanka bats during the third one day international (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on October 20, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Seekkuge Prasanna (R) of Sri Lanka bats during the third one day international (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on October 20, 2017. PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: AFP

An outstanding all-round bowling performance and responsible batting from Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik was enough to help Pakistan thrash Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the fourth ODI of the five-match series in Sharjah on Friday.

With series already decided, Islanders captain Upul Tharanga once again won the toss and opted to bat first.

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But his decision proved a disastrous one as the visiting side bowled out for just 173 inside 44 overs.

Pacer Hasan Ali was the pick of the bowlers, as he claimed three, whereas leg-spinner Shadab Khan and left-arm spinner Imad Wasim picked two wickets each.

Lahiru Thirimanne was the star of the show for visitors, as he finished the innings with the top score of 62 off 94 with the help of four boundaries.

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In reply, the Green Caps were struggling after being reduced to 58-3 in the 14th over. However, 119-run unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership between Babar and veteran all-rounder Malik was enough to take Pakistan over the line with eleven overs to spare.

Babar and Malik both scored unbeaten 69 off 101 and 81 balls respectively.

For Sri Lanka, pacer Gamage, spinners Akila Dananjaya and Seekkuge Prasanna claimed one wicket each.

The last match of the series will be played on the same venue in two days’ time.

So that’s it from us today. We will meet you again on Monday. Till then, it’s goodbye from Azeem Siddiqui.

PAK 177-3 (39 overs)

SIX! And it’s all over. Pakistan won the game by seven wickets to go 4-0 up in the five-match series.

FOUR! Brilliant batting from Malik.

Siriwardana to continue.

PAK 165-3 (38 overs)

Fourteen off the over. Brilliant one for Pakistan.

Prasanna to continue.

PAK 151-3 (37 overs)

Four off the over.

Siriwardana to continue.

PAK 147-3 (36 overs)

Just three off the over.

Prasanna to continue.

PAK 144-3 (35 overs)

Four off the over.

Siriwardana to continue.

PAK 140-3 (34 overs)

Just three off the over.

Prasanna to start his new over.

PAK 137-3 (33 overs)

Six off the over.

Siriwardana to continue.

PAK 131-3 (32 overs)

Ten off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Perera to continue.

PAK 121-3 (31 overs)

Eight off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Siriwardana to start his new over.

PAK 113-3 (30 overs)

Just one off the over.

Perera to start his new over.

PAK 112-3 (29 overs)

Just three off the over.

Dananjaya to continue.

PAK 109-3 (28 overs)

Just two off the over.

Perera to start his new over.

PAK 107-3 (27 overs)

Eight off the over. Good one for Pakistan.

Dananjaya to continue.

PAK 99-3 (26 overs)

Just three off the over.

Thisara Perera to start his new over.

PAK 96-3 (25 overs)

Maiden. Brilliant bowling.

Dananjaya to start his new over.

PAK 96-3 (24 overs)

Just four off the over.

Prasanna to continue.

PAK 92-3 (23 overs)

Five off the over.

Lakmal to continue.

PAK 87-3 (22 overs)

Just two off the over.

Prasanna to continue.

PAK 85-3 (21 overs)

Five off the over.

Lakmal to continue.

PAK 80-3 (20 overs)

Five off the over.

Prasanna to continue.

PAK 75-3 (19 overs)

Just three off the over.

Lakmal to start his new over.

PAK 72-3 (18 overs)

Four off the over.

Prasanna to continue.

PAK 68-3 (17 overs)

Four off the over.

Dananjaya to continue.

PAK 64-3 (16 overs)

Just three off the over.

Prasanna to continue.

PAK 61-3 (15 overs)

Just three off the over.

Dananjaya to continue.

PAK 58-3 (14 overs)

Just four runs and a wicket off the over.

Prasanna to continue.

PAK 54-2 (13 overs)

Nine off the over.

Dananjaya to continue.

PAK 45-2 (12 overs)

Just four off the over.

Seekkuge Prasanna to start his first over.

PAK 41-2 (11 overs)

Just one off the over.

Dananjaya to start his new over.

PAK 40-2 (10 overs)

Just three off the over.

Gamage to continue.

PAK 37-2 (9 overs)

Just one run and a wicket off the over.

Akila Dananjaya to start his first over.

PAK 36-1 (8 overs)

Six off the over.

Gamage to continue.

PAK 30-1 (7 overs)

Four off the over.

Lakmal to continue.

PAK 26-1 (6 overs)

Five off the over.

Gamage to continue.

PAK 21-1 (5 overs)

Just one off the over.

Lakmal to continue.

PAK 20-1 (4 overs)

Just one off the over.

Gamage to continue.

PAK 19-1 (3 overs)

Just five off the over.

Lakmal to continue.

PAK 14-1 (2 overs)

Thirteen off the over and a wicket.

Gamage to start his new over.

PAK 1-0 (1 over)

Just one off the over.

So it’s Imamul Haq and Fakhar Zaman to open for Pakistan, whereas Suranga Lakmal to start for Sri Lanka.

So that’s it from the first-half. We will join you again for the second session.

SL 173 (44 overs)

Five runs and a wicket off the over.

OUT! And that’s it. Sri Lanka bowled out for 173.

Hasan to continue.

SL 168-9 (43 overs)

Just one run off the over.

Imad to continue.

SL 167-9 (42 overs)

Just two off the over.

Hasan to start his new over.

SL 166-9 (41 overs)

Just two runs off the over.

Imad Wasim to start his new over.

SL 164-8 (40 overs)

Just three off the over.

Hasan Ali to continue.

SL 161-8 (39 overs)

Six off the over.

Shadab to continue.

SL 155-8 (38 overs)

Four off the over.

Hasan to continue.

SL 151-8 (37 overs)

Just three off the over.

Shadab Khan to continue.

SL 148-8 (36 overs)

Seven runs and a wicket off the over.

Hasan Ali to start his new over.

SL 141-7 (35 overs)

Four off the over.

Shadab to continue.

SL 137-7 (34 overs)

Eight off the over.

Shinwari to continue.

SL 129-7 (33 overs)

Just one off the over.

Shadab to continue.

SL 128-7 (32 overs)

Four off the over.

Usman Shinwari to start his new over.

SL 124-7 (31 overs)

Just four off the over.

Shadab to continue.

SL 120-7 (30 overs)

Six runs off the over.

Hafeez to continue.

SL 114-7 (29 overs)

Seven off the over.

FOUR! First boundary for Danajaya.

Shadab to continue.

SL 107-7 (28 overs)

Four off the over.

Hafeez to continue.

SL 103-7 (27 overs)

Just three off the over.

Shadab to continue.

SL 100-7 (26 overs)

Maiden. Brilliant bowling.

Hafeez to continue.

SL 100-7 (25 overs)

Just two runs and two wicket off the over.

Shadab Khan to continue.

SL 99-5 (24 overs)

Just one off the over.

Imad Wasim to start his new over.

SL 98-5 (23 overs)

Just two off the over.

Hasan to continue.

SL 96-5 (22 overs)

Just three off the over.

Hafeez to continue.

SL 93-5 (21 overs)

Just three runs and a wicket off the over.

Hasan to continue.

SL 90-4 (20 overs)

Just three off the over.

Hafeez to continue.

SL 87-4 (19 overs)

Five off the over.

Hasan Ali to start his new over.

SL 82-4 (18 overs)

Just three off the over.

Hafeez to continue.

SL 79-4 (17 overs)

Seven off the over.

Hasan Ali to start his new over.

SL 72-4 (16 overs)

Just two off the over.

Hafeez to continue.

SL 70-4 (15 overs)

Just three off the over.

Imad to continue.

SL 67-4 (14 overs)

Just three off the over.

Hafeez to continue.

SL 64-4 (13 overs)

Just two off the over.

Imad to continue.

SL 62-4 (12 overs)

Just two off the over.

Hafeez to continue.

SL 60-4 (11 overs)

Two runs and two wicket off the over. Great one for Pakistan.

OUT! Another one bites the dust. Samarawickrama departs without scoring on debut.

OUT! Big mix-up and another big wicket for Pakistan. Chandimal departs after scoring 16.

Imad to continue.

SL 58-2 (10 overs)

Just three off the over.

OH NO! Pacer is going off the field. He was clearly struggling with the heat. Mohammad Hafeez will take over from here.

Shinwari to continue.

SL 55-2 (9 overs)

Just three off the over.

Imad Wasim to start his first over.

SL 52-2 (8 overs)

Fourteen off the over. Great one for Sri Lanka.

FIVE WIDES

FOUR! Thirimanne hits his first boundary of the day.

Shinwari to continue.

SL 38-2 (7 overs)

Six off the over.

Four! Another boundary for Chandimal.

Junaid to continue.

SL 32-2 (6 overs)

Just two off the over.

Shinwari to continue.

SL 30-2 (5 overs)

Six runs and a wicket off the over.

OUT! Junaid strikes big for Pakistan. Dickwella departs after scoring 22.

SIX! Dickwell hits first six of the day.

Junaid to continue.

SL 24-1 (4 overs)

Nine runs off the over. Good one for Sri Lanka.

FOUR! Chandimal hits his first boundary of the day.

FOUR! Dickwella with another boundary.

Shinwari to continue.

SL 15-1 (3 overs)

Thirteen off the over. Great one for Sri Lanka.

FOURx2! Dickwella hits first and second boundary of the innings.

Junaid Khan to start his second over.

SL 2-1 (2 overs)

Just one run and a wicket off the over. Great start from the left-armer.

OUT! Usman Shinwari strikes in his debut over to send Sri Lanka captain back in to the pavillion for a naught.

Usman Shinwari to start his first over in 50-over cricket.

SL 1-1 (1 over)

Just one run off the first over. Great start.

So it’s Niroshan Dickwella and captain Upul Tharanga to open for Sri Lanka, whereas Junaid Khan will star for Pakistan.

For Pakistan, Imad Wasim also returns in place of all-rounder Fahim Ashraf.

There are two debutantes in the match. For Pakistan, it’s Usman Khan and for Sri Lanka, it’s Sadeera Samarawickrama.

Sri Lanka captain wins the toss and opts to bat first.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Fiz
    Oct 20, 2017 - 9:37PM

    Congrats Pakistan. That was a power show. Looks like Pakistan has found the right combination in 1-days and t-20. Great!Recommend

  • MJ-Sid
    Oct 21, 2017 - 4:03AM

    We still need some tweaking at the top order. Middle order and bowlers are solid.Recommend

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