Sri Lanka 235 for 8 (Chandimal 64*, Junaid 3-31) kick Pakistan 232 (Misbah 51, Malinga 4-57) by dual wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
It had been widely remarkable that Dinesh Chandimal hadn’t done an ODI fifty in scarcely a year. He chose a thriller to finish a drought, running Sri Lanka home in a final over, with a No. 10 Ajantha Mendis for company. Sri Lanka went into a Tests with a scoreline of 2-3, though it could simply have been 1-4.
Pakistan done a aim of 233 demeanour like 333, notwithstanding Kusal Perera’s discerning 47 during a start. They engrossed those early blows, and came behind with venom, their spinners restraining Sri Lanka down and their quick bowlers holding essential wickets. Chandimal and Mendis battled by all that vigour to operative a win from 195 for 8, their consecutive mount of 40 entrance in usually 4.1 overs.
It had looked all though over for Sri Lanka when Pakistan nipped out 3 wickets in 3 overs, and 38 were indispensable off 27 balls. Saeed Ajmal, who took dual of those 3 wickets, afterwards seemed to have effectively finished a diversion when Mendis was given out leg-before initial round in a 46th over. But even as Mendis started to travel away, Chandimal swayed him to review. Over half of a round was shown to have landed outward leg stump, and Mendis survived.
Sri Lanka afterwards took 9 off Junaid in a 47th over, Chandimal stability to dispatch between a wickets and pulling a four. Next adult was Ajmal’s final over. Sri Lanka could have opted to play protected and targetted a final 12 deliveries, though Mendis went after Ajmal. And afterwards came a impulse where Pakistan let it slip. Mendis strike an ethereal expostulate to cover’s left, though Sohaib Maqsood could not reason on to a pointy chance. Not usually did Mendis shun a second time, he ran two. He afterwards non-stop adult and burst a reverse-sweep for 4 off a final round of a over.
Sri Lanka still indispensable 18 off 12, though a emanate was hermetic in a penultimate over. Chandimal got underneath Umar Gul’s initial smoothness and swung it for 6 over low midwicket. Not to be outdone, Mendis stepped out and lofted Gul for 6 over additional cover 3 balls later. Game over. With dual indispensable off a final 3 balls, Mendis strike a winning runs with a slap over additional cover and let out a scream.
The compare seemed streamer for an early finish when Perera pulled 4 sixes in Sanath Jayasuriya character on his approach to 47 off 41. His opening mount with Tillakaratne Dilshan was value 75 in 12.2 overs though Pakistan got a opening when Perera attempted a reverse-sweep Mohammad Hafeez and was lbw.
The spinners found spin and a runs dusty up. Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara attempted anticipating recover opposite a gait of Junaid though succumbed. When Junaid pulled adult to leave a field, Gul arrived to finish a 31st over, and prompted Ashan Priyanjan to corner to a wicketkeeper initial ball. Angelo Mathews was given hold behind as well, on examination off Anwar Ali, with replays not indicating an inside corner onto pad though a dual sounds settling it for third referee Richard Illingworth.
Sri Lanka teetered on a margin of better losing a purchase of late wickets, though Chandimal kept knocking a round around and hold his haughtiness along with Mendis.
It was a gutting finish for Pakistan, generally for Anwar. Drafted in for a final match, he clubbed an dominant 41 off 38 to lift Pakistan to a fighting 232 after they had slipped to 194 for 8.
Sri Lanka’s conflict finally incited adult in a series, Lasith Malinga picking adult 4 wickets. Barring a end, Pakistan frequency got going and when they did, they mislaid wickets to remove whatever movement they had managed to build.
Misbah-ul-Haq’s depart came a subsequent round after he had swung Malinga for 6 over low midwicket to strech his 15th half-century in 32 innings in 2013. The heading ODI run-getter of a year had only showed signs of kicking on from a sharp start though his exclusion and Umar Akmal’s in a subsequent over, meant Pakistan’s prolonged tail had to bat out a final 10 overs.
Coming in during No. 7 in a deficiency of Shahid Afridi, Anwar managed to do that. He was on 7 when he was put down during trip by Mathews off Mendis in a 42nd over. He was afterwards given out lbw in a 47th over off Malinga, though reviewed successfully, a round shown to be blank leg branch on replays. He responded by lofting Malinga for unbroken bounds in a 49th over, that went for 16.
The late pull meant Pakistan had a reasonable measure to urge on a lane that Mathews, during a toss, had approaching to play slow. He had review a representation superbly, for he non-stop a bowling with his medium-pace and went on to concur only 26 off 10 overs, also dislodging a clearly irremovable Hafeez for 41 with an incutter.
Hafeez, a Man of a Series, strike behind with a round by stealing Perera, though Chandimal, after utterly some time, showed again because he is deliberate such a splendid prospect.