Pakistan 226 for 2 (Hafeez 113*) kick Sri Lanka 225 (Priyanjan 74, Sangakkara 51, Ajmal 4-39, Gul 3-37) by 8 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Mohammad Hafeez became a second Pakistani after Zaheer Abbas to make 3 hundreds in a shared ODI array as his side took an unbeatable 3-1 lead over Sri Lanka. Victory was set adult by Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal, who singular Sri Lanka to 225 on a pliable Abu Dhabi representation after Angelo Mathews chose to bat following dual waste while chasing.
The change of plan did not work as Sri Lanka’s batting floundered, before their innings was propped adult by debutant Ashan Priyanjan‘s initial half-century and Kumar Sangakkara‘s 83rd. The twin regenerated Sri Lanka after Gul had reduced them to 36 for 3, yet a innings derailed again after Sangakkara’s run-out done it 125 for 4 in a 29th over.
Priyanjan strike a stimulating 74, a tip by a Sri Lanka debutant, that was laced with assertive shots, yet fell 3 balls into a batting Powerplay, blank an brave dip to excellent leg off Junaid Khan. That did it for Sri Lanka, and yet Mathews and another debutant Kithuruwan Vithanage tried, Ajmal’s control meant there was no late release.
Gul continued a prolific quip after a prolonged damage layoff, dismissing a initial 3 batsmen. Gul had small to do with a initial wicket, off his fourth ball. It was a put-away delivery, brief and wide, yet Kusal Perera crushed it to brief cover, where Misbah-ul-Haq took a pointy catch. Gul had all to with a second wicket, though, in a fourth over. He kick Tillakaratne Dilshan on a expostulate with an outswinger, and afterwards changed a subsequent one in. Dilshan shouldered arms, and saw a round strike a tip of off stump. In a eighth over, Dinesh Chandimal could not keep a expostulate down, and Misbah snapped adult a harder possibility during brief cover, one-handed this time.
With dual debutant batsmen in a XI, Sri Lanka indispensable Sangakkara to hang around. He did that, looking in no annoy as he picked divided a singles off his pads and gathering elegantly on a off side.
It was a approach Priyanjan batted, though, that would have gratified Sri Lanka even more. The 24-year aged was a bit shaken during a start, personification all off a behind foot. But as shortly as he gathering Gul by additional cover for 4 off his eighth ball, he was a remade batsman. A lift and a back-foot punch done it 3 fours in a Gul over.
Priyanjan still continued to cite a behind foot, yet played with discerning hands and measureless certainty for someone personification his initial general game. Anything only behind of a good length he was discerning to go behind to and cut hard, and continued to collect adult bounds even as Sangakkara, vigilant on batting long, slowed down, Bilawal Bhatti squeezing in a few parsimonious overs.
The partnership was still really most in control yet was to finish in difficulty on 89. Priyanjan responded with a flurry of boundaries, lofting and pulling a spinners as Sri Lanka cantered past 150. However, his try to make a range early in a Powerplay came unstuck.
Mathews had motored to 38 when he went behind to a pitched-up Ajmal offbreak and was held rectilinear in front. Vithanage, batting during No. 8, swung a few to a ropes to make 27, during that he was put down twice, both formidable chances. Ajmal spun out a tail to finish with 4 wickets, and handed his batsmen a splendid possibility to sign a array with a diversion to spare.
Hafeez put Pakistan on march with a 38-ball fifty. He combined 84 with Ahmed Shehzad, a second-wicket partnership quelling whatever hopes Sri Lanka had of putting Pakistan underneath early pressure.
Before Sharjeel Khan fell in a sixth over to Mathews, he and Shehzad had started with a detonate of drives that gave Pakistan momentum. Hafeez built on that with a array of plain pulls and cuts that put Pakistan good forward of a seeking rate.
Shehzad guided Suranga Lakmal to trip to skip in a 16th over for 44, yet Hafeez continued unhindered, even hooking Lasith Malinga for six. Shehzad was on 17 when Hafeez walked in. By a time a opener reached 35, Hafeez was already celebrating his fifty. Sri Lanka’s discerning bowlers kept perplexing a brief round even after Hafeez had left past a landmark, and Hafeez kept enormous lift after pull.
The century came off 98 deliveries, as Hafeez and Sohaib Maqsood put on an consecutive 111 runs. Maqsood kicked on from a delayed start to finish on a sprightly 46, yet a night belonged to Hafeez, and a afternoon to a Pakistan bowlers.