Sri Lanka 104 for 3 (Dilshan 50*) kick Pakistan 102 (Fawad 38*, Perera 4-34, Prasad 2-25) by 7 wickets (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
Although there was small on paper to apart a dual sides, it seemed during a initial dual ODIs that Sri Lanka were a improved group for a prolonged transport – reduction expected to make stupid mistakes, and reduction expected to overlay underneath pressure. And so it valid in a decider, as Pakistan crumbled to their ninth-lowest ODI sum in a compare that never threatened to turn a genuine contest.
Sri Lanka strolled to their aim in 18.2 overs, and Tillakaratne Dilshan reached his 38th ODI fifty with a winning four. Pakistan struck 3 times. They discharged Kumar Sangakkara low for a third time in a row, and a third referee might have let Dilshan off early in his innings, yet there was no approach Sri Lanka were not winning this one.
For a initial time in a series, Pakistan began a compare in their comfort zone. Having had to follow dual large targets, they won a toss and batted. This is what they like to do. It was a 31st toss Misbah-ul-Haq had won, and a 21st time he had selected to bat. Pakistan had Saeed Ajmal back, and a pitch, everybody agreed, betrothed to assistance a spinners as a compare progressed. In a determining compare of a three-match series, things were finally descending in place for them. Misbah pronounced 260-270 would be a good score.
Pakistan did not get anywhere nearby that. The transformation Lasith Malinga and Dhammika Prasad achieved early on might have forced them to rethink their target, yet they positively would not have staid for 102 all out. They began during a crawl, scoring usually 6 runs in a initial 5 overs for a detriment of Sharjeel Khan, yet what followed flattered Sri Lanka’s bowlers. This was not a typically prosaic ODI track, certainly, yet it was really one on that a group could tarry 50 overs. Pakistan were bowled out in reduction than 33, with their usually remit entrance during a 40-minute sleet stop when they were 81 for 8. The compare was reduced, subsequently, to 48 overs a side.
Quite simply, Pakistan did not uncover up, that was a empathize for a ability throng that incited up, klaxons blaring, to watch usually a second ODI during a Rangiri Dambulla Stadium in a final 4 years. They were Sri Lanka supporters, yet they would not have wanted their group to have it so easy. Dhammika Prasad transposed Nuwan Kulasekara – who had left wicketless in a initial dual ODIs – and struck with usually his ninth ball, as Sharjeel Khan flirted outward off branch with no footwork.
It was a start of a approach of dismissals that due some-more to bad shot preference or execution than to any diabolical pretence of bowler or pitch. Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi were out going for large shots, Mohammad Hafeez attempted to work Malinga opposite a line when a round was still relocating around, and Misbah was run-out for a third time in his final 7 innings.
That exclusion finished a usually duration of play in that Pakistan threatened to puncture themselves out of trouble. Fawad Alam assimilated Misbah with a measure 14 for 3 in a eighth over, and it was not an unknown conditions for a dual of them. During a Asia Cup final in March, opposite a same opposition, a dual of them had put on 122 after entrance together during 18 for 3. Fawad had left on to make an dominant century, and with Umar Akmal adding a late flourish, Pakistan had recovered to post 260.
Misbah and Fawad began their partnership in most a same approach they had finished in that match, gripping a good balls out, entertainment their runs with a nurdle here and a lift there, and seemed to accumulate some movement when they took 16 runs from a 11th over with 3 streaky bounds by third man.
The finish of that over brought an finish to a initial spells of both opening bowlers. Runs were still entrance during a trickle, yet that would not have worried this span of batsmen too much. In a second over after drinks, however, Misbah done a deadly misjudgment. He tapped a round to a right of back indicate and set off but hesitation. Mistake.
Dilshan pounded a ball, swooped down on it, got a small propitious with ideal rebound into his right hand, and threw down a stumps during a bowler’s end. Misbah was nowhere nearby a crease, even if a referee S Ravi was in adequate doubt to vigilance for his co-worker upstairs.
The final 6 wickets combined 55 runs between them, as Thisara Perera extracted disconcerting rebound to run by a center and reduce order. Only Sohaib Maqsood got a honestly formidable ball, though, one that reared during his rib-cage and kissed his glove as he attempted to lift them out of a way. Umar, carrying smacked Thisara over long-on for 6 a prior ball, attempted to lift him from outward off and top-edged a locate far-reaching of mid-on. Saeed Ajmal fell in probably a same manner. This would have been fine if he was batting with No. 11 during a other end, not so most when Fawad was still around.