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Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka Live Score (ODI)

Date: Monday, 23 October 2017 Venue: Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah Match Status: Match Ended

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets

103/10
Overs
26.2
R/R
3.93
Fours
10
Sixes
2
Extras
9
105/1
Overs
20.2
R/R
5.2
Fours
11
Sixes
1
Extras
7
  • Just four batsmen managed to enter double figures with Thisara Perera making 25 as the top scorer. No one seemed to be in, just kept getting out at regular intervals. There was a brief stand of 29 between Thisara and Thirimanne for the sixth wicket but once that was broken, it was dooms all over again. THIS IS SRI LANKA'S SECOND LOWEST TOTAL IN ODIS BATTING FIRST.
  • 158 balls. That is all it has taken for Pakistan to bowl Sri Lanka out. Done and dusted seemed the Sri Lankans halfway through this series, not quite sure what can be said now. Totally disappointing.
  • 26.2 OUT! Bowled 'em! Pakistan finish off the innings in an apt manner. Length delivery around off, angling in. Chameera aims to flick it through mid-wicket but gets a thick inside edge which goes on to shatter the middle stump. SRI LANKA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 103!
  • 26.1 Length delivery, punched on the up to mid on.
  • HASAN ALI is back on.
  • 25.6 Looks to work this away but is hit on the pads. 103/9
  • 25.5 Quicker one around off, dabbed late past first slip.
  • 25.4 FOUR! Shot! Short delivery outside off, Fernando rocks back and cuts it through extra cover for a boundary. 100 up for Sri Lanka. Something to smile about.
  • 25.3 Strides forward to the tossed up delivery and blocks it.
  • 25.2 Looks to hit it hard through the line again but gets foxed.
  • 25.1 Around off, Vishwa pushes at it with hard hands but gets beaten.
  • 24.6 Full length delivery attacking the stumps, Dushmantha plays it with soft hands to mid-wicket and straightaway calls for the couple. The fielder from the deep rushes in and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Had he it, Fernando would have been gone. 99/9
  • 24.5 Fractionally overpitched outside off, pushed crisply off the front foot to mid off.
  • 24.4 Fullish delivery coming in with the angle, clipped to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 24.3 Almost the final wicket! Off cutter around off, Chameera goes for a wild slog across the line but is beaten all ends up. That almost kissed the off pole.
  • 24.2 Back of a length outside off, Fernando hops and places it through cover-point for a run.
  • 24.1 Short delivery on middle and leg, Chameera pulls it over square leg for a run.
  • 23.6 In line of the stumps, knocked down to long on for a run. 93/9
  • 23.5 The batsman has driven it through mid off. They pick up a single.
  • 23.4 Camps back to this one and punches it to covers.
  • 23.3 Outside off, Vishwa plays at it but misses.
  • 23.2 Turns this one past short leg for a run.
  • 23.1 Uppish but safe! Tossed up delivery around off, Fernando is early into the drive and chips it past the left side of Shadab. A run taken.
  • 22.6 Another bumper, Dushmantha ducks under it. 89/9
  • 22.5 FOUR! Streaky boundary! Fuller in length around off, Chameera aims to hit it through mid off but gets it off the outer half over cover-point. The fielder from the same region hares after it but only comes second best.
  • 22.4 Dug in short on leg stump, Chameera ducks under it to evade it.
  • 22.3 Back of a length ball well outside off, Chameera looks to dab it to third man but misses it.
  • 22.2 Angling in towards the pads, clipped towards square leg.
  • 22.1 Stays back to the back of the length delivery and blocks it.
  • VISHWA FERNANDO is the last man in.
  • 21.6 OUT! Gone! The decision has been overturned, judicious use of the review. Shadab slips in the googly on off and gets it to spin in appreciably. Vandersay goes back and looks to clip it away but is hit on the pads. The Pakistanis roar in unison but the umpire stays put. Sarfraz after a chat with his bowler decides to challenge the decision. The replays roll in. The Hawk Eye shows three reds and Jeffrey is a dead duck. Out flashes on the giant screen. Babar Azam is absolutely elated and shares a light moment with Khan. Only the final nail in the coffin remains now. 85/9
  • REVIEW TIME! Is the 9th one down as well? Shadab has demanded a review from Sarfraz for a LBW against Vandersay. What say, Jeffrey?
  • 21.5 Tossed up delivery, tapped to mid off.
  • 21.4 Goes for the cut to the shorter delivery but gets beaten.
  • DUSHMANTHA CHAMEERA walks in at number 10, replacing Thisara.
  • 21.3 OUT! Pakistan have been on the money in the field today and here is another example of it. Tossed up on off, Perera goes for an agricultural slog across the line but skews it off the outer half towards wide mid off. Fahim Ashraf runs in all the way from long off, goes to his right, keeps his eyes on the ball, and takes a really well-judged catch. He tumbles after taking it. First wicket for the leggie.
  • 21.2 Slow through the air on middle and leg, kept out watchfully.
  • 21.1 Googly on off, Perera rocks back and cuts it to backward point.
  • 20.6 Stays back to the shorter delivery and answers it with a straight bat. 85/7
  • 20.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 20.4 Plays this one with the angle to square leg to pick up a run.
  • 20.3 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 20.2 Worked off the pads in front of square leg.
  • 20.1 Floated delivery, Perera lunges forward in defense.
  • 'PROFESSOR' time. Here comes MOHAMMAD HAFEEZ.
  • 19.6 Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single. 84/7
  • 19.5 FOUR! Khan tries to compensate for the previous delivery and bowls a googly on a shorter length on off. Perera pulls it over mid-wicket for a once bounce boundary. He is going to play his natural game.
  • A bit of an interruption. The seam seems to have come out a bit and the umpires are waiting for scissors to be given to them. Strangely, they do not have it themselves as normally they keep it in their pockets. Anyways, all is well now.
  • 19.4 SIX! Boom! That came right off the screws! Floated on off, Perera smokes it over long on for a huge maximum. What a hit that was.
  • 19.3 Outside off, driven with the spin to covers for a run.
  • 19.2 Fullish this time, Thisara eases it to mid on to rotate strike.
  • 19.1 Tossed up delivery around the pads, Perera looks to work it away but is hit on the pads.
  • 18.6 Hangs back and taps it through cover-point for a run. 71/7
  • 18.5 FOUR! Uppish but effective! Fuller in length outside off, Perera drives it uppishly past the left side of the diving short cover fielder and the ball races to the fence.
  • 18.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 18.3 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 18.2 This one is wide outside off, Thisara goes after it but misses.
  • 18.1 Fullish delivery, eased to mid off
  • 17.6 Googly this time, Vandersay doesn't read it and misses it to wear it on the pads. Stifled appeal for an LBW turned down. That was going down leg. 66/7
  • 17.5 Stays back to the flatter delivery and blocks it.
  • 17.4 Works this one to the leg side for a single.
  • 17.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 17.2 DROPPED! Floated around off, Vandersay goes for a drive but is early into the shot. Ends up chipping it towards Shadab who dives full length to his left, gets his hands to it but fails to hold on. A tough chance goes down. A run taken.
  • 17.1 Tossed up delivery, eased to mid on for a run.
  • SHADAB is on now.
  • 16.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 63/7
  • JEFFREY VANDERSAY is the new man in at number 9, replacing Prasanna.
  • 16.5 OUT! To add insult to injury, a run out occurs! Back of a length delivery well outside off, Perera plays it with soft hands towards backward point and sets off for a run. His partner responds and is running towards the danger end. Shadab Khan picks it up and hits the bull's eye at the striker's end. It is taken upstairs. The replays show that Prasanna is in the air, trying to avoid the throw, as he took his eyes off the ball while attempting to get home. His bat is in the air and the third umpire rules it out after having a look from the close in angles. Brilliant work from Khan. Sad, sad day for Sri Lanka.
  • Direct hit! Is this gone as well? Prasanna in big, big trouble.
  • 16.4 Dug in short, Perera ducks under it.
  • 16.3 FOUR! Sublime! Length delivery outside off, Pereras strides forward and times it down the ground. It goes past mid off in a jiffy and whistles away to the fence.
  • 16.2 Length delivery on off, Perera tucks it to wide mid on.
  • 16.1 Back of a length ball outside off, Prasanna pushes at it but gets it off the outer half to third man for a run.
  • 15.6 Drifting towards the pads, tucked around the corner for a run. 7 from the over. 58/6
  • 15.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 15.4 SIX! Brilliant shot! Tossed up around off, Prasanna kneels and slog sweeps it with authority over deep mid-wicket for a biggie. That will come as a relief to Sri Lanka.
  • 15.3 Straighter on this occasion, Prasanna lunges forward in defense.
  • 15.2 Floated around off, pushed to the left side of Wasim.
  • 15.1 Tossed up outside off, tapped to the man at backward point.
  • 14.6 Fractionally overpitched on off, Perera strokes it to mid off. A wicket and two runs from the over. 51/6
  • 14.5 Fuller in length outside off, played with soft hands to covers.
  • 14.4 Sharp bumper around leg stump, Perera ducks under it. One for the over signaled by the umpire.
  • 14.3 Short delivery, Prasanna pulls it through square leg for a single.
  • 14.2 Angling into Perera, he clips it to leg side for a run and gets off the mark.
  • Time for Drinks. An outstanding period of play for Pakistan. They have ran through the upper half of the Sri Lankan batting line-up with consummate ease. All thanks to the youngster, Usman Khan who has been in sensational rhythm till the word go and has picked up his maiden 5-wicket haul. Sri Lanka need something spectacular to come back into the contest. Meanwhile, Thisara Perera is the new man in.
  • 14.1 OUT! Another one bites the dust! Back of a length delivery around off, Thirimanne looks to guide it to third man but the ball keeps coming in with the angle. Ends up getting a faint nick behind and Sarfraz Ahmed gobbles up with ease. The No. 1 ODI bowler continues to shine. Sri Lanka in absolute disarray.
  • 13.6 Drifting towards the pads, turned to square leg for no run. 49/5
  • 13.5 Flatter this time, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 13.4 A bit wider from the off stump, patted towards mid off.
  • 13.3 Fullish on off, Prasanna puts his head down and defends it calmly.
  • 13.2 Slow through the air on middle and leg, Seekkuge taps it to mid-wicket.
  • 13.1 Tossed up delivery, eased to covers.
  • 12.6 Overpitched outside off, driven crisply to covers. 6 runs from the over. 49/5
  • 12.5 FOUR! Sloppy work! Full length ball on off, Thirimanne clips it beautifully towards Wasim at wide mid on who puts in a lazy dive to his left and makes a mess of it. Concedes a boundary. Ahmed is not happy at all and vents out his anger at Imad.
  • 12.4 Length delivery outside off, Lahiru strokes it to cover-point.
  • 12.3 Shortish delivery on off, Prasanna gets on top of it and pulls it nicely to deep square leg for a run. These two need to keep rotating the strike.
  • 12.2 Back of a length ball on middle, tucked nicely through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 12.1 On a length on off, Thirimanne covers the line and defends it stoutly.
  • 11.6 Quicker ball on off, Lahiru camps back and punches it to long on for a run. 43/5
  • 11.5 Sliding down with the arm, helped to fine leg for a run.
  • 11.4 Tossed up outside off, eased to covers.
  • 11.3 On middle and leg, tapped beside the pitch on the leg side.
  • 11.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 11.1 Floated on off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 11.1 Wide! Down the leg side, Prasanna looks to flick but misses.
  • 10.6 Outside off, Lahiru pushes but misses. 40/5
  • 10.5 Full and wide outside off, driven straight to point.
  • 10.4 Full and straight, Thirimanne stays back and blocks.
  • 10.3 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 10.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 10.1 Outside off, played through point for a single.
  • POWERPLAY 2 has been signalled and with that, HASAN ALI comes in as well giving Usman Khan a break.
  • 9.6 Down the leg side, flicked away for a single. 39/5
  • 9.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 9.5 WIDE. Down the leg side, Prasanna misses his flick.
  • 9.4 Fuller and outside off, Seekkugge comes forward and blocks.
  • 9.3 The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot.
  • 9.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 9.1 Around off, coming in, watchfully defended.
  • Time for spin. IMAD WASIM to bowl the final over of Powerplay 1.
  • 8.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 37/5
  • 8.5 FOUR! Nicely done. Full and outside off, Thirimanne leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary!
  • 8.4 ????? I am sorry... but that shot really made us expressionless. Full and miles wide outside leg, could have been left alone but Prasanna decides to go after it. He miscues it completely, getting a top edge which nearly carries to Shoaib Malik at long leg! A single taken.
  • 8.3 Another back foot defense.
  • 8.2 Around off, defended watchfully.
  • 8.1 Full and around middle, Thirimanne looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge to third man. Looks like every ball will be a wicket now.
  • 7.6 Full and around off, watchfully defended. 31/5
  • 7.6 WIDE. Another high bouncer, Prasanna ducks and that is another extra run added to the total.
  • 7.5 Goes back and defends.
  • 7.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 7.3 SAFE, it seems because the third umpire was not referred. Thirimanne dabbed it to third man and came back for the second, having to dive in to complete the second. Sarfraz whipped the bails off and while diving, the bat was in the air. However, the on-field umpire felt that the batsman was safe and chose not to refer it upstairs.
  • Is this a run out now? This is the last thing Sri Lanka need. Hang on, they are not checking it...
  • 7.2 Around off and outside off, Thirimanne stays back and defends.
  • 7.1 Full and wide outside off, Prasanna leans and drives away from his body, getting a thick outside edge to third man for a single.
  • 6.6 On middle and leg, worked to the leg side. What an over. What a spell. Wow. 26/5
  • 6.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 6.5 5 WIDES! Bonus runs. Anything at this stage is gold for Sri Lanka. Usman bends his back and bangs it right in the middle of the pitch. Thirimanne ducks and the ball goes way above the keeper to the boundary behind.
  • 6.4 Gets off the mark. Around the stumps, worked through the leg side for a single.
  • SEEKKUGE PRASANNA is the new man in. How long can he last?
  • 6.3 OUT! Number 5 down! This is a mire now. Of course, not Solomon currently playing against West Indies. Nothing special about the delivery. Fullish and outside off. A touch wide as well. There to be hit. Siriwardana thinks, ah yes, I can score. He goes after it but oh dear, it is in the air and straight to Fakhar Zaman at cover-point! The entire Pakistan unit is mobbing Usman. He does a sajda as well. 5 wickets in 21 balls! This is the QUICKEST BY ANY PAKISTAN BOWLER to get to 5 wickets in an innings.
  • 6.2 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 6.1 A length ball outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 5.6 Good length ball on middle, wristed towards mid-wicket. 20/4
  • 5.5 Pitches it up from around the wicket, Siriwardana looks to drive but gets it off the inner half through square leg for a single.
  • 5.4 On a length and around leg, Milinda misses his flick and gets it on the pads.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Lovely shot! Sri Lanka need many more! Good length delivery, slanting away, Siriwardana gets forward and square drives it through point for a boundary.
  • 5.2 Shortish on middle, covers the stumps and shows a straight bat.
  • 5.1 Touch fuller in length on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 4.6 Siriwardana tries to push this length delivery but gets an inside edge through square leg for a single. 15/4
  • 4.5 Was that off the bat? Nope, it's given as a leg bye! Back of a length delivery, rising off the deck, Thirimanne tries to tuck it away but the ball goes off something to the keeper who fails to collect it. Pakistan feel it was off the bat but the umpire signals it as a leg bye. Replays show it wasn't close from the bat.
  • 4.4 FOUR! Latched onto that one! Slightly fuller and a hint of width on offer, Thirimanne thinks it as an opportunity to score. He presses forward and thrashes it through covers for a boundary.
  • 4.3 Spears it on a fuller length on off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • 4.2 Back of a length delivery on middle, punched off the back foot towards mid on.
  • 4.1 Fuller in length and around off, Thirimanne comes on the front foot and pushes it towards mid off.
  • 3.6 Overpitched this time, eased to covers. 9/4
  • 3.5 Full delivery outside off, tapped with an open face to point.
  • 3.4 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 3.3 Fuller in length outside off, Lahiru drives it off the outer half past the diving fielder for a run.
  • 3.2 Similar length ball around off, seaming away after hitting the deck. Thirimanne doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 3.1 On a length, angling away from Lahiru. He feels for it but gets beaten.
  • 2.6 On a length and just outside off, Siriwardana shoulders his arms. 6 runs and two big wickets from the over! Classical pace bowling this, reminds us of Pakistan's good old golden days. 8/4
  • Milinda Siriwardana walks in next, replacing Dickwella!
  • 2.5 OUT! The decision stands! 4 wickets for Usman Khan in his second over! Dream spell, boy! He has broken the Lankan top order in a jiffy! Bowls an inswinging delivery from around off, Dickwella tries clipping it away but is beaten by the inward movement and gets struck on the pads. A loud appeal from Pakistan and the umpire after a thought, raises his finger. Niroshan opts to review. The front foot is fine, there is no inside edge as well. Hawk Eye confirms it's in line and would have clipped the leg stump. That's it! So, even this ploy to bring Dickwella down the order has brought their downfall.
  • Are you kidding me? Usman Khan strikes once again. Dickwella has been adjudged LBW by the umpire but the angle might take it down leg. But the on-field call is out, so it has to just clip the stumps...
  • 2.4 Shortish and just outside off, Dickwella dabs it towards point.
  • Niroshan Dickwella is the new man in. He has been forced to come out early than he would have liked.
  • 2.3 OUT! Bam! He didn't get a hat-trick but he has got another one to his wicket tally. This is simply outstanding! Tharanga walks back dejected, putting his side in serious trouble! Angles it in from around off, it keeps coming in and Tharanga is put into a tangle here. He leaves a big gap between his bat and pad and the ball sneaks through to shatter the middle stump. What a sight for a bowler that is!
  • 2.2 Fuller in length, swinging back in, Tharanga clips it off the pads behind square on the leg side for a couple.
  • Slip comes out...
  • 2.1 FOUR! Hat-trick ball has been dispatched! Good looking shot that! Slightly overpitched on off, Tharanga leans into it and drives it off the middle of the bat through extra cover for a boundary.
  • The crowd is brimming now. They are right behind Usman Khan. He is on a hat-trick now...
  • 1.6 Once again hurls a length delivery on middle, defended off the back foot. 2/2
  • 1.5 Stays behind the line and shows a straight bat.
  • 1.4 On middle and leg, Tharanga tries to clip but gets it off the inner half through backward square leg for a single.
  • 1.3 Lands it on a length, it straightens a bit, Upul lets it be.
  • 1.2 In the channel on off, Tharanga shoulders his arms.
  • 1.1 Angles it away on a length around middle and off, played off the back foot.
  • Lahiru Thirimanne walks in next, replacing Chandimal. It will be Fahim Ashraf to bowl with the second new ball.
  • 0.6 OUT! Gone first ball! Two-in-two for Usman Khan! Pakistan off to a flier here! This time he slants it away on a fuller length outside off, it moves further away. Chandimal could have easily left it alone but for some reason he tries to go after it. He gets an outside edge and it flies behind. Sarfraz Ahmed with a dive to his right catches it cleanly. Khan is on a hat-trick now! 1/2
  • Dinesh Chandimal walks in next, replacing Sadeera.
  • 0.5 OUT! Bowled 'em! What a delivery from Usman Khan that is! Samarawickrama departs for a duck once again. Usman comes running in and lands it on a fuller length around middle and off, Samarawickrama tries to drive it away but the ball nips back in, takes the inside edge and pegs the middle stump back. Khan is up and running. So the ploy to promote Sadeera up the order fails.
  • 0.4 Once again drops it on a length, defended from within the crease.
  • 0.3 On a good length and outside off, pushed off the back foot towards cover.
  • 0.2 Sri Lanka are away! Good length delivery, moving away a bit, Tharanga goes after it. Off the outer half he dabs it down to third man for a single.
  • 0.1 Starts off from over the wicket and hurls a length delivery outside off, Tharanga shoulders his arms. It wasn't far away from the tram line.
  • It's time to get underway. The players and umpires have made their way out to the middle. The Lankan openers are out in the middle. There is a change at the top for them. Upul Tharanga is joined by a new partner Sadeera Samarawickrama, replacing Dickwella. Will this bring change in fortunes? It will be Usman Khan to start off with bowling proceedings. A slip in place for him...
  • TEAM NEWS - Jeffrey Vandersay, Vishwa Fernando and Dushmantha Chameera replace Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal for Sri Lanka.
  • TOSS - Sri Lanka win the toss and elect to bat!
  • Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are only going downward and now are on the verge of facing another whitewash thrice in this calendar year. If they are to avoid it, they need to be at the top of their game to tussle the high-flying Pakistan side. Will we see them putting a halt on their long losing streak or will it continue to drag? Toss and teams coming up in a while...
  • Hello and a warm welcome for the 5th and final ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Sharjah. The hosts continue to dominate and don't be surprised if they come out on top today as well. Their bowling has been top notch and their batsmen too have shouldered responsibilities. All-in-all they have their bases covered now and with the series already in the pocket, they might do some experimentation.
  • Time for celebrations! Sarfraz Ahmed has been handed the Trophy and he is all smiles. The entire Pakistani side is posing for a photograph. That brings us to the close of an one-sided series. Pakistan are going strength-to-strength. Everything is working well for them and the pleasing thing for them is that they have a wide range of players to choose from. The woes for the Sri Lankans continue. Three whitewashes in the same year in ODIs doesn't really auger well for them. The T20I series is coming up. One more opportunity for the visitors to get their act together. Join us for the first game on 26th October in Abu Dhabi at 2000 local (1600 GMT). Till then, goodbye and cheers!
  • Sarfraz Ahmed starts by thanking the Almighty and is really happy that they achieved a whitewash. Is short of words to laud the spell of Usman Khan and opines that he finished the match in the first 10 overs. Adds they have a lot of options now and everyone is contributing as and when the opportunity is given. He is pleased with their bowling but informs that he would be a bit more happy if their batting improves. Credits the team management and selectors and ends by thanking the crowd.
  • Upul Tharanga says that they are not playing to their strengths. Adds that he is very disappointed. Further mentions that they didn't go past the 200-run mark on four occasions. States that the Pakistani bowlers' key to success is that they always strive for wickets. Rues the fact that they have suffered three whitewashes this year and will be aiming to improve in all departments.
  • Man of the Series, Hasan Ali thanks the Almighty and appreciates the support from the crowd as well. Adds he sticks to the basics and it is working nicely at the moment for him. Further says the conditions here in the UAE are tough but he keeps complete focus on how to get wickets. Informs the bouncer is the main weapon in his armory as he always wants to put the batsmen on the back foot.
  • Man of the Match, Usman Khan says that he is thankful to the Almighty. Adds that he is pleased with his performance and credits the bowling coach for it. Mentions that he is happy to have made this opportunity count. States that his Dad forced him to play cricket and now when he looks back, he feels proud of his journey. He wants to dedicate this award to his parents. Informs that he focused on swinging the ball today and it worked out for him.
  • Ideally, Pakistan would have liked to win this by 10 wickets but the openers could not quite take the team past the finishing line. One of them stayed not out while the other got out, neither of them getting a half century. Sri Lanka were better with the ball, than with the bat. Nothing much can be described when they have bowled only slightly more than a T20I inning. In fact, the whole match has not even lasted a proper inning of an ODI. No doubts about the Man Of The Match but the real question is who gets the Series Award. If we were given the glory of being the jury, we would give it to Hasan Ali. Stay tuned for the presentation to find out who eventually gets it...
  • Pakistan will take this as a statement of intent to the world. An incompetent Sri Lanka may not be the best example but it definitely makes the world notice that their win over India in the Champions Trophy final was not a fluke. They have followed that with 5 more in a row. It is also their 9th successive win in ODIs and 11 out of their last 12.
  • Usually teams save their best for the last. Sri Lanka have saved their worst for this final one. Cannot blame the batsmen entirely for not being able to play out Usman with his swing and movement. But this was not a 103 all out pitch, which came mostly due to some slogging from Thisara and Prasanna. His 5/34 today is his best not only in one-day cricket but in List A cricket as well. Terrific effort.
  • Pakistan have done it. A whitewash. Their 6th in a 5-match bilateral ODI series. Their first time since 2008. This win with 178 balls remaining is their fifth biggest in ODI history. To cut things short, it was Pakistan's day. It has been Pakistan's series.
  • 20.2 FOUR! Imam seals it for Pakistan in a convincing manner! Fraction short outside off, Imam rocks back and cuts it past short third man for a boundary. What a performance it has been from the home side throughout the series! Smiles all around in their camp. 9th win in a row in ODIs for the hosts while 12th defeat for Sri Lanka on the trot. PAKISTAN WIN BY 9 WICKETS WITH 178 BALLS TO SPARE!
  • 20.1 Tossed up delivery, pushed to mid on for a run. Pakistan inching closer to a victory.
  • 19.6 Tossed up outside off, Fahim goes for an agricultural slog across the line but gets it off the inner half to deep mid-wicket. A run taken. 100/1
  • 19.5 Pushed quicker through the air, Ashraf hangs back and blocks it.
  • 19.4 Googly on off, Imam shuffles across and works it to square leg for a run.
  • 19.3 The wrong one outside off, Fahim eases it to covers for a run.
  • 19.2 Quicker one outside off, Ashraf looks to dab it away but gets beaten.
  • 19.1 Clipped with the spin to deep square leg for a run.
  • Well. We should have had a break at this time but because the runs required are few, common sense has prevailed to extend the game for a while, one guess by at least 30 minutes to see if Pakistan can finish this off.
  • 18.6 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. 96/1
  • 18.5 Fullish delivery, eased to mid on for a run.
  • 18.4 Strides forward to this one and blocks it.
  • 18.3 Ashraf swings hard at it but ends up hitting it off the inner half to long on for a run.
  • 18.2 Outside off, cut to point for a single.
  • 18.1 FOUR! Deft! Short delivery outside off, Imam cuts it late and gets it past short third man to find the fence.
  • 17.6 Tossed up delivery, eased to covers. 89/1
  • 17.5 No. Easily in. Imam plays this one to mid-wicket and sets off. The fielder returns the ball to the keeper who whips the bails off as Ashraf rushes in to make his ground. It is referred upstairs. The replays shows that the batsman is well in.
  • Run out appeal now! Will this be wicket number 2?
  • 17.4 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 17.3 Around off, Ashraf pushes at it but gets it off the inner half to square leg for a run.
  • 17.3 Wide! Down the leg side, Ashraf tries to help it away but misses.
  • 17.2 Uses his feet and milks it down to long on for a single.
  • 17.1 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 16.6 Short outside off, Fahim looks to cut it but misses. 85/1
  • 16.5 Tossed up delivery, eased back to the bowler.
  • 16.5 The ball is way wide on the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. The umpire signals a wide.
  • Fahim Ashraf comes out to bat. He has been promoted up the order to get some batting practice.
  • 16.4 OUT! Sri Lanka get a wicket. Something to cheer. The decision is overturned. Fraction short outside off, Zaman looks to dab it to third man but misses. Dickwella grabs it and claims the catch. However, the umpire stays put. The bowler is confident and coaxes his captain to go for the review. Time for the replays. The Snicko spots the edge and Zaman has to walk back. He misses out on his fifty by 2 runs.
  • Is that out? No reaction from the batsman or the umpire. Sri Lanka decide to take a review against a caught behind decision against Zaman. Will they be able to avoid a 10-wicket defeat?
  • 16.3 Zaman looks to slog this one across but gets an inside edge onto his pads. Imam wants a run but is sent back.
  • 16.2 Imam uses his feet to the tossed up delivery and blocks it.
  • 16.1 Fraction short on middle, knocked down to long on for a run.
  • 15.6 Slow through the air, Zaman is early into his flick and hence, gets a soft leading edge to covers. A single taken. 82/0
  • 15.5 Full toss on the pads, swept away to fine leg for a run.
  • 15.4 Waits for this one to spin in and helps it to square leg.
  • 15.4 Three Wides! Down the leg side, Imam goes for the sweep but misses. Dickwella also gets beaten and the ball rolls towards fine leg. Two runs taken.
  • 15.3 On middle and leg, nudged to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 15.2 Stays back to the flatter delivery and blocks it.
  • 15.1 Imam tucks this one to square leg for a run.
  • 14.6 Outside off, stroked to sweeper cover for a run. 75/0
  • 14.5 Brilliant fielding! Imam drives it crisply to the left side of Vandersay who runs towards it, dives full length and denies a run to the batsmen.
  • 14.4 Tapped back to the bowler.
  • 14.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 14.2 Turns this one with the spin to square leg.
  • 14.1 Spinning in sharply from outside off, Imam shuffles across and looks to defend but is hit on the front pad. The impact was outside the line, hence no appeal.
  • 13.6 Leans ahead and drives it to long on for a single. 74/0
  • 13.5 Short on middle, worked to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 13.4 Fullish delivery, Zaman goes for the sweep but gets a bottom edge to fine leg. A couple taken.
  • 13.3 Floated delivery, eased back to the bowler.
  • 13.2 Clipped to backward square leg for a run.
  • 13.1 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • Seekkuge Prasanna to roll his arm over now.
  • 12.6 Helps this one with the spin to mid-wicket. 68/0
  • 12.5 Fullish delivery, tapped back to the bowler.
  • 12.4 Places this one to the point region for a run.
  • 12.3 FOUR! Hammered! Full delivery on off, Zaman clears his front leg and drills it through extra cover for a rocketing boundary.
  • 12.2 Outside off, eased to covers for a quick run.
  • 12.1 Drifting towards the pads, helped to short fine leg.
  • 11.6 The batsman has played it to the point region. 62/0
  • 11.5 FOUR! Easy pickings! Short delivery on leg stump, Zaman stands tall and pulls it over backward square leg to find the fence. He hit that with a lot of power and got the desired result.
  • 11.4 Back of a length outside off, punched firmly off the back foot to extra cover.
  • 11.3 Short of a length ball on middle, Imam swivels across and pulls it hard to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 11.2 Waits for this one and plays it with soft hands to third man for a run.
  • 11.1 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Fullish delivery on the pads, swinging down. Zaman whips it past short fine leg and the ball races to the fence.
  • 10.6 Around the pads, Imam helps it to the man at short fine leg. 52/0
  • 10.5 Full delivery on middle and leg, Zaman strokes it to mid on to rotate strike.
  • 10.4 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. They pick up a single.
  • 10.3 Floated outside off, stroked to covers.
  • 10.2 Turns this one away with the spin through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 10.1 Full delivery on off, jammed back to the bowler.
  • Time for Powerplay 2! Maximum of four fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. If the match goes till then, which seems highly highly highly unlikely. Might as well keep all 9 fielders in the ring.
  • 9.6 Bouncer around off, Imam sways away from the line to evade it. 49/0
  • 9.5 SIX! What a hit! Such confidence and composure when he played that. Imam comes down to the length delivery on off and lifts it over long on for a biggie. Clean as a whistle.
  • 9.4 Full length ball on off, Imam-ul-Haq puts his head down and eases it to short mid-wicket.
  • 9.3 Length delivery slanting across Fakhar who plays it with an angled blade to third man for a run.
  • 9.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 9.1 Good length delivery on off, generates some extra bounce from the surface. Imam is surprised by it and ends up gloving it to backward point. A sharp run taken.
  • Thisara Perera is brought in for a bowl.
  • 8.6 Slow through the air on off, Zaman prods forward to defend but gets it off the outer half to point. 41/0
  • 8.5 This time it is the conventional leg spinner around off, Fakhar goes for the cut but misses. Dickwella also fails to collect it. That was too close to cut.
  • 8.4 FOUR! This time he finds the gap. Similar delivery, Zaman makes good use of the depth of the crease and cuts it past the right side of the backward point fielder to pick up a boundary.
  • 8.3 The wrong one around off, Zaman rocks back and cuts it but finds the man at backward point.
  • 8.2 Floated on off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 8.1 Tossed up on middle and leg, eased past the left side of the bowler for a run.
  • Time for spin. Jeffrey Vandersay comes into the attack.
  • 7.6 FOUR! Beautiful! Full length ball outside off, Zaman leans into it and caresses it through covers to find the fence. 36/0
  • Fine leg in place now.
  • 7.5 Back of a length delivery on middle, Imam half-pulls it towards short mid-wicket where Thirimanne jogs towards it and lets it go through. School boy error from him. A run conceded.
  • 7.4 Short delivery outside off, Imam drops his wrists to let it be.
  • 7.3 Rush of blood for Imam! Fullish delivery outside off, Imam goes for a slog down the ground but misses it completely. His head position was nowhere as he attempted the shot.
  • 7.2 Shaping into Zaman from outside off who clips it through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 7.1 Length delivery outside off, Zaman shows minimal foot movement and punches it to covers
  • 6.6 Similar length delivery around off, Zaman goes for the heave but drags it to deep backward square leg for a run. 30/0
  • 6.5 Short of a length delivery, tucked through square leg for a couple.
  • 6.4 Short delivery, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 6.3 The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground.
  • 6.2 Angling into Fakhar who tucks it to mid-wicket and calls for a run. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. It would have been close if he hit. The dive from Fakhar might have saved him though.
  • 6.1 Stays back to the good length delivery and blocks it.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Sublime! Fullish delivery on off, Imam-ul-Haq shuffles a bit and times his drive to perfection past mid on. Timing and grace written all over it and the ball whistles away to the fence. 25/0
  • 5.5 Fuller length delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 5.4 Zaman drives this one to Fernando who deflects it from his right hand towards wide mid off. Zaman takes off for a run but his partner is ball-watching. He waits and as it goes past the mid off fielder, the batsmen finally decide to take the run.
  • 5.3 Full ball outside off, jammed out to cover-point.
  • 5.2 FOUR! Well played! Very full well outside off, Zaman creams it past the diving extra cover fielder and once it went past him, the result was destined.
  • 5.1 Good length delivery well outside off, skidding through the surface. Zaman plays away from the body and hence, gets beaten.
  • 4.6 Angling in towards the hips, tucked to the leg side. 16/0
  • 4.5 Fuller length ball on off, eased beside the pitch on the off side. Imam wants a run but is rightly sent back.
  • 4.4 Shortish delivery on the body, Imam rises with the bounce to keep it out. The ball hits the high part of the willow and rolls to square leg.
  • 4.3 Leg bye! Zaman is beaten for pace again as he misses his flick and the ball rolls off his pads to square leg. A run taken.
  • 4.2 On a length, going down with the angle. Zaman looks to whip it away but is hit on the pads. Stifled appeal for an LBW is turned down. That was clearly going down leg.
  • 4.1 Fractionally overpitched on off, driven crisply to extra cover.
  • 3.6 Back of a length and width on offer, Imam-ul-Haq slaps it to backward point. 15/0
  • 3.5 Full length delivery at 141 clicks on off stump, Imam strides forward and blocks it stoutly.
  • 3.4 Angling down the leg side, Imam tickles it off his pads to fine leg. A couple taken.
  • 3.3 FOUR! That shot will give him confidence! On a length well outside off, Imam shimmies down the track and lifts it over the cover region for a majestic boundary.
  • 3.2 Well bowled! Hurls this on a length in the off stump channel and gets it to angle in appreciably. Imam looks to counter it by staying back but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 3.1 Short and room on offer, Imam slaps it straight to the man at point.
  • 2.6 Shuffles across to the fullish delivery and works it with the angle through mid-wicket for a run. 9/0
  • 2.5 On a drivable length outside off, Imam goes at it with hard hands but mistimes it towards extra cover.
  • 2.4 Angling into Imam who tucks it to mid-wicket.
  • 2.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 2.2 Leg bye! Slanting down the leg side, Fakhar tries to play it across but is hit on the thigh pad. The ball rolls towards backward square leg. A single taken.
  • 2.1 Fullish delivery on off, driven sweetly to mid off.
  • 1.6 That's a peach! Good length delivery around off, straightens after pitching. Imam has no option but to play at it and is beaten comprehensively. End of a testing maiden over from Fernando. 7/0
  • 1.5 Imam is looking fidgety in the middle. Feels for a delivery outside off again and misses it completely.
  • 1.4 Play and a miss! In the corridor of uncertainty, seaming away after pitching. Imam has a poke at it and misses.
  • 1.3 Fullish delivery, some wobble in the air. Imam plants his front foot across and eases it to point.
  • 1.2 On a length well outside off, this time Imam-ul-Haq doesn't flirt with it.
  • 1.1 Loose shot! Full length delivery outside off, swinging away. Imam goes fishing after it but gets beaten. Pakistan need to be careful, can't afford to take things lightly.
  • Vishwa Fernando to bowl with the second new ball from the other end. A slip and gully in place.
  • 0.6 Short and width on offer, Zaman cuts it hard to the man at point. 7/0
  • 0.5 Chameera goes around the wicket and bowls a length ball on off, Zaman pushes it off the back foot to mid on.
  • 0.4 FOUR! Crashed! Fuller length delivery and a bit of room on offer. Zaman extends his arms and slaps it through cover-point for a rocketing boundary.
  • 0.3 Good length delivery angling away from Zaman who punches it nicely through covers for a brace.
  • 0.2 Pakistan are away! Fullish and straying on the pads, helped around the corner for a run.
  • 0.1 Full length ball on off, Imam drives it past the bowler and hits the stumps at the non-striker's end.
  • We are back for the chase. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq to open the batting for Pakistan. Dushmantha Chameera runs in with the first new ball. A slip and gully in place. Here we go....



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1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 India 6379 120
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
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1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119