Written by Staff Writer
28 Dec, 2013 | 12:48 pm
Dinesh Chandimal notched a half-century for the first time in eleven months and carried Sri Lanka to a thrilling two-wicket victory over Pakistan in the fifth and final one-day international on Friday.
Chandimal, who scored his last ODI fifty against Australia in January, made a composed unbeaten 64 off 70 balls with just one four and a six as he put on a match-winning 40-run stand with No. 10 batsman Ajantha Mendis (19 not out) to guide his team to 235-8 in 49.4 overs.
Pakistan, which clinched the series 3-2, was bowled out for 232 with Lasith Malinga (4-57) finally making an impact after taking just two wickets in the previous four matches.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq top-scored with 51 for his 15th half-century of 2013 and finished the year as the leading scorer in limited-overs cricket.
Pakistan 232 in 49.3 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 41, Misbah-ul-Haq 51, Anwar Ali 41*; Lasith Malinga 4 for 57 and Suranga Lakmal 3 for 42) lost to Sri Lanka 235 for 8 in 49.4 overs (Kusal Perera 47; Tillakaratne Dilshan 45, Dinesh Chandimal 64*; Junaid Khan 3 for 31) by 2 wickets.
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