Cricket: Sri Lanka beats Pakistan by seven wickets – wins ODI series

Cricket: Sri Lanka beats Pakistan by seven wickets – wins ODI series

Cricket: Sri Lanka beats Pakistan by seven wickets – wins ODI series

Written by Bella Dalima

30 Aug, 2014 | 4:54 pm

Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the third and final One Day International in Dambulla on Saturday to win the series 2-1.

Chasing a revised target of 101 in 48 overs following a rain interruption during Pakistan’s paltry innings of 102 all out, the hosts cruised home in the 19th over.

Sri Lanka had swept the preceding two-Test series 2-0.

Brief scores:

Pakistan: 102 all out in 32.1 overs; Sri Lanka 104-3 in 18.2 overs (Duckworth-Lewis target of 101 in 48 overs).

The team’s captain Misbahul Haq won the toss and elected to bat. A bit of rain provided a break after the 26th over when Pakistan had already lost 8 wickets and had just 81 runs to show for it.

Pakistan welcomed back spin spearhead Saeed Ajmal who missed the previous two matches due to a flying visit to Australia to have his bowling action tested.

Ajmal was tested in Brisbane after his action was reported by the umpires during the preceding Test series, which Sri Lanka won 2-0. He is allowed to play on till the results of the tests are made known.

Ajmal replaced left-arm seamer Junaid Khan in the team.

Sri Lanka also made one change, bringing in seamer Dhammika Prasad in place of Nuwan Kulasekara.

Pakistan won the first match in Hambantota by four wickets, before Sri Lanka drew level with a 77-run win in the second game at the same venue.

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