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Sarfraz, Yasir help Pakistan grab 2-1 lead

Wicketkeeper-batsman's 77, leggie’s four-for set up 135-run win against Sri Lanka in third ODI

Sarfraz, Yasir help Pakistan grab 2-1 lead - Cricket News
Yasir Shah took 4 for 29 to help Pakistan to a 135-run win against Sri Lanka and take a 2-1 lead.
Sarfraz Ahmed hit 77 and Yasir Shah snapped up four wickets as Pakistan cantered to a 135-run victory against Sri Lanka in the third One-Day International in Colombo on Sunday (July 19).
 
Mohammad Hafeez, who has been suspended from bowling in international cricket for one year due to a suspect action, came good with the bat, smacking 54, to steer Pakistan to an impressive 316 for 4 after opting to bat.
 
Sri Lanka succumbed to Yasir's legspin as it was bowled out for 181 in 41.1 overs on a turning pitch at the R Premadasa Stadium.
 
The match was halted for 30 minutes in the second session with Sri Lanka on 158 for 7 when a projectile was hurled onto the field by a spectator. 

Javagal Srinath, the International Cricket Council match referee, ordered the players off the field as anti-riot police squads evacuated spectators.
 
The game then resumed after the short break, with Pakistan easing to a win to secure a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
 
Lahiru Thirimanne made a valiant 56, but had little support at the other end with the next highest score being Kusal Perera's 20.


 
Earlier, a 93-run opening stand between Ahmed Shehzad (44) and Azhar Ali (49) got Pakistan off to a solid start.
  
Hafeez then chipped in with a breezy half-century to follow his 103 in the first ODI.
  
Sarfraz, promoted to No. 4, put on 72 for the third wicket with Hafeez and 61 for the fourth with Shoaib Malik, before he was run out in the 45th over.
 
Malik finished unbeaten on 42 from 29 balls and shared an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 59 with Mohammad Rizwan (35 not out) to take the total past 300, with 21 runs coming off the final over that was bowled by Lasith Malinga.
  
Pakistan, currently at No. 9 in the ODI rankings, need a series win to remain in contention for a place in the eight-nation Champions Trophy in England in 2017. Sri Lanka, ranked No. 5, is already assured of taking part in the tournament.
 
Pakistan had won the first game in Dambulla while Sri Lanka won the second game in Pallekele. The fourth ODI will be played at the same venue on Wednesday.

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