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Sri Lanka ends series with comprehensive victory

Kusal’s century leads host to 165-run win over Pakistan, which takes ODI series 3-2

Sri Lanka ends series with comprehensive victory - Cricket News
Kusal Perera’s century and his 164-run stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan, his opening partner who joined the 10,000-run club with a half-century, led Sri Lanka to a comprehensive 165-run victory over Pakistan in the fifth and final One-Day International in Hambantota on Sunday (July 26).
 
Kusal’s 116 came off 109 balls, comprising nine fours and six sixes, and helped Sri Lanka put up 368 for 4 in 50 overs after opting to bat. Then, with Sachithra Senanayake returning 3 for 39, Sri Lanka bowled Pakistan out for 203 in 37.2 overs to seal victory. The result meant the series ended 3-2 in Pakistan’s favour.
 
Pakistan’s chase began well with Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad putting on 51 for the opening wicket. Though the two were then dismissed in fairly quick succession – Azhar was run out and Shehzad was stumped off Senanayake – Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfraz Ahmed then added a quick 45 for the third wicket as Pakistan looked to eat into the mammoth target.
 
However, Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, broke the stand, trapping Hafeez in front, and thereafter, Pakistan struggled to stitch together decisive partnerships. The 30-run stand between Imad Wasim and Mohammad Rizwan for the sixth wicket was the only notable one afterwards, and it wasn’t enough to scale Sri Lanka’s tall total.
 


Earlier, Dilshan, in his 319th ODI, became only the 11th player to score 10,000 runs in the format. He got to the landmark when he took a single off Shoaib Malik to move to 55, before he was run out for a 70-ball 62.
 
With 10,007 runs, he joins a club comprising compatriots Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene, in a list headed by Sachin Tendulkar, who made 18,426 ODI runs.
 
Despite Dilshan’s dismissal, Perera carried on to score his second century in the ODI format, and he looked in fine nick till he was run out in the 34th over.
 
Sri Lanka’s charge was continued by Mathews, who hit an unbeaten 40-ball 70 in a 114-run stand with Milinda Siriwardana, the allrounder who smashed a 26-ball unbeaten 52.
 
Their partnership came off just 55 deliveries, with Mathews hitting eight fours and two sixes, while Siriwardana smacked four fours and three sixes.
 
The teams will now clash in two T20Is in Colombo on July 30 and August 1.

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