Pakistan vs Sri Lanka

Match info: One Day International Series 2nd Match at Dubai - Second Match

Date: 14th Nov 2011 Umpires: R K Illingworth and Zameer Haider

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Pakistan

210/10 (46.3 Overs)

Result

Sri Lanka

235/7 (50.0 Overs)

Sri Lanka won by 25 runs.

  • Last Updated: November 18 2011, 19:53 GMT

Pakistan took victory in the third ODI against Sri Lanka to reclaim the series lead as the tourists' frantic run-chase saw them bowled out 22 runs shy of their 258 target in the 49th over in Dubai.

Mohammad Hafeez: Scored 83
Mohammad Hafeez: Scored 83

A big opening stand between Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat set Pakistan on their way to 257 for eight from their 50 overs earlier in the day.

But Sri Lanka were still in with a chance as they needed 24 from the final two overs.

However, Umar Gul collected the wickets of Seekkuge Prasanna and Angel Fernando in the space of four balls to wrap up the victory, bowling Sri Lanka out for 236.

Hafeez and Farhat put on 151 for the opening stand as Pakistan gave themselves an early platform for victory.

Hafeez struck 83 off 101 balls, offering only one chance when he was dropped by Prasanna while on 58.

However, Prasanna gained a measure of redemption when it was he who bowled Hafeez between bat and pad.

Farhat followed three overs later for 70, caught at long on by Mahela Jayawardene off Tillakaratne Dilshan as he attempted a second six of his innings.

Having needed almost 30 overs to remove either of the openers, Sri Lanka then enjoyed a tumble of wickets as Abdul Razzaq (six), Umar Akmal (seven) and Misbah-ul-Haq (seven) went cheaply to send Pakistan from 151 for none to 193 for five.

Younus Khan was the only man who was providing any solid resistance, even if his partners continued to prove unreliable.

Shahid Afridi had managed 15 off as many balls before he was caught at long on by Angelo Mathews off Thisara Perera, again going for a six, and Sarfraz Ahmed went in the next over, bowled by Lasith Malinga for just three.

Younus was run out for 42 attempting a quick single in the final over, but Pakistan had already built a big total.

Sri Lanka's reply got off to a shaky start with Upul Tharanga bowled by Gul for four in the opening over, but Kumar Sangakkara helped stabilise things alongside Dilshan.

They had moved the score on to 111 before a mix-up cost Sangakkara his wicket in a run-out, five runs shy of his half-century.

Dilshan lasted another five overs, making 64 before suffering something of a freak dismissal as he attempted a sweep of Afridi, only for the ball to strike his arm and hit the stumps.

But from there, Sri Lanka began to fall behind the run rate as more wickets fell.

Jayawardene went for 17, stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed as he came out of his crease to Saeed Ajmal, and after Dinesh Chandimal went for 31, caught by substitute Shoaib Malik off Ajmal, Malinga immediately followed for a duck, bowled by Afridi, to leave Sri Lanka on 186 for six.

Jeevan Mendis added 19 and Perera four to leave Sri Lanka's hopes pinned on Mathews going into the final overs.

He saw partner Pransanna go with the second ball of the penultimate over, caught by Afridi for five, and after only being able to make a single from the next delivery, then watched on as Fernando was clean bowled for a duck.

Mathews was unbeaten on 32 at the close.

Ajmal finished with figures of three for 42 while Gul was three for 48 and Pakistan now lead the five-game series 2-1.