Pakistan vs Sri Lanka

Match info: One Day International Series 5th Match at Abu Dhabi - Fifth Match

Date: 23rd Nov 2011 Umpires: Ahsan Raza and M Erasmus

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score


219/7 (47.2 Overs)


Sri Lanka

218/9 (50.0 Overs)

Pakistan won by 3 wickets.

  • Last Updated: November 23 2011, 19:18 GMT

Umar Akmal guided Pakistan home to a three-wicket win in the fifth and final one-day international of their series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates.

Umar Akmal: Helped Pakistan to victory
Umar Akmal: Helped Pakistan to victory

Today's match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, was a dead rubber as Pakistan had already won the ODI series but the result meant they extended their margin of victory to 4-1.

Akmal finished on 61 not out from 60 balls faced, as Pakistan triumphed.

Sri Lanka stuttered to 218 for nine from their 50 overs after they won the toss and decided to bat, and the total never looked to be beyond Pakistan's batsmen who sealed victory with 16 balls to spare.

Sohail Tanvir claimed four for 34 as Pakistan's bowlers took advantage of favourable conditions early in the day to reduce Sri-Lanka to 46 for four.

Tanvir snapped up the wicket of Upul Tharanga for three with an away-swinger before Umar Gul had an under-pressure Tillakaratne Dilshan caught behind when he loosely pushed at the ball.

Dinesh Chandimal was caught at slip before Chamara Silva followed in the same way to leave Sri Lanka reeling.

It was left to wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara to guide the struggling Sri Lanka batting line-up to a passable total, as he struck 78, ably assisted by Angelo Mathews who scored 61.

The duo piled on 118 runs before Sangakkara fell to Mohammad Hafeez, with wickets then falling regularly until the end of the 50 overs.

Pakistan struggled at the start of their innings as they failed to score a run for 23 balls, sticking on 14-0 for nearly four overs.

Opening batsman Hafeez was then caught behind by Sangakkara for 14 after Dilhara Fernando's delivery displayed movement and climbed past the batsman.

Asad Shafiq was given out leg before wicket to Mathews and chose to review the decision, but the ball was shown to be hitting the leg stump and Shafiq returned to the pavilion with the score 51 for two in the 14th over.

However, Younis Khan and Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq steadied the innings and put on 62 before Khan was trapped leg before wicket by Jeevan Mendis.

Shoaib Malik fell the very next ball for a golden leave Mendis on a hat-trick but new batsman Akmal staved off that possibility.

Mendis finally removed Misbah for 66 to bring big-hitting Shahid Afridi to the crease to partner Akmal, but Afridi fell for four as Pakistan made difficult work of reaching their total.

Tanvir was then dismissed by Fernando for one run but Akmal, standing firm, steered Pakistan over the winning line.