Sri Lanka vs Pakistan

Match info: Sri Lanka v Pakistan ODI Series 2012 at R. Premadasa Stadium - 4th ODI

Date: 16th Jun 2012 Umpires: R Martinesz and P R Reiffel

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Sri Lanka

243/8 (50.0 Overs)



199 All out (45.0 Overs)

Sri Lanka win by 44 runs

  • Last Updated: June 18 2012, 20:05 BST

Angelo Mathews was Sri Lanka's hero as they squeaked a two-wicket victory over Pakistan in the final one-day international in Colombo to wrap up a 3-1 series success.

Angelo Mathews: Helped his side claim victory
Angelo Mathews: Helped his side claim victory

After Imran Farhat and Umar Akmal had both registered half-centuries to help Pakistan reach 247 for seven, the hosts were in trouble on 175 for seven in the 41st over.

But all-rounder Mathews kept his side in the hunt and his sensational 80 not out off 76 balls almost single-handedly dragged Sri Lanka over the line with two balls to spare.

It was tough luck on Pakistan, who set a challenging total after winning the toss.

Farhat, who replaced the 'rested' Younus Khan, gave the visitors a steady platform, striking nine fours in his 63-ball 56.

Pakistan were badly let down by their top order, most of whom made steady contributions but none could go on to convert it into a big score, with Azhar Ali making 30, Asad Shafiq 38 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq 32.

The innings was in danger of falling away but Akmal ensured Pakistan reached a competitive total with a well-controlled knock of 55 not out.

Jeevan Mendis returned figures of two for 30 and although Mathews was wicketless in his 10 overs, he did only concede 41 runs.

Sohail Tanvir then bowled openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan to leave Sri Lanka wobbling on 19 for two in reply.

Although Kumar Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal put on 78 for the third wicket, the latter was stumped off Shahid Afridi, who then took a return catch from Mahela Jayawardene off the very next ball.

Once Chandimal had departed for 54, Sri Lanka appeared to be struggling.

But Mathews kept the score ticking over and despite losing both Thisara Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne to run outs, he kept his nerve.

With 15 runs required from the final over, Pakistan were still favourites but Mathews thumped Mohammad Sami for six over long-on off the second ball and punched a four through point two balls later to spark scenes of jubilation for Sri Lanka.