All-rounder tears through Pakistan’s batting line-up to lead hosts to a comfortable seven-wicket win in the third ODI.
All-rounder Thisara Perera led Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket victory on the Duckworth/Lewis Method against Pakistan in the series-deciding third and final ODI.
Perera grabbed 4-34 and tore through Pakistan’s batting lineup with lively short pitched deliveries to restrict the visitors to 102 in 32.1 overs – Pakistan’s second lowest ever ODI total against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s target was revised to 101 after rain intervened in between a flurry of Pakistan wickets and the match was cut to 48 overs a side.
The home team raced to 104-3 in 18.2 overs with Tillakaratne Dilshan scoring an unbeaten 50 off 55 balls, raising his half century by hitting the winning boundary.
Perera, who scored a blazing half-century and also took three wickets in Sri Lanka’s series leveling 77-run victory last Tuesday, was again instrumental in restricting Pakistan to a low total.
Fawad Alam top scored with an unbeaten 38 but wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals which negated Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq’s decision to bat first after winning the toss.
Sri Lanka had whitewashed the tourists 2-0 in the Test series.
Pakistan 102 all out in 32.1 overs (Alam 38*, Perera 4-34)
Sri Lanka 104-3 in 18.2 overs (Dilshan 50*, Ajmal 1-10)