Sri Lanka clinch series after Jayawardene ton
Mahela Jayawardene scored a brilliant hundred to guide Sri Lanka to a
series-clinching six-wicket victory in the third one-day international
against Pakistan on Monday.
The former Sri Lanka captain, who opened the innings after Sanath
Jayasuriya fell sick, scored a sublime 123 as the hosts overhauled
Pakistan’s 288 for eight with 21 balls to spare.
Jayawardene compiled 202-run partnership for the first wicket with
Upul Tharanga, who scored 76.
Victory gave Sri Lanka an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match
series, their first ODI series win against Pakistan on home soil.
Jayawardene’s century, an innings that was hampered at the end by
painful leg cramps, was the 11th of his career and his first since 2007.
Pakistan hopes were briefly buoyed after the fall of three quick
wickets, Sri Lanka sliding from 202 without loss to 212 for three.
However, skipper Kumar Sangakkara finished off the game with an
unbeaten 37, adding 56 with Thilina Kandamby (32) for the fourth-wicket.
Umar Akmal top-scored with a brisk 66 for Pakistan and his elder brother
Kamran Akmal chipped in with 45, sharing a 71-run second-wicket
partnership with skipper Younus Khan, who scored 44.
Pakistan’s lower order also rallied, with Shahid Afridi (32), Abdul
Razzaq (30) and Naved-ul-Hasan (30 not out) all making contributions.
Kamran Akmal c Sangakkara b Mathews 45
Nasir Jamshed c Samaraweera b Thushara 1
Younus Khan run out 44
Shoaib Malik c Sangakkara b Fernando 12
Umar Akmal b Muralitharan 66
Fawad Alam c and b Mathews 13
Shahid Afridi b Muralitharan 32
Abdul Razzaq c Jayawardene b Kulasekara 30
Rana Naved not out 30
Mohammad Aamer not out 4
EXTRAS: (b1, w10) 11
TOTAL (for 8 wkts, 50 overs) 288
Did not bat: Saeed Ajmal.
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Jamshed), 2-80 (Akmal), 3-101 (Malik), 4-107 (Younus),
5-149 (Alam), 6-190 (Afridi), 7-226 (Naved), 8-266 (Razzaq).
Bowling: Kulasekara 10-0-74-1, Thushara 10-0-46-1 (w7), Fernando 10-1-62-1, Mathews 10-0-41-2, Muralitharan 10-0-64-2 (w3)
U. Tharanga lbw b Ajmal 76
M. Jayawardene c Alam b Razzaq 123
K. Sangakkara not out 37
T. Samaraweera c and b Ajmal 0
T. Kandamby b Aamer 32
C. Kapugedera not out 8
EXTRAS:(B-1, LB-4, W-8) 13
TOTAL (for 4 wkts, 46.3 overs) 289
Did not bat: Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Thilan Thushara.
FALL OF WICKETS:1-202 (Tharanga), 2-210 (Jayawardene), 3-212 (Samaraweera), 4-268 (Kandamby).
BOWLING: Aamer 9.3-1-45-1 (w2), Razzaq 9-0-62-1 (w1), Naved 7-0-41-0,
Afridi 6-0-45-0 (w1), Ajmal 9-0-54-2 (w1), Malik 6-0-37-0 (w3)