Sri Lanka: 102/10 (18.3 overs) (Prasanna 23*, Samarawickrama 23; Hasan 3/23, Hafeez 2/10)
Pakistan: 103/3 (17.2 overs) (Malik 42* Hafeez 25*; Sanjaya 2/20, Pathirana 1/25)
Result: Pakistan won by 7 wickets
Man of the match: Usman Khan
Seeing Sri Lanka’s dismal batting performances throughout the series, it probably wasn’t much of a surprise when Sarfraz Ahemd won the toss and decided to bowl. His bowlers once again tore apart the Lankan batting line up. It was the all-rounder Imad Wasim who got the party going when he dismissed Lankan opener Dilshan Munaweera in only the 3rd ball of the innings.
Pakistan combined economical bowling with regular wickets, restricting Sri Lanka to a really modest total. Every single Pakistani bowler chipped in with Hasan Ali, as usual, grabbing 3 wickets for just 23 runs. Last ODI’s man of the match Usman Khan was brilliant again, picking up 2 for just 20 in his allocated 4 overs. Despite allegations over his bowling action, spinner Mohammad Hafeez took 2 for just 10. Sri Lanka were eventually bowled out for just 102 after 18.3 overs.
In reply, Pakistan started nervously. Opener Fakhar Zaman and in form batsman Babar Azam were dismissed early. With the score at 18 for 2, Ahmed Shehzad started to fight back with veteran Shoaib Malik. But Shehzad was dismissed after a 46-run stand with Malik. Whatever slim possibilities there were of a Sri Lanka victory, they were wiped out by Malik & Hafeez’s partnership of 39. Usman Khan was adjudged man of the match for his fabulous bowling. The next match will be held today (October 27) in the same venue.