Sri Lanka: 482/10 (Karunaratne 196; Yasir 6/184) & 96/10 (Mendis 29; Wahab 4/41)
Pakistan: 262/10 (Azhar 59; Herath 3/84) & 248/10 (Shafiq 112; Perera 5/98)
Result: Sri Lanka win by 68 runs
Man of the match: Dimuth Karunaratne
Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed & Asad Shafiq couldn’t finish what they did yesterday as Pakistan crumbled to a second innings score of 248 all out, handing Sri Lanka a 68-run win. The Sri Lankan bowlers were sensational throughout the series & they turned up the heat earlier this morning, picking up the remaining 5 wickets for just 50 runs. This is the first time Pakistan has lost a home series. Yesterday’s hero Shafiq completed his ton but saw his partners depart in rather regular fashion. Sri Lanka’s first innings hero Perera was the main destroyer, picking up the prized wicket of Sarfaraz. A trap was set for the Pakistani skipper and he fell right into it when he skied a slog sweep, fielder Nuwan Pradeep made no mistakes. Pakistan’s tail enders Mohammad Amir & Wahab Riaz are somewhat certified batters but Perera was on hand to remove any such possibilities. Amir was trapped in front for just 4 as Pakistan had their backs against the wall. Yasir Shah & Shafiq showed some fight but the determined Lankans weren’t to be denied.
Fittingly, it was Herath who removed his spin rival Yasir, with Dickwella producing a great stumping. The final nail in Pakistan’s coffin was hit by Suranga Lakmal when his brilliant out swinger took Shafiq’s edge & Mendis grabber a worldie. The lone wolf Wahab tried his best but ended up skying a Herath delivery with Chandimal wrapping up the proceedings. Without some of their star players, namely Malinga & Mathews, the Lankans will for sure be motivated for the ODI series starting from 13th October. Dimuth Karunaratne was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant 196 in the first innings. The opener also bagged the man of the series for his consistent batting.