Buoyant on a solid team performance Pakistan bruised Sri Lanka by a massive 135 runs in a riot marred the third One Dayer at the R Premadasa stadium, Colombo.
In the five match ODI series, Pakistan are now leading the series with 2-1 lead. After the ODI series defeat to Bangladesh, they have clinched the Test series against Sri Lanka since 2006, and now continue their swansong with this thumping victory over the host.
Pakistan, winning the toss elected to bat first, scored a massive 316 for four in 50 overs.
Sri Lanka, in reply, never recovered having suffered early slump. Anwar Ali brought Pakistan the early break through by picking up the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan. Later, Leggie Yashir Shah rattled Sri Lanka by scalping four wickets that decimated Sri Lanka’s innings to 181 all out in 42 overs.
In the 34th over, when Sri Lanka were struggling at 158 for seven, defeat was looming on their head, a stone pelting crowd forced umpire to suspend the play until police brought the situation under control. Pakistan players were sent in the dressing room safely.
When game commenced after nearly twenty minutes of halt, Sri Lanka managed to add only 23 runs before being bundled out for paltry 181.
Earlier, Pakistan’s opening pair Ahmed Shehzad and Azhar Ali put up a rollicking 94 runs in 17 overs for the first wicket partnership.
Sri Lankan bowlers were proved toothless throughout the match. Pakistan batsmen did not commit any harakiri, to their credit, as they chose bad ball for hitting boundaries. They went on to enjoy crucial partnerships between Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfraz Ahmed, and after Hafeez’s departure on his personal score 54, Shoaib Malik joined Sarfraz to march towards a big total.
Pakistan middle order played a slow but steady innings, did not lose wicket in the middle of the innings; Mohammad Rizwan exploited the platform by playing a quick fire 35 off 27 balls at the end of the innings that helped Pakistan to post 316 for four on board.