Sri Lanka won a thrilling 50-over contest against Pakistan in Dubai—completing their run chase in the final over to level the one-day series at 1-1.
Sachithra Senanayake hit the winning runs for Sri Lanka—crashing a boundary from the third-last ball of the match to take his team past Pakistan's total of 284 in emphatic fashion.
Misbah-ul-Haq produced a half-century, with Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez both weighing in with scores in the 30s. The Pakistan innings concluded at 284-4.
Sri Lanka's bowling attack kept things tighter than they managed in the first match—report here—though wickets were hard to come by.
Their reply looked in trouble at 65-2, but a strong third-wicket partnership between Kumar Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal set Sri Lanka back on course.
Sangakkara scored 58 from 67 balls, and hit a six and four fours in his knock. Chandimal's 44 from 57 balls also included a six.
Both men failed to go on and make centuries, but Angelo Matthews and Nuwan Kulasekara continued the Sri Lanka effort as they pushed closer and closer to the target.
Matthews fell in the first ball of final over, leaving a new batsman in Senanayake to face Afridi with the match in the balance.
As per Cricinfo, Senanayake took two to the offside from his opening ball. His next was a dot ball, leaving the chase at two needed from three balls.
Senanayake didn't waste any time. His next ball was again to the offside, and this time dispatched to the boundary with a cut shot. Sri Lanka were victorious.
The next match in the series in on Sunday, back in Sharjah—the scene of Pakistan's win earlier this week.