Sri Lanka wrapped up a 2-1 series victory over Pakistan with a crushing seven-wicket win in the third ODI between the sides in Dambulla.
The damage was done by their seamers after Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat. The tourists were skittled for just 102 in 32.1 overs, a total they had little hope of defending.
Pakistan fared a little better with the ball in hand, but could not prevent the hosts easing to victory with more than 30 overs in hand.
It was a desperate way for Pakistan to end the series, especially having had the benefit of winning the toss, and being able to bring Saeed Ajmal back into the side.
|Shehzad||c T Perera||b Prasad||10||32||21|
|Khan||c M Jayawardene||b Prasad||0||11||6|
|Misbah-ul-Haq||run out (Dilshan)||18||47||30|
|U Akmal||c Malinga||b T Perera||7||11||9|
|Maqsood||c Sangakkara||b T Perera||7||17||9|
|Shahid Afridi||c T Perera||b Prasanna||2||5||4|
|Riaz||c Sangakkara||b T Perera||0||2||2|
|Ajmal||c M Jayawardene||b T Perera||6||12||15|
|Extras||1nb 6w 0b 1lb||8|
|Total||all out (32.1 ovs)||102|
But the toss was about as good as it got for Pakistan. Dhammika Prasad began the procession of batsmen with the first wickets, those of Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad. Mohammad Hafeez fell victim to Lasith Malinga soon after.
So often captain Misbah-ul-Haq has had to rebuild innings for his country, but on this occasion he was cut off short. After he and Fawad Alam threatened to steady the innings, Misbah's run-out in the 16th over was a body blow.
From 47-3 the wickets fell at regular intervals, with Thisara Perera slicing through the tail. The end came with minimal resistance, though Alam remained unbeaten on 38 at the end of the innings.
|Sri Lanka Innings|
|Sangakkara||c Hafeez||b Riaz||2||12||5|
|M Jayawardene||c Hafeez||b Ajmal||26||32||32|
|Extras||0nb 5w 0b 7lb||12|
|Total||for 3 (18.2 ovs)||104|
Pakistan had to apply the pressure early and consistently to pull off victory, and they could not. Tall left-armer Mohammad Irfan collected the wicket of Upul Tharanga, but went at five runs an over. Seamer Wahab Riaz was even more expensive.
It meant that Ajmal was not allowed to be at his most destructive. He came on too early, and his four overs for 10 runs and a wicket were merely a hint of what he might have been able to do with a meaningful target to defend.
As it was, however, Tillakaratne Dilshan was able to shepherd the chase, and brought up a half-century with the winning runs.