Player of the Match
Player of the Match
772dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Kusal ton sets up consolation SL victory

Kusal Perera sent Pakistan on the run with his most substantial, and perhaps most mature, innings to date, then Sri Lanka's middle order ran the opposition down and mauled them in a frenzied finish, to found a 165-run victory in the final ODI

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MDKJ Perera
MDKJ Perera
116(109) 9x4 - 4x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 21 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
15 5 15 4 32 11 14 20
AD Mathews
AD Mathews
70(40) 8x4 - 2x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 14 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
5 1 3 3 15 5 17 21

Best performances - Bowlers

SMSM Senanayake
SMSM Senanayake
O8
M1
R39
W3
Eco4.87
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
NLTC Perera
NLTC Perera
O8
M0
R38
W2
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Pakistan won the 5-match series 3-2

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15

Match days

26 July 2015 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: S Raju | Commentator: Sidharth Monga

And with that we leave you as Pakistan players get their hands onto the trophy. Thanks for joining us through the tour. Don't forget there are two T20s too. Goodbye

"We wanted to win this game," says Azhar Ali. "but credit goes to Sri Lanka. They played really well. We didn't bowl that well, but the credit should go to the Sri Lankan batsmen, especially the way they batted in the first half. Unfortunately we didn't win today, but happy with the series win. We played positive cricket, especially as a batting unit. The fielding was exceptional. After a long time you saw brilliance in the field. Credit should be given to the coaching staff."

"Really happy to get this," says Mohammad Hafeez, the Man of the Series. "But the whole team deserves this award. We got worked hard for the series, and thankfully the results went our way. I am trying my best to contribute to the victory of Pakistan."

"Unfortunately a bit too late but a clinical performance," says Angelo Mathews. "Openers were brilliant, then Thirimanne and Chandimal. They gave us the platform for myself, and Milinda was a pleasure to watch. We had to go back to our basics, especially in the bowling department. We showed a bit of improvement in the fielding. You need to keep improving day by day."

"The team needed that innings," says Kusal Perera, the Man of the Match. "We had already lost the series, but 3-2 is better than 4-1. Yeah team-mates reminded me of a possible double, but I am happy the team won. I am always trying to get my basics right. I know if my basics are right, the results will go my way."

9.51pm That's a comprehensive consolation victory for Sri Lanka after Pakistan took the series-winning lead of 3-1 in Colombo. Dilshan walks off with a stump. He became only the 11th man to score 10000 ODI runs. He played a big part in setting up this win, but it was Kusal Perera who took the game away from Paksitan ins coring his second ODI hundred. And he did so while avoiding his trademark low-percentage game. He waited for balls he could hit, and boy did he hit them, for nine fours and a six in his 109-ball 116. The middle order was stable with a couple of 29s, and then Angelo Mathews and Milinda Siriwardana provided a grand finish with explosive fifties. Pakistan needed a miracle to chase down 369. Tonight was not the night for miracles. Sachithra Senanayake will be happy with his comeback figures of 8-1-39-3. Thisara Perera will feel some relief with 8-0-38-2. Pakistan, though, win the series and still remain ahead of West Indies in the ODI rankings, which means they should qualify for the Champions Trophy if there is no more ODI cricket until September 30. We will get the presentation soon

37.2
W
Siriwardana to Rahat Ali, OUT, and Siriwardana gets a wicket to end the match. Flighted on off, Rahat looks for the bog hit, but all he manages is an aerial hit straight to long-off where Senanayake takes the catch

Rahat Ali c Senanayake b Siriwardana 0 (11m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

37.1
0
Siriwardana to Rahat Ali, no run, flat length ball, Rahat stays back to defend

Siriwardana comes back

END OF OVER:
37 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 203/9 (166 runs required from 12.4 overs, RR: 5.48, RRR: 12.76)

  • Mohammad Irfan4 (7b)
  • Rahat Ali0 (5b)
  • Lahiru Gamage10-0-62-1
  • Sachithra Senanayake8-1-39-3
36.6
0
Gamage to Mohammad Irfan, no run, another bouncer, following Irfan again, and this time he bottom-edges it towards the keeper
36.5
0
Gamage to Mohammad Irfan, no run, Irfan gies him the charge, Gamage bowls a fullie that is headed towards top of off, but Irfan just gets a touch of the bat
36.4
4
Gamage to Mohammad Irfan, FOUR runs, he has slugged this powerfully. Four bouncers followed by a short ball, and he clears the front leg to crash this through midwicket
36.3
0
Gamage to Mohammad Irfan, no run, a bouncer that follows Irfan, and beats the hook for a dot ball

Another free hit

Collective Success

1

Instance of each of SL's top six batsmen making 25+ scores against PAK - today was the first such instance

collectively careless

3

Instances of both openers being dismissed run out after posting 50+ scores - Dilshan & Perera

A year for hundreds

80

Number of ODI hundreds scored in 2015, the most in any calendar year passing 2014 (79)

All or nothing

533

Runs scored by Kusal Perera in the 7 ODIs where has made 50+ scores. He has only made 563 in his remaining 41 ODIs

The good and the bad

7

Number of 50+ scores for Kusal Perera. He has also has 20 single-digit scores to go with that from a total of 48 ODIs

A bad habit

3

Number of 5-ODI bilateral series that SL have lost to PAK by 1-4 margin. This could be the 4th out of 7 such series