Player of the Match
Player of the Match

4.00 pm So it's an early finish, one the loud and proud Dambulla crowd has enjoyed. Spectators were hurtling in through the gates that were thrown open. They hung from the trees, they milled in the stands and their side has played pulled off as emphatic a victory as any. Lasith Malinga has his boy on his arms for the team picture. They're having a lot of fun out there, but here is were I leave you. Thank you for your company and comments, this is Alagappan Muthu signing off

"To come after that defeat in Hambantota, we had to put up our socks. The bowler set the tone, Dhammika and Malinga early and then Thisara," says Angelo Mathews, " I wanted to experiment a little, give Thisara more opportunities and Dhammika has also proven he is a very good bowler in the past few series. The pitch was doing a little bit in the early hours and then it flattened out alittle bit but when you're chasing 100 you should play positive cricket and not block. We'll just have a few days off and train for England. Tough against Pakistan, good balanced team so all the very best for their future tournaments"

Thisara Perera is the Man of the Match and Man of the Series "First of all, I'm proud of my all round performances. its a good wicket to bowl, as a bowling unit we've done really well. It's just confidence, last match I bowled well and came back strongly. I'm going to work on my bowling and keep getting better. Try my best, and if I have more chances to play more than 10 overs I'll do my best"

3.50 pm "The wicket is a bit different in Dambulla. Spungy bounce you need to get used to, but if you scored 240 or 250, that would have been useful. But we lost too many wickets early," says Misbah-ul-Haq "Fawad and I were trying to be there till the 30th over. We tried to put up a fight, but again we lost too many wickets. We have a little bit of a picture of what we want to do in the coming series. We will play the world cup in Australia, and the management will think about that. Australia series is really important, we have to get the right combination. The crowd is very good, we always enjoy here. The result hasn't been great, but the experience in Sri Lanka was"

Genial handshakes to complete what has been an enthralling tour. It is a shame the the final match was so one-sided, after the way the ODIs had begun. Saeed Ajmal was missed by Pakistan, but when he did return their batsmen folded horribly. Despite Pakistan's rich bowling resources, 101 was never going to be defendable. Stay tuned for the presentation

Sohaib: "Pakistan must have seriously upset the sponsors, they've not gotten enough air-time."

18.2
4
Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, FOUR runs, beats point on his left and Dilsha raises his fifty and the victory. It was short and wide again, he backed away, waited a little longer and hammered it past the fielder's reach. Quite a comprehensive ending to a game the hosts have dominated throughout
18.1
0
Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, no run, backs away to a good length ball and slaps to point

Aditi: "Do you think there's some sort of an infection flying around Cricket where perfectly good batsmen suddenly cannot find a run? Re: Virat, and Sanga? :("

END OF OVER:
18 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | SL: 100/3 (1 run required from 29.4 overs, RR: 5.55, RRR: 0.03)

  • Angelo Mathews0 (1b)
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan46 (53b)
  • Saeed Ajmal4-0-10-1
  • Shahid Afridi1-0-4-0
17.6
0
Saeed Ajmal to Mathews, no run, flighted on leg stump, Mathews tucks it to midwicket

The Captain walks out to two slips

17.5
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Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, OUT, one run left to win, and Mahela has tapped a doosra to first slip. It went a touch wrong too, a shorter ball outside off and turning further away. He had misread the turn, was originally looking to play it but after he read off the pitch, he thought of pulling away. But wasn't quick enough. Slip does extremely well to grab that. Dilshan has an almost apologetic smile on his face

DPMD Jayawardene c Mohammad Hafeez b Saeed Ajmal 26 (33m 32b 3x4 0x6) SR: 81.25

17.4
1
Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, skips down the pitch, got a little too close as he heaves to deep midwicket
17.3
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Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 run, turned through straight midwicket as Mahela leans forward to the pitch of a flighted ball on middle and leg
17.2
0
Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, no run, slower and tossed up on middle and off stump, worked away into the midwicket region
17.1
1
Saeed Ajmal to Dilshan, 1 run, drifting down the leg side and Dilshan's swept it quite well, got on top of it and finds a single to deep fine leg

Sri Lanka are one hit away from taking the series. Will Dilshan also get his fifty? He needs six...

END OF OVER:
17 | 4 Runs | SL: 97/2 (4 runs required from 29.4 overs, RR: 5.70, RRR: 0.12)

  • Mahela Jayawardene25 (29b)
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan44 (51b)
  • Shahid Afridi1-0-4-0
  • Saeed Ajmal3-0-7-0
16.6
2
Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 2 runs, on a length and Mahela has caressed it through the gap in the covers for a lovely couple of runs
16.5
0
Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, tossed up outside off, eased to mid-off
16.4
0
Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, flighted on off stump, defended
16.3
0
Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, no run, stays back as he guides a shortish ball through to cover
16.2
1
Shahid Afridi to Dilshan, 1 run, oh dear! That skidded on quickly and were it not for Dilshan's quick hands, that could have posed serious threat to off stump. Rocked back to cut but has to settle for a single into the covers in the end
16.1
1
Shahid Afridi to Jayawardene, 1 run, short and wide, Mahela chops it to the sweeper

Shahid Afridi gets a chance to bowl

END OF OVER:
16 | 2 Runs | SL: 93/2 (8 runs required from 29.4 overs, RR: 5.81, RRR: 0.25)

  • Mahela Jayawardene22 (24b)
  • Tillakaratne Dilshan43 (50b)
  • Saeed Ajmal3-0-7-0
  • Wahab Riaz6-1-42-1

Abedi: "Dilshan is always a better batsman in low scoring chases where as the great Sangakara is the best in high scoring chases."

15.6
1
Saeed Ajmal to Jayawardene, 1 run, another one that doesn't turn, loads of flight on it as Mahela turns it into the on side