Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    15.2 Just when a wicket falls in Johannesburg, another one falls here! Hafeez goes for ambitious slog sweep, he doesn't get the elevation to clear long leg and Chandimal takes the catch 57/2
    6.1 that's a really slick catch by Sangakkara! It was not a wicket-taking ball, down the leg side, meant to be flicked to fine leg, Farhat however could only glove it and Sangakkara anticipated it early, moved to his right and took it with one hand on the dive, he took it barely inches from the ground 18/1
    16.1 and Fernando yet again picks up a wicket with a first ball of a spell, soft dismissal this time, he fails to read the slower ball, comes forward too early and ends up tamely scooping it to Mendis at short cover 62/3
    27.6 Communication breakdown! Gets an inside edge down to fine leg, Misbah set off but Afridi wasn't interested, loads of confusion and Misbah had no option but to scamper back, he was miles out of his ground, in fact he had given up 97/6
    21.6 big appeal for a lbw and the umpire Zameer Haider gives him out! Massive googly by Mendis, Malik is trapped at the crease, he tries to rock back and play but the ball zips back in and traps him in front of the stumps, Malik thinks about reviewing it and discusses it with Misbah but he walks 69/4
    23.5 another massive appeal! This time SL go for the referral, Haider thinks about it and says not out, Akmal goes right back at the crease and fails to pick the googly, the ball appears to hit him on the back leg in line with the leg stump, the third umpire confirms that he is gone and Haider has to reverse his decision 71/5
    43.6 That ends a superb rearguard effort by Afridi! He chased a full and wide delivery, the ball clipped the outside edge and flew to Sanga's right, he held it with one hand, Afridi was uncertain whether he hit the ball on the ground but in fact it was his bat 181/8
    34.2 we have a review here, the ball lands on middle and leg and straightens, Sarfraz is a half stride forward and the ball appears to hit him in line with the stumps, the umpire gives him out but there was a doubt if there was an inside edge, Pakistan refer it, the umpire takes his time and upholds the umpire's decision 120/7
    46.6 the yorker consumes him, full and straight on the middle stump, Ajmal is rooted to the crease and plays all around it, on the base of the pad, plumb in front 191/9
    49.3 the offstump is knocked out! Gul made a bit of room but was too late in getting his bat down on time, he tried to hit across the line 200/10
    not out
    10 (lb 2, w 8)
    200 all out (49.3 Overs, RR: 4.04)
    Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Imran Farhat, 6.1 ov), 2-57 (Mohammad Hafeez, 15.2 ov), 3-62 (Younis Khan, 16.1 ov), 4-69 (Shoaib Malik, 21.6 ov), 5-71 (Umar Akmal, 23.5 ov), 6-97 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 27.6 ov), 7-120 (Sarfaraz Ahmed, 34.2 ov), 8-181 (Shahid Afridi, 43.6 ov), 9-191 (Saeed Ajmal, 46.6 ov), 10-200 (Umar Gul, 49.3 ov)
    SL Malinga9.303814.00333010
    NLTC Perera1013613.60404010
    CRD Fernando1032632.60431010
    BMAJ Mendis904024.44271100
    S Prasanna1015525.50334240
    TM Dilshan10303.0030000
    3.3 that's a sharp catch! Cheema pitches it up outside off, angles it across Tharanga, he cannot resist another slash down to third man but the ball clips the top edge of the bat and Younis Khan cups it over his head at first slip, good reflexes 18/1
    7.6 that's an awesome delivery, they appeal for a caught behind and Dilshan asks for a referral! The ball shapes in from outside off, draws Dilshan forward, the ball deviates before reaching the keeper and the keeper and bowler start celebrating, Dilshan wants it referred, there was the sound of a snick when seeing the replay on TV but there was no apparent deviation after it missed the bat, must have been a thin edge, the decision is upheld 37/2
    37.5 he's breached his defenses! But has it come too late? Sangakkara was beaten for the turn on the drive, lunged forward and the ball spun in and went past the bat-pad gap 155/4
    12.4 he's hit the timber! Something like how Dilshan got out in the third match, he moved right across his stumps to paddle him, the ball strikes the bat and then drags to the stumps 53/3
    43.2 and it's that man again! Sharp catch by Hafeez to go with it, Afridi tosses it up outside off and Mahela cannot resist going for it, he scoops it hard and Hafeez at short cover falls forward and judges the catch well 168/7
    38.4 now what have we here? He drifts down the leg side and Mathews has a feel for it, nicks it to the keeper as he tries to nudge it own, Sarfraz knows it and so does the umpire 156/5
    41.3 another one bites the dust and this time Afridi stretches his arms and legs wide in celebration, the offcutter lands on middle and traps Mendis in front of the stumps, plumb, he was expecting it to spin away 161/6
    45.2 Afridi goes one better by taking five wickets! Perera went for the mighty slog and got a top edge, it was in the air for an hour but it was Akmal who got under it. An incredible Pakistan fightback, reminiscent from the 1990s and earlier, and quite an unbelievable collapse by SL 174/10
    43.3 and he's on a hat-trick! This is incredible! Tossed up quicker outside off, he drives hard and Afridi anticipates it well and moves to his left very quickly, he catches it inches off the ground 168/8
    44.5 and Ajmal gets it to skid through! Tossed up on middle and it just snuck through that gap between bat and pad, Malinga was at the crease and clueless, perhaps he was expecting it to turn in, plumb in front 174/9
    not out
    10 (lb 3, nb 1, w 6)
    174 all out (45.2 Overs, RR: 3.83)
    Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Upul Tharanga, 3.3 ov), 2-37 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 7.6 ov), 3-53 (Dinesh Chandimal, 12.4 ov), 4-155 (Kumar Sangakkara, 37.5 ov), 5-156 (Angelo Mathews, 38.4 ov), 6-161 (Jeevan Mendis, 41.3 ov), 7-168 (Mahela Jayawardene, 43.2 ov), 8-168 (Seekkuge Prasanna, 43.3 ov), 9-174 (Lasith Malinga, 44.5 ov), 10-174 (Thisara Perera, 45.2 ov)
    Umar Gul601903.16273000
    Aizaz Cheema804826.00288020
    Mohammad Hafeez812312.87291000
    Shoaib Malik511703.40190021
    Saeed Ajmal912923.22340110
    Shahid Afridi9.203553.75344010

Match Details


Pakistan , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Pakistan led the 5-match series 3-1

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.15, Second Session 19.15-22.45

Match days

20 November 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • Shahid Afridi had 'point to prove'

    Shahid Afridi said that he had a "point to prove" after his match-winning performance in Sharjah helped Pakistan secure the one-day series against Sri Lanka 3-1

  • Batsmen failed to take responsibility - Dilshan

    Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka captain, has criticised his batsmen's inability to take ownership of a modest chase during the fourth ODI against Pakistan

  • 'Boom Boom' thunders in Sharjah

    Don't bother looking at the umpire's finger when Shahid Afridi takes a wicket, just watch the man himself. The instant Afridi strikes his star-man pose, fingers pointing to the heavens, cue pandemonium

  • Afridi single-handedly delivers unassailable lead

    Pakistan returned to their most successful ODI venue after an eight-year gap and produced their 75th win in 110 games at Sharjah, after Shahid Afridi single-handedly pipped Sri Lanka in a slow-burning thriller

Sri Lanka 2nd innings Partnerships

1st18TM DilshanWU Tharanga
2nd19TM DilshanKC Sangakkara
3rd16KC SangakkaraLD Chandimal
4th102DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
5th1DPMD JayawardeneAD Mathews
6th5DPMD JayawardeneBMAJ Mendis
7th7DPMD JayawardeneNLTC Perera
8th0NLTC PereraS Prasanna
9th6SL MalingaNLTC Perera
10th0CRD FernandoNLTC Perera