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    3.3 and gone. Tanvir has bowled a few huge inswingers and now slips in the away-swinger. When he's on song, he gets these to snake about madly. Tharanga didn't spot the movement, he got the front foot out and looked to defend to the off side, but the deviation was too much. The feather carries into Umar's gloves and Tharanga walks. 13/1
    4.5 boy, this is the ghost of Dilshan. A pale imitation of the batsman who used to pulp the new ball. What a tame stroke to go. He hasn't sorted out Gul all series, and faithfully nurdles another one into Umar's gloves. It was Gul's peachy away seamer, landing back of a length outside off and going away. Dilshan just sparred at it on the up without getting the foot across. A nothing shot. SL in all sorts of trouble, again. 20/2
    7.4 SL in dire straits now. Chandimal is on his way, after being hoodwinked into giving Younis slip-catching practice. A little unconventional gem of a delivery that, from Tanvir. Swirls out of his snappy wrist, angling across from over the stumps, short of a driving length, it lands on the stumps and then whistles away deceptively. Chandimal was on the back foot, doing his best to read the deviation, and offered the bat in an attempt to guide it square. The ball had other plans, though, it swerved away enough to take the outside edge and Younis takes it really well, low at second slip. 32/3
    38.5 the big stand is broken. Sanga muscles a flighted ball straight to Misbah at cover. It has been a really good innings, and in the circumstances a solid stand, but Sanga will know his business wasn't finished. Hafeez continues to pick up crucial wickets with uncanny ease. 164/5
    10.5 Chamara's not made much of an impact after flying into the UAE. Junaid strikes in his first over, with a 139 kph delivery that did little off the pitch. It angled across Chamara at pace, landing outside off and inviting the drive. Chamara gladly obliged, providing Misbah with some more slip catching practice. Disaster for the Lankans. 46/4
    43.1 heartbreak for Sri Lanka. Mathews plays around a straight one and is bowled round the legs. Offbreak angled in from round the stumps, lands on leg stump and straightens. Mathews had walked too far across and was looking to work it square. Mistake. Leg stump comes in the ball's way. 180/7
    42.2 Afridi has a wicket, and he doesn't even celebrate in usual style. It is the quick fast ball that angles across the left hander. Jeevan is sucked into the trap, he leans out and searches for the drive, but the ball misses the edge. And then, for some reason, Jeevan takes his back foot out of the crease as he over-balances, and then comically falls down three yards out of the crease. Umar fumbles the ball, but has all the time to break the stumps. 176/6
    49.4 slower ball at 105 kph. Thisara could have gone to the dressing room and come back to play it. But he didn't, he tried his best to adjust and swat it away, but the ball still hoodwinked him and took out leg stump. 214/8
    not out
    49.6 and he finishes with a wicket. Well bowled, Tanvir. Another slower ball, this was short and hence Malinga couldn't play the big heave down the ground. He ended up having to drag it away to the leg side, but he mistimed it. Misbah ran in to take a good low catch. 218/9
    17 (lb 6, w 11)
    218/9 (50 Overs, RR: 4.36)
    Did not bat: CRD Fernando
    Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Upul Tharanga, 3.3 ov), 2-20 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 4.5 ov), 3-32 (Dinesh Chandimal, 7.4 ov), 4-46 (Chamara Silva, 10.5 ov), 5-164 (Kumar Sangakkara, 38.5 ov), 6-176 (Jeevan Mendis, 42.2 ov), 7-180 (Angelo Mathews, 43.1 ov), 8-214 (Thisara Perera, 49.4 ov), 9-218 (Lasith Malinga, 49.6 ov)
    Umar Gul713414.85292210
    Sohail Tanvir703444.85295040
    Junaid Khan301816.0082000
    Saeed Ajmal1022612.60422010
    Shahid Afridi1006016.00202110
    Mohammad Hafeez1012912.90350010
    Shoaib Malik301103.66100020
    8.1 boy, he's struck again with the first ball of a new spell. Whippy, back of a length ball that goes away just a touch and bounces, Hafeez cuts from it miles away from the body and edges to the right of Sanga. Easy take for him. 25/1
    13.4 Given lbw, and he's referred it. Well bowled Angelo, gets this one to come in off the seam after taking the previous one away. Shafiq gets the front foot too far across and then scissors the bat down around it, but the ball slips through and hits him dead plub. Three reds light up. 51/2
    25.2 pinned on the crease, and Younis has to go. Jeevan slips in a quick and sprightly legbreak that lands on off and straightens. Younis should have probably played forward to it. He looked to work it to the leg side across the line and the ball hit him at shin height, and seemed set to crash into off stump. 113/3
    43.3 fifth time unlucky! Misbah perishes to the reverse sweep. Too late for Sri Lanka's liking, though. Tossed up outside off and breaking away, he puts the knee down as is his wont, reverses the grip and reverse-lashes it. This time, it takes the top edge and goes easily into the hands of the man behind square. He has a world with Umar on his way back - 'Finish it off,' I guess, is what he said. 197/5
    25.3 on a hat-trick! Jeevan has breathed some jeevan into the innings now. Malik gropes in hope is trapped palpably in front. The last one was the leggie, this was the googly. Malik's turn to be caught on the crease, he didn't spot the turn and was playing down the long line. He's not looked the part at all with the bat in these two innings. Plumb. 113/4
    not out
    44.2 Malinga's removed Afridi from the picture ... Ahemm, is this a late stutter? Well directed short one again, it had Afridi's ribs in its sights. He got into no position, just stayed back and proferred bat at it without ducking, the ball hit the toe-edge and ballooned up towards the slips. Sanga completes the catch. 202/6
    47.1 Pakistan are trying their hardest to funk this. Tanvir's turn now. Tries to lash it away over midwicket and gets a top edge that loops up and lands in midwicket's hands. Four to win for one side. Three for the other. 215/7
    not out
    13 (b 2, lb 3, w 8)
    219/7 (47.2 Overs, RR: 4.62)
    Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Mohammad Hafeez, 8.1 ov), 2-51 (Asad Shafiq, 13.4 ov), 3-113 (Younis Khan, 25.2 ov), 4-113 (Shoaib Malik, 25.3 ov), 5-197 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 43.3 ov), 6-202 (Shahid Afridi, 44.2 ov), 7-215 (Sohail Tanvir, 47.1 ov)
    SL Malinga922813.11404010
    NLTC Perera713204.57273010
    S Prasanna804806.00213020
    CRD Fernando9.204725.03345030
    AD Mathews511112.20221000
    BMAJ Mendis703635.14183000
    TM Dilshan201206.0051010

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Pakistan won the 5-match series 4-1

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

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

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • Misbah thrilled with 'outstanding performance'

    Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, has termed his side's 4-1 humbling of World Cup finalists Sri Lanka in the one-day series in UAE an "outstanding performance"

  • Back to the drawing board for Dilshan

    Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka captain, has asked his batsmen to take responsibility and arrest their worrying slide, after his team shuddered to a 4-1 defeat in the ODI series against Pakistan

  • Khalil replaces Junaid for Bangladesh tour

    Junaid Khan, the Pakistan fast bowler, will be out of cricket for six weeks after sustaining a partial tear in his abdominal muscle

  • Umar and Tanvir make it 4-1 for Pakistan

    A four-wicket haul from Sohail Tanvir and a fluent stand between captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal were the stand-out features of Pakistan's convincing win in the dead rubber played on a slow pitch

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st25Mohammad HafeezAsad Shafiq
2nd26Younis KhanAsad Shafiq
3rd62Younis KhanMisbah-ul-Haq
4th0Shoaib MalikMisbah-ul-Haq
5th84Misbah-ul-HaqUmar Akmal
6th5Shahid AfridiUmar Akmal
7th13Sohail TanvirUmar Akmal
8th4Saeed AjmalUmar Akmal