Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    2.3 bowled him, how good is this man! That skiddy, slippery pace, and it nips in from outside off stump, from the perfect length, and it's through the gate before Tharanga knows it. He was stuck on the crease, looking to whip that through midwicket, and next thing he knew was the sound of the stumps rattled. Great seam position - he's generating this movement because of how much backspin he puts on it. 8/3
    0.5 bowled him! He strikes in the first over yet again. No footwork from Sadeera against a length ball that comes in ever so slightly, towards middle and off, and he plays all around it. Maybe shaped to drive on the up at first, through mid-off or cover, and then ended up trying to adjust for the movement and play into the on side, but he only managed to leave a big gap, with his front leg going nowhere, and Usman says thank you very much 1/1
    0.6 full outside off, and Usman Khan is on a hat-trick! An excellent ball to the new batsman, slanting it away from off stump, inviting the drive away from his body, and he went for it without getting his front foot across, and only manages to nick it to Sarfraz, who takes a low catch tumbling to his right 1/2
    14.1 change of angle works instantly! back of a length outside off, Thirimanne plays with an angled bat, looking to guide it to third man, and only manages an outside edge to the keeper. Usman will not pick up a ten-fer today. 49/6
    2.5 big appeal, and it's given! Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the stumps, and Dickwella's head falls over as he plays all across it. He's reviewed, though... That dramatic angle in, plus a bit of inward movement - will this hit the stumps? No inside edge. Impact in line with middle stump, and ball-tracking says it's clipping the outside of leg stump, umpire's call, so Dickwella has to walk back. Four wickets in 11 balls for Usman Khan Shinwari. Remember the name, and all that 8/4
    6.3 full, a bit of width, and what a way to get your fifth wicket. The softest dismissal for Siriwardana, just reaches away from his body to drive, plays a touch too early, and scoops a simple catch to cover point. This is only Usman's fourth over! 20/5
    16.5 a slower delivery outside off, tapped away towards backward point for a quick single. But Prasanna is in a terrible position, he looks to evade the ball that's coming at him but doesn't bother about grounding his bat. The fielder throws the stumps down directly at the batsman's end, and he's gone. At point of impact, bat and stumps, Prasanna has turned his head away, looking at midwicket for the left-hander. If he kept his focus on grounding his bat, and not the ball hurtling towards him, he would have made it easily. The bat is in the air and SL are seven down. 63/7
    21.3 taken at long-off, Thisara's brief cameo ends. The googly outside off, Thisara looks to hit that straight but the problem with that is there is enough room for the ball to spin because Shadab's length isn't too full, the ball spins away, takes the outside half and lobs towards long-off. The fielder runs in and takes an easy enough catch 85/8
    21.6 a googly, down leg, Vandersay misses a flick and he is struck in front of leg, but umpire Ravi feels that was sliding down. Sarfraz reviews. An excellent review, because that's very close. No bat, but there are three reds on HawkEye and so Vandersay's gone. The googly does the trick again. 85/9
    26.2 all done! Dusted! SL bowled out for 103. Shortish delivery outside off, Chameera goes back, tries to flick the ball into the leg side, the ball takes the inside edge and knocks into the stumps to end the innings. 103/10
    not out
    9 (lb 1, w 8)
    103 all out (26.2 Overs, RR: 3.91)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Sadeera Samarawickrama, 0.5 ov), 2-1 (Dinesh Chandimal, 0.6 ov), 3-8 (Upul Tharanga, 2.3 ov), 4-8 (Niroshan Dickwella, 2.5 ov), 5-20 (Milinda Siriwardana, 6.3 ov), 6-49 (Lahiru Thirimanne, 14.1 ov), 7-63 (Seekkuge Prasanna, 16.5 ov), 8-85 (Thisara Perera, 21.3 ov), 9-85 (Jeffrey Vandersay, 21.6 ov), 10-103 (Dushmantha Chameera, 26.2 ov)
    Usman Shinwari703454.85284010
    Faheem Ashraf401203.00171010
    Imad Wasim411203.00190120
    Hasan Ali5.201923.56223000
    Shadab Khan512424.80172100
    Mohammad Hafeez10101.0050000

Match Notes

  • Sri Lanka suffer 12th straight defeat

    All the statistical peaks Pakistan scaled and the statistical troughs Sri Lanka plumbed during the fifth ODI in Sharjah

  • Twenty-one balls of deja vu

    Until today, Usman Khan was best known for a destructive spell of pace and movement in a domestic T20 final. He has now bowled an eerily similar spell in international cricket, and given Pakistan a sweet selection headache when all their pace options are

  • Pakistan complete 5-0 after Usman bags five in 21 balls

    A devastating new-ball spell from Pakistan's latest left-arm sensation sent Sri Lanka spiralling to 103 all out and the ignominy of their third 5-0 ODI whitewash of the year

  • Can Sri Lanka avoid another whitewash?

    Sri Lanka have been at the wrong end of 5-0 scorelines twice this year, against South Africa and India. Can they find a way to evade the same fate against Pakistan?

Usman on fire


No. of balls taken by Usman Khan to complete a five-for in this game, the third-quickest in ODIs since 2001. Vaas had taken it in 16 balls v Ban in 2003 WC and Van der Gugten in 20 balls v Can in 2013.

Another whitewash?


No. of whitewashes suffered by Sri Lanka in ODIs this year, to SA and Ind, before this series. If they don't win this game, they'll become the first ever team to lose three bilateral series by 5-0 margin in same year.