there is the match and the series. Short and wide outside off, carved past point, past short third man for four. Pakistan sweep Sri Lanka 5-0 in the rout-iest rout of all possible routs.
5.35pm That was not a good game of cricket for everyone but Pakistan. Usman Khan started off very well, getting late, late movement to rip through Sri Lanka's clueless top order. When that happened, there weren't too many doubts about the result, just the manner. And Pakistan finished the match before the innings break, an indicator of the degree of defeat inflicted on Sri Lanka, who have slipped, stumbled, stuttered and slumped to their third 5-0 ODI whitewash of 2017. It was all decided far too early on this Monday evening.
Sarfraz is pleased, a rare smile beaming on his face as the Pakistan players walk around Sharjah. Imam and Fakhar did their jobs nicely to ensure this game didn't suffer any type of Pakistan batting collapse.
Sri Lanka need something, quickly. They now go to India after the T20 series here, of course, for some ODIs there against a really tough opponent, and if they can find some discipline or some talent or some skill or something, they stand a chance. But if they don't, this may not be their last whitewash in the coming months.
Usman Khan is the Player of the Match: "Wasn't easy, but the team atmosphere is confident. Learning a lot from our bowling coach. Was focusing on what was working for me."
Hasan Ali is the Player of the Series: "Focusing on the basics: body language, attitude, plans against the batsmen. Conditions here are tough. If you bowl in one place, it's easy for batsmen to play, but I use the bouncer to push the batsmen back."
Sarfraz Ahmed: "Lots of happiness when you give an opportuinity to someone and they perform. Usman finished the match in the first five overs. We're going from strength to strength, we have lots of options. I want our batting to perform more, if we score 270-280, our bowling is strong."
Upul Tharanga: "We're not playing to our strengths, to our capability. We didn't mass 200 four times. Couldn't handle the pressure, has no answers to Usman's first spell. They were straight, always trying to get wickets (Pakistan's bowlers)."
Usman Fida: "26.2 & 20.2 overs bowled per side and the day & night match finished in a day. No need for night"
Kumar: "Before this match: Siriwardana - 4 matches, 18 runs, 0 wickets. Dhananjaya - 4 matches, 70 runs, 2 wickes. Guess which one they dropped"
82 kph, flight on leg, pushed to long-off
a shovelled heave to deep midwicket. Flight outside off, Ashraf wants to finish the game with a six over midwicket, but the ball trickles away off the inside half
ahamsha: "Whom would you drop from this bowling line up to accommodate Mohammed Amir & Junaid Khan? Must be a difficult but a pleasant problem for the Team"
shortish around off, clipped to midwicket
another googly around off, Imam hurries back, picks the length and the variation and works the ball to square leg
another googly outside off, defended towards cover for one. Nice soft hands, good response
well bowled, flat outside off, the ball slides through to beat the bat. Pushed that through in the air
shortish down leg, worked away through to deep square leg for one
too full outside off, jammed out
quick outside off, shovelled away towards long-on for one more
overpitched on off, jammed back
goes after it, lots of flight outside off, Faheem wants to go straight, the ball skews off the inside half towards long-on
short and wide outside off, carved to the sweeper cover
short and wide outside off, 54 mph, Imam races back and nails a late, late cut that goes past short third man's right
flight outside off, pushed through outside off, defended back
another nudge towards midwicket, tight run. Chandimal picks up and returns the throw to the batsman's end, but he has made it with time and matres to spare
drifts on the pads again, worked to midwicket
flight around off, Ashraf gets forward, a thick inside edge towards square leg for one
strays down leg again, another wide
runs down to the pitch, gets there and drives the ball to long-on for one