result
5th ODI (D/N), Hambantota, Jul 26 2015, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka
(37.2/50 ov, target 369)203
Sri Lanka won by 165 runs
Player Of The Match
116 (109)
kusal-perera
Player Of The Series
273 runs • 6 wkts
mohammad-hafeez
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• The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Kusal ton sets up consolation SL victory

Kusal Perera sent Pakistan on the run with his most substantial, and perhaps most mature, innings to date, then Sri Lanka's middle order ran the opposition down and mauled them in a frenzied finish, to found a 165-run victory in the final ODI

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Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka368/4(50 overs)
Kusal Perera116 (109)
Rahat Ali2/74(10)
Shoaib Malik0/44(10)
Pakistan203/10(37.2 overs)

And with that we leave you as Pakistan players get their hands onto the trophy. Thanks for joining us through the tour. Don't forget there are two T20s too. Goodbye

"We wanted to win this game," says Azhar Ali. "but credit goes to Sri Lanka. They played really well. We didn't bowl that well, but the credit should go to the Sri Lankan batsmen, especially the way they batted in the first half. Unfortunately we didn't win today, but happy with the series win. We played positive cricket, especially as a batting unit. The fielding was exceptional. After a long time you saw brilliance in the field. Credit should be given to the coaching staff."

"Really happy to get this," says Mohammad Hafeez, the Man of the Series. "But the whole team deserves this award. We got worked hard for the series, and thankfully the results went our way. I am trying my best to contribute to the victory of Pakistan."

"Unfortunately a bit too late but a clinical performance," says Angelo Mathews. "Openers were brilliant, then Thirimanne and Chandimal. They gave us the platform for myself, and Milinda was a pleasure to watch. We had to go back to our basics, especially in the bowling department. We showed a bit of improvement in the fielding. You need to keep improving day by day."

"The team needed that innings," says Kusal Perera, the Man of the Match. "We had already lost the series, but 3-2 is better than 4-1. Yeah team-mates reminded me of a possible double, but I am happy the team won. I am always trying to get my basics right. I know if my basics are right, the results will go my way."

9.51pm That's a comprehensive consolation victory for Sri Lanka after Pakistan took the series-winning lead of 3-1 in Colombo. Dilshan walks off with a stump. He became only the 11th man to score 10000 ODI runs. He played a big part in setting up this win, but it was Kusal Perera who took the game away from Paksitan ins coring his second ODI hundred. And he did so while avoiding his trademark low-percentage game. He waited for balls he could hit, and boy did he hit them, for nine fours and a six in his 109-ball 116. The middle order was stable with a couple of 29s, and then Angelo Mathews and Milinda Siriwardana provided a grand finish with explosive fifties. Pakistan needed a miracle to chase down 369. Tonight was not the night for miracles. Sachithra Senanayake will be happy with his comeback figures of 8-1-39-3. Thisara Perera will feel some relief with 8-0-38-2. Pakistan, though, win the series and still remain ahead of West Indies in the ODI rankings, which means they should qualify for the Champions Trophy if there is no more ODI cricket until September 30. We will get the presentation soon

37.2
W
Siriwardana to Rahat Ali, OUT

and Siriwardana gets a wicket to end the match. Flighted on off, Rahat looks for the bog hit, but all he manages is an aerial hit straight to long-off where Senanayake takes the catch

Rahat Ali c Senanayake b Siriwardana 0 (11m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
37.1
Siriwardana to Rahat Ali, no run

flat length ball, Rahat stays back to defend

Siriwardana comes back

end of over 376 runs • 1 wicket
PAK: 203/9CRR: 5.48 RRR: 12.76
Mohammad Irfan4 (7)
Rahat Ali0 (5)
Lahiru Gamage 10-0-62-1
Sachithra Senanayake 8-1-39-3
36.6
Gamage to Irfan, no run

another bouncer, following Irfan again, and this time he bottom-edges it towards the keeper

36.5
Gamage to Irfan, no run

Irfan gies him the charge, Gamage bowls a fullie that is headed towards top of off, but Irfan just gets a touch of the bat

36.4
4
Gamage to Irfan, FOUR runs

he has slugged this powerfully. Four bouncers followed by a short ball, and he clears the front leg to crash this through midwicket

36.3
Gamage to Irfan, no run

a bouncer that follows Irfan, and beats the hook for a dot ball

Another free hit

36.3
1nb
Gamage to Irfan, (no ball)

another no-ball. Irfan makes room and swings, but fails to connect with the short ball. Gamage has overstepped again

Free-hit time

36.3
1nb
Gamage to Irfan, (no ball)

a third no-ball from Gamage as he looks to bounce Irfan. Beats him on the hook but a free hit is coming up

36.2
Gamage to Irfan, no run

short ball outside off, Irfan nonchalantly lets it go by just staying inside the line

The giant, Mohammad Irfan, comes in now

36.1
W
Gamage to Anwar Ali, OUT

and now Sri Lanka are one wicket short. Gamage gets his first wicket of the night. This is short, pretty straight, and cramps him up as Anwar looks for a big shot. Can't get any power into the shot, and he just mis-hits it for a dolly to mid-on

Anwar Ali c NLTC Perera b Gamage 11 (26m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 78.57
end of over 36Wicket maiden
PAK: 197/8CRR: 5.47 RRR: 12.28
Rahat Ali0 (5)
Anwar Ali11 (13)
Sachithra Senanayake 8-1-39-3
Lahiru Gamage 9-0-56-0
35.6
Senanayake to Rahat Ali, no run

stays back to defend a length ball that goes straight on. Ends a wicket-maiden

Iftikhar Ahmed: "No dears, infact he meant 150, and this what Pakistan mostly crumbles to the targets in access of that."

35.5
Senanayake to Rahat Ali, no run

stays back to defend a flat delivery

35.4
Senanayake to Rahat Ali, no run

tossed up middle and leg, defended again

35.3
Senanayake to Rahat Ali, no run

stays back to defend a length ball

A slip and a leg gully

Lot of frenzied calls around Champions Trophy qualification. If there bweren't to be another ODI between today and qualification cut-off, Pakistan make it

35.2
Senanayake to Rahat Ali, no run

tossed up outside off, defended back to him

Rahat Ali comes in

35.1
W
Senanayake to Yasir Shah, OUT

Shah falls for 9. The first man out of the 15 that have batted today to not reach double figures. Senanayake flights one, Shah sees a big hit, jumps out of the crease, gets a thick edge for an overhead catch at short cover

Yasir Shah c NLTC Perera b Senanayake 9 (11m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 69.23
end of over 357 runs
PAK: 197/7CRR: 5.62 RRR: 11.46
Yasir Shah9 (12)
Anwar Ali11 (13)
Lahiru Gamage 9-0-56-0
Milinda Siriwardana 2-0-19-0
34.6
1
Gamage to Yasir Shah, 1 run

slightly shorter, and he goes back to cut it to deep point

34.5
Gamage to Yasir Shah, no run

full, outside off, holds its line, Shah stays inside the line

34.4
1
Gamage to Anwar Ali, 1 run

short of a length, outside off, opens the face to get a single to third man

izaz: "@Kumar: "..who is renowned to crumble chase a total in excess of 350..." that's a bit of a tough standard. probably you meant 250."

34.3
4
Gamage to Anwar Ali, FOUR runs

length ball, angling in, driven on the up, between the bowler and mid-on for a four all along the ground

Best performances - batters
Kusal Perera portrait
MDKJ Perera SL
116 runs (109)
9 fours
4 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
flick
21 runs
0 four
0 six
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Angelo Mathews portrait
AD Mathews SL
70 runs (40)
8 fours
2 sixes
Control93%
Productive shot
cover drive
14 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Sachithra Senanayake portrait
SMSM Senanayake SL
O
8
M
1
R
39
W
3
ECO
4.87
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Thisara Perera portrait
NLTC Perera SL
O
8
M
0
R
38
W
2
ECO
4.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesPakistan tour of Sri Lanka
Season2015
Player Of The Match
Kusal Perera
Kusal Perera
Player Of The Series
Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez
Series resultPakistan won the 5-match series 3-2
Match numberODI no. 3672
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days26 July 2015 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
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Ian Gould
Sri Lanka Image
Ranmore Martinesz
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Rod Tucker
Reserve Umpire
Sri Lanka Image
Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath