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
22.55: The presentation is on. While they thank the Police Department and the Fire Department, you guys can catch your breath. You don't often lose 7 wickets for 19 everyday.
Shahid Afridi: It was a team effort and Misbah-ul-Haq is leading the team very well. Misbah said we needed just one wicket and we all clicked well. In the first innings the ball was coming on slow but in the second it seemed better.
Dilshan: "Afridi batted really well with Ajmal. Our batting unit didn't do anything. 200 was a very gettable total here. I can't believe we lost 7 wickets for 20 runs. We have to come back hard."
Misbah: "Wonderful that everybody's putting their hands up. We have world class bowlers and they really put the pressure on. Once we got Sangakkara and Jayawardene we knew the game was in our hands."
That's it from us here. These low-scoring thrillers keep the interest of ODI cricket alive so we have to thank these two teams for that. Too bad for Sri Lanka though. They will play for pride on Wednesday. Join us then. Cheers!
When Afridi slid at the boundary and took a piece of that turf with him, there were fears if he would be able to return to bowl. He did, and in due course returned to haunt Sri Lanka. Now Afridi will want to take that Sharjah turf with him and preserve it.
Let's not forget Afridi's contribution with the bat. He rescued them from 120 for 7, rallied around the tail and took the score to 200. He batted responsibly and gave his team belief that even 200 was defendable.
So Pakistan have taken the series 3-1, leaving the final game a dead rubber. Sri Lanka have some serious depth issues with their batting. The responsibility on the Big 3 - Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Dilshan is proving too much.
Usama: "So what if we are missing Asif & Aamir? (be back soon please) What an attack! Umar Gul is yet to complete his quota of 10 overs in a single match this series."
he just fired that flat and quick! Like a medium pacer, pushed to the off side
This low-scorer is quite the anti-thesis to what we're used to seeing in ODI cricket these days
sticks his pad out and pads it away
The bowler was Ajmal, not Hafeez
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
opens the face of the bat and dabs it past slip
tossed up outside leg and it's wide down the leg side
short and flat-batted hard down to long-on, they need to find those gaps!
goes for a massive hoick and Sarfraz whips off the bails! SL looking desperate here
tossed up outside leg, he stays back and nudges it to the on side
All glum faces in the SL dressing room. What a turnaround for Pakistan, it's not over yet
low full toss and he clips it away down to midwicket
nearly trapped him lbw there! Looks like Malinga just about got some bat behind that, phew close call!
it's slow and tossed up, Malinga gets forward and defends
here we go.. the Hat-trick ball coming up, it';s Malinga
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
Pakistan will feel they've taken full control here
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
comes forward and scoops this towards long-off
tries to push it past mid-off but he cannot retain the strike
again he quietly clips it to the on side
he works this one down to long leg
bowls it flat and quick and he is trapped on the pads again
tossed up on middle and leg, he is trapped on the pads