result
3rd ODI (D/N), Sharjah, Dec 22 2013, Sri Lanka tour of United Arab Emirates
(44.4/50 ov, target 327)213
Pakistan won by 113 runs
Player Of The Match
140 (136) & 2/35
mohammad-hafeez

The first one-sided game of the series, Pakistan got a solid foundation with Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez, who went on to a career-best 140* after Malinga put down a sitter early on. Misbah and Umar Akmal played key cameos, after which the bowlers did their job. Umar gul made a fine return to international cricket with a double-strike early on to cripple SL, who never really looked like they had a chance in the chase. The asking rate was never in control, and in the attempted big hits to match the required rate resulted in regular wickets. Top performance from Pakistan this.

Najam Sethi sums up his team's performance in a tweet: "Yaaayyyyyyyyyyyy!"

Omar Iqbal: "Good comeback by Gul, and for once selectors made a good decision by sending him to Sharjah. His comeback is a huge boost to Pakistans bowling lineup. Bye bye Tanveer!"

Time for the presentation ceremony:

Angelo Mathews: "It was a disappointing performance all round to be honest. If you are chasing 320, you need to get a good start and give the middle order players a chance, that didn't happen. We need to win next game to stay alive in the series so we'll come out firing."

Mohammad Hafeez: is the Man of the Match. He thanks his team-mates, supporters and his critics for motivating him. "I was trying to not get bogged down, I was trying to play technical shots, Ahmed played really well, took the pressure on, the partnership gave us momentum, bowlers did a great job on this sort of pitch."

Misbah-ul-Haq: "I'm really happy with the performance. Happy to bat first, top order showed responsibility, Hafeez and Ahmed provided the platform, and good finish too. The way Gul came and took wickets set the tone, as we weren't taking wickets with the new ball. I was happy with the way the spinners performed as well."

Steve Austin: "The award ceremony is longer and more exhausting than the match."

On that note, I'll sign out. See you all for game four...

44.4
W
Umar Gul to Malinga, OUT

game over, good return game for Gul, he finishes it off with a full ball that crashes into the stumps, three dots and the fourth one takes out the stumps, completes a dominant performance from Pakistan

Lasith Malinga b Umar Gul 19 (20m 27b 4x4 0x6) SR: 70.37

Ashar : "Malinga can make up the 124 runs from Hafeezs dropped catch"

44.3
Umar Gul to Malinga, no run

short of length ball, looks to mow that but misses, struck on the body

44.2
Umar Gul to Malinga, no run

there's the yorker, between the bowler and the stumps

44.1
Umar Gul to Malinga, no run

starts with the bouncer though, Malinga ducks under

Here's Gul. Still time to see that world-famous yorker

end of over 4410 runs
SL: 213/9CRR: 4.84 RRR: 19.00
Lasith Malinga19 (23)
Sachithra Senanayake4 (12)
Shahid Afridi 9-0-41-1
Saeed Ajmal 10-1-37-2
43.6
1
Afridi to Malinga, 1 run

full and on leg stump, driven down to long-on for a single

43.5
4
Afridi to Malinga, FOUR runs

connects properly this time and another boundary through the cover

43.4
Afridi to Malinga, no run

looks to thump that over the off side, the ball rolls tamely towards the bowler

43.3
4
Afridi to Malinga, FOUR runs

slaps it to point where a misfield allows the ball to run away for four, Sharjeel makes the mistake

43.2
Afridi to Malinga, no run

off the toe end of the bat to the off side

43.1
1
Afridi to Senanayake, 1 run

full ball on off stump, defended to the off side

end of over 434 runs
SL: 203/9CRR: 4.72 RRR: 17.71
Lasith Malinga10 (18)
Sachithra Senanayake3 (11)
Saeed Ajmal 10-1-37-2
Junaid Khan 9-0-40-2
42.6
Ajmal to Malinga, no run

tries to slog and misses

42.5
Ajmal to Malinga, no run

tries to slog and misses

42.4
Ajmal to Malinga, no run

a doosra, played uppishly towards cover, lands short of the fielder there, SL prolonging this

42.3
Ajmal to Malinga, no run

wild mows the order of the day now, no contact outside off

42.2
Ajmal to Malinga, no run

looking to skip down the track, can't get bat on it

42.1
4
Ajmal to Malinga, FOUR runs

scythed that through the covers to take Sri Lanka past 200