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
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• The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

All-round Hafeez sinks Sri Lanka

Pakistan's conformed to the successful batting blueprint they had laid down in the first two matches, beginning securely again before accelerating rapidly to hit their second score of more than 320 in three matches

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Comms: Siddarth Ravindran
Scorecard summary
Pakistan326/5(50 overs)
Sri Lanka213/10(44.4 overs)

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

end of over 421 run
SL: 199/9CRR: 4.73 RRR: 16.00
Sachithra Senanayake3 (11)
Lasith Malinga6 (12)
Junaid Khan 9-0-40-2
Saeed Ajmal 9-1-33-2
41.6
Junaid to Senanayake, no run

he does bowl it fast and full, Senanayake jams his bat down in time to keep that out

Tip to Junaid: bowl it fast and full on the stumps

41.5
Junaid to Senanayake, no run

short ball, Senanayake ducks under that one

41.4
1
Junaid to Malinga, 1 run

length ball into the pads, clipped behind square leg for a single

41.3
Junaid to Malinga, no run

slower ball on offstump, 107kph, defended to the off side

Best performances - batters
Mohammad Hafeez portrait
Mohammad Hafeez PAK
140 runs (136)
11 fours
3 sixes
Control96%
Productive shot
leg glance
71 runs
6 fours
2 sixes
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Ahmed Shehzad portrait
Ahmed Shehzad PAK
81 runs (89)
6 fours
2 sixes
Control91%
Productive shot
leg glance
40 runs
2 fours
2 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Umar Gul portrait
Umar Gul PAK
O
5.4
M
0
R
19
W
3
ECO
3.35
Saeed Ajmal portrait
Saeed Ajmal PAK
O
10
M
1
R
37
W
2
ECO
3.7
Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of United Arab Emirates
Season2013/14
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez
Series resultPakistan led the 5-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3447
Hours of play (local time)15.00 start, First Session 15.00-18.30, Interval 18.30-19.15, Second Session 19.15-22.45
Match days22 December 2013 - daynight (50-over match)
Umpires
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Johan Cloete
Pakistan Image
Shozab Raza
TV Umpire
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Richard Illingworth
Match Referee
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David Boon