4th ODI (D/N), Abu Dhabi, Dec 25 2013, Sri Lanka tour of United Arab Emirates
(41.1/50 ov)226/2
Pakistan won by 8 wickets (with 53 balls remaining)
player of the match
Article Thumbnail
• The Report by Abhishek Purohit

Another Hafeez century gives Pakistan series

Mohammad Hafeez became the second Pakistani after Zaheer Abbas to make three hundreds in a bilateral ODI series as his side took an unbeatable 3-1 lead over Sri Lanka

Match centre 
Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Rohan Sharma
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka225/10(48.5 overs)
Pakistan226/2(41.1 overs)

That is all from the presentation. Just one more game to come on December 27th. Sri Lanka will be playing for pride, while Pakistan will want to close out the series on 4-1. Till then, this is Rohan Sharma, on behalf of the scorer, Gopi, saying good night and good luck!

Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan captain: Really pleasing performance by the team. I think Umar Gul is setting the tone right from the start, getting wickets from the new ball, and everyone else is really bowling and batting well. Shehzad has really put in some good efforts at the top, while Hafeez is having an unforgettable series in the way he is playing and finishing games for us, along with Maqsood who is playing well. Every game is important, and we want to win the next game also. We also need to keep our players going, but the main thing is that you really want to win every game, and we will try to do that.

Mohammed Hafeez, Man of the Match: It's a great honour to achieve that for the country and equal the record of one of the great batsmen of Pakistan (3 centuries in a bilateral series, Zaheer Abbas did it in 1982 v India). There was time where I was under pressure, but thanks to the supporters, and the team for supporting me. At the start of the series there was a problem but I was able to work on it. It was something very special for the team to win this series and we want to finish the last match on a high.

Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka captain: We didn't do very well in all departments. They played good cricket and were far better than us, so they deserved to win. The way Ashan and Vithanage batted was pleasing. They took the challenge on. The Pakistani attack is very good so they played well. We have to play for our pride in the next game, at least try and lose 3-2. We can't let it go 4-1, so we have to play our best team.

We will be back shortly for quotes from the match presentation.

Sohaib Maqsood, Pakistan batsman: It's a great feeling to play the winning shot that won the series. Credit goes to the boys with the way they batted, especially Hafeez. I have been told a lot of things especially after the rash shots I played in the last two innings. Misbah has taught me how to play and keep my wicket in the middle. I just went in there and trying to play the ball. It was not coming on as nicely for me so I had to work for it. It's a great thing for us to have won two series in a row (SA before this). We need to keep playing good cricket and see what happens.

With that single down the leg side Pakistan comfortably win this 4th ODI against Sri Lanka, and take the series 3-1 with one to play on December 27th. Credit has to go to Mohammed Hafeez, who for the third time this series went on to produce an instrumental hundred. The Pakistan bowlers did well to keep Sri Lanka to 225, with special mention going to Saeed Ajmal for his 4 for 39, and Umar Gul for setting it all up with his three early strikes. The platform was laid by Ahmed Shehzad and Hafeez for the chase, with the pair putting on 84 for the third wicket. Then Maqsood took over to take hi side home with almost nine overs to spare.

Dilshan to Maqsood, 1 run

well that didn't work out so well as Maqsood steers this to midwicket for one to seal an eight-wicket victory

end of over 415 runs
PAK: 225/2CRR: 5.48 • RRR: 0.11 • Need 1 from 54b
Mohammad Hafeez113 (119)
Sohaib Maqsood45 (55)
Ashan Priyanjan1-0-5-0
Tillakaratne Dilshan3-0-24-0
Priyanjan to Hafeez, no run
Priyanjan to Hafeez, no run

and despite playing this into the gap at covers, Hafeez still can't buy a run. I think he wants Maqsood to get to his fifty with a six

Priyanjan to Hafeez, no run

once again tries to push it past backward point, and looks for the run, but can't seem to find it with the throw returning back to the keeper

Priyanjan to Hafeez, no run

steers this one again into the waiting clutches of backward point

Priyanjan to Hafeez, no run

this time tries to guide this one past point

Priyanjan to Hafeez, no run

defended to the leg side by Hafeez

Priyanjan to Hafeez, 5 wide

starts off with a wide down the leg side which evades the keeper as well, with the ball carrying all the way to the boundary to make it five wides. What a turnaround in emotion he must be feeling at the moment, especially after that amazing knock up front

After stroking 74 on debut, Priyanjan comes on to have a bowl, with Pakistan needing just 6 to win.... Strange decision

end of over 4011 runs
PAK: 220/2CRR: 5.50 • RRR: 0.60 • Need 6 from 60b
Sohaib Maqsood45 (55)
Mohammad Hafeez113 (113)
Tillakaratne Dilshan3-0-24-0
Suranga Lakmal9-0-49-1

Azweer: "Professor averages 200+ for this series"

Dilshan to Maqsood, FOUR runs

once again on the back foot as this time he is able to pierce the gap to get enough on it to find the extra-cover boundary

Dilshan to Maqsood, no run

rocks on the back foot before cutting this through point, but finds the fielder

Dilshan to Hafeez, 1 run

on the back foot as Hafeez works this off the pads down to deep midwicket

Dilshan to Maqsood, 1 run

and with a chip to midwicket, Maqsood brings up the century partnership between these two

Dilshan to Maqsood, 4 byes

goes for the drive through the covers, but misses it, along with the keeper, as the ball goes all the way to the third man boundary to make it four byes

Dilshan to Hafeez, 1 run

tucks this away to the leg side for one

Dilshan back into the attack

end of over 396 runs
PAK: 209/2CRR: 5.35 • RRR: 1.55 • Need 17 from 11 overs
Sohaib Maqsood40 (51)
Mohammad Hafeez111 (111)
Suranga Lakmal9-0-49-1
Sachithra Senanayake10-0-49-0

Arslan: "@Ravi.. thats almost as good as most indian bowlers :) just a joke :)"

Lakmal to Maqsood, no run

this one is steered straight to cover to bring an end to the 39th over

Lakmal to Maqsood, no run

this time drives on the up through extra-cover, with the ball carrying just short of Chandimal at silly mid-off

Lakmal to Maqsood, FOUR runs

powerfully hits this down the ground. Exquisite shot that from the tall right-hander. Invokes flashes of Inzy there

Lakmal to Hafeez, 1 run

sticks his bat out in an attempt to run this down to third man, but instead hits it more square off the wicket

Lakmal to Hafeez, no run

on the back foot as Hafeez whisks this off his pads

Lakmal to Maqsood, 1 run

swivels on the back foot to pull this Lakmal offering down to fine leg

Best performances - batsmen
Mohammad Hafeez portrait
Mohammad Hafeez
113 runs (119)
12 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
37 runs
1 four
0 sixes
Ashan Priyanjan portrait
SMA Priyanjan
74 runs (93)
10 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
18 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Saeed Ajmal portrait
Saeed Ajmal
Umar Gul portrait
Umar Gul
Match details
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of United Arab Emirates
Player Of The Match
Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez
Series resultPakistan led the 5-match series 3-1
Match numberODI no. 3448
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 days25 December 2013 - daynight match (50-over match)
ODI debut
Ashan Priyanjan
Ashan Priyanjan
Kithuruwan Vithanage
Kithuruwan Vithanage
Pakistan Image
Ahsan Raza
England Image
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
South Africa Image
Johan Cloete
Reserve Umpire
Pakistan Image
Shozab Raza
Match Referee
India Image
Javagal Srinath