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Pakistan crash to 75 all out chasing 310 in deciding match

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Dilshan: second ODI century

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Sri Lanka 309-5 (T M Dilshan 137 no, K C Sangakkara 50) v Pakistan 75
Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 234 runs

Sri Lanka claimed a 2-1 series win in Pakistan with a 234-run success in the third one-day international.

Tillakaratne Dilshan's career-best 137 led the tourists to an imposing total of 309-5 after they had opted to bat first.

New ball pair Nuwan Kulasekara and Thilan Thushara reduced Pakistan to 22-6 inside nine overs of their reply under the Lahore floodlights.

Home skipper Shoaib Malik and Umar Gul briefly resisted with a 46-run stand for the seventh wicket before falling in consecutive deliveries as Pakistan crashed to 75 all out in just 22.5 overs.

Dilshan masterclass

Pakistan left out pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Sohail Tanvir and brought in Sohail Khan and off-spinner Saeed Ajmal following the 129-run defeat in the second match on Wednesday.

But it made little difference as Dilshan took full advantage of a docile pitch at the Gaddafi Stadium, batting throughout Sri Lanka's innings for his second ODI century.

The elegant right-hander shared an opening partnership of 76 in 15.1 overs with Sanath Jayasuriya, although both were dropped early on.

After Jayasuriya chipped Gul's slower ball to mid-on for 45, Dilshan added 104 with Kumar Sangakkara (50) and 57 with Thilina Kandamby (32) for the second and third wickets respectively.

Dilshan reached three figures from 119 balls and then cut loose as Sri Lanka added 83 in the final 10 overs.

The 32-year-old finished unbeaten on 137 from 139 deliveries with 10 boundaries, while Gul picked up the late wickets of Mahela Jayawardene (18) and Chamara Kapugedera (0) for figures of 3-45.


Facing a difficult run chase, Pakistan decided to tweak their batting order, opening the innings with Younus Khan and dropping first-match centurion Salman Butt down to three.

But the move backfired as Younus (4) was trapped in front by Thushara with the sixth ball of the innings to spark a spectacular collapse.

Kulasekara swung into action, inducing an edge from Butt (0) which was held by Kandamby at first slip.

Wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal (9) lasted a couple of overs before he was undone by Thushara, while Farveez Maharoof took a fine reflex catch at short midwicket to send back opener Khurram Manzoor (3) off Kulasekara (3-17).

Misbah-ul-Haq soon followed for a seven-ball duck, caught behind off Thushara (3-33), while Shahid Afridi (0) was bowled, shouldering arms to a delivery that nipped back.

Malik (19) and Gul (27) combined to get Pakistan get past the 50-run mark, but the pair were dismissed off successive deliveries and Muttiah Muralitharan (2-2) cleaned up the tail to complete victory.

Muralitharan's two scalps took him to exactly 500 ODI wickets and he now needs only two more to level Pakistan's Wasim Akram as the leading wicket-taker in the 50-over format.

But it was a day of unwanted landmarks for Pakistan, whose 234-run defeat is their heaviest in terms of runs and 75 all out their lowest total in a one-day match on home soil.