Younis stars in Pak win

Sri Lanka take series 3-2 despite 132-run drubbing in final ODI

Younis top-scored with 76 and Misbah-ul-Haq hit an unbeaten 73 to steer Pakistan to 279 for eight after they won the toss and elected to bat in the day-night match at the Premadasa stadium.

Teenage paceman Mohammad Aamer grabbed four for 28 and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan took four for 44 as Pakistan bowled out Sri Lanka for 147 in the 35th over to record their second successive win after Friday’s 146-run success.

Sri Lanka, however, clinched the one-day series 3-2, after winning the Test series 2-0.
The rivals, who contested the World Twenty20 final in England in June when Pakistan won the title, will play a T20 international here on Wednesday in the last match of the tour.

The half-centuries from Younis and Misbah helped Pakistan recover from the first-ball dismissal of Kamran Akmal, given out leg-before off Nuwan Kulasekara despite nicking the ball on to his pads.

Younis put on 69 for the third wicket with veteran Mohammad Yousuf (43) and 83 for the fourth with Misbah before being bowled by seamer Dammika Prasad.

Misbah stepped in to keep the scoreboard moving after the captain’s dismissal, adding 60 for the seventh wicket with Rana to carry Pakistan past the 250-run mark. Kulasekara was the most impressive bowler with three for 46.

Sri Lanka’s reply began on the wrong foot when Upul Tharanga edged the third ball of the innings to Umar Akmal at second slip. Wickets tumbled regularly after that to reduce the hosts to 74 for eight, before Thilina Kandamby (42 n.o.) and Malinga Bandara (31) added 71 for the ninth wicket.

SCORE BOARD
Pakistan
K Akmal lbw Kulasekara    0
Nazir lbw Mendis    35
Younis b Prasad    76
Yousuf  c Sangakkara b J’suriya    43
Misbah (not out)    73
U Akmal c Tharanga b Mathews    6
Afridi c Sangakkara b Kulasekara    5
Rana c Tharanga b Kulasekara    33
Anjum (run out)    0
Extras (lb-1, W-4, nb-3)    8
Total (for 8 wkts; 50 overs)    279
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-45, 3-113, 4-196, 5-208, 6-214, 7-274, 8-279.
Bowling: Kulasekara 10-1-46-3, Prasad 9-0-61-1, Ajanta Mendis 10-0-45-1, Mathews 6-0-30-1, Malinga Bandara 6-0-39-0, Sanath Jayasuriya 9-0-57-1.

Sri Lanka
Tharanga c U Akmal b Aamer    0
Jayasuriya c Misbah b Rana    6
Jayawardene c K Akmal b Aamer    31
Sangakkara c Afridi b Rana    16
Kapugedera c Misbah b Aamer    1
Kandamby (not out)    42
Mathews c K Akmal b Aamer    5
Kulasekara c Misbah b Rana    0
Prasad b Rana    1
Bandara st K Akmal b Afridi    31
Mendis c Misbah b Afridi    0
Extras (LB-2, W-9, NB-3)    14     
Total (all out, 34.2 overs)    147
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-19, 3-54, 4-58, 5-59, 6-69, 7-70, 8-74, 9-145.
Bowling: Aamer 9-1-28-4, Naved-ul-Hasan 8-0-44-4, Anjum 7-1-28-0, Ajmal 7-0-29-0, Afridi 3.2-0-16-2.

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