The final match of the ODI series awaits Pakistan and Sri Lanka after a
stunning tale of events on Saturday as Sri Lanka took an unbeatable 2-1 lead.
Pakistan will be looking to recover from the shock while Sri Lanka are on a high
they have not experienced very frequently in the past 12 months or so.
The fourth ODI finished on Saturday despite the rain interruption as well as the
presence of a reserve day due to looming rain threat. On the occasion, Sri Lanka
caused an upsetting turnaround to inflict a 44-run defeat on Pakistan after
the visitors looked comfortably placed on course to victory.
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Pakistan captain Misbah ul Haq offered no excuses for the defeat, saying that
his batsmen took the win for granted and as a result they succumbed to an embarrassing
Six batsmen were dismissed for a duck while Younis Khan contributed one
run. Mohammad Hafeez, who registered his third duck on tour, and Younis are under
immense pressure and it wouldn't come as a surprise if Younis is benched for the
Azhar Ali has been the bright spot this series as yet another fighting half-century
ended in a losing cause.
Sri Lanka will look to carry on their immense self-belief that has seen them come
out on top in difficult conditions. Kumar Sangakkara's 97-run knock was
a welcome return to form for the experienced batsman.
In addition, Thissara Perera's hat-trick conspired the turnaround of events leading
to victory and the all-rounder has already had an impact with two Man-of-the-Match
performances this series.
The fielding has been a huge plus for the hosts as they have looked sharp in stopping
the runs and have held on to their catches.
Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is one short of becoming the 17th Pakistani bowler
to pick up 100 ODI wickets. The match will be played on Monday, with Tuesday as
a reserve day.