The visitors Pakistan win the 4th ODI by 7 wickets against Srilanka as they chased down the target of 257 with ease in just 41st over of the match and taking an unbeaten lead of 3-1 in the five match series with a game to go.
Earlier in the day Angelo mathews won the toss and decided to bat first. His desison went wrong for the first over as Shrilanka lost Parera on the second ball of the matchas we was caught by Wasim of Irfan.
But Dilshan and Thirimane stitched a partnership of 109 runs and brought srilanka back on track before dilshan was bowled by Wasim in the 23rd over after completing his half century and he got out on 50 of 59 balls.
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From there the Srilankan side was again dissettled as they started losing wickets at regular intervls as 5 of there batsmen was not able to reach above 20 mark score.
Lahiru Thirimanne was the alone fighter remaining in the side trying to settle srilankan innings from one end but wickets was falling regularly from the other end Which led to a total of 256/9 in 50 overs.
While, Lahiru Thirimanne was the top scorer from the Srilankan side with his 90 rns of 126 balls before he was caught by Ahmed Shehzad of yasir shah.
Irfan got 3, Anwar Ali got 2 while Rahat ali, Yasir Shah and and imad wasim got 1 each.
While Chasing, Pakistandid it quite easily as Hafeez made 70 runs of 88 balls and a short cameo from Shoaib Malik of 29 runs from 16 balls including 4 sixes.
Ahmed Shehzad made brilliant 95 from 90 balls and was the highest run getter of the match and Pakistani side unfortunatly missed out his century.
Only 3 wickets fell from the Pakistani side shared by Malinga, Lakmal and Siriwardana 1 wickets a piece.
Ahmed Shehzad was the Man of the Match
Shehzad: “I was hitting the ball well in the first three games, but today converted the start. I have been working hard with the coaching staff, would like to thank everyone there. It’s a complete team effort, the way we have pushed ourselves in humid conditions, I am really happy. We really want to do well in the upcoming matches. Azhar Ali is in the form of his life. When you see him at the other end, it makes you bat positively. Not nervous, it’s just luck (on missing out on his hundred). It is disappointing, but I am happy with what I have got.”
Lets now take a look what the two captains said at the post match presentation.
Azhar Ali: “You can’t control the toss, it is the team that had to fight. Whatever we are doing first, you have to do it well. Getting a wicket in the first over was good, but they had a partnership and we pulled it back nicely towards the end. All the bowlers need to be praised, they stuck to their plans and kept coming at the batsmen. We are working very hard in practice and having youngsters in the team helps. Every game is very important for us, especially in the situation of Champions Trophy. This is the Eid gift from the Pakistani cricket team to the supporters back home.”
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Mathews: “After the start we got, we kept losing wickets at crucial times. Unfortunately, 256 was not good enough, it was a fighting score, but not enough. We need to adapt to the new rules. It was turning quite a bit, but there was no penetration in our bowling attack. He (Malinga) was bowling well and was swinging it well, so kept him going. We have got nothing to lose, but we need to play positive cricket (speaking about the last ODI).”
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