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Sri Lankans win match but lose series

CRICKET: Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 115 runs in the third and final match of the Warid Cricket series at the Sheikh Stadium on Tuesday.

This victory was a consolation for the Sri Lankans after they lost the first two games and the series. The Lankans led by Mahela Jayawardena did a fine job in restricting the Pakistanis to a total of 181 chasing a target of 297.

Pakistanis could not get off to a good start as like in the earlier games and lost the first wicket with the score on five. It was Maharoof who did the early damage for the Pakistanis trapping him lbw. The second wicket pair of Mohammed Hafeez and Yasir Hameed did a good job collecting 55 runs to put Pakistan to a good position.

Hafeez departed when Dilhara Fernando struck a big blow, to have Pakistan struggling at 62 for two. From there onwards it was Sri Lanka who put more pressure on the Pakistanis.

Pakistani wickets tumbled at regular intervals but their skipper played a fine innings to be unbeaten on 79. His knock included four boundaries and four power packed sixes which came off in 85 balls.

Dilhara Fernando became the most successful bowler for the Sri Lankan camp capturing three wickets giving away 20 runs from seven overs. He was also the most economical bowler and was declared the Man of the Match.

Shahid Afridi who played a vital innings in the first game and took three wickets in the second game which also helped his side to seal victory of the match and the series victory was declared the Man of the series by the adjudicator.

SRI LANKA 
W. Tharanga c Kamran 
Akmal b I. Anjum 			40 
S. Jayasuriya b Iftikhar Anjum 		19 
C. Kapugedera c Kamran 
Akmal b I. Anjum 			15 
D. Jayawardene 
b Mohammad Hafeez 			83 
L. Silva b Abdur Rehman		64 
M. Maharoof c and 
b Mohammad Hafeez 			10 
K. Lokuarachchi c 
Salman Butt b M. Asif			2 
T. Dilshan not out 			28 
H. Jayawardene run out 		2 
S. Malinga run out 			11 

Extras (b-4, lb-5, w-9, nb-4) 		22 

TOTAL (9 wikts; 50 overs) 		296 

DID NOT BAT: C. Fernando. 

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-62 (Jayasuriya), 2-73 (Tharanga), 3-101 (Kapugedera), 4-225 (D. Jayawardene), 
		5-240 (Maharoof), 6-244 (Lokuarachchi), 7-252 (Silva), 8-258 (H. Jayawardene), 9-296 (Malinga). 

BOWLING: Mohammad Asif 10-1-76-1, Najaf Shah 10-1-59-0, Iftikhar Anjum 10-0-53-3, 
		Abdur Rehman 10-0-44-1, Mohammad Hafeez 10-0-55-2. 
PAKISTAN 
Salman Butt b Maharoof 		2 
Mohammad Hafeez run out 		34 
Yasir Hameed c Kapugedera 
b Fernando 			22 
Mohammad Yousuf lbw b Fernando 	5 
Shoaib Malik not out 			79 
Fawad Alam c and b Fernando 		0 
Kamran Akmal run out 		2 
Abdur Rehman b Lokuarachchi 		10 
I. Anjum c H. Jayawardene 
b Lokuarachchi 			18 
Mohammad Asif run out 		3 
Najaf Shah lbw b Maharoof 		0 

Extras (lb 1, w 1, nb 4) 		6 

TOTAL (all out; 42.5 overs) 		181 

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-5 (Salman Butt), 2-61 (Mohammad Hafeez), 3-66 (Yasir Hameed), 
		4-68 (Mohammad Yousuf), 5-68 (Fawad Alam), 6-70 (Kamran Akmal), 7-114 (Abdur Rehman), 
		8-166 (Iftikhar Anjum), 9-180 (Mohammad Asif) 

BOWLING: M. Maharoof 8.5-0-43-2, S. Malinga 8-0-33-0, C. Fernando 7-1-20-3, 
	T. Dilshan 4-0-19-0, K. Lokuarachchi 10-1-32-2, S. Jayasuriya 5-0-33-0.

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