Sri Lanka earn consolation win

Published: Saturday | December 28, 2013 Comments 0

ADU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP):Dinesh Chandimal notched a half century for the first time in 11 months and carried Sri Lanka to a thrilling two-wicket victory over Pakistan in the fifth and final one-day international yesterday.

Chandimal, who scored his last ODI fifty against Australia in January, made a composed unbeaten 64 off 70 balls with just one four and a six as he put on a match-winning 40-run stand with No. 10 batsman Ajantha Mendis (19 not out) to guide his team to 235-8 in 49.4 overs.

Pakistan, which clinched the series 3-2, were bowled out for 232 with Lasith Malinga (4-57) finally making an impact after taking just two wickets in the previous four matches.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq top-scored with 51 for his 15th half century of 2013 and finished the year as the leading scorer in limited-overs cricket.

Sri Lanka looked to have spoiled a perfect start of 75 runs by their openers Kusal Perera (47) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (45) when they limped to 195-8 in the 46h over.

Chandimal and Mendis swung the game in Sri Lanka's favour when they hit a six each off Umar Gul's 49th over before Mendis, playing his first match of the series, hit the winning boundary off Anwar Ali over extra cover to finish off the game.

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