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    As it happened: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI

    A file photo of Nuwan Kulasekara.

    A file photo of Nuwan Kulasekara. (AFP)

    Sri Lanka once again won the toss and opted to field first in the third ODI of the five-match series against Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday.

    The visitors kept the same eleven that beat the hosts by two wickets in the second match.

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    Pakistan made just one change to their side, bringing in Umar Gul in place of Sohail Tanvir. Gul made a comeback to the side after a gap of ten months.

    Teams:

    Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal(w), Bilawal Bhatti, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan

    Sri Lanka: Kushal Janith Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews(c), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Seekkuge Prasanna, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga

    Commentary (Sri Lanka 1st Innings)

    Mohammad Hafeez has been named the Man of the Match for his hundred which set up the big score in the first place. That's all we have today. Join us in two days' time for the 4th ODI. Until then, farewell!

    Overall, Pakistan have taken a 2-1 lead in the five-match series and would be pretty much looking to keep their guard on and not lose the series. They are not a very strong side and once put under pressure, can crumble easily. Watch out for Sri Lanka to come fighting back.

    This time around, the Sri Lankan batsmen were aggressive, because of the demanding run-rate and lost wickets at crucial junctures.

    The collapse begun so early that there was no looking back for them as they fell in a heap. Sri Lanka needed someone to keep scoring at a brisk rate.

    End of a comprehensive victory for Pakistan and they will be much relieved with a confident win. After losing the toss, the pair of Shehzad and Hafeez put on a huge stand and after the former fell on 80. Hafeez bullied the bowlers and along with Misbah, took Pakistan to a massive 300 plus score.

    44.4 U Gul to L Malinga, OUT! PAKISTAN WIN BY 113 RUNS! It was a full and a fast delivery, Malinga went to make contact with the bat but the ball sneaked through. Easy win eventually. Umar Gul makes a successful comeback in international cricket. 213/10

    44.3 U Gul to L Malinga, Slower length ball, Malinga only managed an inside edge onto the pads. 213/9

    44.2 U Gul to L Malinga, A yorker outside off, Malinga went to hit but missed it. 213/9

    44.1 U Gul to L Malinga, Short ball on middle, Malinga gets under it. 213/9

    43.6 S Afridi to L Malinga, Flat and full, driven through mid on for one. 213/9

    43.5 S Afridi to L Malinga, FOUR! Another one hit away! Short in length, Malinga went back and smacked it away through covers. 212/9

    43.4 S Afridi to L Malinga, Flighted up, driven towards mid off. 208/9

    43.3 S Afridi to L Malinga, FOUR! Punched away! Short in length outside off, Malinga went back and punched it away through covers. 208/9

    43.2 S Afridi to L Malinga, The batsman has driven it through mid off. 204/9

    43.1 S Afridi to S Senanayake, Driven towards the mid off region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 204/9

    42.6 S Ajmal to L Malinga, Flat and angling away, yet away just about misses the off stump by a whisker as Malinga missed it. 203/9

    42.5 S Ajmal to L Malinga, A flighted delivery, Malinga got in front and blocked but is hit on the pads. 203/9

    42.4 S Ajmal to L Malinga, Short outside off, Malinga went back and punched it away. 203/9

    42.3 S Ajmal to L Malinga, Flighted one on middle, Malinga went to sweep it away but missed it. 203/9

    42.2 S Ajmal to L Malinga, Flighted ball, Malinga comes down the track but gets hit on the body. 203/9

    42.1 S Ajmal to L Malinga, FOUR! Thrashed! Short ball outside off, Malinga went back and smashed it away through covers. 203/9

    41.6 J Khan to S Senanayake, Lands in a yorker, Sachithra keeps it away. 199/9

    41.5 J Khan to S Senanayake, Hurls down a bouncer, Senanayake gets right under it. 199/9

    41.4 J Khan to L Malinga, Malinga works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single. 199/9

    41.3 J Khan to L Malinga, Stays back and defends it down. 198/9

    41.2 J Khan to L Malinga, Fuller length, Malinga went to flick but found a leading edge. 198/9

    41.1 J Khan to L Malinga, Short of a length and Malinga fails to get bat on that. 198/9

    40.6 S Ajmal to L Malinga, Chance goes abegging! A flighted delivery, Malinga comes charging down the ground to smack but finds a top edge. Bhatti ran behind from covers and took it well. 198/9

    40.5 S Ajmal to L Malinga, DROPPED BY AKMAL! Doosra outside off, Malinga went for a big shot, found a thin nick through to the keeper who missed it. 197/9

    40.4 S Ajmal to S Senanayake, Goes back and punches it away through covers for one. 197/9

    40.3 S Ajmal to S Senanayake, Sachithra has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 196/9

    40.2 S Ajmal to S Senanayake, Sliding away outside off, Senanayake went to push but missed it. Ajmal has a smile. 196/9

    40.1 S Ajmal to S Senanayake, Length delivery, Senanayake went to block but found an inside edge. 196/9

    39.6 J Khan to L Malinga, Malinga has dug out that yorker at the last second. 196/9

    39.5 J Khan to L Malinga, FOUR! Squeezed away! A yorker on middle, Malinga went to dig it away but it found the thick edge and it went through slip and the keeper. 196/9

    39.4 J Khan to L Malinga, Short of a length, Malinga pushes it away. 192/9

    39.3 J Khan to L Malinga, Wide outside off, Malinga went to put bat on ball but missed it. 192/9

    39.2 J Khan to L Malinga, Short of a length, Malinga sits back and defends. 192/9

    39.1 J Khan to L Malinga, A yorker, Malinga dug it right back. 192/9

    Lasith Malinga in next.

    38.6 S Ajmal to A Mathews, OUT! Umar Akmal calls it and takes it eventually! A flighted doosra, Mathews went to heave it away for a big shot but found a meaty top edge. Akmal ran towards Hafeez at short fine leg, calling continuously for it and eventually takes it near Hafeez's face. 192/9

    38.5 S Ajmal to S Senanayake, A bit short, punched away through covers for one. 192/8

    38.4 S Ajmal to S Senanayake, A bit short, Senanayake rocks back and blocks it. 191/8

    38.3 S Ajmal to A Mathews, Mathews flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single. 191/8

    38.2 S Ajmal to S Senanayake, Turning back in, Sachitra went to chop it away but found an inside edge towards short fine leg for one. 190/8

    38.1 S Ajmal to A Mathews, Gets right across and reverse sweeps it towards point. There is a shy at the stumps from Bhatti and found a direct hit. They go upstairs and replays show that the batsman was well in with the dive. 189/8

    37.6 J Khan to S Senanayake, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 188/8

    37.5 J Khan to S Senanayake, Short of a length, Senanayake defends it down. 188/8

    37.4 J Khan to A Mathews, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 188/8

    37.3 J Khan to A Mathews, REVIEW TAKEN, Not out though. Short of a length, Mathews went across to pull it across mid-wicket but is hit on the pads. Junaid is pretty confident and goes for the review. Replays show that the impact was outside off and it was going over as well. 187/8

    Sachithra Senanayake now walks in at number 10. The batting order is going really deep for Sri Lanka.

    37.2 J Khan to T Perera, OUT! Stunning catch from Afridi! Short of a length outside off, Perera goes to slash it away but finds a big top edge. Afridi from short third man and Umar Akmal go in towards the straight fence behind but the former called for it and takes it well in the end. 187/8

    37.1 J Khan to A Mathews, Short of a length, pulled away through mid-wicket for one. 187/7

    Junaid Khan back on.

    36.6 S Ajmal to T Perera, Flat and full, Perera comes forward and defends. 186/7

    36.5 S Ajmal to A Mathews, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 186/7

    36.4 S Ajmal to A Mathews, Flat around off and slanting away, Mathews went to smash that away but missed. 185/7

    36.3 S Ajmal to A Mathews, Mathews has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 185/7

    36.2 S Ajmal to A Mathews, Flighted ball, worked away towards mid-wicket. 185/7

    36.1 S Ajmal to T Perera, Flat ball, Perera flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total. 185/7

    35.6 M Hafeez to A Mathews, SIX! Massive! A short ball on middle, Mathews takes a couple of steps forward and hoicks it away over the mid-wicket fence. 184/7

    35.5 M Hafeez to T Perera, Driven through mid off for one. 178/7

    35.4 M Hafeez to A Mathews, Flat and full, worked away through mid-wicket for one. 177/7

    35.3 M Hafeez to A Mathews, SIX! Flat! Mathews picks up a low full toss from outside leg and sends it packing over the mid-wicket ropes. 176/7

    35.2 M Hafeez to A Mathews, The batsman has driven that ball straight back. 170/7

    35.1 M Hafeez to A Mathews, Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. 170/7

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