Player of the Match
Player of the Match

39 | 12 Runs | PAK: 177/3 | RR: 4.53

  • Shoaib Malik69 (81b)
  • Babar Azam69 (101b)
  • Milinda Siriwardana5-0-34-0
  • Seekkuge Prasanna10-0-44-1

8:48pm And that is the story today. Another Pakistan win. We'll see you for the final ODI on Monday. Good night!

Sarfraz Ahmed: Test cricket is a little different and we have our momentum in this format, we're doing well in all departments. The boys are understanding their roles, especially the seniors. Shoaib bhai stood up with the bat, Hafeez has been doing well in both departments and the young boys are stepping up. They're making my job easy. Whoever is playing is having an impact. These are good signs. [About his batting position] we're not looking to change anything at the moment.

Upul Tharanga: The main thing is batting - we are making the same mistakes. We have a very good batting side so I don't know what is going wrong. I think it has to do with confidence; no one is getting big scores. Hopefully we can do better in the next game. We were 59 for 2 in ten overs and the guys were batting well and after Dinesh [Chandimal] got out, Siriwardana got out early and it was difficult. The spinners have done well but we need to get wickets in the middle overs.

Babar Azam: Praise to God for this award. My focus is always on for every match and I want to give 100%. The longer I'm there, the better it is for both me and the team. The moment Shoaib bhai came in, he said we need to make a partnership and that's what we did.

Babar Azam is the Man of the Match.

8:30pm It seems like the only way Pakistan can lose in this series is if they decide to. And sometimes it looks like they do that. Fifty-eight for 3 at the start of the chase. Makes you wonder what this batting line-up would look like if Babar didn't score for once. But he's that good - he rarely fails in this format. Solid as ever, and aided by the wisdom of Shoaib Malik. They finish unbeaten on the same score, and it's 4-0 to Pakistan. Sri Lanka have lost11 matches in a row. We'll bring you the Man of the Match and the captains soon.

Siriwardana to Shoaib Malik, SIX runs, finishes with a six. Tossed up at middle stump, he's closer to the ball this time and goes straighter this time. Must have been off the toe-end because this hangs in the air a long time. But there is enough to clear the fielder at long-off
Siriwardana to Shoaib Malik, FOUR runs, fielder gets a hand at long-on but his weight was always moving backwards. He wasn't quite on the boundary line and had to reach out. Malik sliced this after stepping out and looking to go over midwicket
Siriwardana to Shoaib Malik, no run, back of a length at leg stump, flicked to short fine

Lodiy: "@zia I and one of my friends had a talk this morning about SL youngsters who can make it to the team in recent future and we checked SL A(who are touring WI right now) & national team players first class avgs, (btw SL domestic structure is considered as below par standards) we couldn't find one player who averages above 50. Highest I found was Roshen Silva(48). "

Siriwardana to Babar Azam, 1 run, back of a length at middle stump, punched to long-on
Siriwardana to Babar Azam, no run, good length at middle stump, defended into the leg side
Siriwardana to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, tossed up at middle stump, cramped for room this time after stepping out. Drives it to long-on

38 | 14 Runs | PAK: 165/3 (9 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.34, RRR: 0.75)

  • Babar Azam68 (99b)
  • Shoaib Malik58 (77b)
  • Seekkuge Prasanna10-0-44-1
  • Milinda Siriwardana4-0-22-0

Dini: "Priyamal perera averages 40 ..quite a fine off break bowler too ..charith asalanka ..scored a few centuries in the u23 asia cup when SL won it did sadeera and shehan jayasuriya"

Prasanna to Babar Azam, no run, good length at off stump, defended back at the bowler
Prasanna to Babar Azam, 2 runs, back of a length slider at leg stump, tickles it fine
Prasanna to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, good length at off stump, pushed through the covers
Prasanna to Shoaib Malik, SIX runs, oh shot of the day. Stunning. Length ball drifted in flat at off stump, but his feet are so quick. And he was always looking to go over cover, can't explain his position otherwise. Got sufficiently leg side, opened his body up and sent it sailing over extra cover
Prasanna to Babar Azam, 1 run, good length at off stump, pushed into the off side off an inside edge to the pad
Prasanna to Babar Azam, FOUR runs, shot Steps out and doesn't allow the ball to turn. Good length and outside off but he's down quickly and ready for the ball to land. Creams it over the bowler's head

37 | 4 Runs | PAK: 151/3 (23 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.08, RRR: 1.76)

  • Babar Azam61 (95b)
  • Shoaib Malik51 (75b)
  • Milinda Siriwardana4-0-22-0
  • Seekkuge Prasanna9-0-30-1
Siriwardana to Babar Azam, 1 run, full at off stump, driven to long-off after skipping down

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st12Fakhar ZamanImam-ul-Haq
2nd25Babar AzamFakhar Zaman
3rd21Mohammad HafeezBabar Azam
4th119Shoaib MalikBabar Azam