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Mathews stars in Sri Lanka's series-clinching win over Pak

PTI 19 Jun 2012, 8:51:11 IST
Colombo, Jun 18 : Sri Lanka posted a pulsating two-wicket win  over Pakistan in the fifth and final ODI  to clinch the series 3-1.

One match was abandoned due to rain.Angelo Mathews  was the star of the match scoring an unbeaten 80 runs.

Mathews hit two sixes and four boundaries to reach 80 off 76 balls.  Sri Lanka achieved the 248-run target set by Pakistan with two balls to spare in the day-night match.

Sri Lanka needed 15 runs to win in the last over. As Pakistani paceman Mohammad Sami took the last over, Mathews hit a four off the fourth ball to seal the win. Dinesh Chandimal scored 54 runs for the home team in Colombo.

Earlier, Pakistani paceman Sohail Tanvir bagged three wickets and leg-spinner Shahid Afridi  took two wickets to reduce Sri Lanka to 138-6. It was then that Mathews took over and he got good support from compatriot Jeevan Mendis who scored 19  and Nuwan Kulasekara  to  clinch the series.

Kumar Sangakkara  made 40 runs. He  and captain Mahela Jayawardene were removed off successive balls  by Afridi. “It was a great game. The whole series was fantastic. We
had to dig deep at times and today was no different,” said Jayawardene.

Man of the match Mathews later said: “I haven't had the opportunity to bat since the first game, but I was ready. I am glad I did it today in front of an amazing crowd.”