Monday, 23 October 2017 - 20:45
Pakistan whitewashes Sri Lanka


Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in their 5th and final ODI at Sharjah today (23).

Batting first, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 103 and in reply, the Pakistanis reached the winning target off just 20.2 overs losing one wicket.

This was Sri Lanka's third 5-0 ODI whitewash of 2017.

Imam-ul-Haq made 45 not out and Fakhar Zaman scored 48 and they added 84 runs for the first wicket.

Three of Sri Lanka's top five batsmen were out for ducks - Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dinesh Chandimal, and Niroshan Dickwella, and this was only their third such instance in ODIs.

Playing just his second ODI, Usman Khan (5 for 34) destroyed Sri Lanka's top-order, striking four times in 11 balls and then completing a five-for off his 21st delivery.

Since 2001, only two bowlers have completed a five-wicket haul in fewer balls.

Chaminda Vaas did it in 16 balls against Bangladesh in Pietermeritzburg in the 2003 World Cup, which included a hat-trick from the first three balls of the innings, and Netherlands' Timm van der Gugten completed a five-for in 20 balls against Canada in 2013.

Usman is only the second Pakistan bowler after Bilal Asif to take a five-wicket haul in his first two ODIs.

Bilal also did it in his second match, in 2015.

Sri Lanka's wretched year in ODIs has turned worse with every match of this series.

They have suffered their third whitewash in five bilateral series this year - against South Africa, India, and Pakistan.

Before this, no team had ever been whitewashed more than twice in a year in bilateral series of five or more games.

Incidentally, from 1982 to 2016, they had been whitewashed only once in a five-match series, by India in 2014.

(Inputs from Cricinfo)
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