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24-Nov-2011 02:45:00 GMT
Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Abu Dhabi

Pakistan End ODI Series on a High

Abu Dhabi: Misbah-ul Haq and Umar Akmal hit half centuries to help Pakistan upstage Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in the fifth day-night international at Abu Dhabi Stadium.

Sri Lanka limped to 9-218 from their 50 overs before Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal both hit half-centuries to help steer their side past the total with 16 balls to spare, giving them a 4-1 series win after a 1-0 triumph in the Test series.

Sri Lanka were in dire straits early in their dig at 4-46, but Kumar Sangakkara (78) and Angelo Mathews (61) put on 118 for the fifth wicket to be the best of the Sri Lankan batsmen.

Seamer Sohail Tanvir was the chief destroyer with 4-34 from seven overs, with Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez all taking one apiece.

Pakistan had few problems overhauling the target, with solid middle order knocks from Misbah (66) and Akmal (61) leading them to 7-219 in the 48th over.

Leg-spinner Jeevan Mendis took 3-36 from seven overs, while seamer Dilhara Fernando claimed 2-47.

Pakistan's series win lifted them to fifth in the ICC's one-day international rankings.

Brief scores
Sri Lanka
218 for 9 (Sangakkara 78, Mathews 61, Tanvir 4-34)
Pakistan 219 for 7 (Misbah 66, Umar 61*, J Mendis 3-36)
Result Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by three wickets
MOM Umar Akmal (Pakistan)
Man of the series Shahid Afridi (Pakistan)

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