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PAKISTAN V SRI LANKA ODIS

Khan's record haul destroys Sri Lanka

23 October 2017
MATCH REPORT

Pakistani quick takes five wickets in 21 deliveries as hosts complete series whitewash in Sharjah

Pakistan v Sri Lanka ODIs, Fifth ODI

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Left-arm paceman Usman Khan destroyed Sri Lanka with a five-wicket burst to help Pakistan achieve a convincing nine-wicket win in the fifth and final one-day international to secure a 5-0 series sweep.

Khan's 5-34 in seven overs reduced Sri Lanka to 103 all out in 26.2 overs in Sharjah before openers Fakhar Zaman (48) and Imam-ul-Haq (45 not out) knocked off the paltry target in 20.2 overs.

This is Pakistan's sixth whitewash in a five-match ODI series. They had swept Zimbabwe (2002 and 2008), Bangladesh (2003 and 2008) and New Zealand in 2003 in the past.

The result was never in doubt once Khan assisted by Hasan Ali (2-19) and Shadab Khan (2-24) had destroyed Sri Lanka who had totals of 209, 187, 208 and 173 in the series.

The win is Pakistan's ninth in a row since winning the Champions trophy in June this year while Sri Lanka plummeted to their 12th defeat in a row, also losing 5-0 each to South Africa and India this year.

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Zaman hit seven boundaries in his 47-ball knock before he fell with just 20 needed. Imam hit the winning boundary, finishing his 64-ball knock with four boundaries and a six. 

But it was the hosts' new find Khan, who claimed the best ODI figures by a Pakistan left-arm quick since Wasim Akram, who rocked the Sri Lankans.

The 23-year-old finished with 5-34 as Sri Lanka, who won the toss and batted on an easy paced Sharjah stadium pitch, never recovered from early jolts of losing four wickets in the first three overs.


Khan termed it his best bowling in the entire career.

"Yes, you can say this is my best performance," said Khan, declared man of the match. "Our bowling coach (Azhar Mahmood) always tells us to attack from the first ball and I did that and got wickets."

Sri Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga showed disappointment over the loss.

"For the last 15-18 months we are losing because of poor batting," said Tharanga, referring to Sri Lanka's defeats which also included their first-ever loss to minnows Zimbabwe at home.

"We had no answer to Pakistan's bowling in the series and today we lost four wickets inside three overs and it was tough to come back after that."


Only Thisara Perera (25), Lahiru Thirimanne (19), Seekuge Prasanna (16) and Dushmantha Chameera (11) reached double figures in an abysmal batting performance by Sri Lanka, their second lowest total in an ODI against Pakistan.

Their lowest total of 78 against Pakistan had also come at Sharjah in 2002.

Khan, who debuted in the fourth one-dayer of this series, bowled Sadeera Samarawickrama with the fifth ball of the match for nought and then had Dinesh Chandimal next ball, caught behind without scoring.

In his next over Khan had Tharanga bowled off a nippy delivery for eight and then trapped Niroshan Dickwella leg before with the fifth to leave Sri Lanka tottering at 8-4.

Khan completed his maiden five-wicket haul when he had Milinda Siriwardana (six) caught by Fakhar Zaman, his wickets coming off just 21 balls - third fastest to five wickets in an ODI.

Perera hit three boundaries and a six before he became one of two wickets by leg-spinner Shadab Khan in one over. Hasan Ali also took 2-19, 14 wickets in the series.

The two teams now play a three-match Twenty20 international series, the first two in Abu Dhabi on October 26 and 27 while the last in Lahore on October 29.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan, Faheem Ashraf

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (c), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Thirimanne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Seekuge Prasanna, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando and Jeffrey Vandersay


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