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Sri Lanka overpower Pakistan to win ODI series
Sri Lanka seamer Thisara Perera celebrates after taking the wicket of Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal during the third and final one-day international in Dambulla, some 150 kms north of Colombo on August 30, 2014.Dambulla - Seamer Thisara Perera claimed 4-34 and Tillakartane Dilshan hit an unbeaten 50 as Sri Lanka trounced Pakistan by seven wickets in the final one-dayer on Saturday to clinch the series 2-1. Dhammika Prasad chipped in with two wickets as the hosts bowled Pakistan out for 102 and then surpassed the Duckworth-Lewis target of 101 in the 19th over of a one-sided game in Dambulla. An hour-long rain interruption after Pakistan had slumped to 81-8 in the 26th over of the first session forced the umpires to reduce the game to 48-overs-a-side. Sri Lanka galloped home in style to build on the 2-0 sweep in the preceding Test series and left Pakistan searching for answers ahead of the World Cup less than six months away. Fawad Alam top-scored for Pakistan with an unbeaten 38, but eight batsmen failed to reach double figures as the tourists crumbled in 32.1 overs after electing to bat on the slow wicket. Pakistan never recovered after losing opener Sharjeel Khan in the third over, caught at second slip off Prasad. Prasad, who replaced the off-form Nuwan Kulasekara, then had the other opener, Ahmed Shehzad, caught at mid-on to make it 14-2. Pakistan lost the next three wickets in the space of 11 deliveries, including the important one of big-hitter Afridi who skied a catch to the point fence off Seekkuge Prasanna. The low total ruined any hopes Pakistan had of snatching a dramatic win with the help of their spin spearhead Saeed Ajmal, who was back after missing the previous two matches to have his bowling action tested.

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