Usman Shinwari’s maiden five-wicket haul (5 for 34) in the fifth and final One-Day International in Sharjah on Monday (October 23) set up Pakistan’s nine-wicket win, thus handing Sri Lanka their third 5-0 whitewash in the format in 2017.
Earlier this year, Sri Lanka lost all five ODIs on their tour to South Africa and then, before coming to the United Arab Emirates, they were thrashed 5-0 at home by India. Prior to 2017, Sri Lanka had been whitewashed only once in a five-match ODI series – in 2014, in India.
This was Sri Lanka’s 12th defeat on the trot, making it their second-worst streak in ODIs. They had lost 14 consecutive ODIs between 1987 and 1988, including all the five games in the 1987 World Cup.
For Pakistan, this was the sixth occasion – and only the second if one excludes Zimbabwe and Bangladesh – when they swept the opposition in a five-match series.
Pakistan winning all five ODIs of a bilateral series
|Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka||2017-18|
Pakistan have now extended their winning streak in ODIs to nine. Their last defeat came against India in Birmingham in the group stages of the Champions Trophy in June.
In the third match of the series in Abu Dhabi, Hasan Ali became the fastest for Pakistan to reach the 50-wicket landmark in ODIs when he got rid of Akila Dananjaya. He achieved this feat in his 24th ODI, bettering Waqar Younis’s record of 27 matches. Overall, he is joint-fourth on the list headed by Ajantha Mendis (19 matches).
By the end of the series, the Pakistani pacer had 56 wickets in 26 ODIs at an average of 19.82 and at the top of the ICC’s ODI rankings for bowlers. His 45 wickets this calendar year are also the most by any bowler.
Fastest to 50 ODI wickets
|Ajantha Mendis (SL)||19||Zimbabwe||Dhaka||January 12, 2009|
|Ajit Agarkar (Ind)||23||Zimbabwe||Harare||September 30, 1998|
|Mitchell McClenaghan (NZ)||23||South Africa||Mount Maunganui||October 24, 2014|
|Dennis Lillee (Aus)||24||India||Sydney||December 18, 1980|
|Hasan Ali (Pak)||24||Sri Lanka||Abu Dhabi||October 18, 2017|
When Sarfraz Ahmed caught Dushmantha Chameera behind the stumps in the third match in Abu Dhabi, he became the fifth Pakistani to effect 100 ODI dismissals. Moin Khan, with 287 dismissals, is the most successful wicketkeeper for Pakistan in ODI cricket.
Most dismissals by a Pakistani wicketkeeper
In the same match, Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, became the 13th player in ODI history to score a century on debut, during his 125-ball 100. The only other Pakistani on the list is Saleem Elahi, who scored an unbeaten 102 in Gujranwala in 1995, also against Sri Lanka.
Babar Azam, who scored 303 runs in the series with the help of two centuries, took his overall batting average to 58.60 – second only to Ryan ten Doeschate of the Netherlands among those who have scored at least 1000 runs.
Highest batting average in ODIs
|Ryan ten Doeschate (Ned)||33||32||9||1541||119||67.00||87.70||5|
|Babar Azam (Pak)||36||35||5||1758||125*||58.60||85.88||7|
|Virat Kohli (Ind)||200||192||32||8888||183||55.55||91.54||31|
|AB de Villiers (SA/Afr)||225||215||39||9515||176||54.06||101.07||25|
|Michael Bevan (Aus)||232||196||67||6912||108*||53.58||74.16||6|
Note: Minimum 1000 runs
In the second game of the series in Abu Dhabi, Upul Tharanga became the first Sri Lankan to carry his bat through a completed innings. He is also the only captain on the list, which has just 11 names.
Carrying bat through a completed innings
|Grant Flower (Zim)||84*||England||Sydney||December 15, 1994|
|Saeed Anwar (Pak)||103*||Zimbabwe||Harare||February 22, 1995|
|Nick Knight (Eng)||125*||Pakistan||Nottingham||September 1, 1996|
|Ridley Jacobs (WI)||49*||Australia||Manchester||May 30, 1999|
|Damien Martyn (Aus)||116*||New Zealand||Auckland||March 3, 2000|
|Herschelle Gibbs (SA)||59*||Pakistan||Sharjah||March 28, 2000|
|Alec Stewart (Eng)||100*||West Indies||Nottingham||July 20, 2000|
|Javed Omar (Ban)||33*||Zimbabwe||Harare||April 8, 2001|
|Azhar Ali (Pak)||81*||Sri Lanka||Colombo (RPS)||June 16, 2012|
|Tom Latham (NZ)||79*||India||Dharamsala||October 16, 2016|
|Upul Tharanga (SL)||112*||Pakistan||Abu Dhabi||October 16, 2017|