Sri Lanka’s woeful batting continued as they were bowled out for a paltry total of 173 in 43.4 overs by Pakistan in the fourth One-Day International in Sharjah on Friday (October 20).
Hasan Ali (3 for 37), the medium pacer, and Shadab Khan (2 for 29) and Imad Wasim (2 for 13), the spinners, were the chief destroyers as only Lahiru Thirimanne resisted with a 94-ball 62 on a flat pitch at Sharjah Stadium.
Already trailing 3-0 in the five-match series, Sri Lanka were off to a poor start when Upul Tharanga, their in-form skipper, was bowled by Usman Shinwari, the debutant left-arm pacer, for nought off his second delivery.
Shinwari was one of two changes Pakistan made from the third ODI which they won by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi, the other being Wasim returning to the side. They replaced Fahim Ashraf and Rumman Raees.
Sri Lanka had made three changes, with Sadeera Samarawickrama making his debut but not much changed for them.
Junaid Khan, the left-arm pacer, ended Niroshan Dickwella’s enterprising 16-ball 22, studded with three boundaries and a six, while Dinesh Chandimal was run out for 16.
Samarawickrama lasted just two balls without scoring before Thirimanne and Milinda Siriwardana (13) added 32 for the sixth wicket.
Shadab then removed Seekuge Prasanna (five) and Thisara Perera off successive deliveries.
Hasan broke a resolute eight-wicket stand of 43 between Thirimanne and Akila Dananjaya (18) before Wasim ended Thirimanne’s resistance in the 41st over.