Hasan Ali, the seamer, became the quickest player to reach 50 One-Day International wickets for Pakistan as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 208 in the third ODI in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (October 18).
Hasan, 23, took a career-best 5 for 34 and was ably assisted by Shadab Khan (2 for 37), the legspinner, as Sri Lanka lost their last nine wickets for only 106 runs.
Upul Tharanga (61), the Sri Lanka skipper, and Niroshan Dickwella (18) put on 59 for the first wicket after the side won the toss and opted to bat. However, Sri Lanka lost their way after reaching 102 for 1 in the 26th over.
Shadab, player of the match for his 52 not out and 3 for 47 in the second game on Monday, had Dinesh Chandimal (19) leg before and Tharanga caught in the deep.
Tharanga, who hit a brilliant 112 not out in the previous match, hit five boundaries during his 80-ball knock.
Hasan, who had given Pakistan the early breakthrough with Dickwella’s wicket, removed Chamara Kapugedera (18), Milinda Siriwardana (two) and Jeffrey Vandersay (nought) to complete 50 wickets in his 24th ODI. The previous record was held by Waqar Younis, the legendary paceman who took 27 ODIs to reach the mark.
Hasan’s previous best bowling figures were 5 for 38 against Windies in Guyana earlier this year.
Lahiru Thirimanne (28) and Thisara Perera (38) took Sri Lanka past the 200 mark.
Pakistan lead the five-match series 2-0 after winning the first match by 83 runs in Dubai and a 32-run victory in Abu Dhabi.