Greetings! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Hambantota on Sunday. We will be presenting to you the updates of the match as they occur. Pakistan have already clinched the series 3-1, thanks to a dominant seven-wicket victory in the fourth one-dayer at Colombo, due to which the final one-dayer will be a dead rubber. A consolatory victory however, would help the hosts gain some confidence ahead of the Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) as well as the upcoming assignments against India. Catch live cricket scores and updates of Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 5th ODI at Hambantota here

Kusal Perera is the Man of the Match, whereas Mohammad Hafeez is the Man of the series. This has been a long awaited victory for Pakistan. We hope you enjoyed our coverage of this game. I am Sandipan Banerjee, signing off toady, will be back with some other game. Till then Bye Bye. Take care.

Live Cricket Score: Pakistan 203 | Overs 37.2| Batting: Mohammad Irfan 4 (7) : So its all over. A huge win for Sri Lanka by a margin of 165 runs. They have out played Pakistan in every way in this game. Though this is a consolation victory for them as Pakistan take the series 3-2. This can be a good moral booster for the hosts ahead of the two-match T20 series. READ Match report here.

Meanwhile Pakistan after winning the series will remain ahead of West Indies in the ODI rankings, which means they should qualify for the Champions Trophy 2017 if there is no more ODI cricket until September 30. But West Indies are planning a five-match ODI series in Zimbabwe to increase their chances of qualification.

OUT: Rahat Ali c Senanayake b Siriwardana 0 (7)

Anwar Ali c T Perera b Gamage 11(14)

Yasir Shah c T Perera b Senanayake 9(13)

Mohammad Rizwan c Chandimal b T Perera 29(34)

Live Cricket Score: Pakistan 170/6 | Overs 30| Batting: Mohammad Rizwan 22 (28) Anwar Ali 0 (1): Another one back in the pavilion. Soft dismissal, Imad Wasim tried to play and uppish drive against Sachithra Senanayake, but only managed to offer a simple catch back to the bowler.  OUT: Imad Wasim caught & bowled Sachithra Senanayake 15 (17)

Live Cricket Score: Pakistan 142/5 | Overs 25 | Batting: Mohammad Rizwan 9 (14), Imad Wasim  1 (1): Looks like the match is gone for Pakistan. At the half way stage of the inning, Pakistan have lost half of their batting line-up. Meanwhile there was a new visitor on the ground today. Have a look:

OUT: Shoaib Malik c Thirimanne b NLTC Perera 11 (10)

Sarfraz Ahmed run out (Lakmal) 27 (24)

Live Cricket Score: Pakistan 116/3 | Overs 20 | Batting: Sarfraz Ahmed 22 (18) Shoaib Malik 0 (1): So its time for Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews to achieve his milestone. 100th ODI wicket for him. OUT: Sarfraz Ahmed run out (Lakmal) 27 (24)

Live Cricket Score: Pakistan 85/2 | Overs 15 | Batting: Mohammad Hafeez 28 (25) Sarfraz Ahmed 1 (1): So Pakistan are struggling big time. Both their openers are back in the hut. Their run rate is alos below 6. Hafeez is nearing 5,000 ODI runs.

OUT: Ahmed Shehzad st Chandimal b Senanayake 18 (23)

Azhar Ali run out (Mathews) 35 (42)

Live Cricket Score: Pakistan 11/0 | Overs 4 | Batting: Azhar Ali 6 (16) Ahmed Shehzad 2 (9): Careful start for Pakistani openers. They are taking their time initially. Pakistan need a solid foundation to chase down this huge total.

We are back with Pakistan’s response.

Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka 368/4 | Overs 50 | Batting: Angelo Mathews 70 (40) Milinda Siriwardana 52 (26): Excellent finish for Sri Lanka. Pakistan need 369 to win this final ODI of the five-match series. This the third highest total in ODIs for Sri Lanka. The fifth wicket partnership fetched 114 runs in 55 balls. Pakistani batsmen have a tough task ahead, we will be back with the run chase in half an hour.

Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka 345/4 | Overs 48 | Batting: Angelo Mathews 63 (36) Milinda Siriwardana 36 (18): What a terrific partnership for Sri Lanka! It has scored 91 runs in 43 balls. Sri Lanka have already posted a huge score. Still there is two more overs left. Highest total at this venue.

Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka 261/4 | Overs 42 | Batting: Angelo Mathews 15 (16) Milinda Siriwardana 1 (2): So Pakistan keep taking wicket but Sri Lanka still in very good position. Dinesh Chandimal is the last man to get out. OUT: Dinesh Chandimal c Sarfraz Ahmed b Rahat Ali 29 (25)

Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka 231/3 | Overs 38 | Batting: Dinesh Chandimal 12 (15) Angelo Mathews 3 (4):  Another wicket for Pakistan. This time a it is not a run out, a bowler takes it as Lahiru Thirimanne offered a simple catch to So now Mohammad Rizwan at point. two new batsmen at the crease. Good time for Pakistan bowlers. They can attack a bit now. OUT: Lahiru Thirimanne c Mohammad Rizwan b Rahat Ali 30 (30)

Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka 212/2 | Overs 34 | Batting: Lahiru Thirimanne 26 (25) Dinesh Chandimal 0 (0):  literally toe crusing yorker by Mohammad Irfan has hurt Kusal Perera. He has fell down on the ground and took few minutes to recover. But soon the southpaw has gone back to the pavilion, courtesy at run out. His presence at the wicket could have been crucial for Sri Lanka as they are heading towards a big total here. Dinesh Chandimal is the new man in. OUT: Kusal Pererarun out 116 (109)

Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka 175/1 | Overs 28 | Batting: Kusal Perera 100 (90), Lahiru Thirimanne 5 (8): What a hundred by Kusal Perera! His second ODI ton. A flawless innings. He still has lot of overs to bat. Can he score big here? Meanwhile Tillakaratne Dilshan was run out for 63. OUT: Tillakaratne Dilshan run out run out (Ahmed Shehzad) 63 (70)

Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka 143/0 | Overs 23 | Batting: Kusal Perera 81 (75) , Tillakaratne Dilshan 57 (63): 10,000 ODI runs for Tillakaratne Dilshan. He is the fourth Sri Lankan after Sanath, Mahela and Sanga to reach this far. Al the current partnership is highest at this venue.

Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka 120/0 | Overs 19 | Batting: Kusal Perera 72 (63) , Tillakaratne Dilshan 44 (51): What a partnership this has been for Sri Lanka! They havn’t given any chances to the in-form Pakistan bowling. Especially Kusal Perera is playing a mature innings here. Tillakaratne Dilshan is nearing his milestone.

Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka 80/0 | Overs 12 | Batting: Kusal Perera 46 (38) , Tillakaratne Dilshan 33 (34): Both batsmen are dominating proceedings at this moment. Pakistani bowlers have failed to create any impression, so far in the game. They need wickets here.

Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka 31/0 | Overs 6 | Batting: Kusal Perera 22 (21) , Tillakaratne Dilshan 9 (15): Kusal Perera reaches 1,000 ODI runs. He is the 29th Sri Lankan cricketer to do so. Meanwhile, the hosts are off to a solid start here. Dilshan is also nearing his milestone of 10,000 runs.

Live Cricket Score: Sri Lanka o/0 | Over 1 | Batting: Kusal Perera 0 (6) , Tillakaratne Dilshan 0 (0): So its a maiden to start with for Pakistan. Mohammad Irfan has started proceedings for Pakistan. Sri Lanka made three changes from the last match, dropped sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga, seamer Nuwan Pradeep and Sachith Pathirana. They were replaced by off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake, all-rounder Thisara Perera and fast bowler Lahiru Gamage.

Sri Lanka win the toss, decide to bat first

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews(c), Dinesh Chandimal(wk), Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Ashan Priyanjan, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Gamage, Suranga Lakmal

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (c), Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan

Sri Lanka have been consistently outplayed by Pakistan in both the Tests as well as the ODI series so far. The hosts have not been able to get their basics right, and skipper Angelo Mathews will have to endure a lot of fire for the same in the coming days. Looking back at the fourth ODI, Sri Lanka were rescued from getting bowled out on a lowly total by valuable fifties from Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan. But their bowling disappointed once again, with Sachith Pathirana conceding 81 runs from 10 overs. PREVIEW: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 5th ODI at Hambantota

There are unlikely to be any sweeping changes in the side for Pakistan, though Sri Lanka might consider a few knee-jerk changes. The upcoming India series will play on skipper Mathews’ mind as well, so he will want a bit of momentum going into the Test series.


Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusa lPerera, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, AshanPriyanjan, NuwanPradeep, ThisaraPerera, SurangaLakmal, Lasith Malinga, Sachithra Senanayake, Seekuge Prasanna, Sachith Pathiran.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (c), Mukhtar Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali.

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