Shehzad carries Pakistan to ODI series win


Opener Ahmed Shehzad scored 95 as Pakistan eased to a comfortable seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI to clinch the five-match series with a game to spare.

Chasing a target of 257 in Colombo, Pakistan were never in any bother as they sealed the win in the 41st over of the innings with only three wickets down.

Shehzad, whose 95 came off 90 balls, shared in an opening partnership of 75 with captain Azhar Ali (33) and a stand of 115 for the second wicket with Mohamed Hafeez (70) that virtually sealed the match, and the series, for the visitors.

Sarfraz Ahmed (17*) and Shoaib Malik (29*) put together an unbroken partnership of 44 to seal Pakistan's first ODI series victory in Sri Lanka since 2006.

Earlier, the home SIDE lost opener Kusal Perera to the second ball of the match when towering fast bowler Mohammad Irfan got him walk back to the pavilion for a duck.

The hosts recovered though when Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne put on 109 for the second wicket that should have set them up for a bigger total.

However when Dilshan was bowled by Imad Wasim for 50 the innings fell away alarming as no-one could support Thirimanne, who went on to score a well-made 90.

Sri Lanka eventually ended with 256 for nine from their fifty overs with Irfan bagging three for 50 from his 10 overs. Pakistan now hold an unassailable three-one lead in the series with just one match, in Hambantota on Sunday, left to play.

The visitors also won the three-match Test series two-one and the two sides will contest two T20 matches when the ODI's are completed.