Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Over 8 Pak 40/1 (Sharjeel 12, Hafeez 10)
Too full. Must travel. Hafeez more than happy to cash in on Lakmal's generous length, fetching four through extra-cover - and later nudging an over-correction through backward square-leg for the same result.
Over 7 Pak 32/1 (Sharjeel 12, Hafeez 2)
Hafeez and Khan are happy to close shop for the time being, as Mathews welcomes a cheap over. This pair don't want another loss in the wake of Shehzad's recent departure.
Over 6 Pak 31/1 (Sharjeel 12, Hafeez 1)
Shehzad soon finding his groove, lofting four over extra-cover and then spanking the day's first six high and hard over the on-side. WICKET! A rush of blood to the head, however, then prompts one big hit too many. The mid-on fielder is at hand for an easy catch. The Pakistani's timing was all off. So arrives the in-form Hafeez to the crease.
Over 5 Pak 20/0 (Shehzad 7, Sharjeel 12)
Too wide from Mathews this time, with Khan quick to lace the width through the off-side for four. The seamer, again, is quick to correct - as the over closes on the quiet.
Over 4 Pak 15/0 (Shehzad 6, Sharjeel 8)
Full and full again from Lakmal, with Shehzad happy to oblige the freebie through the covers for a boundary. Malinga, who should have the new ball in hand, probably hangs his head.
Over 3 Pak 9/0 (Shehzad 1, Sharjeel 7)
Mathews overpitches, with Khan welcoming the first boundary of the day straight down the ground on the drive. The seamer, soon enough, then correct his length to close the over on the quiet.
Over 2 Pak 4/0 (Shehzad 1, Sharjeel 2)
Lakmal will open the attack alongside his captain. Malinga is pictured in the distance, wondering what he has done wrong to be handed this demotion. Lakmal almost strikes instantly, as Khan's defence almost results in the leg-stump bail toppling. The left-hander also survives a good shout for lbw. The angle was sliding down the leg-side.
Over 1 Pak 1/0 (Shehzad 0, Sharjeel 1)
Mathews, surprisingly, affords himself first use of the new ball. A pretty defensive field in place, too. Khan beats the gap, but Shehzad can't do the same just yet. Doesn't matter, he is in outstanding form - and will get off the mark when he is good and ready.
Batsman Sharjeel and Shehzad, umpires Johan Cloete and Shozab Raza - and the Sri Lankan XI - head out to the middle for the start of play.
Sri Lanka XI
Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Ashan Priyanjan, Angelo Mathews, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.
Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Anwar Ali, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul.
Pakistan, who sport an unassailable three-one series lead, replace all-rounders Bilawal Bhatti and Shahid Afridi with fast bowler Anwar Ali and spinner Abdur Rehman. The Sri Lankans opt for And we have the team changes for spinner Ajantha Mendis instead of seamer Nuwan Kulasekera.
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq triumphs in the flip of the coin and Pakistan will bat first.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the fifth and final ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
- 27th Dec 2013
- Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
- Sheikh Zayed Stadium
- J D Cloete, S Raza
- TV Umpire
- R K Illingworth
- Match Referee
- J Srinath
- Reserve Umpire
- A Raza
sri lanka BATTING CARD
|M.D.K.J. Perera||lbw Hafeez||47|
|T.M. Dilshan||c Ajmal b Khan||45|
|K.C. Sangakkara||b Khan||22|
|L.D. Chandimal||Not out||64|
|S.M.A. Priyanjan||c Akmal b Gul||1|
|A.D. Mathews||c Akmal b Ali||8|
|K.D.K. Vithanage||b Ajmal||14|
|S.M.S.M. Senanayake||c Hafeez b Khan||3|
|S.L. Malinga||b Ajmal||0|
|B.A.W. Mendis||Not out||19|
|Total||49.4 Overs||235 - 8|