Brilliant Jayasuriya helps Sri Lanka win triangular series
Sat October 16, 2004 12:43 EDT .
RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) Sanath Jayasuriya had a five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka - crushed Pakistan by a massive 119 runs in the day-night final of the triangular series Saturday. Pakistan successfully chased a 294-run target against Sri Lanka - under lights on Thursday, but disappointed around 20,000 supporters at the Gaddafi Stadium on Saturday with a dismal batting display.
``There wasn't much dew tonight like the other day when it was difficult for our bowlers to bowl with the wet ball and also it wasn't the same wicket,'' said winning captain Marvan Atapattu.
``In the final it is always difficult to chase when you put up a good total,'' he added.
Jayasuriya made his impact from the first delivery when he had Yousuf Youhana smartly stumped by Kumar Sangakkara in the 24th over and Pakistan struggled at 108 for four.
Jayasuriya also accounted for the wickets of Abdul Razzaq brilliantly snapped up by Tillekeratne Dilshan Shahid Afridi (11), Mohammad Sami (4) and the last man, Shoaib Akhtar, as Pakistan lost its last nine wickets for a mere 83 runs in a dramatic collapse.
``It was a good all round (Sri Lankan) performance, but Jayasuriya looked the star in the end with his five wickets,'' Atapattu said.
Openers Salman Butt and Yasir Hameed gave a sound start of 40 runs before medium fast bowler Dilhara Fernando also struck off his first delivery and uprooted Hameed's leg-stump. Butt made a fluent 40 with five boundaries before Chandana had him bowled and also removed dangerman Shoaib Malik (37) and Moin Khan to finish with three for 56.
Earlier, Sangakkara and captain Marvan Atapattu hit half centuries to help Sri Lanka - get 287 for seven.
``It's disappointing to lose after winning four consecutive matches. We gave away 20 to 25 extra runs and our middle-order batting collapsed completely,'' Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq told reporters.
``Today the wicket played differently and the ball was turning in the second session and was not coming onto the bat,'' he added.
Sangakkara top scored with 68 off 69 balls while Atapattu, who made a century in the last league game Thursday against Pakistan, made 66. Both players combined for a 106-run third wicket stand after Pakistan won the crucial toss.
Mahela Jayawardene (49) and Dilshan (39 off 37 balls) also scored useful runs and lifted the Sri Lankan total in the last 15 overs. Chaminda Vaas hoisted Afridi for a big six off the last ball of the innings to remain unbeaten on 18 off 10 deliveries.
Earlier, opener Saman Jayantha was needlessly run out in the first over while Jayasuriya (21) was caught by a diving Inzamam at short cover as Pakistan reduced Sri Lanka - to 35 for two in the first 10 overs.
Atapattu and Sangakkara steadied the innings with a century partnership before the captain was stumped off Malik's wide delivery in the 30th over.
Sangakkara was bowled off an inside edge after hitting seven boundaries in his strokeful innings.
Speedster Akhtar rejoined the Pakistan lineup, recovering from a hamstring injury after bowling just four overs in Pakistan's convincing six-wicket win Thursday.
Despite being given the new ball after three matches, the ``Rawalpindi Express'' returned wicketless in his three spells and conceded 41 runs off his seven overs. He was hammered for three boundaries twice by Dilshan and once by Jayawardene in his comeback over of the last spell before he was removed from the attack.
Afridi was the pick of Pakistan bowlers with two wickets but went for 60 runs off his 10 overs.
Published: Sat Oct 16 13:39:24 EDT 2004