4th ODI: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 44 runs
Zeenews Sports Bureau
Colombo: Pakistan suffered yet another batting collapse in the fourth ODI as they went down to Sri Lanka by 44 runs at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Saturday.
At one stage Pakistan were in a strong position at 166-2 but a middle order collapse, thanks to Thisara Perera hat-trick, meant Sri Lanka now lead in the five-match series 2-1 after the visitors were bundled out for 199 in 45 overs.
Opting to bat first Sri Lanka scored 243-8 with Kumar Sangakkara top-scoring with a 130-ball 97 while off-spinners Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal, and paceman Sohail Tanvir each bagged two wickets for Pakistan in the day-night match.
In reply, even the efforts from Azhar Ali (81 not out) and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (57), who enjoyed a 113-run stand for third wicket, couldn't help Pakistan from the embarrassment.
Pakistan won the opening one-dayer by six wickets and Sri Lanka won the second game by 76 runs in Pallekele, while the third match was abandoned due to rain in Colombo on Wednesday. The fifth one-dayer will be played in Colombo on Monday.