Sri Lanka snatched a consolation victory in the last of five one-day internationals with Pakistan, chasing 233 at Abu Dhabi with two wickets and as many balls to spare.
Kushal Perera’s 47 and 45 from fellow opening batsman Tillarkaratne Dilshan, plus an unbeaten fifty by number four Dinesh Chandimal, put Sri Lanka on course to win.
Although a slide from 166 for four in the 40th over to 195 for eight in the 46th left the result in doubt, maximums in the penultimate set of six from Chandimal, who contributed 64 not out from 70 deliveries, and Ajantha Mendis avoided a 4-1 series scoreline.
Lasith Malinga’s 4-57, including three top-order scalps, limited Pakistan to 232 all out with three balls unused after they chose to bat first.
Malinga had Sharjeel Khan caught and bowled before also ousting Sohaib Maqsood and Misbah-ul-Haq via catches, the latter for 51. Malinga later trapped Abdur Rehman in front.
Mohammad Hafeez and Anwar Ali each made 41, the former for a stunning series aggregate of 448 runs and the latter’s unbeaten knock occupying just 38 deliveries.