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Mathews keeps his cool for Sri Lanka

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Angelo Mathews was the hero as Sri Lanka squeaked a two-wicket victory over Pakistan in the final one-day international at Colombo to wrap up a 3-1 series success.

After Imran Farhat and Umar Akmal registered half-centuries to help Pakistan reach 247 for seven, the hosts were in trouble on 175 for seven in the 41st over.

But all-rounder Mathews kept his side in the hunt and, with a sensational 80 not out off 76 balls, almost single-handedly dragged Sri Lanka over the line with two balls to spare.

It was tough luck on Pakistan, who set a challenging total after winning the toss.

Angelo Mathews

Angelo Mathews celebrates after steering Sri Lanka to a series-sealing success against Pakistan by striking an outstanding 80 not out

Farhat, replacing Younus Khan, gave the visitors a steady platform, striking nine fours in his 63-ball 56.

Pakistan were badly let down by their top order, most of whom made steady contributions without making a big score; Azhar Ali hit 30, Asad Shafiq 38 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq 32.

The innings was in danger of falling away but Umar ensured Pakistan reached a competitive total with a well-controlled knock of 55 not out.

Sohail Tanvir bowled openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan to leave Sri Lanka wobbling on 19 for two in reply.

Kumar Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal put on 78 for the third wicket, but the latter was stumped off Shahid Afridi, who then took a return catch from Mahela Jayawardene off the very next ball.

Once Chandimal had departed for 54, Sri Lanka appeared to be struggling.

But Mathews kept the score ticking over and despite losing both Thisara Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne to run outs, kept his nerve.

With 15 runs required from the final over, Pakistan were still favourites, yet Mathews thumped Mohammad Sami for six over long-on off the second ball and punched a four through soon after to spark scenes of jubilation for Sri Lanka.