Lanka crush Pak

Lahore, January 24:

A hundred from Tillakaratne Dilshan followed by devastating spells from Sri Lanka’s bowlers handed Pakistan their heaviest one-day defeat in the third and final match here today.

Dilshan’s career-best 137 anchored his team’s impressive 309-5 before Nuwan Kulasekara (3-17) and Thilan Thushara (3-33) bundled Pakistan out for just 75 in 22.5 overs, giving the tourists a massive 234-run win.

The total is Pakistan’s lowest in a one-day match at home and is their heaviest one-day defeat in terms of runs. Pakistan’s previous heaviest defeat in terms of runs was by 224 runs against Australia at Nairobi in 2002.

The victory means Sri Lanka win the three-match series 2-1. Muttiah Muralitharan took 2-2 to pass 500 ODI wickets. Pakistan’s Wasim Akram (502) is the only other bowler to reach the mark. Pakistan won the first match by eight wickets, while Sri Lanka clinched the second by 129 runs.