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Pakistan beat Sri Lanka

Pakistan cricket team on Monday defeated Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the fifth ODI of five-match series, thus green-washing’ Sri Lanka by winning all five matches of the series played in the United Arab Emirates.

Usman Khan’s fiery left-arm pace bowling sent Sri Lanka team packing in the fifth ODI in Sharjah on Monday. The burly left-arm pacer took five wickets for 34 runs as Sri Lanka were all out for paltry 103 (26.2 overs) in a match where they were playing for pride.

Pakistan team put forward a bowling clinic, dismissing Sri Lanka at 103.  Hasan Ali and Shahdab Khan once again performed well picking up two wickets each.

Coach Mickey Arthur made no secret of his intention of inflicting a clean sweep on Sri Lanka when the teams meet today. Since their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 triumph in June, Pakistan have won eight straight games and have been unstoppable in limited overs, having overcome the disappointment of losing the preceding Test series to Sri Lanka 2-0 to open up a 4-0 lead in this series.

Arthur believes his team has shown the hunger to keep winning. “I will be disappointed if we didn’t make it 5-0,” he said ahead of the match. “The guys are hungry and they definitely want to do that. The key for us is to maintain our hunger and ruthlessness so we need to keep that momentum and put this series to bed.”

Pakistan have previously achieved five clean sweeps, all in series involving five games. They blanked Zimbabwe in 2002-03, Bangladesh in 2003, New Zealand in 2003-04 and Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in the 2008 season.

Rumman Raees is out of the last match as well as the T20 series, Arthur said. The left-arm quick has injured his left elbow, Haris didn’t pass a fitness test in Abu Dhabi after he was pretty close to playing, Babar Azam has pulled a groin, the coach added.

Source- Pakistan Today

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