Pak beats Sri Lanka by eight wickets in fourth ODI to clinch series

Johannesburg, Dec 26: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the fourth one-day international on Wednesday in the UAE to clinch the ODI series, which is their seventh one-day series win in the year.

Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez notched his third hundred of the series and ninth ODI ton, finishing with 113 not out, while off-spinner Saeed Ajmal grabbed four wickets to help Pakistan knock off their modest 226-run target in the 42nd over to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead ahead of Friday’s fifth and final match.

According to Sport24, Pakistan had restricted Sri Lanka to 225 all out in 48.5 overs with Ajmal (4-39) and paceman Umar Gul (3-37) sharing the spoils, while Hafeez became the sixth batsman in all one-day cricket to hit three tons in one bilateral series.

After the conclusion of the one-day series, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will play three Tests, starting in Abu Dhabi on December 31, the report added. (ANI)