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India had a hand in Pakistan's defeat: Pak minister for Sports

Muhammad Ali Shah, the minister for Sports and a member of the Pakistan Cricket Board governing council, accused India of influencing umpires to get Pakistan ousted from the Champions Trophy semifinal in South Africa. He has blamed India's role in the sub-standard umpiring, leading to Pakistan's defeat against New Zealand. "Definitely, it is clear that India were miffed at not qualifying for the semi-finals after Pakistan lost to Australia and they took their revenge in their own way. They influenced the umpires to favour New Zealand," Ali Shah told reporters. "Unfortunately Pakistan are not as strong as India. Remember how India pressured the ICC into replacing the umpire, Mr Steve Bucknor, in Australia after he had given a couple of bad decisions against them?" he added, while saying that the International Cricket Council must impose at least a one-year ban on Australian umpire Simon Taufel, who had wrongly adjudged Umar Akmal leg-before-wicket at a crucial stage of the Semifinal against New Zealand.

Pakistan accused of cricket match-fixing

Pakistan cricket is embroiled in a new controversy after the national team were accused of deliberately losing two games at the Champions Trophy by a government official. Pakistan was defeated by Australia in the last group match last week before losing to New Zealand in the semifinals.
"We went with a pre-determined mind to lose the match against Australia," chairman of the National Assembly's standing committee on sports, Jamshed Ahmed Dasti, told Pakistan TV channel Geo TV on Tuesday. "Our intention was to keep India out."
Australia might not have qualified for the semifinal had Pakistan won against the defending champion, and India could have advanced had they defeated West Indies by a big margin. One report in Pakistan claimed that captain Younis Khan and coach Intikhab Alam had already been sacked by the PCB, but others said that Pakistan cricket's ruling body was happy with the team's performance.

Champions Trophy, Second Semifinal: New Zealand beats Pakistan to reach final against Australia in Champions Trophy

New Zealand booked a place in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy against Australia with a convincing five-wicket victory over Pakistan on Saturday. Grant Elliott cracked an unbeaten 75 to help his injury-hit team achieve a 234-run target with 13 balls to spare. He received valuable support from Vettori (41), adding 104 for the fifth wicket. Vettori was named man of the match for his all-round performance including the three wickets he took for 43 runs. Earlier, electing to bat, Pakistan scored 233 for nine. They were 86 for four inside 21 overs before Yousuf's (45) experience and Akmal's (55) aggression put them back on track with an 80-run stand for the fifth wicket. Ian Butler (4/44) was the most successful Kiwi bowler.
New Zealand 234/5 (Elliot 75*, Vettori 41, Ajmal 2-39) beat Pakistan 233/9 (Umar Akmal 55, Butler 4-44) by five wickets

Champions Trophy, Match 6: Pakistan win by 54 runs, into the Semis

A classy 128 from Shoaib Malik helped Pakistan beat rivals India by 54-runs in the Champions Trophy. Malik shared a record fourth-wicket partnership of 206 with Mohammad Yousuf (87) to propel Pakistan to 302 for nine. It was man-of-the-match Malik's seventh ODI century. Gautam Gambhir (57) and Suresh Raina (46) both made quickfire scores while Rahul Dravid (76) anchored on the other side. However a couple of run outs resulted in India falling from a healthy 126-2 to 248 all out.
Pakistan 302/9 (Malik 128, Yousuf 87, Nehra 4-55) beat India 248 (Dravid 76, Gambhir 57, Ajmal 2-31, Afridi 2-39) by 54 runs

Champions Trophy, Match 2: Pakistan stumble past West Indies

Pakistan stumbled to a five-wicket win over West Indies in their Champions Trophy opener at the Wanderers on Wednesday night. After punching out West Indies for 133 inside the 35th over, they made hard work of chasing the modest total, losing 5 wickets before getting there. Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, with an unbeaten 17, and Umar Akmal, 41 not out, lead the team to victory with 19.3 overs to spare.
Pakistan 134/5 (Umar Akmal 41*, Tonge 4-25) beat West Indies 133 (Miller 51, Aamer 3-24, Gul 3-28) by five wickets

Afridi replaces Misbah as Pak vice-captain for Champions Trophy‎

Shahid Afridi was rewarded for his recent match-winning performances by being named the vice-captain of the Pakistan team for next month's Champions Trophy. Flamboyant allrounder Afridi has replaced senior batsman Misbah-ul-Haq as Younis Khan's deputy. The selectors also recalled dope-tainted fast bowler Mohammad Asif, bringing him in place of under-performing all-rounder Abdul Razzaq. Asif, who tested positive for banned anabolic steroid nandrolone during the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) last summer, is currently serving a one-year ban for doping that ends Sept 22.
There are five fast bowlers in the team for the tournament to be played from Sep 22 to Oct 5. Pakistan Team for Champions Trophy: Younis Khan (Captain), Imran Nazir, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Naved-ul Hasan, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Yousuf, Kamran Akmal (Wicket Keeper), Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Rao Iftikhar, Saeed Ajmal

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Pak govt may ask PCB to boycott 2011 World Cup

After skipping the logo unveiling ceremony of the 2011 World Cup held in Mumbai recently, speculations are rife that Pakistan could boycott the mega event also.
According to sources, the government is seriously considering to ask the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to boycott the 2011 World Cup in protest against the ICC’s decision to shift the World Cup matches from Pakistan.The Indian government is being blamed for influencing the ICC’s decision and trying to alienate Pakistan. The Central Organising Committee of the 2011 World Cup on Tuesday had recommended India to host eight of the 14 matches that were earlier allotted to Pakistan.

Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2009 Cricket Series News

Pakistan Cricket Team will tour to Sri Lanka in June after the World Twenty20 2009 to play three match Test Series, five ODI (One Day Internationals) and one Twenty20 international. Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2009: 3 Tests | 5 ODIs | 1 T20I

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka One Day Internationals - 2009 Series

Pakistan Sri Lanka

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Fourth ODI: Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 7 August 2009

Sri Lanka skittled in Colombo (SRL 3:1|5)

Umar Akmal hit a maiden century and Rao Iftikhar Anjum took his first five-wicket haul Friday to lead Pakistan to it's first win on tour after losing 2-0 in the three-Test series and now trailing 3-1 in the five-match ODI series.Umar Akmal's 102 came off just 72 deliveries and carried the tourists to a challenging total of 321 for five in their 50 overs. Captain Younus Khan scored 89 and Umar's brother Kamran Akmal made 57.
In reply, Sri Lanka came up 146 runs short. Tharanga top scored with 80 while 7 batsmen failed to reach double figures.
Pakistan 321 for 5 (Umar 102*, Younis 89, Kamran 57) beat Sri Lanka 175 (Tharanga 80, Anjum 5-31) by 146 runs.

Pakistan Sri Lanka

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Third ODI: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla, Sri Lanka, 3 August 2009

Sri Lanka take unbeatable lead in one dayers (SRL 3:0|5)

Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene hit his first one-day century (123) in two years to give his team an unbeatable 3-nil lead in their 5-match series against Pakistan.
Jayawardene and Upul Tharanga (76) put on an opening stand of 202, a first-wicket record for ODIs between the countries.Sri Lanka won the third match by six wickets with 21 balls to spare after Pakistan had scored 288/8. Captain Younis Khan made 44 and Kamran Akmal added 45, while Shahid Afridi smashed 32. Umar Akmal was the leading scorer with 66.
Sri Lanka 289/4 (Jayawardene 123, Tharanga 76) beat Pakistan 288/8 (Umar Akmal 66, Kamran Akmal 45) by six wickets

Pakistan Sri Lanka

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Second ODI: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla, Sri Lanka, 1 August 2009

Sri Lanka take 2-0 lead (SRL 2:0|5)

Sri Lanka have taken a 2-0 lead in the one-day series with Pakistan after a six-wicket victory. An unbeaten 95-run partnership between Chamara Kapugedera and Thilan Samaraweera took Sri Lanka to victory with more than six overs to spare.
Earlier, put into bat by the Sri Lankans, Pakistan were dismissed for 168 in 47 overs. Number 10 Mohammad Aamer was the top scorer with 24 not out. Thilan Thushara took 3 wickets for 33.
Sri Lanka 169/4 (Kapugedera 67*, Samaraweera 38*) beat Pakistan 168 (Aamer 24, Thushara 3-33, Muralitharan 2-41) by six wickets

Pakistan Sri Lanka

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka First ODI: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla, Sri Lanka, 30 July 2009

Sri Lanka down Pakistan in first ODI (SRL 1:0|5)

Left-armer Thushara (3-29) and Kulasekera (2-30) made Pakistan struggle against Sri Lanka's 232/9 and bowled them out for 196 in 44.4 overs in the first ODI at Dambulla.
Gul top-scored for Pakistan with 33 off 21 balls. Earlier, the hosts had collapsed to 131/6 by the 34th over before a late surge led by all-rounder Angelo Mathews (43). The last four Sri Lankan wickets added 101 runs. Pakistan captain Younus Khan had won the toss and elected to field in overcast conditions.
Sri Lanka 232/9 (Mathews 43, Murali 32, Aamer 3-45) beat Pakistan 196 (Gul 33, Thushara 3-29) by 36 runs

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Test Matches - 2009 Series

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Third Test: Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo, July 20-July 24, 2009

Colombo - Third Test, Day five: Sangakkara helps Sri Lanka to draw (SRL 2:0|3)

Skipper Sangakkara scored a defiant unbeaten century and kept the Pakistan bowlers at bay to deny them any chance of a consolation win in the third and final test. Chasing 492 for victory, Sri Lanka needed 101 more runs in 15 overs, when both captains decided to shake hands and call it off. Sangakkara hit 130 from 303 balls, including seven boundaries, and the superb century was his first as skipper and the 19th of his career. He shared a 122-run fourth-wicket stand with Samaraweera, Sri Lanka's highest partnership in the series.
Sri Lanka had put on 391/4 in 134 overs when the match ended.
Pakistan 299 and 425/9 decl drew with Sri Lanka 233 and 391/4 (Sangakkara 130*, Paranavitana 73, Samaraweera 73, Mathews 64*)

Colombo - Third Test, Day four: Sri Lanka chasing 492

Pakistan remained on course to win the third and final cricket Test after setting an improbable target of 492 for Sri Lanka. The hosts were 183-3 in their second knock at stumps. Pakistan will need seven wickets and Sri Lanka a further 309 runs in 90 overs when play starts on the final day. The visitors had earlier declared at 425-9 soon after lunch with Shoaib Malik making 134.
Sri Lanka 233 and 183/3 (Paranavitana 73, Sangakkara 50*) need 309 runs more to beat Pakistan 299 and 425/9 decl (Malik 134, Akmal 74, Herath 5-157)

Colombo - Third Test, Day three: Pakistan pull ahead and in control

A century from Shoaib Malik and his partnership with Misbah-ul-Haq helped put Pakistan on top at the end of the third day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.Malik struck an unbeaten 106 and put on 119 for the fifth wicket with Misbah, helping Pakistan recover from 67/4. At stumps, they were 300 for 5, a lead of 366.
Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss said he was confident his team can still win the third test against Pakistan to complete a series whitewash. Sri Lanka is the only team to have successfully chased a target in excess of 200 in the fourth innings at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground, making 326 against Zimbabwe in 1998.
Pakistan 299 and 300/5 (Misbah 65, Shoaib 106*, Akmal 60*) lead Sri Lanka 233 by 366 runs

Colombo - Third Test, Day two: Pakistan clinch 66-run lead as 14 wickets fall on day two

Legspinner Danish Kaneria claimed five wickets on Tuesday as Pakistan held Sri Lanka's first innings to 233 runs, handing his team a first-innings lead of 66 runs in the third and final Test match. Former captain Mahela Jayawardene top-scored for Sri Lanka with 79, while Tillakaratne Dilshan made 44.
Pakistan resumed the second day on 289/7, but lost its remaining wickets for just 10 runs in 22 balls as fast bowler Thilan Thushara completed his maiden five-wicket haul giving away 83 runs from 24.4 overs.Pakistan had lost one wicket in their second innings, and were 16/1 in 9 overs at stumps.
Pakistan 299 (Manzoor 93, Yousuf 90, Thushara 5-83) and 16/1 lead Sri Lanka 233 (Jayawardene 79, Dilshan 44, Kaneria 5-62, Ajmal 3-70) by 82 runs with 9 wickets remaining

Colombo - Third Test, Day one: Pakistan falter in Colombo after bright start

Pakistan, already 2-0 down in the three-match series, lost three wickets in eight balls just before the close and slumped from 203-2 to 289-7 in the final Test in Colombo. For Pakistan, opener Khurram Manzoor hit 93, Mohammad Yousuf 90 and Shoaib Malik 45. Yousuf, who added 167 valuable runs for the third wicket with Manzoor, became the third Pakistan batsman to aggregate 7000 test runs after Javed Miandad (8832) and Inzamam-ul-Huq (8829).

For Sri Lanka, Thilan Thushara took 3 wickets for 77 runs. Chaminda Vaas, who is playing his farewell test, captured one wicket conceding 43 runs in 20 overs.
Pakistan 289/7 (Manzoor 93, Yousuf 90, Thushara 3 for 77) v Sri Lanka

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Second Test: P. Sara Oval, Colombo, July 12-July 14, 2009

Colombo - Second Test, Day three: Sri Lanka claim historic series victory (SRL 2:0|3)

Sri Lanka clinched their first home series against Pakistan after the tourists suffered a spectacular collapse in the second innings. Pakistan, who were in a strong position with 294 runs on the board losing only two wickets as they went into lunch on the third day, crashed to 320 all out after the break to leave Sri Lanka a victory target of 171.
Debutant centurion Alam, who was unbeaten on 164 at lunch, could add just 4 more. Pakistan lost 8 wickets for 26 runs in a shade under 16 overs. Rangana Herath and Nuwan Kulasekara evenly shared the last 8 wickets. Opener Malinda Warnapura scored a brisk 54 from just 56 balls to help Sri Lanka reach its 171-run victory target with two days to spare. Sri Lanka had put on 41 for no loss in just 6 overs at tea. Captain Kumar Sangakkara fell for 46 with Sri Lanka just 11 runs short of victory. Of the previous five series between the two nations on Sri Lankan soil, Pakistan had won three and drawn two.
Sri Lanka 240 (Sangakkara 87, Gul 4-43, Ajmal 4-87) and 171/3 (Warnapura 54) beat Pakistan 90 (Kulasekara 4-21) and 320 (Fawad 168, Younis 82, Herath 5-99, Kulasekara 4-37) by seven wickets.

Colombo - Second Test, Day two: Pakistan bounce back strongly

23-year-old debutant Fawad Alam scored an unbeaten century as Pakistan produced a remarkable turnaround against the hosts. Pakistan, who were bowled out for 90 in their first innings, hit back to dismiss Sri Lanka for 240 and then cruised to 178-1 in their second knock by stumps on the second day.The dismissal of the Sri Lanka captain at 188-5 sparked a batting collapse as the home side lost their remaining five wickets for 52 runs. Umar Gul took 4-43, including the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara for 87, and Saeed Ajmal picked up 4-87.
Pakistan 90 and 178 for 1 (Fawad 102*) lead Sri Lanka 240 (Sangakkara 87, Gul 4-43) by 28 runs

Colombo - Second Test, Day one: Pakistan collapse yet again

Sri Lanka dominated the first day of the second Test in Colombo, reaching 164-3 at the close having earlier skittled Pakistan for a paltry 90. Sri Lanka's pace duo of Nuwan Kulasekera (4 for 21) and Thilan Thushara ripped through Pakistan's top order in the opening session reducing them to 19-4 within the first seven overs before going to lunch on the first day struggling at 74-6. Ajantha Mendis (3-20) polished off the tail in style. Pakistan's total is their lowest against Sri Lanka and their seventh-lowest in all. At stumps, Kumar Sangakkara was unbeaten on 81 as Sri Lanka earned a 74-run lead.
Sri Lanka are looking forward to the first series win over Pakistan in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka 164/3 (Sangakkara 81*) lead Pakistan 90 (Malik 39*, Kulasekara 4-21) by 74 runs

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, First Test: Galle International Stadium, Galle, July 4-July 7, 2009

Galle - First Test, Day four: Herath stuns unpredictable Pakistan (SRL 1:0|3)

Pakistan needed just 97 runs to win, with still 8 wickets in hand, when the play began on the fourth day at Galle today. But the young team slumped to a 50-run defeat just before the scheduled lunch break as Sri Lankan bowler Herath, who was in for an injured Murali, claimed four wickets in his spell of 12 overs giving away just 15 runs.
Mendis finished with 2-27 from 10 overs and Thushara chipped in with 2-21 from 12 overs. It was Sangakkara's first Test win as captain. At the end of the match, Pakistan were also fined for a slow over rate as if the shock defeat was not enough. Rangana Herath was declared Man of the match for his outstanding contribution with the ball.
The second test begins in Colombo on Saturday.
Sri Lanka 292 (Paranavitana 72, Aamer 3-74, Younis 2-23) and 217 (Ajmal 3-34, Aamer 3-38, Younis 2-27) beat Pakistan 342 (Yousuf 112, Misbah 56, Kulasekara 4-71) and 117 (Herath 4-15, Thushara 2-21, Mendis 2-27) by 50 runs

Galle - First Test, Day three: Pakistan inching towards victory

Pakistan were 71 for two in their second innings at stumps chasing 168 after bowling out Sri Lanka for 217 in their second innings. They need a further 97 runs to win.
17-year-old Left-arm pace bowler Mohammad Aamer claimed three wickets in an outstanding post-lunch spell to trouble Lanka. He followed up on his impressive first innings performance (3-74) by capturing the key wickets of Tharanga Paranavitana (49), Mahela Jayawardene (0) and Kumar Sangakkara (14) as the tourists took control.
Pakistan 342 (Yousuf 114, Misbah 56, Kulasekara 4-70) and 71/2 (Butt 28*) need 97 to beat Sri Lanka 292 (Paranavitana 72, Mathews 42, Mohammad Aamer 3-74) and 217 (Paranavitana 49, Ajmal 3-34, Aamer 3-38)

Galle - First Test, Day two: Yousuf gives Pakistan upper hand

Mohammad Yousuf marked his return to international cricket with a 112 in 186 balls to help Pakistan take a 50-run lead on first innings over Sri Lanka on day two of the opening Test in Galle, recovering from an overnight 15-2. Yousuf was back for Pakistan after a spell in the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League.
Sri Lanka had one over to negotiate before the end of the day's play and did so without scoring or losing a wicket.
Sri Lanka 292 (Paranavitana 72, Mathews 42, Mohammad Aamer 3-74) and 0 for 0 trail Pakistan 342 (Yousuf 114, Misbah 56, Kulasekara 4-70) by 50 runs

Galle - First Test, Day one: Bowlers dominate first day

Bowlers dominated the opening day of the first test at Galle on Saturday, with Pakistan slumping to 15 for two after Sri Lanka were bowled out for 292.
In the morning, 17-year-old paceman Pakistani Mohammad Aamer struck twice on his debut to leave Sri Lanka reeling on 21 for two. Lankan opener Paranavitana's maiden test half-century rescued the hosts, while all-rounder Angelo Mathews hit a quickfire 42 off 57 deliveries.
Pakistan 15/2 trail Sri Lanka 292 (Paranavitana 72, Mathews 42, Mohammad Aamer 3-74) by 277 runs

Pakistan Tour of Sri Lanka, 2009

Pakistan Cricket Team will tour to Sri Lanka in June after the World Twenty20 2009 to play three match Test Series, five ODI (One Day Internationals) and one Twenty20 international.
Pakistan tour will commence on 29th June 2009 with a three day tour match. The first cricket match of the three match Cricket Test series will commence from 4th July 2009 in Galle International Stadium, Sri Lanka. The second Cricket Test match will start at Premadasa Oval Colombo on 12th July and the Third and final test Cricket Test match start on 20th July 2009 at SSC, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2009
Date and Time Match / Venue
Sat July 4 – Wed July 8
10:00 local | 04:30 GMT
1st Test –Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
Galle International Stadium
Sun July 12 – Thu July 16
10:00 local | 04:30 GMT
2nd Test –Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
P Sara Oval, Colombo
Mon July 20 – Fri July 24
10:00 local | 04:30 GMT
3rd Test –Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
Thu July 30
10:00 local | 04:30 GMT
1st ODI –Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
Sat Aug 1
10:00 local | 04:30 GMT
2nd ODI –Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
Mon Aug 3
10:00 local | 04:30 GMT
3rd ODI –Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
Fri Aug 7
14:30 local | 09:00 GMT
4th ODI –Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Sun Aug 9
14:30 local | 09:00 GMT
5th ODI –Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Wed Aug 12
19:00 local | 13:30 GMT
Only T20I –Sri Lanka vs Pakistan
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

Pakistan, 2009 World Twenty20 Champions

ICC World Twenty20 2009, England

Younis Khan quits T20

Pakistan skipper Younis Khan announced his retirement from the T20 format cricket after leading his side to an emphatic win over Sri Lanka in the ICC T20 World Cup finals at the Lord's on Sunday.
Younis will continue to play in test and ODI formats for Pakistan.

World Twenty20 Semis Finals

Pakistan ICC World Twenty20 2009 Champions

Pakistan Cricket team Sri Lanka Cricket team Pakistan Sri Lanka T20 Finals Photos Shahid Afridi's sensible yet electrifying batting, with a couple of boom-booms thrown in for good measure, helped Pakistan overtake Sri Lanka's modest score with 8 balls to go, and bag the Championship. With his outstanding bowling throughout the tournament, and great batting towards the final stages, Shahid Afridi has risen to iconic status that was reserved for the likes of Imran Khan in a nation troubled by conflicts for so long.
Afridi's unbeaten 54 and a wicket of the very last ball, earned him the Man-of-the-Match award. He hit two sixes and two fours, and the winning runs, after which he stood and saluted the thousands of elated Pakistani supporters in his usual trademark style. It was the second global one-day title for Pakistan after Imran Khan's side rallied in similar fashion to win the 1992 50-over World Cup. Pakistan lost the inaugural Twenty20 final in 2007 to India.

Finals Pakistan Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka had effectively lost the match in the first six powerplay overs, after they were down 32 for 4. A captain's innings from Kumar Sangakkara and a late charge by Angelo Mathews (partnership of 68 runs in 43 deliveries) boosted Sri Lanka to 138 for 6. Abdul Razzaq claimed a wicket in each of his first three overs, removing Jehan Mubarak for a duck, Sanath Jayasuriya for 17 and Mahela Jaywardene for one.
Finals Pakistan Sri Lanka
ICC World Twenty20 final, Lord's, PAK v SRL: Pakistan 139/2 (Afridi 54*, Akmal 37) beat Sri Lanka 138/6 (Sangakkara 64*, Mathews 35*, Razzaq 3-20) by eight wickets

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PAK v AUS, 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi: Clarke and Bollinger lead Australia to series win (3:1)

Michael Clarke struck a sparkling hundred as Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets in the fourth day-night international at Abu Dhabi on Friday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.
The 28-year-old Australian captain hit an unbeaten 100 and was well supported by Watson (85 not out) as the pair added 197 for the third wicket to ease Australia past a modest 198-run target with 5.4 overs to spare. Pakistan were bowled out for 197 in 48.4 overs with Australian left-arm paceman Doug Bollinger taking 5-35 in only his second international one-day match.
Pakistan won the first match by four wickets before Australia came back strongly to win the second by six wickets and the third by 27 runs. The fifth and final match will be played here on Sunday.
PAK v AUS, 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi: Australia 200-2 (44.2 overs) beat Pakistan 197 (48.4 overs) by 8 wickets

Pakistan v Sri Lanka ODI Series 2009

PAK v SL, 3rd ODI, Lahore: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan to clinch series (SL: 2-1)

Sri Lanka inflicted Pakistan's heaviest defeat in a limited-overs cricket international on Saturday, winning by 234 runs to clinch the three-match series 2-1.
Tillakaratne Dilshan's unbeaten 137 off 139 balls took Sri Lanka to 5-309 before Nuwan Kulasekera claimed 3-17 and Thilan Thushara 3-33 to bowl out Pakistan in just 22.5 overs for their fourth-lowest total of 75. Pakistan's previous biggest defeat - in terms of runs - was a 224-run loss to Australia in 2002 at Nairobi, Kenya.
Kumar Sangakkara hit 50 and Sanath Jayasuriya collected 45 to also be in the runs for Sri Lanka at Gaddafi Stadium, with Umar Gul taking 3-45 and Sohail Khan 1-52 for Pakistan. Pakistan slumped to 6-18 in the ninth over before Gul hit 27 to save the team from recording their lowest total.
Sri Lanka offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan became the only second bowler after former Pakistan quick Wasim Akram (502) to take 500 ODI wickets, finishing with 2-2.
PAK v SL, 3rd ODI, Lahore: Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 309-5 (50.0 overs) beat Pakistan 75 (22.5 overs) by 234 runs

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