Captain Mathews Leads Lanka to Victory
By Associated Press | Published: 21st December 2013 02:21 AM |
Captain Angelo Mathews hit a vital knock of 47 runs off 44 balls to lead Sri Lanka to a thrilling two-wicket victory over Pakistan on Friday in their second one-day international, leveling the five-match series at 1-1.
Mathews, who earlier sprained his groin while bowling, got useful contributions from Kumar Sangakkara (58) and Dinesh Chandimal (44) before Sachithra Senanayake hit the winning boundary to get Sri Lanka to 287-8.
Mathews' match-winning effort overshadowed Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad's career-best 124 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq's unbeaten 59 that helped Pakistan notch a total of 284-4.
Sri Lanka lost a nail-biting opening match by 11 runs at Sharjah, which hosts the third match on Sunday.