Azhar Ali's best ODI score of 96 was unable to take Pakistan home in the second ODI against Sri Lanka. – Photo by AP
Azhar Ali's best ODI score of 96 was unable to take Pakistan home in the second ODI against Sri Lanka. – Photo by AP

PALLEKELE: Paceman Thisara Perera bagged a career-best 6-44 and Tillakaratne Dilshan hit a century as Sri Lanka posted an easy 76-run win over Pakistan in the second one-day international on Saturday.

The hosts, who scored a challenging 280-4, bowled Pakistan out for 204 in the day-night match despite an impressive 96 by opener Azhar Ali to level the five-match series 1-1 in Pallekele.

Opener Dilshan top-scored with an unbeaten 119 for his 13th one-day hundred, hitting one six and 11 fours in his brilliant 139-ball knock to help his team set a stiff target.

Azhar, playing only his sixth one-dayer, looked set to complete his maiden one-day hundred before he was bowled by paceman Nuwan Kulasekara. He cracked 12 fours in his 119-ball knock.

Man-of-the-match Perera got his first wicket when he held a superb one-handed return catch to dismiss Mohammad Hafeez (14) before removing Younis Khan (four) and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (27) to reduce Pakistan to 127-3.

He took three more wickets to complete his third haul of five or more wickets in an innings.

Sri Lanka earlier re-jigged their batting order after losing the opening one-dayer by six wickets on Thursday, with Upul Tharanga returning as an opener and skipper Mahela Jayawardene coming in at number five.

The hosts batted steadily after winning the toss as Dilshan added 70 runs for the third wicket with Dinesh Chandimal (32) and 86 for the next with Jayawardene (53), who opened in the last game.

Dilshan reached his century in the 43rd over when he pulled paceman Umar Gul for a single and then hit fast bowler Sohail Tanvir over mid-wicket for the first six of the match.

Sri Lanka scored 56 runs in the last six overs, with Perera smashing two sixes and as many fours in his unbeaten 24 off just 14 balls.

Jayawardene was bowled by off-spinner Saeed Ajmal soon after completing his half-century, hitting eight fours in his brisk 45-ball knock.

Off-spinner Hafeez, Tanvir and leg-spinner Shahid Afridi were the other wicket-takers for Pakistan.

Tanvir struck in his fourth over when he had Tharanga (18) caught behind and then Hafeez held a return catch to remove Kumar Sangakkara (18) with his first delivery.

But there was no stopping Dilshan, who continued to gather runs comfortably and completed his half-century with a four off Afridi.

Pakistan made one change from the team which won the first match as they brought in debutant paceman Rahat Ali in place of injured Mohammad Sami, while Sri Lanka retained the side.

The third one-dayer will be played in Colombo on Wednesday.

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zaffar nagi
Jun 10, 2012 07:31pm
One day matches are supposed to be played by youngsters in their 20s and not by players in their 30s.Please don´t waste the young talent.
Jun 09, 2012 06:36pm
Pathetic performance! Pakistani batsmen never learn from their mistakes. Our batsmen are just pathetic. Whenever the bowling doesn't work, the team loses. When the bowling work, the team wins. Please get rid of Younis Khan. He is just a burden on the team. His average is just in the early 30's.Instead bring in Asad Shafiq, who has been quite consistent. What was the point of playing Rahat when Sami was performing well?
Jun 10, 2012 12:24pm
Bring back inzamam. I am sure, he will play much better than Younis and Misbah even at this age.
Jun 09, 2012 09:50pm
Please bring in HAMMAD AZAM instead of YOUNIS KHAN - he has done his time and it was good then. He surly is a burden on the Team. Also MISBAH - his time is done. How can you have TWO batsmen who are only good for 5 days of Test Cricket! When will PCB come out of its shell???? All the best for the 3rd. ODI - Go Pakistan Team Go!!! Victory is your's if you Folks play with a little thought process.
Jun 09, 2012 10:13pm
I think misbah and yunus khan for god sake must stay way from cricket i think if this both playr not in the team it wil be a marical for p.c.b..
Jun 10, 2012 12:01am
There were defineitly some terrible decisions by the coaches and kaaptan. Sri Lanka does not have that strong of a bowling attack but they looked like stars today! Younis Khan needs to go. We need the Javed Miandad type to come in after the opener falls to come and stabilize not to play the tuck tuck game. He is a waste in the batting lineup. However, to his credit, Younis is a leader figure in the team but by now we have plenty of experienced boys (Gul, Hafeez, Akmal, Ajmal) and they need to start standing up on their own. Finally, Umar Akmal was NOT out. Terrible call from the ref. Nonetheless, we played poorly.
Jun 10, 2012 12:09am
This performance showed why Pakistan are no longer any good in ODIs. Forget the fielding as they have never been good at it or the ill-discipline with extras (contrast with SL who didn't give away an extra until after the 10th over!). Even on a good batting track the batsman struggled. They don't know how to rotate the strike anymore or be positive and play aggressively and take the attack to the opposition. Afridi is wasted in the middle order because he has neither the skill nor the temperament for a chase especially when the run rate is 6 and above. Hafeez doesn't convince as a batsman and never has (he's at best a bits and pieces player) and others like Umar Gul and Umar Akmal do what they always do: play well in one game and rubbish again in the next. And then others like Younis are clearly not up to the mark anymore. The word 'consistent' is an alien concept to this team. Bring back Razzaq and Kamran Akmal since at least they will be better options than Tanvir and Sarfraz. The latter is is an average keeper like Akmal but a far lesser batsman. It was painfully obvious to all (apart from the selectors) watching Sarfraz bat in this game on a decent batting wicket that does not have the necessary skill nor firepower which is needed. Same could be said of Tanvir.
Jun 10, 2012 03:41am
I agree - get rid of the dead wood including Misbah. Bring in Hammad Azam - why is he being ignored????
Jun 10, 2012 04:13am
pakistan team and captain takes one day game sames as test match they think that if they waste delieveries they can bowled out and again they will get 2nd innings to bat
Jun 10, 2012 04:55am
Sami is Karachi walla. Inform bowler mysteriously put on injured list. Wow!
haider Kanji
Jun 10, 2012 06:50am
I tthink it is time Yunis Khan should be rested in ODI and let him continue in Test Matches.