Colombo, Jun 16: Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 44 runs in the fourth one-day international in Colombo today to gain a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Pakistan were strongly placed at 166/2 with a 113-run stand for third wicket between opener Azhar Ali (81 not out) and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (57). in the 38th over before they collapsed to 199 all out chasing a 244-run target in the day-night contest, with man-of-the-match Thisara Perera finishing with 4-42.
Pakistan lost their last eight wickets for 33 runs, with six batsmen failing to open their account in the innings.
Perera had Younis Khan caught behind and then had Shahid Afridi caught in the covers before completing the hat-trick with the wicket of Sarfraz Ahmed, caught by skipper Mahela Jayawardene in the slips.
Pakistan's slide began with the dismissal of Misbah, with Nuwan Kulasekara taking a brilliant catch to his right at mid-off off paceman Lasith Malinga.
Malinga also dismissed Mohammad Hafeez with his fifth delivery and left-arm spinner Sajeewa Weerakoon trapped Asad Shafiq (25) leg-before for his maiden wicket in one-day internationals.
Pakistan had put in a disciplined bowling performance as they restricted Sri Lanka to 125 off 35 overs before Sangakkara and Jayawardene stepped up the run-rate and helped their team score 118 in the last 15 overs.
Kumar Sangakkara top-scored for Sri Lanka with a 130-ball 97 while off-spinners Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal, and paceman Sohail Tanvir each bagged two wickets for Pakistan in the day-night match.
Pakistan won the opening one-dayer by six wickets and Sri Lanka won the second game by 76 runs in Pallekele, while the third match was abandoned due to rain in Colombo on Wednesday. The fifth one-dayer will be played in Colombo on Monday.