Colombo - Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 44 runs in the fourth one-day international in Colombo on Saturday to gain a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Seamer Thisara Perera (4-42) bagged a hat-trick as Sri Lanka, who scored 243-8, bowled Pakistan out for 199 despite a 113-run stand for third wicket between opener Azhar Ali (81 not out) and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (57).
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.
Sri Lanka 243-8 in 50 overs; Pakistan 199 in 45 overs
Upul Tharanga c Younis b Gul 4
Tillekeratne Dilshan lbw b Hafeez 24
Kumar Sangakkara c Ali b Ajmal 97
Dinesh Chandimal b Hafeez 18
Mahela Jayawardene b Tanvir 40
Thisara Perera c Akmal b Ajmal 8
Angelo Mathews not out 10
Lahiru Thirimanne run out 13
Nuwan Kulasekara b Tanvir 3
Lasith Malinga not out 0
Extras: (5b, 10lb, 11w) 26
TOTAL: (for eight wickets) 243
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-64, 3-90, 4-200, 5-204, 6-214, 7-237, 8-243.
Did not bat: Sajeewa Weerakoon.
Bowling: Umar Gul 8-1-51-1 (3w), Sohail Tanvir 10-2-43-2 (3w), Shahid Afridi 10-0-36-0 (1w), Younis Khan 2-0-11-0 (3w), Saeed Ajmal 10-1-50-2 (1w), Mohammad Hafeez 10-0-37-2.
Mohammad Hafeez c Kulasekara b Malinga 0
Azhar Ali not out 81
Asad Shafiq lbw b Weerakoon 25
Misbah-ul-Haq c Kulasekara b Malinga 57
Umar Akmal c Sangakkara b Kulasekara 0
Younis Khan c Sangakkara Perera 1
Shahid Afridi c Chandimal b Perera 0
Sarfraz Ahmed c Jayawardene b Perera 0
Sohail Tanvir run out 0
Umar Gul c Sangakkara b Mathews 0
Saeed Ajmal c Thirimanne b Perera 12
Extras: (9lb, 14w) 23
TOTAL: (all out) 199
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-53, 3-166, 4-169, 5-176, 6-176, 8-176, 9-179.
Bowling: Lasith Malinga 7-0-30-2 (2w), Nuwan Kulasekara 9-0-36-1 (5w), Angelo Mathews 9-0-33-1 (2w), Sajeewa Weerakoon 10-0-49-1 (1w), Thisara Perera 10-1-42-4 (1w).
Result: Sri Lanka won by 44 runs.
Series: Sri Lanka leads 2-1 with one match left.
Toss: won by Pakistan.
Umpires: Paul Reiffel, Australia, and Ranmore Martinez, Sri Lanka.
Third umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguru, Sri Lanka. Match referee: Chris Broad, England.