Sharjah - Left-arm paceman Usman Shinwari destroyed Sri Lanka with a
five-wicket burst to help Pakistan achieve a convincing nine-wicket win
in the fifth and final match for a 5-0 clean sweep of the series on
Shinwari's 5-34 in seven overs reduced Sri Lanka to 103
all out in 26.2 overs in Sharjah before openers Fakhar Zaman (48) and
Imam-ul-Haq (45 not out) knocked off the paltry target in 20.2 overs.
is Pakistan's sixth whitewash in a five-match ODI series. They had
blanked Zimbabwe (2002 and 2008), Bangladesh (2003 and 2008) and New
Zealand in 2003 in the past.
The result was never in doubt once
Shinwari assisted by Hasan Ali (2-19) and Shadab Khan (2-24) had
destroyed Sri Lanka who had totals of 209, 187, 208 and 173 in the
The win is Pakistan's ninth in a row since winning the
Champions trophy in June this year while Sri Lanka plummeted to their
12th defeat in a row, also losing 5-0 each to South Africa and India
Zaman hit seven boundaries in his 47-ball knock before
he fell with just 20 needed. Imam hit the winning boundary, finishing
his 64-ball knock with four boundaries and a six.
But it was Pakistan's new find Shinwari who rocked the Sri Lankans.
23-year-old finished with 5-34 as Sri Lanka, who won the toss and
batted on an easy paced Sharjah Stadium pitch, never recovered from
early jolts of losing four wickets in the first three overs.
Shinwari termed it his best bowling in the entire career.
you can say this is my best performance," said Shinwari, declared man
of the match. "Our bowling coach (Azhar Mahmood) always tells us to
attack from the first ball and I did that and got wickets."
Sri Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga showed disappointment over the loss.
the last 15-18 months we are losing because of poor batting," said
Tharanga, referring to Sri Lanka's defeats which also included their
first-ever loss to minnows Zimbabwe at home.
"We had no answer to
Pakistan's bowling in the series and today we lost four wickets inside
three overs and it was tough to come back after that."
Thisara Perera (25), Lahiru Thirimanne (19), Seekuge Prasanna (16) and
Dushmantha Chameera (11) reached double figures in an abysmal batting
performance by Sri Lanka, their second lowest total in an ODI against
Their lowest total of 78 against Pakistan had also come at Sharjah in 2002.
who debuted in the fourth one-day of this series, bowled Sadeera
Samarawickrama with the fifth ball of the match for nought and then had
Dinesh Chandimal next ball, caught behind without scoring.
next over Shinwari had Tharanga bowled off a nippy delivery for eight
and then trapped Niroshan Dickwella leg before with the fifth to leave
Sri Lanka tottering at 8-4.
Shinwari completed his maiden
five-wicket haul when he had Milinda Siriwardana (six) caught by Fakhar
Zaman, his wickets coming off just 21 balls - third fastest to five
wickets in an ODI.
Perera hit three boundaries and a six before he
became one of two wickets by leg-spinner Shadab Khan in one over. Hasan
Ali also took 2-19, 14 wickets in the series.
The two teams now
play a three-match Twenty20 International series, the first two in Abu
Dhabi on October 26 and 27 while the last in Lahore on October 29.