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Sri Lanka clinch consolation ODI win over Pakistan

AP , ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Mahela Jayawardene struck seven boundaries and pair of sixes in his 83 on Tuesday that led Sri Lanka to a 115-run victory over Pakistan and earned it some consolation in the finale of the three-match Warid Series.

With Pakistan already having secured the series with victories in the first two matches at Sheikh Zayed stadium, Sri Lanka reached 196 for nine from its 50 overs and then dismissed Pakistan for 181.

Pakistan lost openers Salman Butt for two and Mohammed Hafeez for 34 and never seriously challenged.

Farveez Maharoof removed Butt, and Tillakaratne Dilshan's direct throw dismissed Hafeez to reduce Pakistan to 61 for two. Then Dilhara Fernando did the early damage, claiming three wickets including Mohammad Yousuf (5) and debutant Fawad Alam (0) in successive deliveries.

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik delayed the inevitable with a defiant 79 not out. He hit four sixes and an equal number of fours, and shared a 54-run stand for the eighth wicket with Rao Iftikhar.

Jayawardenes reached 83 off 81 balls and shared a 124-run stand for the fourth wicket with Chamara Silva, who added 64.

Jayawardene drove spinner Abdur Rehman to the cover boundary to reach his 40th ODI half century and second straight in the series. He was later bowled by spinner Hafeez when trying to go for a big hit. Silva hit four boundaries and faced 87 deliveries before falling to Rehman when going for a similar hit.

For Sri Lanka, the match marks the end of Australian Tom Moody's regime as their coach. Moody, who took charge in 200, guided the islanders to the final of the World Cup last month.

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