Pakistan chose to bowl first at the toss. Sri Lanka lost Danushka Gunathilaka (13) early in the sixth over. After his dismissal, Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis took on the charge against Pakistani bowlers. They added 56 runs for the second wicket partnership.
After Mendis departed scoring 27 off 29, Fahim Ashraf dismissed Dinesh Chandimal for a duck in the next over to pick up his maiden ODI wicket.
Skipper Angelo Mathews made a 78-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Dickwella, who brought up his fourth ODI half-century in 52 balls. A big score on board was very much likely.
At that moment, Pakistan came back into the game strongly when Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan came into the party. Mathews fell fot 39 runs off 54 balls with 2 fours and a six. Dickwella top-scored with 86-ball 73 runs hitting just 4 boundaries.
In 12 balls, Sri Lanka lost three wickets for one run. They lost Thisara Perera for 1 too. From 161/3 in 31.1 overs, they collapsed to 167/7 in 35 overs.
Asela Gunaratne and Suranga Lakmal added some resistance in the end. They made 46-run stand for the eighth wicket. Lakmal scored career-best 26 off 34 balls hitting 3 fours. Gunaratne was dismissed for 27 runs off 44 balls with 1 four.
Pakistan dismissed Sri Lanka for 236 in 49.2 overs. Junaid and Hassan Ali scalped three wickets each for Pakistan. Amir and Fahim took two each.
Sri Lanka 236 allout in 49.2 overs (Dickwella 73, Mathews 39; Junaid 3/40, Hassan 3/42)
Pakistan need 237 runs to win
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com