Perera heroics give Sri Lanka 2-1 lead against Pakistan

Thisara Perera claimed 4 wickets, including a hat-trick, as Pakistan folded for 199 in 45 overs in reply to Sri Lanka's 243/8 in the 4th ODI.

updated: June 17, 2012 00:38 IST
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Colombo: For 90 overs Pakistan appeared destined to extend their 10-match streak of not losing at the R Premadasa Stadium. Then, in a dramatic 41st over of a chase of 244, Thisara Perera triggered a collapse that a house of cards in a hurricane could not have bettered. Perera picked up a hat-trick, added insult to injury with an athletic run out, and did not concede a run as Pakistan slumped from 176 for four to 176 for eight, and then limped to a 44-run defeat.


Pakistan entered the home stretch with Younus Khan at the crease, but when he shimmied down the pitch and opened the face of the bat to run the ball to third-man, he only managed an edge to the waiting hands of Kumar Sangakkara behind the stumps. Shahid Afridi hit the first ball he faced straight to short cover, leaving Sarfraz Ahmed, the wicketkeeper to negotiate the hat-trick ball. With no movement of his feet Sarfraz drove at Perera, edging straight to the lone wide slip fielder. When Mahela Jayawardena completed a smart catch, Perera became the fourth Sri Lankan to pick up an ODI hat-trick.

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