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Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews embrace after Sri Lanka's win, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 30, 2014 (ESPNCI)


Mahela Jayawardene added 41 with Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 30, 2014 (ESPNCI)


Kumar Sangakkara walks back for 2, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 30, 2014 (ESPNCI)


Tillakaratne Dilshan's unbeaten 50 guided Sri Lanka home, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 30, 2014 (ESPNCI)


Upul Tharanga scored 14, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 30, 2014 (ESPNCI)


Dhammika Prasad dismissed the openers cheaply, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 30, 2014 (ESPNCI)


Seekkuge Prasanna wheels away in celebration, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 30, 2014 (ESPNCI)


Thisara Perera ran through Pakistan's lower middle order, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 30, 2014 (ESPNCI)


Mahela Jayawardene and Tilakaratne Dilshan celebrate a wicket, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 30, 2014 (ESPNCI)


Fawad Alam slog sweeps, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 30, 2014 (ESPNCI)


Lasith Malinga bowled a tight opening spell, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, August 30, 2014 (ESPNCI)

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* Pakistan's Defeat in Sri Lanka Sparks World Cup Fears

Aug 31 (AFP) Karachi- Former cricket greats said on Sunday they fear Pakistan's one-day defeat in Sri Lanka will hurt preparations for the World Cup just five months away. (Also read: Australia captain Clarke determined to win World Cup) Pakistan were beaten by seven wickets in the third and final one-day international against Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Saturday after being bowled for a mere 102, losing the three-match series 2-1.
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* Thisara will be major part of World Cup squad - Mathews

Aug 30 (ESPNCI) As teams gear up for the battle royale in Australia and New Zealand next year, penetrative quick bowlers are at a premium. For months Sri Lanka's selectors and captain have been speaking of developing pace stocks for the World Cup, and they appear to have lurched closer to that goal in the series against Pakistan. 

Lasith Malinga was seemingly lower on pace, but even with a quieter series for their usual spearhead, Sri Lanka's seam bowlers took 17 wickets to the spinners' eight, in the series. 

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* Thisara leads rout of Pakistan

Pakistan 102 (32.1/48 ov) Sri Lanka 6/0 (0.4/48 ov, target 101)

Aug 30 (ESPNCI) There was almost an hour's rain delay, yet the innings finished at the scheduled close. But that delay means the second innings shall begin in a few moments. Might not be quite enough time for Pakistan to regroup after falling to their worst total in Sri Lanka. The top order could not find a way to upset the rhythm of the home side's quicks. When they tried, they lost wickets. Their captain got run-out. Their big-hitters had brain fades.
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* Thisara's bumpers, and a contentious line call

Aug 30 (ESPNCI) Misbah-ul-Haq and Fawad Alam were just about giving the innings a semblance of shape when a piece of poor judgment landed Pakistan right back among the croutons. Misbah pushed the ball to the right of Tillakaratne Dilshan and immediately set off. It was on Dilshan's natural side, and the ball bounced at a perfect height for him to pick up and throw without crouching too low. The direct hit caught Misbah well short at the bowler's end, and it was the third run-out for Pakistan's captain in his last seven ODI innings.
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* Sri Lanka seamers rout Pakistan to seal series win

Pakistan 102 (32.1/48 ov) Sri Lanka 104/3 (18.2/48 ov, target 101)

Aug 30 (ESPNCI) Although there was little on paper to separate the two sides, it seemed during the first two ODIs that Sri Lanka were the better team for the long haul - less likely to make silly mistakes, and less likely to fold under pressure. And so it proved in the decider, as Pakistan crumbled to their ninth-lowest ODI total in a match that never threatened to become a genuine contest.
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* Seamers leave Pakistan three down

Pakistan 38/3 (13.0ov)

Aug 30 (ESPNCI) Pakistan will bat first for the first time in the ODI series after their captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss at a venue where the pitch is expected to assist spin as the match progresses. Misbah will hope for help later in the day for the offspinner Saeed Ajmal, who returned for the decider after missing the first two ODIs to undergo tests on his action in Brisbane. Ajmal replaced the left-arm seamer Junaid Khan.
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