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Wednesday, 15 March, 2000, 12:54 GMT
Pakistan salvage some pride

Century man: Inzamam passes three figures
Pakistan 256 & 421, Sri Lanka 227 & 228. Pakistan win by 222 runs
Sri Lanka win the series 2-1


New captain Moin Khan led Pakistan to a resounding victory over Sri Lanka in the third and final Test to restore some of the hosts battered pride in Karachi.

But Sri Lanka still take away a convincing series victory following a two-wicket win in the first Test in Rawalpindi and 57-run triumph in the second Test at Peshawar.

Pakistan's losing streak
v Sri Lanka (57 runs), Mar 2000
v Sri Lanka (2wkts), Mar 2000
v Aus (inns, 20 runs), Nov 1999
v Aus (4 wkts), Nov 1999
v Aus (10 wkts), Nov 1999
It is their third consecutive Test series victory, following a 1-0 home triumph against Australia last August and a win by the same score in Zimbabwe in November.

By contrast, Pakistan have finally succeeded in breaking their five-match losing streak, which began with a 3-0 demolition in Australia.

It is a good start for Moin Khan, who is hoping to bring some stability to a side that went into the series against Sri Lanka in turmoil after the resignations of two captains, Wasim Akram and Saeed Anwar, and coach Intikhab Alam.

Former captain Javed Miandad was subsequently appointed coach, while Moin Khan took over the captaincy in time for the Karachi Test.

Sri Lanka's winning streak
Series v Pak 2-1, Mar 2000
Series v Zim 1-0, Nov 1999
Series v Aus 1-0, Aug 1999
The home side's win came courtesy of a towering performance by Inzamam ul-Haq, who scored 86 in his first innings, before unleashing 138 runs in the second.

He was ably supported to his century by his captain, who produced a valiant knock of 70, and Younis Khan who clattered out 61.

Sanath Jayasuriya's men were set a huge total of 451 to win, but were skittled out for just 228.

No batsman made 50, with Romesh Kaluwitharana and Ravindra Pushpakumara scoring 33 and 44 respectively.

Pramodya Wickremasinghe went for another duck - his fifth in six innings.

Scoreboard

Pakistan first innings 256 (Inzamam-ul-Haq 86, Shahid Afridi 74, M.Muralitharan 4-89)

Sri Lanka first innings 227 (R.Arnold 48, R.Kaluwitharana 42, Shoaib Akhtar 3-52)

Pakistan second innings overnight 375 for seven
Mohammad Naveed lbw Muralitharan 27
Shahid Afridi b Pushpakumara 34
Ijaz Ahmad c Dilshan b Muralitharan 3
Inzamam-ul-Haq c Wickramasinghe b Muralitharan 138
Shoaib Akhtar lbw Vaas 0
Yousuf Youhana c Kaluwitharana b Pushpakumara 11
Younis Khan c Kaluwitharana b Wickramasinghe 61
Moin Khan c Arnold b Pushpakumara 70
Waqar Younis c Dilshan b Muralitharan 39
Irfan Fazil c Jayasuriya b Pushpakumara 3
Mohammad Akram not out 1
Extras (lb-16 nb-18) 34
Total (all out) 421
Fall of wickets: 1-70 2-70 3-84 4-106 5-159 6-283 7-320 8-408 9-419

Bowling: Vaas 34-8-107-1 (nb8); Pushpakumara 20.5-3-66-4 (nb5); Wickramasinghe 26-6-82-1 (nb5); Muralitharan 40-6-107-4; Jayasuriya 9-1-28-0; Arnold 4-0-15-0.

Sri Lanka second innings
M.Atapattu c Moin b Akram 23
S.Jayasuriya lbw Younis 10
R.Arnold c Moin b Younis 8
M.Jayawardena b Fazil 29
T.Dilshan run out 5
R.Kaluwitharana b Akhtar 33
I.Saram lbw Afridi 18
C.Vaas c Akhtar b Afridi 28
R.Pushpakumara c Fazil b Afridi 44
P.Wickramasinghe run out 0
M.Muralitharan not out 5
Extras (b-1 lb-7 nb-17) 25
Total (all out) 228 Fall of wickets: 1-27 2-41 3-41 4-59 5-86 6-121 7-145 8-191 9-199

Bowling: Waqar Younis 11-4-32-2; Shoaib Akhtar 13-1-64-1 (nb1); Mohammad Akram 10-1-44-1 (nb8); Irfan Fazil 4-0-30-1 (nb4); Shahid Afridi 8-1-50-3 (nb4)

First test - Sri Lanka won by two wickets
Second test - Sri Lanka won by 57 runs.
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