Mathews and Perera lift Sri Lanka to 310-9
HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Angelo Mathews missed his maiden one-day international century as Sri Lanka posted a healthy 310-9 in the second one-day international against Pakistan on Tuesday.
Mathews, the captain who scored 89 in Sri Lanka’s four-wicket loss last Saturday, anchored the home team with career-best 93 off 115 balls, while Thisara Perera blazed 65 off 36 balls with five fours and four sixes.
Sri Lanka was pegged back at 62-3 before Mahela Jayawardene (67) scored his second half century in the last four days and combined in a 122-run stand with Mathews to put the innings back on track.
Perera then carved out an 87-run partnership off just 57 balls with Mathews as Pakistan’s three left-arm fast bowlers conceded 80 runs in the last six overs.
Paceman Wahab Riaz claimed 4-65 and off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez took 3-39.
Riaz removed Kumar Sangakkara off a short pitched delivery and had Upul Tharanga caught behind in his opening two overs before Mathews and Jayawardene dominated Pakistan bowlers and raised their second straight century stand of the series.
Leg-spinner Shahid Afridi (0-51), Pakistan’s most capped ODI player with 380 matches, returned wicketless for the fifth consecutive one-day international as Jayawardene and Mathews kept rotating the strike in their 141-ball partnership.
Hafeez put the brakes on briefly when he removed Jayawardene, who hit eight fours, Sekkuge Prasanna (1) and Ashan Priyanjan (3) in his last three overs.
Mathews hit eight fours but missed the three-figure mark when he gave a simple catch to mid-wicket in the 48th over off Riaz and Perera was run out on the penultimate ball of the innings while going for the second run to retain the strike.