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Happy at victory.... Pakistan’s cricketer Umar Gul who took 3 wickets (C) celebrates with teammates after winning the third One Day International (ODI) match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Dubai Cricket Stadium in the Gulf Emirate on Friday. AFP

Pakistan squeeze through to 21-run win

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 21 runs with a superior team effort in the third One day International to go up 2-1 in the five-match series at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. The result will put the Sri Lankans in a must win situation when they take on Pakistan in the fourth ODI on Sunday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The Pakistan bowlers and batsmen stuck to their job admirably to insert the pressure on the Lankans as they succumbed to the situation falling short by 21 runs.

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"Can bounce back in fourth One-Day"- Dilshan

Sri Lanka skipper Tillekeratne Dilshan pledged his team is capable of bouncing back to contention in the fourth One-Day International cricket match in Sharjah on Friday. Dilshan reiterated that his team should rectify the mistakes and work on that and take the plus points into the next game to win. UAE being different, everything backfired once Sangakkara was run out. We did not bat badly. “Once I got out they came back and bowled really well. But still if one or two other batsmen gave the support to Angelo Mathews and batted a few more overs the story would have been different, but credit also should go to Pakistan as they bowled well during the last few overs,” said the Sri Lankan captain.

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Mahela joins select band

Experienced Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene completed his 10,000 one-day runs during the third day-night international against Pakistan at Dubai stadium here on Friday. The 34-year-old became the ninth batsman in all one-day internationals and second Sri Lankan behind former team-mate Sanath Jayasuriya to achieve the honour when he reached 13 during his knock of 17.

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