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Pakistan clinches ODI series

COLOMBO : Mohammad Yousuf scored a stylish 53 (73b, 6x4) to propel Pakistan to a comfortable four-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground here on Wednesday.

Yousuf backed up Shahid Afridi's haul of three for 37, and knocks of 46 each by opening batsmen Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat, to secure the win.

With a close four-wicket win in a low-scoring game at the Premadasa Stadium on Sunday and the first match being abandoned because of rain, the visitors won the series 2-0.

Pakistan's bowlers bundled Sri Lanka out for 224 in the last over of the innings after skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq invited the host to bat first. Pakistan reached the target in the 46th over.

Yousuf's 53, which came off 73 balls including six boundaries, was a mixture of patience and aggression. — AP

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