Player of the Match
Player of the Match

And as Sarfaraz and his boys collect the trophy, it's time for all of us at ESPNcricinfo to say goodbye. Hope you enjoyed our coverage of the ODI series in Karachi. We'll see you in three days for the T20I series that kicks off in Lahore. Till then, it's goodbye!

11.17pm Time for the presentation.

Pakistan captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed: "Wasn't an easy task chasing this. Credit goes to Abid. The way he handled the pressure. Congratulations to him. Credit goes to all the batsmen which is why we achieved the target. Fielding was not upto the mark. We have to improve that. If we field like that in T20Is, we won't win many matches. Thanks to crowd for supporting both teams. I played here after 10 years. Everyone loves playing at home, so hopefully cricket continues in Pakistan. Sri Lanka will come strong in T20Is, we won't take them lightly."Sri Lanka captain Lahiru Thirimanne: "Proud, because boys fought very hard. Scoring 297 was good, but after that we didn't execute our plans in the first 10-15 overs with the ball. But overall, very proud. Dasun and Shehan batted well the other day. And Gunathilaka's century against this attack, it's very good. It's my first time in Pakistan, been a really good experience. I encourage more teams to come and play."

Babar Azam is the Player of the Series. He says, "The hundred two nights ago was my first hundred in Pakistan, so proud of that. My plan is to bat all the overs I can. We've got a good confidence boost from this series, hope to carry it through to the T20Is."

Abid Ali is the Player of the Match for his 74, replacing Imam-ul-Haq for this match. He says, "However much I thank Allah, it's not enough. I got a good opportunity today and was happy to do well. I must thank the management and players for backing me. I am thankful to the fans for coming to the ground here in Karachi. Hope to have more international cricket here."

This win was Pakistan's 92nd win over Sri Lanka, the most for a team against an opposition

11.06pm So Pakistan eventually cruise to a win but Sri Lanka can hold their heads high. Their inexperienced XI gave Pakistan a solid fight today. We saw some excellent batting performances today. Gunathilaka and Shanaka were impressive in the afternoon, after which the incoming Abid Ali set the chase up beautifully. Fakhar found form too, while Haris and Iftikhar sealed the win late in the evening. The teams are now shaking hands. Dil dil Pakistan resonates around the Karachi stadium

Jaan: "There is a tough competition for both man of the match and man of the series"

Andy Cricket Bo: "My man of the match goes to Abid Ali with a fine half century, coming into the side, and took the opportunity with both hands plus finished on the winning side"

salman: "'Man of the series' should be awarded to the whole Srilankan Squad, #thanksforcoming"

Pradeep to Iftikhar Ahmed, FOUR runs, Pakistan win the series 2-0! Another full toss on his toes, and flicked behind square to seal victory
Pradeep to Iftikhar Ahmed, SIX runs, put away! Waist-high full toss on leg stump, and he uses his wrists to whip a six behind square! Pakistan need just three

48 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 289/5 (9 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.02, RRR: 4.50)

  • Iftikhar Ahmed18 (20b)
  • Wahab Riaz1 (1b)
  • Shehan Jayasuriya7-0-39-1
  • Nuwan Pradeep9-1-43-2
Jayasuriya to Iftikhar Ahmed, 1 run, length ball, just outside off. Tapped to the gap in front of point for a quick single. He'll keep strike
Jayasuriya to Wahab Riaz, 1 run, full, outside off, and he drags a sweep to the leg side. In the air for a while, but drops short of Sandakan at cow corner
Jayasuriya to Haris Sohail, OUT, is there a twist? Length ball on middle, and turning away from Haris as he makes room to cut. He misses the shot, and the ball clatters into off stump

Haris Sohail b Jayasuriya 56 (50b 3x4 1x6) SR: 112.00

Jayasuriya to Iftikhar Ahmed, 1 run, good length on off, and flicked with the turn to the leg side
Jayasuriya to Iftikhar Ahmed, no run, full, just outside off. Defended
Jayasuriya to Haris Sohail, 1 run,

Sam: "Slow a steady wins the race, perfect for pakistan's today innings "

47 | 6 Runs | PAK: 285/4 (13 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.06, RRR: 4.33)

  • Iftikhar Ahmed16 (17b)
  • Haris Sohail55 (48b)
  • Nuwan Pradeep9-1-43-2
  • Lahiru Kumara7-0-55-1
Pradeep to Iftikhar Ahmed, no run, nearly a yorker on off. Dug back to Pradeep
Pradeep to Haris Sohail, 1 run, full, on middle. Pushed off his toes to long on
Pradeep to Haris Sohail, FOUR runs, attempted yorker outside off, but he sticks his bat down and guides a shot beautifully past backward point for four
Pradeep to Iftikhar Ahmed, 1 run, full, just outside off. The cover drive rolls away to the sweeper fielder on the off side
Pradeep to Iftikhar Ahmed, no run, slower ball, wide outside off, and he mistimes a cut to short third man
Pradeep to Iftikhar Ahmed, no run, yorker, on middle. Dug away to the leg side

James: "Srilankans were cruising until they got SarfrAz out "

Adnan: "Iftikhar looks very much like Younus Khan. "

46 | 18 Runs | PAK: 279/4 (19 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.06, RRR: 4.75)

  • Iftikhar Ahmed15 (13b)
  • Haris Sohail50 (46b)
  • Lahiru Kumara7-0-55-1
  • Shehan Jayasuriya6-0-35-0

Jamal Anjum: "@ Mohammad Patience is love's prime demand, desire knows no restraint or command"

Kumara to Iftikhar Ahmed, 1 run, yorker, on off. Driven towards the off side
Kumara to Iftikhar Ahmed, FOUR runs, big moves being made! Full, outside off, and he throws his hands at this. Clatters a square drive through the off side

Thirteen off the over already. RRR now under 6

Kumara to Iftikhar Ahmed, FOUR runs, well placed! Slower ball, but short from Kumara. He swivels and places a pulled shot behind square for four! Fine leg not even close

Pakistan 2nd innings Partnerships

1st123Abid AliFakhar Zaman
2nd58Babar AzamFakhar Zaman
3rd8Sarfaraz AhmedFakhar Zaman
4th55Sarfaraz AhmedHaris Sohail
5th43Haris SohailIftikhar Ahmed
6th12Wahab RiazIftikhar Ahmed