Warner whacks a record-breaking ton in win

STAND-IN skipper David Warner led from the front as Australia rounded off the One-Day International series in Sri Lanka with a comfortable five-wicket victory.

Warner became the first Australian in ODIs to score a century in Sri Lanka, beating the previous best from Mark Waugh of 95.

The captain hit 106 to help his team to a 4-1 series success after the tourists chased down the home side's 195 with five wickets and seven overs in hand.

Warner combined with George Bailey (44) to add 132 for the third wicket after Australia had been 2-25.

But the skipper said he had been lucky to escape when he edged an attempted sweep shot on 22.

The Sri Lankans chose not to review the decision of not out and Warner marched on.

"It's great to get a hundred. It was a bit of a sigh of relief," said Warner, who had failed to reach 20 in his four previous innings.

"You do need a bit of luck in this game and I'm pretty sure I did hit that one tonight."

Mitchell Starc took 3-40 and spinners Adam Zampa and Travis Head both took two wickets in Sri Lanka's innings.

But Warner said his attack was off its game early in the final match.

"I felt like we were playing grade cricket to be honest, the bowlers," he said.

"They didn't switch on in the first 10. They probably lacked a little bit of energy and intent. But they still restricted them to 195 which is a fantastic effort."

The win came at a cost with Aaron Finch breaking a finger and Chris Lynn dislocating a shoulder when fielding.

 

Meanwhile, England missed the chance for a series whitewash as Pakistan earned a consolation four-wicket win in the fifth one-day international in Cardiff.

Chasing 303, Pakistan slipped to 3-77 before Sarfraz Ahmed (90) and Shoaib Malik (77) shared 163.

Despite a late wobble, the tourists got home with 10 balls to spare.

England's had earlier scored 302-9 with Jason Roy hitting 87 and Ben Stokes 75.

But only 42 runs off the last eight overs cost the home side as it lost five wickets for 64 runs.

Hasan Ali took 4-60, and Mohammad Amir 3-50.


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