Pakistan comfortably won the fifth ODI against Sri Lanka by nine wickets, completing a 5-0 whitewash in Sharjah on Monday and marking their ninth consecutive victory in the format.
It was Sri Lanka's third whitewash in the year — previous two being at the hands of South Africa and India — the most number of whitewashes in ODIs against any team in a year.
Chasing the 104-run target set by Sri Lanka, Pakistan lost only Fakhar Zaman — unfortunately caught behind just two runs shy of a half century.
Imam-ul-Haq, who made a century on debut in the third ODI of the series, completed the chase with a four, contributing 45 runs in total for Pakistan's cause.
Newcomer Usman Khan Shinwari was named 'man of the match' for his five-for today; Hasan Ali received the 'man of the series' award for his consistently brilliant performances — 14 wickets including a five-for — throughout the series.
Earlier, Sri Lanka had lost their first five wickets for only 20 runs thanks to a whirlwind spell of pace bowling by Shinwari, who set the stage for their eventual collapse for 103 in only the 27th over.
Looking to avoid a 5-0 whitewash in the series, Sri Lanka had chosen to bat after winning the toss for their fifth One Day International against Pakistan in Sharjah.
However, Shinwari, it seems, had other plans. The pacer, who launched his ODI career in only the previous match of the ongoing series, snatched five wickets within his first four overs, leaving the team teetering on the edge of an embarrassing defeat.
Shinwari sent back Samarawickrama and Chandimal in the first over of the match, setting the table for his opponents. Following through, he took down Tharanga and Dickwella in his next over, and sent Siriwardana back to the pavilion in his fourth (the innings' seventh).
Hasan Ali had Lahiru Thirimanne, the first of only four Sri Lankan batsman to reach double figures, caught behind the stumps in the fifteenth over to tie down the opponents at 49 for the loss of six.
Prasanna was run out in the 17th over, as Sri Lanka crumbled to 63 for the loss of seven.
Thisara Perera, who seemed threatening at one point, was caught at long-off off a Shadab Khan delivery. Three balls later, Shadab dispatched Vandersay back to the pavilion after catching him leg before wicket.
Sri Lanka had sunk to 85 for the loss of nine.
They managed 18 more runs to avoid the ignominy of a two-digit scoreline before Hasan Ali bowled out Chameera in the 27th over, limiting the target to a paltry 104.
Earlier in the day, Upul Tharanga had won the toss and elected to bat first for the third ODI, as Sri Lanka went into the fifth match against the green shirts looking to avoid a second consecutive series whitewash against an Asian opponent. They were beaten 5-0 by India in their last series.
Pakistan, in search of their ninth straight win, made just one change, opting to bring in Faheem Ashraf in place of Junaid Khan. It gave Sarfraz Ahmed a number of all-round options, with Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim and Faheem all capable of performances with bat and ball.
Sri Lanka have made three changes to their side, with Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera and Jeffrey Vandersay replacing Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Gamage and Suranga Lakmal.
I will be disappointed if we didn’t make it 5-0,” Pakistan's Head Coach Mickey Arthur said on Sunday, making the intentions of the Pakistan side very clear.
Pakistan came back in the ODI series, winning the first four matches of the series after being whitewashed by the Lankan tigers in their first Test series since Misbah and Younis retired.
The two sides will play a T20 series next, with the last match of the series being played in Lahore. The first match of the series will be played on Thursday.
Sri Lanka Innings
Upul Tharanga b U. khan 8
Sadeera Samarawickrama b U. khan 0
Dinesh Chandimal c S. Ahmed b U. khan 0
Lahiru Thirimanne c S. Ahmed b H. Ali 19
Niroshan Dickwella lbw b U. khan 0
Milinda Siriwardana c Zaman b U. khan 6
Seekkuge Prasanna run out (S. Khan) 16
Thisara Perera c Ashraf b S. Khan 25
Jeffrey Vandersay lbw b S. Khan 2
Dushmantha Chameera b H. Ali 11
Vishwa Fernando not out 7
Extras (lb-1 w-8) 9
Total (all out, 26.2 overs) 103
Fall of wickets: 1-1 S. Samarawickrama,2-1 D. Chandimal,3-8 U. Tharanga,4-8 N. Dickwella,5-20 M. Siriwardana,6-49 L. Thirimanne,7-63 S. Prasanna,8-85 T. Perera,9-85 J. Vandersay,10-103 D. Chameera
Usman Khan 7 - 0 - 34 - 5(w-5)
Faheem Ashraf 4 - 0 - 12 - 0(w-1)
Imad Wasim 4 - 1 - 12 - 0(w-2)
Hasan Ali 5.2 - 0 - 19 - 2
Shadab Khan 5 - 1 - 24 - 2
Mohammad Hafeez 1 - 0 - 1 - 0
Imam-ul-Haq not out 45
Fakhar Zaman c Dickwella b Vandersay 48
Faheem Ashraf not out 5
Extras (lb-2 w-5) 7
Total (for 1 wickets, 20.2 overs) 105
Fall of wickets: 1-84 F. Zaman
Did not bat: B. Azam, M. Hafeez, S. Malik, S. Ahmed, I. Wasim, S. Khan, H. Ali, U. Khan
Dushmantha Chameera 4 - 1 - 13 - 0
Vishwa Fernando 4 - 1 - 21 - 0
Jeffrey Vandersay 6.2 - 0 - 30 - 1(w-1)
Thisara Perera 2 - 0 - 18 - 0
Seekkuge Prasanna 4 - 0 - 21 - 0(w-4)