Irfan Pathan claimed five wickets and contributed valuable 29 runs as India managed a 20-run win over Sri Lanka in the dead fifth rubber to complete a 4-1 series drubbing in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on 4th August 2012.
India scored 294 for 7 after electing to bat and completed the won by bowling out the hosts for 274 in 45.4 overs at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. India had lost 2nd ODI in Hambantota by 9 wickets but were dominant in all the other ODI matches.
Goutham Gambhir scored 88, Manoj Tiwary 65 and MS Dhoni 58 while Rohit Sharma 4 failed yet again. Irfan Pathan 5/60, Ashok Dinda 2/55 and Zaheer Khan 1/53 tilting the scale in favour of india.
India claimed the sacond spot in the ODI rankings behind Australia after starting the series in the fourth position. Both India and Australia now have 119 rating points, followed by South Africa 118.
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