October 23rd. 1.30 PM. Sharjah Hot & Sunny day. Captain unlucky Upul Tharanga for the 3rd consecutive time won the toss and chose to collapse, and this time collapsed occur even earlier than pessimists anticipated i.e. 5 down in 7th over of the game courtesy Pakistan's "another" new bowling sensation Usman Khan Shinwari.
Brilliant, Exceptional, Sensational, Delightful, Exquisite was Pakistan against Sri lanka in ODI series after horrific test series against the very same nation. Pakistan is riding a wave of success since champions trophy and continue to thrive in colored kits, winning 9 ODI games on trot, 3 less there own record. Pakistan has also chased there last 6 ODI's successfully, 9 being there best chasing streak.
On the other hand, I have not seen nation of awe-inspiring Sanga been so clueless and so helpless ever before. Losing 12 consecutive matches and 3 series whitewash within a year. Zimbabwe holds the record for most whitewashes(4) in year 2004 and Sri lanka is on track and have enough potential to equal Zimbabwe's record in December against India.
Dominant Pakistan wrapped up the #PAKvSL ODI series 5-0 in a match that lasted just 46.4 overs in Sharjah.— ICC (@ICC) October 23, 2017
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Good time to have a little look at no of whitewashes being done in history?
Pakistan is enjoying the top spot with 19 whitewashes, most by any team. Sri Lanka(2), Bangladesh(4), Zimbabwe(5) , New Zealand(3) and West Indies(5) were at receiving end. Inzamam-ul-HAQ was captain in 4* series. Meanwhile Zimbabwe got whitewash most no. of times, been whitewashed by all the test teams. while South Africa received least number of whitewashes.
Digging in stats, lets have a look at some more interesting stories, Between span of 2005 - 2010 South Africa won 9 series by whitewash, in which Graeme Smith was captain in 8* of them. while Mighty Australians Between 2003 to 2010 won 8 series by whitewash, and Ricky Ponting was captain in 7* of them. including a whitewash to ICC World X1.
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*captained atleast 1 match in series.