Pakistan has already wrapped up the series with three back-to-back comprehensive wins whereas Sri Lanka are looking to restore some pride from today’s game.
Pakistan will look to stretch their winning streak to 9 games as a whole – Pakistan has 7 consecutive wins currently. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has already lost 10 games on a trot and they will do their best to end the painful drubbing they’ve had in the past year or so.
Timing & Venue
The action now moves to Sharjah for the last two ODIs of the series where Pakistan has always felt at home.
Due to significant dew later in the evenings in the previous matches, the remainder of matches have been shifted to an hour earlier than previously scheduled.
The match will now begin at 3:00 pm Pakistan Standard Time.
Toss & Pitch Report
Dew is the prime concern for the team bowling second which is why the teams will look to bat first and set a target on the board. Like any other UAE wicket, Sharjah pitch is likely to favour the slow bowlers.
There’s a chance that one or two faces might be introduced in the Pakistan lineup during this match, while Sri Lanka might have to replace the injured Kapugedera.
Possible: 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Mohammad Hafeez, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt. and wk), 7 Faheem Ashraf, 8 Rumman Raees, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan
Possible: 1 Niroshan Dickwella, (wk), 2 Upul Tharanga (capt), 3 Kusal Mendis/Chamara Kapugedera, 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Milinda Siriwardana, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Dushmantha Chameera, 9 Akila Dananjaya, 10 Jeffrey Vandersay, 11 Lahiru Gamage
Pakistan has not lost to Sri Lanka in Sharjah since 2002. Sarfaraz’s men will look to prove their dominance in ODIs once again while Sri Lanka will hope for a turnaround to end their dry run in limited overs cricket.
Pakistan is banking on its youngsters – Shadab, Babar, Hasan, Fakhar, and now Imam – which bodes well for Pakistan cricket in the longer run.
You can watch the match live at live.wickets.tv/
Or you can stream the match at PTV Sports’ official YouTube channel.
Shozab Raza (PAK)
Richard Kettleborough (ENG)
S. Ravi (IND)
Andy Pycroft (ZIM)