Pakistan came back strongly in the ODI series after a white wash in the test series, and now, has a chance to seal the series after winning the first two games, thanks to the heroics of 23-years-old Babar Azam, who scored two consecutive centuries. Pakistan played well in the first match of the series in both departments of batting and bowling, however, their batting collapsed in the second match, but their bowling yet again came to rescue and successfully defended a total of 219. Pakistan camp has young energetic players with the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, and Shadab Khan who are phenomenal in the recent success of Pakistan cricket team.
Sri Lanka lost their last nine consecutive ODI’s including the second match of this ODI series, and are in a must-win situation to keep the series alive. Sri Lanka bowlers has the ability to take wickets, however, their batting hasn’t performed very well and collapsed in both the first two games. Sri Lanka also has some talented players who can be match winners on their day like Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, and Thisara Perera, however, their recent form of late is inconsistent, and some of them is finding very difficult to secure their place in the playing XI.
“I was eyeing a man of the match in this ODI series because I never had a man of the match award in the ODI’s and man of the series as well, says Shadab Khan”.
The pitch is on the slower side, and hot and humid conditions are expected.
Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga (c), Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Rumman Raees, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan