Pakistan is going to face Sri Lanka in the final One Day Match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday, 22nd October 2017 . Pakistan, after losing the test series 2-0 is now leading the One Day series 4-0 and is expected to clean swipe Sri Lanka.
Sharjah Cricket stadium holds the record of hosting most number of One Day matches that is 227. None other stadium has hosted more than 200 One Day matches. Pakistan have played 123 One Day Internationals in this stadium with the win/loss ratio of 2.050. On the other hand, Sri Lanka played 79 matches with a ratio of 0.604. Stats show Pakistan have better record of wins as compared to Sri Lanka which, statistically is an advantage for Pakistan.
Pakistan’s highest score at this ground is 364 runs, which was scored back in December 2014 against New Zealand under the captaincy of Shahid Afridi. In that match, Ahmed Shehzad scored 113 runs and that lead the team’s score to 300 above. Whereas, Pakistan’s lowest at this ground is 66 runs for the loss of 0 wicket against again New Zealand. New Zealand was attacked by Pakistani bowlers brutally and they were all out for just 65 runs. Abdul Qadir and Sultan of Swing Wasim Akram took 4 and 3 wickets respectively.
Pakistan has recently played One Day International at this ground 2 days ago against Sri Lanka and won the match by 7 wickets. Before this match, Pakistan faced West Indies in October 2016 and also won it by 59 runs. Babar Azam smashed a century while senior batsman Shoaib Malik and wicket keeper batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed scored their fifties.
Babar Azam in last three matches at Sharjah stadium:
120, 123, 69
Shoaib Malik in last three matches at Sharjah stadium:
6, 90, 69
Mohammad Hafeez (140*) from Pakistan is the highest scorer at this ground. Only four Pakistani players from the squad, has scored century over here, including Mohammad Hafeez (140*, 122), Babar Azam (123, 120), Ahmed Shehzad (113) and Shoaib Malik 111*.
Right arm bowler Aqib Javed is the highest wicket taker in an inning from Pakistan. He has taken 7 wickets against India in 1991. Where as, Mohammad Nawaz, Shoaib Malik, Harris Sohail and Hasan Ali are the bowlers from the current squad, who have taken 3/3+ wickets at Sharjah. Last Pakistani to take fifer over here in One Day International was Shahid Afridi. He made this record against Afghanistan in February 2010.
Beside bowling and batting , Inzimam ul Haq and Shahid Afridi jointly holds the record most number of catches as a fielder with 22 catches each. Whereas, if we consider the present squad then Shoaib Malik is dominating in the fielding record. He has taken total 9 catches in 26 matches.
Let’s see, if Pakistan gets to clean sweep Sri Lanka or will the visitors resist it and grab their last chance to win an ODI format in this tour .
Pakistan XI – Expected
Imam ul Haq
Sarfaraz Ahmed – C
Sri Lanka XI – Expected
Tharanga – C
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Result of the series up till now:
In the favour of Pakistan 4-0.
Pakistan last five ODI:
W W W W W
Sri Lanka last five ODI:
L L L L L
Pakistan’s last five ODI at Sharjah:
W L W W W
Sri Lanka last five ODI at Sharjah:
W W W L L