The third ODI of the three-match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played at National Stadium Karachi on Wednesday (today).
The first ODI game in Pakistan, after around a span of 10 years was washed out, hence bogging down the curiousness of the masses regarding international cricket returning to the country.
However, the home team put up quite a show in the second ODI as Babar Azam’s terrific century ensured that Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side piled up runs in abundance only to eventually defeat the visitors by 67 runs.
They have a chance to seal the contest and rejoice a series victory tomorrow, but, those plans could be ruined by Sri Lanka if they manage to upstage their performance in all aspects of the game and notch a victory to level the series 1-1.
Date: Wednesday October 02, 2019
Timing: 03:00 PM PKT
Venue: National Stadium Karachi
Weather: Partly cloudy weather with 6% chances of rain and the temperature ranging around 31 degrees Celsius is expected during the course of the encounter.
Conditions / Pitch Report: A decent and fresh pitch will be provided for the third ODI.
Head to Head:
Matches: 155 | Pakistan: 91 | Sri Lanka: 58 | NR: 6
Pakistan: W W W W W (completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka: L W W W L
Imam-ul-Haq hurt the webbing in his hand while fielding in the second ODI and spent most of the second innings off the field. If he’s ruled out of the third match, Abid Ali will likely replace him.
Babar Azam and Haris Sohail will play a key role in middle order. Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed is will bat at the number five position in the batting order.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Fakhar Zaman, 2. Imam-ul-Haq, 3. Babar Azam, 4. Haris Sohail, 5. Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk), 6. Asif Ali / Iftikhar Ahmed, 7. Shadab Khan 8. Imad Wasim, 9. Wahab Riaz, 10. Mohammad Amir, 11. Usman Shinwari
2. Sri Lanka
It is difficult to predict Sri Lanka’s XI, but Nuwan Pradeep may get a game owing to his experience. Lakshan Sandakan, the only specialist spinner in the squad, is also likely to play.
Sri Lanka will bank on Avishka Fernando and Lahiru Thirimanne to anchor the batting unit. Lahiru Kumara was expensive and wayward on Monday, and could be replaced by Kasun Rajitha. There is also a chance Angelo Perera could come into the top order.
Sri Lanka’s Probable XI:
1. Lahiru Thirimanne (capt), 2. Danushka Gunathilaka, 3. Avishka Fernando, 4. Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), 5. Oshada Fernando, 6. Shehan Jayasuriya, 7. Dasun Shanaka 8. Isuru Udana, 9. Wanindu Hasaranga, 10. Lakshan Sandakan, 11. Nuwan Pradeep
Players to watch:
1. Babar Azam – Batsman, Pakistan
Babar Azam can have a good start to the series if he takes off in a batsman friendly pitch. Babar is a smart player and plays well to the situation. He has been very consistent with the runs for Pakistan and could be one of the most important players in the series.
2. Mohammad Amir – Bowler, Pakistan
Pakistan’s fast bowlers are really capable of wreaking havoc on their day. Mohammad Amir will be looking to rekindle that spark with his accurate bowling.
3. Lahiru Thirimanne – Batsman, England
With form and experience both by his side, Thirimanne is the only good candidate in Sri Lanka’s batting line-up and probably one of the batsmen to watch out.
4. Dasun Shanaka – Bowler, England
Dasun Shanaka is a force to reckon with while batting and can get a few wickets with his variations when he’s bowling.
Stats and Travia:
- Babar Azam has been dismissed for less than 60 in only one of his last five innings against Sri Lanka. He has three hundreds in that sequence.
- Babar’s also among five batsmen to have scored over 1000 ODI runs this calendar year. Among those batsmen, only Virat Kohli (64.40) has a higher 2019 average than Babar’s 62.41.
- Pakistan have now won their seven most-recent (completed) matches against Sri Lanka – a streak that goes back to 2017.