It wasn’t as embarrassing because it might have been. At 28 for five, Sri Lanka had been in peril of being crushed by greater than 200 runs in the second ODI. Shehan Jayasuriya and Dasun Shanaka dragged Sri Lanka nearly again into the sport, however the outcome, ultimately, was a cushty victory for Pakistan.
That is the form many Sri Lanka matches have taken up to now two years. There have been moments of combat. However they’ve surrendered an excessive amount of floor within the the rest of the sport for these small passages of brilliance to matter. There’s a semblance of respectability to many performances. However victories stay elusive.
With Babar Azam having proven his kind has not taken a success because the finish of the World Cup, and even Fakhar Zaman starting to look ominous, Pakistan are well-placed to maintain the stress on their weakened opposition. Shadab Khan was barely costly on Monday, however with the quick bowlers all producing tight spells proper by way of the sport, the hosts haven’t any main issues on the bowling entrance both.
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Usman Shinwari didn’t function within the World Cup, however made an enormous assertion on Monday – his 5 for 51 by far the perfect figures within the match. With Hasan Ali going by way of a tough patch, and Junaid Khan additionally out of favour with the selectors, one other good efficiency on Wednesday might assist Shinwari make himself a part of Pakistan’s go-to ODI trio, alongside Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.
Wanindu Hasaranga took solely two wickets within the second ODI, however finds himself in the same place to Shinwari. Akila Dananjaya – who had been Sri Lanka’s high spin choice is now suspended for a 12 months, over his motion. Sri Lanka are desperately on the lookout for a penetrative limited-overs spinner – one who might play a job in subsequent 12 months’s T20 World Cup – and more and more, Hasaranga suits the invoice. It would not damage that he’s additionally an excellent batsman, however for now, it’s with the ball that he most must excel to cement a spot.
Lahiru Kumara was costly and wayward on Monday, and might be changed by Kasun Rajitha. There isalso an opportunity Angelo Perera might come into the highest order.
Sri Lanka (attainable): 1 Lahiru Thirimanne (capt.), 2 Danushka Gunathilaka, three Avishka Fernando, four Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), 5 Oshada Fernando, 6 Shehan Jayasuriya, 7 Dasun Shanaka, eight Isuru Udana, 9 Wanindu Hasaranga, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
Imam-ul-Haq damage the webbing in his hand whereas fielding within the second ODI and spent a lot of the second innings off the sector. If he is dominated out of the third match, Abid Ali will seemingly change him.
Pakistan (attainable): 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, three Babar Azam, four Haris Sohail, 5 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt. & wk), 6 Asif Ali, 7 Imad Wasim, eight Shadab Khan, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Usman Shinwari
Pitch and situations
A recent pitch can be offered for the third ODI. Anticipate the same floor – one that’s moderately good for batting for 80 overs or so, and takes a bit spin, earlier than slowing down in direction of the top of the sport. There’s solely a small probability of rain.
Stats and trivia
Babar Azam has been dismissed for lower than 60 in solely one among his final 5 innings in opposition to Sri Lanka. He has three lots of in that sequence.
Babar’s additionally amongst 5 batsmen to have scored over 1000 ODI runs this calendar 12 months. Amongst these batsmen, solely Virat Kohli (64.40) has the next 2019 common than Babar’s 62.41.
Pakistan have now received their seven most-recent (accomplished) matches in opposition to Sri Lanka – a streak that goes again to 2017.
Shehan Jayasuriya’s 96 was not solely by far his highest ODI rating, it was really Sri Lanka’s seventh-highest particular person rating within the final 12 months.