Sri Lanka find boost forward of Tests

Sri Lanka find boost forward of Tests


Match facts

Friday, Dec 27, 2013
Start time 1500 internal (1100 GMT)

Dinesh Chandimal goes over a top, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Dubai, Dec 20, 2013

Big Picture

A array that during one theatre seemed rival has all of a remarkable begun to feel like a biased one. Pakistan have been superb with a bat all array before reclaiming their bravery with a ball, while Sri Lanka have authorised all areas of their diversion to slip. An eight-wicket drubbing to follow a 113-run loss does not bode good for a visitors in a final match.

On Christmas Day, Sri Lanka were ailed by mostly a same issues that have uneasy them in a prior matches. The conflict lacked certainty and invasion as Lasith Malinga went wicketless for a second time in a array and Nuwan Kulasekara was uncharacteristically wayward. Rangana Herath’s intrepidity and knowledge has also been severely missed, as has his unassailable suggestion that has seen him book limited-overs comebacks before. Herath’s replacement, Ajantha Mendis, is nonetheless to get a game.

The batting has threatened in patches, though distinct Pakistan who have found a centurion in any compare and finished century stands a defining underline of their innings, Sri Lanka have not managed even one triple-figure partnership. The visitors’ usually win was a outcome of several medium contributions built together, though ODI story suggests waste efforts usually frequency outcome in victories. Sri Lanka need a top-order male to anchor any innings, as Mohammad Hafeez has finished so prolifically for Pakistan.

Strangely for Pakistan, they have played safe, intelligent, formulaic cricket with a bat that Sri Lanka have not been means to challenge. Their conflict has defended a aptitude that is a source of a menace. Saeed Ajmal claimed his best transport in a array in a final match, while both Umar Gul and Junaid Khan continue to play effective spells. If Pakistan can finish a 4-1 subjection in Abu Dhabi, they will arrive in a Tests on a cloud of confidence, and will also have deflated a Sri Lanka batsmen who cranky over into a longest format.

Form guide

(last 5 finished matches, many new first)

Pakistan: WWLWL

Sri Lanka: LLWLW

In a spotlight

Sri Lanka do not have a Dale Steyn in their ranks, though even so, Mohammad Hafeez‘s turnaround in ODI form has been staggering. Having not upheld 35 in his final 8 ODI innings, Hafeez now averages 203.50 in a series, with 147 some-more runs than a second-highest scorer. Hafeez seems during assent with his stroke during a crease, and has frequency been tested by a Sri Lanka bowlers. Given his poignant contributions with a round and in a field, he is a certainty for a Man-of-the-Series award, regardless of what happens in a final match.

Ashan Priyanjan has waited on a range in dual array before finally creation his general debut, though when he did, he finished it count. Exceptional block of a wicket and off a behind foot, first-match nerves did not seem to impact him as he progressed to Sri Lanka’s top measure of a array – 74. If he can replicate his success in a final match, he will put poignant vigour on Dinesh Chandimal, who has not strike a limited-overs half-century given January, notwithstanding personification in roughly each compare given then. The selectors have voiced certainty in Chandimal’s talent, though if they have a higher choice of a same age, they will not be means to clear Chandimal’s inclusion for long.

Team news

Shahid Afridi has flown back to Pakistan early due to personal reasons, though in any case, Pakistan might be tempted to hearing immature players in a passed rubber. Seam bowler Anwar Ali has been sitting on a sidelines for a whole series, as has maladroit batsman Haris Sohail. They might get a diversion tomorrow if Pakistan select to rest pivotal Test players, with a Test array starting on Tuesday.

Pakistan (probable): 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Sharjeel Khan, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Sohaib Maqsood, 5 Misbah ul Haq (capt), 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Anwar Ali, 8 Bilawal Bhatti, 9 Umar Gul, 10. Saeed Ajmal, 11. Junaid Khan

Sri Lanka will roughly positively keep Priyanjan, and maybe Kithuruwan Vithanage as well. If a aspect looks like it will be receptive to turn, legspinning allrounder Seekkuge Prasanna could lapse in place of possibly Suranga Lakmal or Kulasekara.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4. Ashan Priyanjan, 5. Dinesh Chandimal, 6. Angelo Mathews (capt), 7. Kithuruwan Vithanage, 8. Seekkuge Prasanna/ Suranga Lakmal 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10. Sachithra Senanayake, 11. Lasith Malinga

Stats and trivia

  • In further to Hafeez’ staggering array average, Misbah-ul-Haq, Sohaib Maqsood and Ahmed Shehzad all have averages surpassing 50. Sri Lanka’s best normal for a batsman who has played some-more than one innings is 40 – to Angelo Mathews.
  • Junaid has taken 10 wickets in a series, Ajmal 7 and Gul six. The many penetrative Sri Lankan bowlers have been Suranga Lakmal and Thisara Perera with 3 apiece.


    “I consider Gul set a tinge right from a start, removing wickets with a new ball, and everybody else is unequivocally bowling and batting well. A array win gives us some-more certainty and delight.”
    Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq

    “We didn’t do really good in all departments. They played good cricket and were distant improved than us, so they deserved to win.”
    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews

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