Host Pakistan eye a consolation win against Sri Lanka in the dead rubber!
Expect Sri Lanka to complete a clean sweep over Pakistan!
Host Pakistan will be looking to play for pride when they lock horns with Sri Lanka in the third and final game of the T20I series at Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on Wednesday. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be disappointed by the lack of fight shown by the batting department in the first two games of the series. The home side will be determined to put in an improved batting performance in order to end the tour on a positive note.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka Captain Dasun Shanaka will be pleased with his side clinical performances in the first two games. With this result, Sri Lanka has already clinched the series and will be looking to complete a clean sweep over Pakistan on Wednesday.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be looking to make changes for this final game. Iftikhar Ahmed might come in place of Umar Akmal for this contest.The home side’s biggest weakness has been lack of form from the top-order in the first two games of the series.
Opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad failed to make an impression with the bat after being recalled into the T20I squad for this home series. The right-handed batsman will need to deliver runs with the bat in this game if Pakistan aims to post a competitive total on the board. Babar Azam has perished for low scores in the first two games of the T20I series against Sri Lanka. He will be looking to produce something special in this contest. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed once again chipped in with a decent score in the previous game. He scored 26 off 16 balls with the help of three fours and a six. He will be looking to continue his decent form with the bat in the final game of the T20I series.
Pinch-hitter Asif Ali also produced good innings for Pakistan in the previous game. He scored 29 off 27 balls with the help of three boundaries. Bowling All-rounder Imad Wasim played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 47 runs off 29 balls with the help of eight boundaries. With the home side in deep trouble at 52 for 5, Imad put on a 75-run partnership with Asif to keep the side in the hunt to win the game. In the bowling department, Usman Shinwari could replace Mohammad Amir or Wahab Riaz for this game. Amir once again failed to take any wickets with the new ball and conceded 40 runs from his four overs. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan, Pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain and Left-arm orthodox spinner Imad Wasim claimed one wicket each.
Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Hasnain
Usman Khan, Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Iftikhar Ahmed, Babar Azam, F Zaman, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz
Sri Lanka created history and managed to win their maiden T20I series in Pakistan. With this result, Sri Lanka have taken 2-0 unassailable lead in the three-match series. Captain Dasun Shanaka will be hoping that the side can maintain their focus and complete a whitewash over Pakistan in the T20I series.
In the batting department, the side will be likes of Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa to deliver the bulk of runs. Rookie Bhanuka Rajapaksa has been standout player for Sri Lanka in this T20I series. He has topped the batting charts for Sri Lanka with 109 runs at an average of 54.50. In the previous game, Rajapaksa produced a splendid innings of 77 runs off 48 balls with the help of four fours and six sixes. He will be looking to continue his excellent form with the bat in the final of the series against Pakistan.
Besides Rajapaksa, Danushka Gunathilaka has produced decent scores for the side in this T20I series. All-rounder Shehan Jayasuriya put on a crucial partnership with Bhanuka Rajapaksa to see Sri Lanka post a competitive total on the board. He scored 34 off 28 balls with the help of four boundaries. Dasun Shanaka also chipped in with quick-fire cameo to help Sri Lanka post 183 runs in their 20 overs. He scored unbeaten 27 runs off 15 balls with the help of three fours and a six.
In the bowling department, the side will be banking on the likes of Kasun Rajitha and Nuwan Pradeep to provide crucial breakthroughs in the initial Powerplay overs. Nuwan Pradeep was the standout bowler in the previous game and finished with figures of 4 for 25 in his four overs. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and Left-arm medium-pacer Isuru Udana have picked up vital wickets for the side in this T20I series.
Dasun Shanaka (captain), Shehan Jayasuriya, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep
Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Madhushanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lakshan Sandakan, Angelo Perera, Wanidu Hasaranga, Oshada Fernando, Kasun Rajitha
The wicket prepared for the final game is expected to be excellent for batting. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Wednesday is expected to have clear skies.
Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore is going to host the third and final game of the T20I series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The home side will be determined to earn a consolation win after losing the first two games of the series.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bat first and post a mammoth score on the board. Average score at Gaddafi Stadium has been around 160 runs.
Based on current form, Sri Lanka will be firm favorites to win this game against Pakistan. With the likes of Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dasun Shanaka in excellent form, Sri Lanka will be hard to beat in this game. At the same time, the top order will need to runs for Pakistan in this game in order to compete with Sri Lanka.
Expect Sri Lanka to complete a clean sweep over Pakistan!