Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Pakistan’s One Day International series against Sri Lanka moves on to Sharjah for the third game, with the teams tied at 1-1 after two games in the United Arab Emirates.

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date: Sunday, December 22 2013

Start time: 11:00 GMT

Live on: PTV Sports (Pakistan), CSN Sports (Sri Lanka)

Weather: According to Accuweather, Sharjah will be mostly sunny but with some clouds around and the potential for some rain showers during the day.

 

Overview

The ODI series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is interestingly poised at 1-1 after the visitors won a tense second game by two wickets with just two balls remaining.

Pakistan batted first and made 284-4 from their 50 overs, a not insurmountable target at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

The hosts were indebted to 124 from Ahmed Shehzad, made from 140 balls.

Shehzad batted until the 46th over to anchor the Pakistan innings, although he received very little support.

Only captain Misbah-ul-Haq of the other batsmen passed 50, as he made 59 from 62 balls, while Mohammad Hafeez made 32 and Shahid Afridi scored 30.

In response, the first two Sri Lankan wickets to fall were courtesy of run-outs, as Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan were dismissed by Bilawal Bhatti and Hafeez, respectively.

However, the tourists recovered thanks to 58 from Kumar Sangakkara, 44 from Dinesh Chandimal and 47 from captain Angelo Mathews.

They were seen home with two balls to spare by tailenders Dimuth Karunaratne and Sachithra Senanayake to win by two wickets with two balls left amid high tension.

Junaid Khan was the pick of Pakistan’s bowlers as he took 3-52 from his 10 overs, while Afridi took two and Saaed Ajmal took one.

This result came after the first game in Sharjah, which was also a close one that was won by 11 runs by Pakistan.

The hosts scored 322 from their 50 overs, an innings that included 122 from Mohammad Hafeez and an explosive 73 from 68 balls by Sohaib Maqsood.

Debutant Sharjeel Khan also scored 61 from 61 balls opening the innings, while former captain Shahid Afridi finished with a flourish as he scored 34 from 12 balls.

In reply, Sri Lanka managed to keep pace thanks to Kusal Perera’s 64 opening the innings, but no other batsman passed 50 as they were dismissed for 311.

Now, the five-match series returns to Sharjah in what promises to be a crucial encounter.

 

Team News

Pakistan (from): Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Bilawal Bhatti


Sri Lanka (from): Angelo Mathews (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Ashan Priyanjan, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Seekkuge Prasanna

 

Key Players

Ahmed Shehzad

In the second ODI, Ahmed Shehzad scored a well-paced 124 from 140 balls and he will be crucial again for Pakistan.

He scored a great deal of maturity in what was a relatively cautious innings, and if he continues in this form he will set another superb platform for his team.


Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara sits atop Sri Lanka’s batting averages after two games and will be a wicket that Pakistan prize above all others.

Still one of the world’s best batsmen, if Sangakkara manages to score heavily, the Sri Lankans will be in a superb position to win this game and take the series lead for the first time.

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