About the Match
Pakistan won the 3rd ODI in the series against Sri Lanka to take a 2-1 lead; they will now go up against each other on 22nd July at Colombo for the 4th ODI; the visitors will look to wrap up the series with a win on Wednesday whereas Sri Lanka will put its best foot forward to keep the series alive by bouncing back into the contest with a much-needed victory. It needs to be seen which team can convert strategy into the perfect execution on the field in what is expected to be a thrilling contest.
The bowlers were thrashed across the field by the Pakistani batsmen, who posted a humungous total of 316 runs batting first; players like Malinga, gave away too many easy runs although he took a wicket. Pathirana tried to contain the opponent by taking 1-49 in his 10 over spell but the others failed to make a dent on Pakistan.
Chasing 317, the batsmen were outclassed by bowlers like Yasir Shah and were completely annihilated for just 181 runs, losing the match by a massive margin of 135 runs. Thirimanne was the lone fighter, posting a good knock of 56 off 67 deliveries but with wickets falling like a pack of cards, the team gaped at imminent defeat.
In the earlier outing, Kusal Perera and Dilshan had built the foundation at the top order whereas players like Chandimal and Pathirana had supported from the middle to win the match in the 2nd ODI. However, they need to be more consistent with both bat and ball to outwit the visitors here.
The batting line-up has never looked stronger and they are motivated to win the series here in Lanka; players like Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali and the in-form Hafeez along with Sarfraz, Shoaib Malik and Rizwan are helping the team post big totals consistently. Sarfraz’s 77 off 74 before getting run-out helped them go towards a massive total of 316 in the 3rd ODI; earlier the top order built solid partnerships to provide the impetus.
With the ball, Yasir Shah continues to lead the attack as he scalped 4 wickets giving away only 29 runs to stifle the Lankan batsmen. Youngsters like Anwar Ali, ImadWasim and Rahat Ali provide the required depth to the attack.
Overall, Pakistan has delivered consistently throughout the series with some brilliant batting effort from most players and good support by the bowling unit; they will definitely pack a punch again and are determined to win the series by emerging victorious on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka displayed a few glimpses of brilliance in the previous match but they were completely lost at sea in the last game; they will need to pull up their socks and come back stronger here. Pakistan on the other hand is peaking at the right moment with in-form batsmen and some superb bowling, which make them a clear favorite to win the next match too