The 4th ODI in Colombo once again exposed the fragile Pakistan batting line up, who now find themselves in a position from where they cannot win the ODI series. The 5th and final ODI of the series will give them an opportunity to salvage some pride and tie the series 2-2. However, it wont be an easy task on a pitch where just a day ago, we witnessed a fall of the last 7 wickets for only 30 runs.
June 18, RPS stadium, Colombo
Starting Time: 1430 Local Time (0900 GMT time)
The pitch remains unchanged from the 3rd and 4th ODI. Will slightly favor the batsmen and anything above 250 is a good total for the team batting first.
There is no news of a changed line up for either teams. But it is quite likely that the management for the Pakistan Cricket team might want to strengthen their batting line up. However, no individual batsman can be blamed for the collapse on Saturday, with six Pakistani batsmen dismissed for a duck, Mohammed Hafeez, scoring his 5th fuck in the last 12 ODI innings. Yet, in spite of his failures with the bat, he contributes heavily with the ball.
The Sri Lankans are likely to keep their winning combination unchanged.
T.Dilshan vs Sohail Tanvir:
Chances of a Pakistan victory seem bleak on this good batting pitch, unless their formidable bowling manages to trigger a collapse in the Sri Lankan batting. With Dilshan finding form, the Sri Lankan top order does not seem fragile anymore. Tanvir struggles to bowl to the left handers, but has consistently troubled Dilshan with his away movement and awkward angle throughout the series.
Azhar Ali vs N Kulasekara :
Ali, the only consistent scorer for his side, frequently finds himself batting in the company of the lower order and tail- enders. It is important that he sees through the opening spell from the Sri Lankan bowlers, in particular Kulasekara who has dismissed him 2 out of 3 times in this series. Pakistan may struggle to reach even a respectable score, if he manages to dismiss Azhar Ali early.
T Perera vs Afridi :
These two are destructive all round players. Afridi may be struggling for form in the current series, but we all know he is capable of winning games for Pakistan single-handedly with bat and ball. Perera on the other hand, has shown his all round brilliance in the current series with some good hits towards the end of their batting and some exemplary bowling in the late middle overs, including a hattrick in the previous game, the first by a Sri Lankan bowler against Pakistan.