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Pakistan, a victory away from series win; Do or die for Sri Lanka

ABU DHABI: Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka on December 25 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi followed by the first one-sided competition in the tour on Sunday, ARY News reported.

Pakistan leading the 5-match series by 2-1 and another victory mean the series win for green shirts. First two matches witnessed the close completion but Pakistan comprehensively dominated the third ODI. Umar Gul, who returned from a nine-month injury layoff to provide the menace that Pakistan had lacked with the new ball, as well as control and experience with the slightly older one. Following successive failures Pakistan’s batting lineup got the rhythm back.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, have learned some valuable lessons in the series. In a brave new ODI world where 300 is the old 250 and the mandatory Powerplay induces caution, they cannot hope to restrict the opposition without taking wickets.Captain of Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews directed his team for outstanding performance to secure a win.

Although Pakistan is like to go with the winning the combination but if any change will be made, it would be, Bilawal Bhatti, who seems the only weak link the Pakistan attack, and there may be a case for bringing Anwar Ali in. 

 

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