The third test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka to start from tomorrow
SHARJAH: Pakistan and Sri Lanka will contest each other tomorrow in the third and final test of the series at Sharjah Cricket Stadium while Sri Lanka having the lead of 1-0 in the series, ARY News reported.
The test match between the two demands Pakistan for a considerable change in momentum to draw the series, they need to eliminate the he inconsistency of the top order which has caused the lost in Dubai. Mohammad Hafeez was failed to post the expected performance scoring 11, 80*, 21 and 1 in the last four innings at No. 3, while Ahmed Shehzad has also remained unsuccessful. It is likely that one of the two will be replaced by Azhar Ali, and Shan Masood for tomorrow’s game.
Furthermore, Pacer Bilawal Bhatti, who injured his hamstring during the second Test will not be the part of playing XI, Pakistan may look to add left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman to strengthen their spin reserves.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka seemed more comfortable following the victory in Dubai test and will look to maintain the winning pace. Win in the third test extend their margin of victory to two, draw will also mean their series win.
Sri Lanka may rest Nuwan Pradeep, who was short of his quickest pace in the second innings in Dubai, and play a second spinner. Sachithra Senanayake may get a second game, but uncapped Dilruwan Perera is also in the side, and is the more highly-rated offspinner in first-class cricket.
The pitch of Sharjah is considered flat and batting-friendly and which helps the team batting first. Considering the general behavior of the pitch it is expected that it will offer turn from the third day.