After winning the first One day International match Pakistan were ahead of Sri Lanka by 1-0 in the series. Pakistan won the 1st match by Duckworth-Lewis method. They are looking very confident about their second match and they a good new is for Pakistan is that they are going to play the second match in the Hambantota again where they registered their first win of the series as the second ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan has been moved to Hambantota and brought forward to 26 August, after the Premadasa Stadium outfield was left waterlogged by 48 hours of continuous heavy rain.
Sri Lanka performed very well in the test series but the rain swindled them in the first One Day International Match. Sri Lanka is in very good shape but their luck stood against them in the first match. The main player who is constantly playing well, can play the pivotal role in the next match, he is none other than Angelo Mathews. He played a marvelous innings in the first match. Not only with his bat, he came up very handy with the ball too. He took 2 wickets in the previous match. Mahela Jayawardane, could play a key role in the next match. He clicked in the previous math against Sri Lanka. Let’s see how he handles them in the second match. The Calm cool man of the team, Kumar Sangakkara did not reach his benchmark in the previous match, but classy player needs one match to turn the table. He could be devastative player of the second match. ‘Dilscoop’ inventor, Dilshan is the big flop of the previous match. Dilshan is not in good shape from last couple of matches. Let’s see if he clicks in the next match. Mystry bowler Herath could be the key bowler of the next match. He has the power to turn the table. Lasith malinga bowls with a distinctive and explosive round-arm action which generates genuine pace and can disconcert batsmen who struggle to pick up the ball’s trajectory. He could be the power bowler of the second match who could be the match-winner bowler.
After poor performance in Test series they recovered well in the first One Day International. Ahmed Shehzad played well in the first match. As the match is going to be organized in the same ground he could get more confidence to score. The backbone of the team Younis Khan did not clicked in the previous match. So he could to rectify his faults in the second match. He could play the key role for the Pakistan team. The crowd will be waiting for the midas touch of ‘Boom Boom’ man Shahid Afridi. He could be the power player of the second match. Maqsood could play again a pivotal role in the second match.Wahab Riaz bowled well but Junaid Khan failed to perform in the previous match. Both of these player could play the key role from the bowling crew.
Sri Lanka Squad: Angelo Mathews (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Rangana Herath, Dhammika Prasad, Thisara Perrera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal, Mahela Jayawardene, Suraj Randiv, Lasith Malinga, Ashan Priyanjan, Seekkuge Prasanna
Pakistan Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq, Ahmed Shehzad Junaid Khan, Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Zulfiqar Babar, Sharjeel Khan, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Younis Khan.