Balancing the series, Sri Lanka brought back the life into the series. Both the teams are in very good shape especially Sri Lanka. But the sad news is for Pakistan as they do not have Younis have for the rest of the series.
In this series, some of the players performing really well. They saved their respective teams in last two matches.
From the Sri Lankan team the first name would come Angelo Mathews, who performed exceptionally well in last two matches. A robust batting technique, nagging consistency with the ball, and athleticism in the field, all set off by an imperturbable temperament, have made Angelo Mathews one of Sri Lanka’s most prized assets and a figure on which the team hangs many hopes. In last two matches he just missed his two tons. He could the key player of the next One Day International which is going to be played at Dambulla, Aug 30, 2014. One of the most cool, calm, prolific, elegant and utterly classy batsman with a huge appetite for runs, those are the qualities that best describe Mahela Jayawardene. His sheer quality as a batsman was never in doubt even when he just entered the international scene. In last two matches he played quite good. He could play the pivotal role in the 3rd One day International between Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Another Big name Kumar Sangakkara could be prompted in this list but he did not click in last two matches. It was apparent that Kumar Sangakkara was destined for more than just batting stardom. He has been far less relentless in the one-day arena, often throwing his wicket away when well set. HE did not play well in last matches but he has potential to give a devastating match winning innings. From the bowling squad Herath could play the key role in the next match. Rangana Herath is an orthodox left-arm spinner who has taken over from Muttiah Muralitharan as Sri Lanka’s main wicket-taking bowler in Tests. As a left-arm spinner, his strengths are his accuracy and his ability to bowl long spells, but to that he has added a ‘mystery’ ball, a delivery that is quicker and darts back into the right-hander. Perera is an attacking all-rounder who came up handy with his bat as well as ball in last two matches. 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 match winning bowler in the next ODI.
In the Pakistan Team, many batsmen performed well but none gave consistent performance in last two matches. Mohammad Hafeez played well in last match as he scored 62 runs, in the first match he scored 21 runs. The skipper could play the crucial role to win the match. The most remarkable aspect about Misbah-ul-Haq is his unflappable temperament. It shows in his batting, as a batsman, Misbah can either defend dourly with unflagging patience, or irritate bowlers with his improvisations. Maqsood played well in the first match but did not click in the last. He has the potential to play a big role in the team. But don’t forget the Boom Boom Afridi. Though he did not show his class in the last couple of matches. He could justify his name in the next match. Wahab Riaz came up handy with the ball in last couple of matches. He is in good shape, so he could perform in the next match too. Mohammad Hafeez bowled well in the last matches. So he could be the key player in the next match.
The next match is going to be nail-biting as both are standing at same position in the series.
Sri Lanka Team: 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 Team: 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.