Sri Lanks vs Pakistan: Asian rivals gear up for the series decider

Dipayan Saha / 02 July 2015

Sri lanka and Pakistan are set to lock horns in Palekelle from tomorrow for the 3rd and final Test match of the series. The series is currently level at 1-1 so who ever wins this decisive Test match, will also clinch the series. Pakistan have suffered a double blow ahead of the important match as they will be missing two of their front-line players, left arm pacer Wahab Riaz and all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.

Wahab is sidelined due an injury he suffered in the last Test match on his bowling arm and Hafeez has been barred from bowling as he has been reported for illegal bowling action. He will be on his way to Chennai to appear for a test in an ICC accredited centre whose result will decide his fate.
Ehasn Adil will most probably replace Riaz in the fast bowling department and either of the all-rounders Shan Masood or Harris Sohail will take the place of Hafeez in the first XI.

Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah is in tremendous form in this series. He has spun a web around the Lankan batsmen with his tweaking leg-spin and Pakistan will be hoping that he will continue doing the same in this match also. With his spinning partner Zulfiqur Babbar, the duo will once again aim to dismantle the Sri Lankan batting. Junaid Khan remains the only prominent fast bowler in the team. The visitors have some fine batsmen in the form of experienced Younis Khan, Misbah ul Haq, Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali who will be ready to gear up the Pakistan innings.

On the other hand, the home team doesn’t have any injury concern and probably will field the same victorious eleven from the previous match. Kaushal Silva has been scoring consistently in the series so he will the man to watch out for. Assisting him are Kumar Sangakara, skipper Angelo Mathhews, Dimuth Karunaratne.
Amongst the Lankan bolwers, Damika Prasad has been vastlty impressive which earned him the player of the match award in the last match.

Complementing him are spinner Tharindu Kaushal who grabbed a 5-wicket haul in the last match, Rangana Herath and pacer Dushmantha Chameera. Herath has not been in a fine touch lately which reduces the spin efficiency of the home team. So its going to be a close contest between the teams in Palekelle as both teams would want to come victorious out of the series!

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