Pakistan vs Sri Lanka – 3rd One-Day International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Pakistan vs Sri Lanka taking place? Wednesday, October 2nd (11:00am UK time)

Where is Pakistan vs Sri Lanka taking place? National Stadium, Karachi

What is the expected weather for Pakistan vs Sri Lanka? 31c with sunshine and cloudy intervals

What channel is Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on? This match will televised live on Prime TV in the UK (Sky channel 762)

Where can I stream Pakistan vs Sri Lanka? This match will not be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Pakistan vs Sri Lanka? Ticket details for this match can be found here!

LAST MEETING
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

PAKISTAN

  • Pakistan managed to get a win under their belts in the second one-day international after the first was washed out, as they beat Sri Lanka by 67 runs on Monday although there was plenty of room for improvement despite Babar Azam and Usman Shinwari shining with bat and ball.
  • They managed to post a total of 305/7 thanks to Babar Azam’s 115 from 105 balls which set the platform for the victory, but they will have been hoping for closer to 350 as they were in an excellent position at 215/2 with 11 overs remaining so Misbah-ul-Haq will be hoping for greater contributions from the rest of his batting line-up.
  • The bowling started incredibly well in reducing Sri Lanka to 28/5 but they will have been disappointed to not have restricted their opponents to significantly less than the 238 all out they managed and Shadab Khan was the expensive one going for 76 from his 9.5 overs so there is still plenty of room for improvement though they will likely go unchanged.

SRI LANKA

  • Sri Lanka were second best for much of the game against Pakistan in the 67-run defeat on Monday but they will be heartened by the way they pulled the home side back from potentially posting 350+ and the partnership of 177 between Shehan Jayasuriya and Dasun Shanaka.
  • After losing their opening five batsmen with just 28 on the board in the first 10.1 overs, the partnership between the two middle order batsmen made the scoreline look respectable at the very least but they will now be hoping their top order can take some guidance from the way the duo played the Pakistani bowlers and the conditions.
  • There will be some concern over their bowling unit’s ability to take wickets against this strong Pakistan batting line-up but some strong fielding saw them produce three run-outs and they will hope for an improved display here with the ball as they try to find a way to get Babar Azam out as early as possible.

THE PREDICTION

The win for Pakistan on Monday could quite easily have been far more comprehensive than the 67-run margin they ultimately won by. They were always in control of the game but were not quite as ruthless as new head coach Misbah-ul-Haq would have liked. They will be keen to stamp their authority on the series and seal a 2-0 win which they should do comfortably here against this inexperienced Sri Lankan side.

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