Pakistan vs Sri Lanka – 3rd T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Pakistan vs Sri Lanka taking place? Wednesday, October 9th (14:30 UK time)

Where is Pakistan vs Sri Lanka taking place? Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

What is the expected weather for Pakistan vs Sri Lanka? 33c with sunshine

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

Where can I stream Pakistan vs Sri Lanka? This match can be streamed live on the SkyGo app

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

LAST MEETING
Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 35 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

PAKISTAN

  • Pakistan lost once again in the second T20 international on Monday to lose the series 2-0 making this final game a dead rubber, and they will be hugely disappointed with how they have played in the opening two games.
  • Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad retained their places but Akmal especially looks woefully short of form and confidence as he suffered another duck while the decision to bring Fakhar Zaman back into the side did not pay off as the batting failed once again with even Babar Azam looking out of touch.
  • The bowling unit was equally as poor as they did not bowl particularly good lengths and challenge the Sri Lankan batsmen who looked extremely comfortable throughout the innings and it would be no surprise to see Usman Shinwari be handed a recall for this match, while Haris Sohail could also feature.

SRI LANKA

  • The visitors wrapped up a 2-0 series victory on Monday as they beat Pakistan by 35 runs this time and once again, the victory came after a strong performance batting first as they put 182/6 on the board and always had control in holding the hosts’ run chase at bay.
  • Following Danushka Gunathilaka’s impressive innings in the first T20 match, this time it was Bhanuka Rajapaksa who was the key man with the bat as he smashed 77 from 48 balls with Jayasuriya and Shanaka chipping in with solid contributions and their bold approach against the Pakistani bowlers - despite losing two early wickets - paid off handsomely.
  • After taking three wickets in the first T20 match, Nuwan Pradeep followed that up with four wickets in this game while Wanindu Hasaranga was the game changer as he took three wickets in one over to tip the match firmly in Sri Lanka’s favour, and they could well go unchanged for this final game.

THE PREDICTION

Despite being huge favourites in both T20 matches so far, Pakistan have been comfortably beaten and deservedly so in both matches in the series. Sri Lanka have been outstanding so far and been better with bat and ball, with the home side in disarray. Pakistan seem determined to continue to experiment with various players and tactics, and it is not working right now while even some of their more experienced or established players are struggling for form. Sri Lanka may ease off the gas potentially here now they have sealed the series win, but they will play with even more freedom, and with more of their players in better form, they can seal the whitewash here.

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