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Dec 27, 2013
Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match series at Abu Dhabi on Friday, December 27, 2013. Coming into this match, the series has been already decided, with Pakistan winning three of the first four matches, and thus leading the series 3-1.
Sri Lanka will be looking to save some pride and go all out to win the last match. A win here would also boost their morales ahead of the Test series from January.
Pakistan opening bat, Mohammad Hafeez has been in outstanding form in this series. He has scored three hundreds in four games, and has been a difference between the two sides.
Sri Lanka will be pinning hopes on Ashan Priyanjan to shine with the bat again in this match. Priyanjan made his ODI debut in the last match and scored a fifty on debut.
Pakistan has won the toss and have elected to bat first. Having won the series, they have made some changes — Anwar Ali has come in place of Bilawal Bhatti, and Abdur Rehman replaces Shahid Afridi, who had to return home after the 4th ODI.
This match gains extra significance because it is the first ODI in which ICC will be trialling the Officiating Replay System (ORS).
Pakistan (Probable): Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq (wk), Umar Akmal (c), Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan.
Sri Lanka (Probable): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kushal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (c), Ashan Priyanjan, Kithuruwan Vithanagea, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Sachithra Senanayake, Lasith Malinga.
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