Rangana Herath (right) will be a crucial figure in Sri Lanka's bowling attack after registering successful spells in the earlier ODIs as well as in the Tests © AFP
Rangana Herath (right) will be a crucial figure in Sri Lanka’s bowling attack after registering successful spells in the earlier ODIs as well as in the Tests © AFP

Aug 30, 2014

Sri Lanka and Pakistan battle it out on Saturday on the occasion of the third and final game of the ongoing One-Day International series at Dambulla. With the series tied at 1-1, both teams will battle it out in order to obtain a series victory that will undoubtedly give the winning side a mental edge over the other ahead of the upcoming World Cup.

The hosts beat Pakistan in the second One-Day International (ODI) by 77 runs at Hambantota.  It looked all bleak for the Lankans when Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez took Pakistan to a commanding position after losing an early wicket.  But  they  pulled  things  back  in  no  time  and  went  on  to  win  the  second  ODI  by  a considerable margin.

Squads:

Sri Lanka:  Angelo Mathews (c),  Tillakaratne Dilshan,Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Ashan Priyanjan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan  Kulasekara,  Dhammika  Prasad,  Rangana  Herath,  Seekuge  Prasanna,  Suraj  Randiv, Thisara Perera.

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad,Sharjeel Khan,Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq (C),Younis Khan, Umar  Akmal,Fawad  Alam,  Sohaib  Maqsood,  Shahid  Afridi,  Anwar  Ali,  Saeed  Ajmal , Mohammad Talha, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Irfan.

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