(The five-match series is currently leveled at 1-1, so in the context of the series this game is going to be very important. Hosts Sri Lanka will be confident after their victory in the last match, but the unpredictability of Pakistan won’t allow them to relax. The new look batting line-up of Sri Lanka came out with a brilliant show in the second ODI and chased down a stiff target. The Kusal Perara show was the main attraction in that run chase. The Sri Lankan fans will be expecting similar sort of performance form him on Wednesday. The Pakistani bowlers will have a better game plan against him. Who will take further lead in this series following this match? Catch all the updates here.) Catch Live Cricket Scores and Ball-by-Ball commentary of Sri Lanka (SL) vs Pakistan (PAK) 3rd ODI here

Man of the Match: Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 181 | Overs 41.1. BATSMEN: Nuwan Pradeep 3 (3) PAKISTAN WIN!!!! That’s it. Lasith Malinga is the last man to be dismissed for mere six as he is bowled by Imad Wasim. With this win, the visitors are 2-1 up in the series with a couple of more matches to go. The series is still wide open. Yasir Shah is the highesat wicket-taker with 4 for 29, Paksitan win by 135 runs. OUT! Lasith Malinga b Imad Wasim 6 (8) Read match report here

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 172/9 | Overs 40. BATSMEN: Lasith Malinga 1 (3), Nuwan Pradeep 0 (0) DOUBLE STRIKE!!!! Thisara Perera departs for mere 12 off Yasir Shah as he is caught by Anwar Ali at longon. Lasith Malinga is the new man in as Pakistan are almost destined to win this game. Sachith Pathirana too departs as Anwar Ali takjes a brilliant catch to get rid of him for 19. Lasith Malinga is the final man in. OUT! Thisara Perera c Anwar Ali b Yasir Shah 12 (33), Sachith Pathirana c Anwar Ali b Yasir Shah 19 (31)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 168/7 | Overs 37. BATSMEN: Thisara Perera 11 (28), Sachith Pathirana 17 (21) Follwing the resumption after a brief and unfortunate halt, it’s stilol the same story more or less as both the batsmen seem to bat it out the remaining overs, with very low chance of winning the game.

Play resumes

No official decision as of yet. The match can either be awarded to Pakistan or can be played in front of empty stands. Stay tuned for more updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 158/7 | Overs 33.3. BATSMEN: Thisara Perera 8 (18), Sachith Pathirana 11 (10) The 150 is up for Sri Lanka, however, they need to score runs a bit more fluently in order to achoeve the required target set by Pakistan. With very less wickets in hand, it seems pretty much difficult to do so, however, nothing can be said in the game of cricket.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 146/7 | Overs 31. BATSMEN: Thisara Perera 6 (11), Sachith Pathirana 0 (2) DOUBLE STRIKE!!!! Lahiru Thirimanne departs for a healthy 56 off Rahat Ali after being caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed. Milinda Siriwardana comes in as the new man, but unfortunately is run out for a mere couple in the same over. Sachith Pathirana comes in to support Perera. OUT! Lahiru Thirimanne c Sarfraz Ahmed b Rahat Ali 56 (67), Sachith Pathirana run out 2 (3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 142/5 | Overs 30. BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 56 (66), Thisara Perera 6 (11) 12 more runs added in the next three overs as the batsmen make sure no further loss setbacks occur. So far, Anwar Ali and Yasir Shah have claimed a couple of wickets each.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 130/5 | Overs 27. BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 51 (59), Thisara Perera 0 (0) GONE!!!! Dinesh Chandimal goes for mere 18 off Imad Wasim, who bowls him out. Another steady over from Pakistan as Sri Lankan batsmen seem to find it hard scoring runs, but manage to stay on in order to see this game through, reghardless they win or lose. Although, its mathematically possible to win, but circumstances don’t seem good enough for the hosts at present. Meanwhile, Thirimanne has scored his 13th ODI half-century, as Thisara Perera come in. OUT! Dinesh Chandimal b Imad Wasim 18 (30)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 114/4 | Overs 24. BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 45 (54), Dinesh Chandiman 8 (17) The 100 is up for Sri Lanka as both the batsmen have to make sure that they don’t suffer fiurther setbacks and play on in order to achieve the target from hereon. Meanwhile Thirimanne seems to be approaching his half-century.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 93/4 | Overs 20. BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 38 (46), Dinesh Chandiman 2 (7) GONE AGAIN!!!! Angelo Mathews, the skipper, goes for a cheap four as Yasir Shah makes him caught off Shoaib Malik. Sri lanka just not seem to get the perfect rhythm to score runs properly and a healthy scoreboard seem to have taken a psychological toll on them as Dinesh Chandiman comes in. OUT! Angelo Mathews c Shoaib Malik b Yasir Shah 4 (13)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 93/3 | Overs 19. BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 36 (44), Angelo Mathews 4 (10) Another slow three overs from Sri Lanka’s point of view as with each and every dismissal of wicket, the pace of scoring run decreases and the required run rate starts scorching up. Sri Lanka are approaching their 100 run amrk, meanwhile. Pakistan on top as Sri Lanka continue to lose wickets

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 83/3 | Overs 16. BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 30 (33), Angelo Mathews 1 (3) GONE!!!! Upul Tharanga is the next man to depart as he is stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed off Yasir Shah for mere 16. Just as it was looking these men could hold on the innings for a long time, their slow nature and impatience cost them again. Skipper, Angelo Mathews is the new man in with a major responsibility on his shoulders to see his team through in this match and earn a commanding victory. OUT! Upul Tharanga st Sarfraz Ahmed b Yasir Shah 16 (21)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 73/2 | Overs 14. BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 23 (29), Upul Tharanga 14 (16) Following the mandatory powerplay, both the batsmen seem to have slowered their pace of scoring runs as now there are four fielders outside the 30-yard circle and an ambitious risk could prove to dangerous here in the form of another fall of a wicket. Both the batsmen have so far contributed 31 runs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 57/2 | Overs 11. BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 17 (19), Upul Tharanga 4 (8) Fifty up for Sri Lanka in the openeing 10 overs of mandatory powerplay as Thirimanne and Tharanga look to take control of the innings and steer towards the required total rather than suffering further setbacks following the quick loss of the openers.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 42/2 | Overs 8. BATSMEN: Lahiru Thirimanne 6 (8), Upul Tharanga 0 (1) GONE!!!! Kusal Perera goes for 20 as he is caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed off Anwar Ali. Sri Lanka have lost both their openers as Upul Tharanga makes his way in. Sri Lanka, whenever have gone to steer the innings have lost a wicket so far, as Pakistan bowlers continue to take advantage of the high scoreboard and keep adding pressure ont he hosts with the fall of wickets. OUT! Kusal Perera c Sarfraz Ahmed b Anwar Ali 20 (18)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 37/1 | Overs 6. BATSMEN: Kusal Perera 17 (3), Lahiru Thirimanne 4 (2) GONE!!!! Tillakaratne Dilshan falls for 14 as he is caught by Azhar Ali off Anwar Ali. Another slow and steady three overs from Sri Lanka’s perspective as both the openers continued to maintain the same composed gameplay approach. However, occasional boundaries are being hit by them in order to cope up with the required run rate, so that they don’t become over composed and lag behind by a larger margin at the closing stages of the game. Despite the approach, Anwar Ali has able to deliver the first setback for the Lankans as Lahiru Thirimanne walks in. OUT! Tillakaratne Dilshan c Azhar Ali b Anwar Ali 14 (21)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: SRI LANKA 22/0 | Overs 3. BATSMEN: Tillakaratne Dilshan 10 (9), Kusal Perera 11 (9) Slow start by the Lankan openers as they look to chase down a hefty target of 317in 50 overs. Openers Tilakaratne Dilshan and Kusal Perera look to get off to a steady start, without losing any wickets and suffering early setbacks in the persuit of their second victory of the series.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 316/4 | Overs 50. BATSMEN: Shoaib Malik 42 (29), Mohammad Rizwan 35 (22) Pakistan have set a target of 317 for Sri Lanka rto win this thrid ODI and to take a lead in the five-match series. Sarfraz Ahmed was the highest scorer with 77 runs, while most of the batsmen scored above 30 runs.Lasith Malinga and Sachith Pathirana were the only wicket-talers in this innings. Read the Pakistan’s innings report here

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 288/4 | Overs 48. BATSMEN: Shoaib Malik 30 (24), Mohammad Rizwan 21 (15) Pakistan must ensure they do not lose wickets from hereon and the batsmen should bat until the remaining overs in order to make the scoreboard look healthy. A target of 300 must be playing on the batsmen’s mind as it would really be a challenging total on this track, especially under lights.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 261/4 | Overs 45. BATSMEN: Shoaib Malik 22 (19), Mohammad Rizwan 2 (2) GONE!!!! Sarfraz Ahmed departs as he 250 for Pakistan is also up within 44 overs. Sarfraz has been run out for an impressive 77 as Mohammad Rizwan comes in. OUT! Sarfraz Ahmed run out 77 (74)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 243/3 | Overs 43. BATSMEN: Sarfraz Ahmed 64 (68), Shoaib Malik 19 (15) Sarfraz Ahmed’s scores his second ODI half-century as it comes up off 57 deliveries including three boundaries along with a strike rate of 90.32. With seven wickets in hand, Pakistan would look to open up their batting attack and score runs in a flurry to make the scoreboard look stroinger as Sri Lankan bowlers look to be struggling against the Pakistan batsmen.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 223/3 | Overs 40. BATSMEN: Sarfraz Ahmed 49 (54), Shoaib Malik 15 (10) The 200 comes up for Pakistan in 38 overs as Sarfaraz Ahmed cruises towards his half-century as well, while Shoaib Malik too seems to be off to a steady start. The Sri Lankan bowlers have only been able to make a couple of pure breakthrough, while one dismissal came in the form of a run out.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 198/3 | Overs 37. BATSMEN: Sarfraz Ahmed 40 (45), Shoaib Malik 1 (1) GONE!!!! Mohammad Hafeez departs just after scoring his half-century on 54, after being caught by Kusal Perea at deep midwiocket off Sachith Pathirana. Shoaib Malik comes in. OUT! Mohammad Hafeez c Kusal Perera b Pathirana 54 (64)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 187/2 | Overs 35. BATSMEN: Mohammad Hafeez 49 (59), Sarfraz Ahmed 34 (39) Rain interruption!!!! That’s not a healthy site at all in this game. The rain gods playing their games over the cricketers and indeed playing spoilsport just makes things worse for the cricketers and the fans, especially. Hafeez meanwhile is just a run away from his half-century.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 180/2 | Overs 34. BATSMEN: Mohammad Hafeez 48 (58), Sarfraz Ahmed 30 (33) Mohammad Hafeez seems to be in a real good form as he approaches his half-century, while Sarfraz Ahmed continue to bat comfortably. The Sri Lankan bowlers have struggled through out so far with only a pure dismissal in the form of Ahmed Shehzad,m while Azhar Ali was dismisseed off a run out.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 159/2 | Overs 31. BATSMEN: Mohammad Hafeez 37 (48), Sarfraz Ahmed 20 (25) Another steady three overs from Pakistan’s perspective. No harm done as both Hafeez and Sarfraz Ahmed continue to bat comfortably and respectfully against the Sri Lankan bowlers. 25-run stand so far between the two as they bring up the 150 for Pakistan.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 144/2 | Overs 28. BATSMEN: Mohammad Hafeez 32 (42), Sarfraz Ahmed 10 (13) Despite the dismissal of skipper, Azhar Ali, Pakistan don’t seem to have panicked as the batsmen continue to bat comfortably. Mohammad Hafeez continue to look in a good touch with the bat as Sarfraz Ahmed too seems to be in a good touch. Tilakratne Dilshan comes into the spin bowlign attack. Sri Lanka bounce back as Pakistan lose openers in the 3rd ODI

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 122/2 | Overs 24. BATSMEN: Mohammad Hafeez 24 (29), Sarfraz Ahmed 1 (2) GONE!!!! Just as Azhar Ali was waiting to get to his half-century, he has been unfortunately run out by Thisara Perera for 49. Probably, he took a bit long to score the half-century. Sarfraz Ahmed is the new man in. OUT! Azhar Ali run out 49 (59)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 122/1 | Overs 23. BATSMEN: Azhar Ali 48 (58), Mohammad Hafeez 21 (26) Another slow three overs for Pakistan as both the batsmen continue to play slow and steady cricket. With hardly any boundaries coming up at present, Sri Lankan fielders are showing good athelticism on the field, courtesy of some real good fielding taht is not allowing Pakistan batsmen to score runs with an ease as Azhar Ali still awaits his half-century.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 108/1 | Overs 20. BATSMEN: Azhar Ali 46 (56), Mohammad Hafeez 9 (10) Following the dismissal of Ahmed Shehzad, the pace of scoring runs has taken aback and slowed down as Mohammad Hafeez looks to settle down, while Azhar Ali looks to score is just a stroke of four runs away from his half-century as the 100 comes up for Pakistan.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 93/1 | Overs 17. BATSMEN: Azhar Ali 41 (45), Mohammad Hafeez 0 (3) GONE!!!! First wicket down for Pakistan as Ahmed Shehzad departs for 44 after being caught by Sachith Pathirana at deep midwicket off Lasith Malinga, thus ending a 93-run opening stand between the two. Mohammad Hafeez comes in. OUT! Ahmed Shehzad c Pathirana b Malinga 44 (54)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 88/0 | Overs 15. BATSMEN: Ahmed Shehzad 40 (51), Azhar Ali 40 (39)
Another good three overs from Pakistan’s point of view. No harm done and the openers continue to steer comfortably as they are indeed handling the Sri Lankan bowlers carefully and with an ease. Thisara Perera also comes into the bowling attack, but has been unable to make a difference.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 65/0 | Overs 12. BATSMEN: Ahmed Shehzad 32 (43), Azhar Ali 28 (29) 50 up for Pakistan in the opening 10 overs, during the mandatory powerplay phase. Ahmed Shehzad seems to be in a good touch here, while Azhar Ali too is steering his innings and seems to be getting in a good form. The Sri Lankan bowlers have so far struggled initially and have ebbn unable to get any breakthroughs.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 47/0 | Overs 9. BATSMEN: Ahmed Shehzad 27 (35), Azhar Ali 15 (19) A slight steer in the pace of scoring runs by the Pakistan openers, especially by Ahmed Shehzad. In the bowling change, Lasith Malinga and Sachith Pathirana have come up. Meanwhile, Azhar Ali has scored his 1,000 runs in ODI cricket in just 23 innings.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 24/0 | Overs 6. BATSMEN: Ahmed Shehzad 11 (26), Azhar Ali 8 (10) The slow momentum is maintained by the opening batsmen as onaly a boundary has been hit so far in the opening six overs by Azhar Ali. Mathews and Nuwan Pradeep are the opening bowlers used so far by Sri Lanka, who have bowled quite well in the initial stages.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE: PAKISTAN 8/0 | Overs 3. BATSMEN: Ahmed Shehzad 7 (15), Azhar Ali 1 (3) Pakistan are off to a slow start against Sri Lanka. Few close calls initially, invloving an inside edge for Azhar Ali off Angelo Mathews. However, no harm done so far and no boundaries have been involved so far as well.

Teams:

Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, 
Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Milinda Siriwardana, Sachith Pathirana, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan.

Toss: Pakistan win toss and elect to bat

Hello everyone and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the second One-Day International (ODI) between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Pallekele. This is Ayush Gupta and I will be bringing to you all the updates from the game today. This game will be a day-night encounter and also has a reserve day in place. With the series at stake, both teams will want to put in a stellar performance and get in a better position going ahead. Sri Lanka are traditionally strong at home and will want to use the home advantage to their benefit. Pakistan have looked rusty and will want to be more consistent as they have not quite had good success. With the retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi from one-dayers they will wish the youngsters step up and do the needful. PREVIEW: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2015, 3rd ODI at Colombo

Squads:

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, Ashan Priyanjan, Nuwan Pradeep, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Sachithra Senanayake, Seekuge Prasanna, Sachith Pathiran.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (c), Mukhtar Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Immad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali.

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