The Kusal Perera-show in the last game helped Sri Lanka to level the series in the last game © AFP
The Kusal Perera-show in the last game helped Sri Lanka to level the series in the last game © AFP

Sri Lanka and Pakistan will lock horn in the third One-Day International (ODI) at Colombo on Wednesday. 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. Live Updates: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2015, 3rd ODI at Colombo

The Kusal Perara show was the main attraction in that run chase. The Sri Lankan fans will be expecting similar sort of performance from him on Wednesday. The Pakistani bowlers will have a better game plan against him. For the visitors the one-year ban of Mohammad Hafeez’s off-spin is a huge setback. His bowling kept the Sri Lankan batters in check in this series. So as back-up Pakistan team management look to include spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim into the playing XI. Live Scorecard: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2015, 3rd ODI at Colombo

Squads:

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusa lPerera, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, AshanPriyanjan, NuwanPradeep, ThisaraPerera, SurangaLakmal, 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, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali.