The highly confident Pakistan have the four of the top run-scorers, and five of the top wicket-takers in the series © AFP
The highly confident Pakistan have the four of the top run-scorers, and five of the top wicket-takers in the series © AFP

The fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) between Pakistan and fifth ranked Sri Lanka will be played at Hambantota on Sunday. With the former having clinched the five-match series 3-1, a win in the last game will only do well psychologically for the hosts, keeping in mind the fact that the teams have to remain consistent until 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, which features only the top eight teams. Live Cricket Scorecard: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2015, 5th ODI, Hambantota

The highly confident Pakistan have the four of the top run-scorers, and five of the top wicket-takers in the series.

Lasith Malinga, who has always played a significant in the side, has been out of form with just four wickets from four games. While Head coach Marvan Atapattu suggested that Malinga’s lack of penetration was one of the reasons Sri Lanka have lost the series, former bowling coach Chaminda Vaas was harsh with his words saying their fast bowlers are currently overweight. SL vs PAK 2015, Free Live Cricket Streaming: 5th ODI at Hambantota

However, skipper Angelo Mathews still believes in him. With an interview with Cricinfo he said. “We expect a lot from Lasith and he knows that. He needs to stamp his authority as well. He’s been given a lot of opportunities – he played the last four games. He knows that he hasn’t done that well. It happens. He will work hard on his fitness and come back strong.” READ: Sreesanth: If I had connection with Dawood Ibrahim, would not have been a cricketer

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

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