Lahiru Thirimanne was involved with a 109-run stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan    AFP
Lahiru Thirimanne was involved with a 109-run stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan AFP

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne have scored their respective half-centuries together, to lay the base for Sri Lanka to put up a challenging score in the fourth ODI against Pakistan in Colombo. This was the third century stand in the last six times the two have batted together. But just as Dilshan reached his fifty, he was bowled by seamer Imad Wasim. Their team need to win this match to level the series and make the final ODI a decider. SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 4th ODI, Colombo

Sri Lanka have made two changes for this crucial game: Thisara Perera and Upul Tharanga were out, and Ashan Priyanjan and Suranga Lakmal are included. Perera s inability to create an impact in this series in the three ODIs had captain Angelo Mathews expressing disappointing over it. Tharanga has also had a middling series, with scores of 20, 28 and 16 so far. Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 4th ODI, Preview

Pakistan, however, have gone in with the same team. They have shown consistency in both batting and bowling, and despite a hiccup in the second ODI, seem a well-oiled unit ready to clinch the series. Imad Wasim, their left-arm spinner, impressed in his debut, the third ODI between the two sides, taking 2 for 28 in his 10 overs. Yasir Shah s four wickets helped Pakistan bowl Sri Lanka out for 181 for a big victory and a lead in the series. The third spinner in the team, but now banned from bowling, Mohammad Hafeez, was the wrecker-in-chief in the first ODI.

The final ODI will be played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.