Hosts Sri Lanka will face Pakistani team one final time in the 50 over format in the final game of the five-match ODI series on Monday, 18th June at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo. Having won the 4th ODI, the hosts have an unassailable 2-1 lead and would want to took the series by winning this game while the Pakistani cricket team would like to level the series.
Batting has been a concern for Pakistan on this tour. Except for Azhar Ali, who has been the leading run scorer for either side with 187 runs, and perhaps the skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, 114 runs at a strike rate of 60, the rest of the batsmen have been falling faster than nine pins. Despite playing an extra batsman in the previous game, they fluffed a chase of 244 from a comfortable 166-2. Due to lack of choices, they’ll continue to play the same lineup and hope that at least two of them have a good day in this clash.
The visitors have been hard to score off but they have not been able to pick up wickets as much as they might have wanted to. Mohammad Hafeez has picked up the most wickets (5) with Umar Gul right behind him with 4. Saeed Ajmal and Sohail Tanvir have picked up just three wickets each while Shahid Afridi has just a single wicket to show for his summer in Sri Lanka. Saeed Ajmal has mostly been used in the powerplay overs and has been bowling with a defensive mindset. Aizaz Cheema might finally get a game in this game in place of either Gul or Tanvir just to add some freshness into the attack.