Pakistan vs Sri Lanka – 5th ODI, Sharjah

Pakistan have already sealed the 5 match ODI series while it is yet to been that, can tourist avoid a whitewash today. Sri Lanka have lost their previous 11 ODI games consecutively.

Weather and Pitch condition: full sunny day expected with no chance of rain. Pitch is expected to be similar like in previous games we have seen.  Sharjah track is traditionally a slow track in which 300+ scores are very rare.

Pakistan team news: Pakistan can experiment in the lineup in this dead rubber game. Haris Sohail can get a chance in playing VI while debutant Usman Khan in the last game played well so he will retain his place in the XI.

Expected XI: Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Azam, Hafeez, Malik, Sarfaraz, Sohail, Shadab, Hasan, Usman, Junaid

Sri Lanka team news: if Kapugedra fit on time, he can come to starting XI, otherwise same XI is expected that played in last game. Chandimal lack of form is still a worry for the team, he will be under pressure to perform today.

Expected XI: Dickwella, Tharanga, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Samarwickrama/ Kapugedra, Siriwardne, Prasanna, Perera, Dananjaya, Lakmal, Gamage.

Milestone:

  • Shoaib Malik need 74 runs to reach 7000 landmark in ODI. He will be 8th Pakistani player to achieve this feet.
  • Mohammad Hafeez need 41 runs to reach 6000 career runs in ODI. He will be 10th Pakistani to reach here.

Prediction: Pakistan to clean sweep the series.

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