In the fifth and final ODI against visitors Pakistan, Sri Lanka wins the toss and bat first at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota on Sunday, July 26, 2015.
Sri Lanka rest their spearhead bowler Lasith Malinga in this dead rubber as Pakistan have already won this series 3-1.
The playing XI as below:
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Gamage, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Ashan Priyanjan, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera and Suranga Lakmal.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed, Rahat AliImad Wasim, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah, and Mohammad Irfan.
Pak skipper Azhar Ali also wanted to bat first as he points out after losing the toss: “The wicket looks good, I would have batted first as well. Will look to capitalize with the new ball.
We are playing the same team. The guys are doing well and we would like to have continuity. This is another game and another opportunity to perform.” Follow Pak vs SL live score here.
Sri Lanka’s Mathews says, he makes three changes to his squad. There is no Malinga too in today’s game.
Malinga, Pradeep and Pathirana are out. Thisara Perera, Senanayake and Lahiru Gamage play in place of them.
Catch all the action live on PTV Sports in Pakistan and Ten Sports TV channel in India. The live streaming can be watched at the official website of Ten Sports here.
Pakistan’s consistent performance have shown the way to success for the team. Pakistani players like Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed have twisted the tale with their superb form this season.
Rahat Ali and Hafeez will be the key to their bowling department achieving a six-wicket haul in the series so far.
The inconsistent Srilankan team needs the moral to perform high in this match. Players like Dilshan, Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne and Tharanga need to showcase their brilliance up the order.
Malinga battling with his injuries needs to make a substantial comeback for the team to strengthen the pace attack.
The Weather forecast have predicted thunderstorms this afternoon, which can turn the tale. The pitch report shows it dry yet with live grass on it.