Thursday, Jan 16 – Jan 20, 2014
Start time 1000 internal (0600 GMT)
As an fascinating debate winds up, Pakistan find themselves in need of a substantial change in movement to pull a series, while Sri Lanka find to build on a poignant improvements they have achieved in a Tests so far. Suggestions that Pakistan were favourites, in a proceed to a contest, seem apart now.
Pakistan competence have entered a array on a high, though find themselves on a behind feet in a final Test. Their gait conflict stays a decent threat, though has been sterile so far, while spinners have struggled on pitches though many turn.
The craziness of a tip sequence has also influenced Pakistan’s combination. Mohammad Hafeez was rewarded for his one-day form though he unsuccessful to extend his aptitude in a longer-format of a game, scoring 11, 80*, 21 and 1 during No. 3, while Ahmed Shehzad has also failed. The preference of Hafeez and Shehzad meant that a dilettante No. 3 batsman, Azhar Ali, and Shan Masood were benched.
In Dubai, Sri Lanka were in control of a compare from a second event on day one until they strike a winning runs on a fifth afternoon. Consistency from their quick bowlers was pivotal to that victory, though a batsmen have all worked themselves into form as well, with Nos 1 to 7 conflict half-centuries.
Kumar Sangakkara has, in a past, been Sri Lanka’s sledgehammer opposite Pakistan, though among a some-more astonishing facilities of a 1-0 lead is that he has usually contributed modestly towards it. He has played Saeed Ajmal awfully good in a past, though even though a large innings from him, Sri Lanka’s batsmen have played Ajmal safely, if not always with ease. Misbah-ul-Haq has called for a dry representation in Sharjah and, if he gets his wish, it will be transparent either a Sri Lanka batsmen were usually advantageous to play Ajmal on nonchalant surfaces, or either they have collectively schooled to neutralize him as no other group has finished in new years.
As a team, Sri Lanka have also played within themselves, adhering quite and steadfastly to a skeleton of conflict devised in a sauce room. At times, Pakistan have attempted to wear Sri Lanka down, usually to find their opponents were some-more resilient. Awash with inexperience, Sri Lanka will not wish to change a good thing, so it might be adult to Pakistan to change a dash of a cricket in sequence to put a visitors underneath pressure.
(last 5 matches, many new first)
Sri Lanka: WDWDL
In a spotlight
Dimuth Karunaratne has deserved his extended widen in a inhabitant group after postulated value during a A-team level, though he is nonetheless to sign his place atop a innings. A healthy strokemaker, quite means by a leg side, Karunaratne has had a robe of creation good starts before descending chase to his possess aspiration and personification one cadence too many. There is adequate in his cricket to remonstrate fans and selectors that he can attain in Tests, though in a array where many others in a top-order have outshone him, during slightest one measure above fifty in Sharjah will put him during palliate forward of a Bangladesh tour.
Saeed Ajmal is underneath a spotlight once again. He was wicketless in a second innings in Abu Dhabi for 49 overs, surrender 115 runs, and had to wait another 28.2 overs in Dubai to take his initial wicket, creation a widen 77.2 overs. He is unfortunate to put his vacillating form in a final dual Tests behind him.
Pitch and conditions
The lane in Sharjah looks agree and if a batting-friendly representation is prepared, it might assistance a group batting first. The representation is also approaching to offer spin from a third day.
Pakistan will be forced to move in a bowler in place of pacer Bilawal Bhatti, who harmed his hamstring during a second Test and might demeanour to supplement left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman to strengthen their spin reserves.
Pakistan (probable): 1. Shan Masood/Ahmed Shehzad, 2. Khurram Manzoor, 3. Mohammad Hafeez/Azhar Ali, 4. Younis Khan, 5. Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6. Asad Shafiq 7. Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), 8. Saeed Ajmal, 9. Rahat Ali/Mohammad Talha, 10. Junaid Khan, 11. Abdur Rehman
Mahela Jayawardene’s separate webbing means he is doubtful to margin in a slips, though he is roughly certain to play, carrying lerned routinely in a proceed to a match. If a representation looks expected to take turn, Sri Lanka might rest Nuwan Pradeep, who was brief of his quickest gait in a second innings in Dubai, and play a second spinner. Sachithra Senanayake might get a second game, though uncapped Dilruwan Perera is also in a side, and is a some-more highly-rated offspinner in first-class cricket. Elsewhere, Angelo Mathews will not wish to change a winning combination, even if his group is a small light on bowling options.
Sri Lanka (probable): 1. Dimuth Karunaratne, 2. Kaushal Silva, 3. Kumar Sangakkara, 4. Mahela Jayawardene, 5. Dinesh Chandimal, 6. Angelo Mathews (capt), 7. Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), 8. Sachithra Senanayake/ Dilruwan Perera/Nuwan Pradeep, 9 Shaminda Eranga, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Suranga Lakmal
Stats and trivia
- Kumar Sangakkara has during slightest one hundred in any of his 6 prior array opposite Pakistan.
- Dimuth Karunaratne’s lowest measure in a array is 24, and he usually has one half-century.
- Junaid Khan is a heading wicket-taker in a series, with 11 scalps during 26.09.
“In a past there was a feeling that a quick bowlers aren’t effective, though we were means to change that thought on this tour.”
Sri Lanka quick bowler Suranga Lakmal
“We have to unequivocally put some bid and get a outcome that we want, to spin a series. There is no other choice for us.”
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq