Third Test Preview: Sri Lanka v Pakistan


Sri Lanka meet Pakistan in the third, and final, Test of the series in Pallekele with the series locked at one-all and everything to play for.

Both teams have each had convincing wins in the two previous matches so it is difficult to know which team is favourites for this match. Pakistan won the first game by 10 wickets while Sri Lanka won the second by seven wickets.

The home team's bowling won them the game last time out debutant spinner Tharindu Kaushal took five wickets in the first innings. Paceman Dhammika Prasad also bowled his heart out.

Pakistan definitely need to look at their batting department as they are somewhat prone to a collapse a little to often. They recovered from 96 for five  to win the first Test but were not so lucky second time around.

In team news Kumar Sangakkara is out as he has made prior arrangements with his English county side Surrey. Upul Tharanga has been called up but Jehan Mubarak and Kusal Silva were in the squad as backup batsman.

Mohammad Hafeez will miss the Test as he has to go for testing on a remodeled bowling action so Shan Masood should come in into the team.

Key Men

Seamer Prasad looms as the dangerman for the hosts. The Pakistan batsmen simply have not played him well in the series so far.

Leg spinner Yasir Shah bowled Pakistan to victory in the first Test and then took a handful again in a losing cause. It seems the art of legspin bowling has been revived.

Last Five Head-To-Head Results

2015 Second Test: Sri Lanka won by seven wickets
2015 First Test: Pakistan won by 10 wickets in Galle
2014 Second Test: Sri Lanka won by 105 runs in Colombo
2014 First Test: Sri Lanka won by seven wickets in Galle
2014 Third Test: Pakistan won by five wickets in Sharjah


Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-captain), Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Kithruwan Vithanage, Jehan Mubarak, Kusal Perera, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Tharindu Kaushal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhammika Prasad, Dushmantha Chameera, Suranga Lakmal (subject to fitness).

Pakistan:  Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali (vc), Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan, Ehsan Adil

Dates: 02-06 July
Morning session: 10:00-12:00 (04:30-06:30 GMT)
Afternoon session: 12:40-14:40 (07:10-09:10 GMT)
Evening session: 15:00-17:00 (09:30-11:30 GMT)

On-field umpires: Paul Reiffel andIan Gould
Third umpire: S. Ravi
Match referee: Chris Broad