Pakistan look to regain the form as they face Sri Lanka in the third and final test at Sharjah. Sri Lanka lead the series 1-0
Preview: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sharjah
DATE: 16th -20th January 2013
TIME: 10:00 Local; 06:00 GMT; 11:30 IST
PAKISTAN:From predator to prey- a lot has changed for Pakistan over the course of their last two encounters with Sri Lanka. Pakistan arrived into the first test series as mighty favorite but things now look gloomy for them. Ajmal is struggling with the form and their batting lineup relies heavily on Misbah and Younis Khan.
Injury to Bilawal Bhatti has further compounded their problems. At the moment they don’t look like a side that can take 20 wickets. Ajmal and/or Junaid Khan will have to come up with something brilliant if Pakistan is to win the third test match. Ahmed Shehzad and Mohommad Hafeez were in dream touch in the ODI series but in test series Sri Lankan bowlers exposed their abilities to longer version of the game. Misbah would want these two batsmen to share some load off him.
Pakistan is no short of talent. All they need is some serious application of that talent.
SRI LANKA: A collective effort from everyone has made all the difference between Sri Lanka and Pakistan as Sri Lanka find themselves leading 1-0 in the series. Their fast bowling performance has been highlight of the test series. Lankmal and Eranga,and even Pradeep in last match, showed lot of consistency and determination.
It is difficult to pick one star batsman from Lankan side as everyone has chipped in after first innings debacle in the first test. Silva batted beautifully in first two matches and missed century in both matches. Mahela Jayawardene’s resurgence to form has added cherry on the top for Lanka.
Players to watch out for
It is good that Sri Lana find themselves having upper hand against Pakistan despite Sangakkara firing for them the way he has previously against Pakistan. Kumar Sangakkara will look to maintain is scoring record in the Pakistan.
Pakistan’s major problem in this series has been lackluster performance by their star bowler. This test series was regarded as Ajmal vs Herath series but has turned out to be competition between pace attack of two sides. Saeed Ajmal is new to this kind of performance or lack of it from himself. It will be interesting to see if he bounces back in the third match. There is lot of chatter around his form and Ajmal would like to silence them with his spin.