Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, PallekeleSL Look to Fight Back and Draw Level09-Jun-2012 03:36:00 GMT
Pallekele: Having been outplayed in the opening ODI, the hosts will look to fightback with a complete performance in 2nd ODI at Pallekele on Saturday.
Sri Lanka were pretty much out of the game within the first 15 overs, as their experienced top order failed against the swing and seam. They had slid to 68 for 6 when Saeed Ajmal was introduced. The form of Sri Lanka's top-three batsmen - Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, none of whom have crossed 20 in three games this series - remains a concern.
Pakistan will like a repeat of the result on Thursday, but not a reprise of their fielding. They put down a handful of simple catches on their way to a straightforward victory, disproving the old adage that "catches win matches".
Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Thissara Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep, Dilhara Fernando
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Sami, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Abdur Rehman, Aizaz Cheema, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Imran Farhat, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Younis Khan
Pitch & conditions
June is not cricket season in Sri Lanka traditionally, mainly due to the wet weather. Like the first ODI, rain is expected during Saturday's match.
Stats & trivia
- In their last 14 matches against Pakistan, Sri Lanka have crossed 250 only twice
- Umar Gul has the most number of ODI wickets at Pallekele. He has picked up nine wickets in three matches.
- In 5 matches played at Pallekele so far, only twice has a total in excess of 200 been achieved. On both occasions, it was by the team batting first and they went past 300.
Saturday, June 9, 2012 (day/night)
Start time 1430 local (0900 GMT, 04:00 pak)