Sri Lanka win toss, choose to bat in third T20 against Pakistan
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Chamari Athapaththu, Sri Lanka Captain: “We can do better in the powerplay. Pakistan's batters are playing sensibly, pushing the 1s and 2s and going big in the end. This match is crucial for the ODI series' preparation.” Two changes: Udeshika Prabodhani and Sachini Nisansala are back into the side.
Ayesha Naseem: “My mindset when going in was to play sensibly according to the situation. Wickets were down and the runs were low. So I tried to play through. The POTM was rewarding, I learnt a lot and hopefully will continue to do well. I have returned to the team after a while. I had prepared in the camp before the series. That went well and I have been able to replicate it in this series. I look up to and follow all the big hitters along with Asif Ali.”
Pakistan Playing XI: 1 Bismah Maroof (capt), 2 Muneeba Ali (wk), 3 Omaima Sohail, 4 Iram Javed, 5 Nida Dar, 6 Aliya Riaz, 7 Ayesha Naseem, 8 Kainat Imtiaz, 9 Tuba Hassan, 10 Diana Baig, 11 Anam Amin
A hot but windy day in Karachi. The wicket is right of the one played day before. It's a slow pitch, batters will need to play with a straight bat or go back and manufacture the pace by themselves.
Pakistan's win on Thursday gave an unassailable lead of 2-0 in this 3-match T20I series against Sri Lanka.
The visitors, as captain Chamari Athapaththu said after the previous game, still have the upcoming Commonwealth games in mind.
To that end, this game will provide much needed practice and exposure to some of the team members.
For the hosts, a clean sweep would be a motivator as will be the opportunity for the top-order to improve after a couple of failures. Batting, in fact, is the matter of concern for both teams. Today's game will determine which team can set things right.
Reporter Mehmood Riaz