Fresh pacers likely as Sri Lanka looks for elusive win
KANDY: Sri Lanka are set to change their bowling lineup in a bid to secure their first test series success since 2009 when they face Pakistan in the third and final test starting on Sunday.
The hosts, who lead the three-match series 1-0, only need a draw at the Pallakele Stadium to triumph.
They last won a series against New Zealand three years ago since when they have lost five and drawn three.
Sri Lanka are likely to replace Nuwan Kulasekara and Nuwan Pradeep with Dilhara Fernando and Thisara Perera.
“This is a perfect opportunity for us to win the test series,” said Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews.
“The second test was pretty boring because the wicket was pretty flat and it was interrupted by the rain, so we couldn’t go for a win.”
He expects Pakistan to come back strongly after putting up a good performance in Colombo.
“Pakistan has always been a tremendous force in world cricket so we always expect a good challenge and it’s not going to change in tomorrow’s game,” said Mathews.
The last two tests played at the Kandy venue, against West Indies and Australia, ended in weather-affected draws and rain is expected to play its part against Pakistan.