Sri Lanka wins toss, elects to bat 1st in 3rd ODI

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first in the third one-day international against Pakistan on Wednesday.

Pakistan gave an ODI debut to 21-year-old opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq, nephew of former captain and present chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Imam replaced out-of-form Ahmed Shehzad, who could score only 0 and 8 in Pakistan’s convincing victories in the first two games of the five-match series.

Allrounder Faheem Ashraf was the other change Pakistan made in the playing XI, replacing Imad Wasim.

Sri Lanka, which is seeking to end its nine-match losing streak, also made two changes in the hopes of keeping the series alive.

Experienced Chamara Kapugedera was brought in to revive a fragile looking batting lineup in place of the struggling Kusal Mendis. Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal was also dropped and was replaced by Dushmantha Chameera.

Lineups:

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (captain), Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Chamara Kapugedera, Milinda Siriwardana, Thisara Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Gamage.