Imam-ul-Haq replaces Shehzad in Pak-SL ODI final

Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella

This may sound absurd, but time and again the team have been guilty of not knowing how to bat themselves out of trouble in one-day cricket.

Sharjah: Sri Lanka's woeful batting continued as they were bowled out for another paltry total of 173 in 43.4 overs by Pakistan in the fourth day-night worldwide in Sharjah on Friday. Sri Lanka have lost past 10 one-day matches in a trot. Pakistan will be looking to keep up the pace. Sri Lanka was dismissed in 43.4 overs.

Former Pakistan cricket captain and batting great Inzamam-ul-Haq's nephew Imam-ul-Haq took the nation by storm with a splendid century on his ODI debut to win accolades and adulation from Pakistani fans across the globe.

Uncapped Imam-ul-Haq is in for Ahmed Shehzad, who failed to perform with the bat in the opening two matches of the series.

The Pakistani team has made two changes for Friday's encounter as Debutant Usman Khan Shinwari would be showcasing his skills.

It was just the second ball in one-day cricket for the 23-year-old left-arm pacer Shinwari who jumped for joy after breaking through the defence of a batsman who was playing his 214th one-day game.

Niroshan Dickwella (22) struck three fours and also pulled Junaid Khan for a six over fine leg before the left-hander was caught at point while going for another big drive.

Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shahzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Amir Yamin, Mohammad Amir (subject to fitness clearance), Rumman Raees, Usman Shinwari, Umar Amin.

Akila Dananjaya (18) denied the youngster a hat trick and shared the innings best stand of 43 runs with Thirimanne before Ali broke the partnership by having Dananjaya caught behind.

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