Pakistan v Sri Lanka LIVE: Hosts looking to seal ODI series win at Karachi

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Hosts aiming for a 2-0 series win against the Lankans.

Pakistan have their noses in front as the hosts lock horns with Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Armed with a 1-0 lead courtesy of their 67-run win on Monday, the Men in Green are targeting a series clinching win to give new head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq the perfect start to his tenure.

The visitors, led by Lahiru Thirimanne, will be hoping to bounce back from their big defeat in the second ODI where a gritty 96 from Shehan Jayasuriya helped save some of their blushes.

Will the hosts be able to seal the deal in front of their home fans or will Sri Lanka find some inspiration of their own? Find out by following the ball-by-ball LIVE action from the National Stadium in Karachi below.

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Recalls for the two controversial batsmen.

Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has named a 16-man squad for the upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka at Lahore.

There are a total of three changes from the current ODI squad which is involved in a three-match series against the same opposition with Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Faheem Ashraf making their international comebacks.

Openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abid Ali have been omitted from the T20 squad with wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan being the third player to make way.

Imam has been left out the T20 squad due to the hand injury he sustained in the second ODI with the opening batsman already ruled out of the series finale which takes place at Karachi on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, it is the first Pakistan call-up for opener Ahmed Shehzad since he was suspended for a doping violation last year. The right-hander’s last appearance for the national team came in June last year in the T20 clash against Scotland.

For controversial top-order batsman Umar Akmal, it is his first T20 call up since his outing against the West Indies in 2016. The right-hander was given an ODI recall earlier this year in the five-match series against Australia in the UAE but he failed to make the cut for the 2019 ICC World Cup squad.

Pakistan are slated to play three T20s against Sri Lanka with all clashes set to take place at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. The series begins on October 5 and will culminate on October 9 with the final T20I.

PAKISTAN 16-MAN T20 SQUAD

Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz

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Rohit Sharma has been in full flow. Image - BCCI/Twitter.

India are aiming to make it a record 11 home series wins in a row as they lock horns with South Africa in the first Test between the two sides at Visakhapatnam.

The hosts have named Wriddhiman Saha as their wicketkeeper in the playing XI with Rishabh Pant being relegated to the bench. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has been given an opportunity to open the batting alongside Mayank Agarwal as Kohli opted to bat first.

The two openers have started excellently with Rohit bringing up his fourth Test ton with the help of 10 boundaries and four huge sixes.

Will Kohli’s men reign supreme at home once again or will South Africa play party spoilers in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam? Find out by following the LIVE commentary and scorecard from the first Test below.

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