Pakistan and Sri Lanka go into the 4th ODI with Pakistan leading the series 2-1 and requiring a victory to seal the series. Sri Lanka have been a real mix bag in the series thus far, with the bowling being their strong point and not their batting.
The Sri Lankan's will be hoping to see their batting fire against a Pakistan bowling line-up that is performing to their high standards. The positive for the Lankan's has to be Dilshan and Sangakarra getting some runs but they need to be assisted by the likes of Chandimal and Mahela Jayawardene.
Likewise Pakistan, despite making a superb start of 151-0 in 30 overs slumped to only get 257. The worrying signs were how the batsman gave away their wickets in lacklustre style. Poor run-outs and getting caught at the boundary being set were not what you expect from a big nation.
Sharjah is back with ODI's after 2003. Sharjah has hosted 200 ODI's (more than any other stadium in the World). Pakistan have played 108 of them games, winning 74 and losing 33 with 1 tie. Sri Lanka have played 75 games, winning 29, losing 44 with 2 ties. Both teams head to head comes out with a surprise reading with 32 games played, Pakistan winning 19, losing 12 and having 1 tie. So 37% of Pakistan's defeat's at Sharjah come at the hands of Sri Lanka.