SHARJAH: The highly confident Pakistan team will be looking for a whitewash today and keep up their winning streak in the fifth and final ODI on Monday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Following a Test clean sweep at hands of the visiting team, the green shirts are looking to overcome the disappointment of losing the Test series against Sri Lanka.
Sarfraz XI will definitely be looking to try out more players after having an edge on the visiting with Haris Sohail, who has not been featured in the series.
Revealing his intentions, Pakistan Coach Mickey Arthur said that the team would be looking to inflict a clean sweep on the visiting team.
“I will be disappointed if we didn’t make it 5-0,” he said ahead of the match. “The guys are hungry and they definitely want to do that. The key for us is to maintain our hunger and ruthlessness so we need to keep that momentum and put this series to bed,” Arthur added.
The green shirts have previously achieved five clean sweeps, all in series involving five matches.
Pakistan blanked Zimbabwe in 2002-03, Bangladesh in 2003, New Zealand in 2003-04 and Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in the 2008 season.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan will look to avoid 11th straight loss, three short of their worst ever run of 14 defeats in 1987. Nic Pothas, the Sri Lanka coach, urged the batsmen to start delivering.
“It is pretty obvious. It is not rocket science,” he said, not for the first time during this series, adding: “We just want the batters to be a little more positive about the way they go about things. We also understand we need to be in the right frame of mind to be there. So our job is to try and give the players the freedom to be able to play their way. It is going to be a very good wicket again and it is not the biggest boundary in the world.”
Going into the final one-dayer, it seems inevitable that Pakistan will pick up their ninth successive one-day win. The whitewash should ensure a leap in their ranking points, unless Sri Lanka have a surprise in store.
The ODIs will be followed by a three-match T20 series with the last of those games to be played in Lahore on October 29.