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Pakistan will want to fight back against Sri Lanka in the 3rd ODI. Reuters

Sri Lanka tied the five-match ODI series 1-1 after pulling off a nerve-wracking two-wicket win over Pakistan in Dubai on Friday.

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Now the Lankans will turn their attentions to the 3rd one-day international on Sunday and if the Islanders find another all-round performance like they did on Friday, where Kumar Sangakkara, Nuwan Kulasekara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dinesh Chandimal and skipper Angelo Mathews all contributed with the bat to chase down 284 with two balls and two wickets to spare, then another victory could be on the cards.

"We had to fight really hard for that win," Mathews said. "Everyone contributed in bits and pieces It was a team effort. With these Powerplays if you have wickets in hand at the end, it helps. Against Pakistan, the game is never over -- you have to fight till the last ball is bowled, and we did that.

"With the bowling attack that Pakistan have, we have to fight all the time and we have to stay positive. We can't give the chance, because they will knock us down."

"I thought the first couple of wickets were unfortunate incidents because they were run outs while Kusal and Dilshan were batting well. They got us through to a good start, and the way Sangakkara and Chandimal got us back into the game. They set it up and we had to do the needful."

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was disappointed to come away with a loss in the second ODI, when at one point his side looked in complete control. "Looking at the pitch, it was a good total and they were still needing around 50 runs, seven wickets down," the middle-order batsman said. "We should have won that if we bowled according to the field. We lost the game in a few bad overs.

"The way the ball was coming on the pitch, it wasn't like Sharjah - it was a bit slow. And their bowlers were good at the death, bowling yorkers. That maybe prevented 10-15 runs from us at the end."

Misbah, who saw youngster Ahmed Shehzad's century go in vain, praised fast bowler Junaid Khan, who took three wickets for 52, but was not happy with the bowlers' performance at the death, which eventually cost Pakistan, who have recalled fast bowler Umar Gul for the rest of the series, a win and a 2-0 series lead.

"Junaid is our outstanding bowler," Misbah added. "In the last year and a half he's really improving and today he was good. But we really need to improve our death bowling. It was a problem for us.

"Our fielding was better. It brought us back into the game with the first two run outs. There were a few overthrows towards the end, but there were no lapses. Overall I think it was good."

Expected lineups: Pakistan: Shehzad, Sharjeel, Hafeez, Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Umar Akmal (wk), Afridi, Bhatti, Tanvir, Ajmal, Junaid.

Sri Lanka: Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Sangakkara (wk), Chandimal, Mathews (capt), Vithanage, Thisara Perera, Prasanna, Kulasekara, Senanayake, Malinga.