Misbah-ul-Haq marked the occasion by winning the toss and choosing to bat in Sharjah. Pakistan made two swaps to their combination, with AizazCheema reclaiming the fast-bowling spot he lost to SohailTanvir for the previous game, and ShoaibMalik coming in for Abdul Razzaq. Malik's inclusion means Pakistan have three spinning allrounders to complement SaeedAjmal.
Having gone down in the all important third game of the five match one day international (ODI) series against Pakistan, Sri Lanka will be looking to get back on level terms when the two teams lock horns in the fourth one-dayer on Sunday.
Earlier on Friday, Pakistani bowlers held their nerves to beat Sri Lanka by 21 runs to take a 2-1 lead.
Pakistan: 1. Mohammad Hafeez, 2. ImranFarhat, 3. Younis Khan, 4. Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5. UmarAkmal, 6. ShoaibMalik, 7. ShahidAfridi, 8. Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 9. UmarGul, 10. SaeedAjmal, 11. AizazCheema
Sri Lanka: 1. UpulTharanga, 2. TillakaratneDilshan (capt), 3. Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4. DineshChandimal, 5. MahelaJayawardene, 6. Angelo Mathews, 7. JeevanMendis, 8. ThisaraPerera, 9. LasithMalinga, 10. SeekkugePrasanna, 11. Dilhara Fernando