Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka: First ODI Preview

Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka: First ODI Preview

Match details

Series/tournament name: Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka

Venue: National Stadium, Karachi

Date: 27 September , 2019

Time: 3:30 p.m. IST

Preview

A series is being played in Pakistan after so long that the match could well be termed an away game for Pakistan themselves. At Karachi, the two teams will face off after a while but the contest is lop-sided with Sri Lanka sporting a second string team following security concerns. Can they spring a surprise in front on the Pakistan crowd waiting to see their team play on home turfs?

Weather report: 

Weather is clear for this game. 

Pitch report:

The pitch is expected to be easy for batting with the second innings posing a stiffer challenge.

Injuries and replacements: 

Probable Playing XI:

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Usman Khan Shinwari, Mohammad Amir

Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne (c), Angelo Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan

Top picks: 

Wicket-keeper: Sarfaraz Ahmed (8.5 credits)

Sarfaraz Ahmed is under scrutiny for his captaincy and is under pressure to perform as Misbah-ul-Haq takes charge as head coach. The wicket-keeper batsman is a fine accumulator of runs and should fire this series against a low key Lankan side.

Batsman: Babar Azam (11 credits)

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Rohit Sankar
A cricket enthusiast striving to convey the finer details of the game in a capsule. Rohit hopes to present a bird's eye view of the game. He has written for a handful of prestigious websites including Cricbuzz, The Independent, The Hindu, CricketNext, Firstpost and others.
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