Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
5th October 2019, 7:00 PM IST
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Pakistan and Sri Lanka face off against one another, this time in the T20 format at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. While the Sri Lankans still possess a second string, the inclusions of Ahmed Shahzad and Umar Akmal after a long while had added spice into the series. After a series win in the ODI format, Pakistan will be expected to continue in the same manner in the shortest format as well although Sri Lanka shouldn’t be taken lightly.
The pitch generally favours the batsmen although there is something in it for both the spinners and the pacers. As the game progresses, spinners will have a greater say with 160-170 being competitive on this surface.
The weather is all clear for this game with no chance of rain on the forecast. There should be some extra help from the bowlers given the conditions at the ground.
Injuries: No injuries are reported from either side
Probable Playing XI
Babar Azam’s form coming into this game is exemplary which makes him a must-have in the side along with Fakhar Zaman and Avishka Fernando. Sri Lankan batsman, Danushka Gunathilaka scored a hundred in the ODI format and warranties a place in the side as well. While Sadeera Samawickrama is the preferred wicket-keeper in the side, three all-rounder in Shanaka, Hasaranga and Wasim are also picked. All eyes will be on Shadab Khan, with the leggie being trusted to ball the tough overs by Sarfaraz Ahmed throughout his career.
1. Babar Azam
2. Shadab Khan
3. Dasun Shanaka
Sadeera Samarawickrama, Points: 32-34, Grade: A
Fakhar Zaman, Points: 38-40, Grade: A
Babar Azam, Points: 90-92, Grade: A+
Shadab Khan, Points: 90-92, Grade: A+
Danushka Gunathilaka, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
Avishka Fernando, Points: 50-52, Grade: B
Dasun Shanaka, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
Imad Wasim, Points: 48-50, Grade: A
Wanidu Hasaranga, Points: 55-57, Grade: A
Isuru Udana, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
Mohd Amir, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
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