Pakistan was handed a reality check on Saturday as they were beaten in stunning fashion by a second-string Sri Lankan side in Lahore. With the Gaddafi Stadium playing host to the second game, Pakistan looks to keep the series alive as they walk into the match under immense pressure and expectations. In spite of there being a dearth in quality between both sides on paper, Sri Lanka’s bowlers were bang o target with Udana and Pradeep causing havoc among the Pakistan batsmen. All in all, both teams look to gain victory for different reasons which makes this game a highly anticipated one on Monday.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
7th October 2019, 7:00 PM IST
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
The pitch did slow down as the game progressed although teams should prefer batting second under the lights. With some swing also on offer, scores of 160-170 should do the trick for either side batting first.
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
In spite of a rare failure last game, Babar Azam averages a whopping 52.5 in the shortest format and is currently ranked number one in the world. While his place in the fantasy sides all over the country is taken for granted, the man in form, Danushka Gunathilaka is also one to watch out for. Imad Wasim is an underrated bowler in the format with the left arm spinner being quite miserly and known to pick a few wickets as well. Along with Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf, he should put in a good shift on Monday. Umar Akmal is preferred ahead of Asif Ali while Minod Bhanuka’s selection enables users to pick more established players in the side and allocate some credits for them as well
1. Babar Azam
2. Shadab Khan
3. Avishka Fernando
Minod Bhanuka, Points: 32-34, Grade: A
Umar Akmal, Points: 38-40, Grade: A
Babar Azam, Points: 90-92, Grade: A+
Shadab Khan, Points: 90-92, Grade: A+
Danushka Gunathilaka, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
Avishka Fernando, Points: 66-70, Grade: A
Dasun Shanaka, Points: 35-37, Grade: B
Imad Wasim, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
Faheem Ashraf, Points: 55-57, Grade: A
Isuru Udana, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
Mohd Amir, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
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