The first ODI game in Pakistan, after around a span of 10 years was washed out, hence bogging down the curiousness of the masses regarding international cricket returning to the country. However, the home team put up quite a show in the second ODI as Babar Azam’s terrific century ensured that Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side piled up runs in abundance only to eventually defeat the visitors by 67 runs. They have a chance to seal the contest and rejoice a series victory tomorrow, but, those plans could be ruined by Sri Lanka if they manage to upstage their performance in all aspects of the game and notch a victory to level the series 1-1.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka ODI Series
National Stadium, Karachi
October 2nd, 2019
3:30 PM IST
Partly cloudy weather with 6% chances of rain and the temperature ranging around 31 degrees Celsius is expected during the course of the encounter.
From whatever happened in the second ODI, one can figure out that the track at offer will be very helpful for the batsmen but the spinners could curb down the flow of runs as they can extract some turn out of it if they pitch the ball in proper areas.
Haris Sohail’s integration to the middle-order midway through the World Cup ensured that Pakistan has someone to accelerate the scoring rate in the middle overs. However, the top-three will have to take over the majority of the responsibilities whilst the likes of Mohammad Amir and Usman Shinwari will be the key bowlers for the team.
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari
Avishka Fernando will have to be in a good touch for the depleted Sri Lankan batting unit to click properly whilst the likes of Lahiru Thirimanne and Shehan Jayasuirya add quality later on in the lineup. Isuru Udana and Nuwan Pradeep will be the two most crucial bowlers for Thirimanne’s team.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne (C), Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep
Babar Azam’s terrific knock of 115 runs reinforces the fact that he is in a good run of form currently and hence would be the most suitable candidate to the lead the Dream XI side as well. Shehan Jayasuriya’s 96 runs meant that Sri Lanka put up at least a fight in the last ODI and hence he walks into the team too. Wanidu Hasaranga contributed with 30 runs and two wickets, enhancing his role as that of an all-rounder and hence could be a valuable pick for the XI.
1: Babar Azam
2: Shehan Jayasuriya
3: Avishka Fernando
Dream XI & Points Projection:
S Samarawickarama, Points: 26-28, Grade: B
A Fernando, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
B Azam, Points: 98-100, Grade: A
Imam-ul-Haq, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
F Zaman, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
D Shanaka, Points: 48-50, Grade: A
S Jayasuriya, Points: 74-76, Grade: A
W Hasaranga, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
S Khan, Points: 48-50, Grade: A
I Udana, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
U Shinwari, Points: 90-92, Grade: A
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