PAK vs SL 1st Test Dream11 Prediction: After the T20I and ODI series were shared earlier in the year, Sri Lanka and Pakistan battle it out in the longer format with the first Test in Rawalpindi. After a tough series loss to Australia, Pakistan has made a few changes to its side with Fawad Alam and Usman Khan Shinwari being the benefactors. Although Pakistan has the advantage of home conditions, Sri Lanka is a formidable opponent in the subcontinent. With the experience of Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews leading the way for the tourists, Sri Lanka should prove to be a handful for the hosts. With Pakistan cricket in a period of transition, Sri Lanka will be eyeing a win in this game as Pakistan hosts their first home Test match in a very long time.
Rawalpindi Cricket Ground, Rawalpindi
December 11th, 2019
10:30 AM IST
A traditional subcontinent wicket awaits the two sides with the toss holding a lot of importance. Either side will be looking to bat first and bat deep until spin comes into play. Fast bowlers will enjoy the conditions as well with overcast conditions on offer from Day 2.
Rain is on the cards from Thursday with a draw seems the most probable outcome. The weather is all clear for the start of the Test match with the temperature ranging from 18 to 24 degrees Celsius. A slight breeze from one end could also help the bowlers with humidity expected to play a part as well.
Suranga Lakmal is out of the series due to Dengue
Pakistan should make a few changes with Abid Ali and Fawad Alam set to play against the Sri Lankans. Babar Azam and Azhar Ali will be key in the top order while Kashif Bhatti and Usman Khan Shinwari could also get a game. Mohammad Abbas will share the new ball with Shaheen Shah Afridi with the hosts eyeing a historic win against Sri Lanka.
Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Kashif Bhatti, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Usman Khan Shinwari and Shaheen Shah Afridi
Sri Lanka will not avail the services of Suranga Lakmal which leaves them with only two pacers for the first Test. Nevertheless, they have a decent side which is reliant on the spin duo of Dilruwan Perera and Lasith Embuldeniya. Dhananjaya de Silva plays as the all-rounder in the side although Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis hold the key against a formidable Pakistan bowling unit.
Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara and Vishwa Fernando
Top Picks for PAK vs SL 1st Test Dream11 Team:
Babar Azam scored a hundred against Australia as he had a breakthrough series. He should be picked in the fantasy team along with Dimuth Karunaratne and Azhar Ali. Mohammad Rizwan is the preferred wicket-keeper in the side while the all-round duo of Dhananjaya de Silva and Dilruwan Perera also find a place in the side. Pakistan allrounder, Kashif Bhatti is a viable pick as well while Shaheen Shah Afridi is another good pick. Yasir Shah couldn’t pick many wickets against Australia but did star with the bat. His tally of 194 was second to only Babar Azam among the Pakistanis. Along with his lethal leg-spin, his batting form also bodes well.
Captaincy Picks for PAK vs SL 1st Test Dream11 Lineup:
1. Babar Azam
2. Dimuth Karunaratne
3. Shaheen Shah Afridi
PAK vs SL 1st Test Fantasy Team & Point Projections
Mohammad Rizwan, Points: 64-66, Grade: B
Azhar Ali, Points: 114-116, Grade: A
Babar Azam, Points: 180-182, Grade: A
Kusal Mendis, Points: 74-76, Grade: A
Dimuth Karunaratne, Points: 168-170, Grade: A
Dilruwan Perera, Points: 100-102, Grade: A
Kashif Bhatti, Points: 90-92, Grade: A
Shaheen Shah Afridi, Points: 140-142, Grade: A
Yasir Shah, Points: 90-92, Grade: B
Lahiru Kumara, Points: 100-102, Grade: A
Dhananjaya de Silva, Points: 130-132, Grade: A
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