Preview: International cricket returns to Pakistan as the home side take their first steps under new management against Sri Lanka on Friday. With Misbah ul Haq assuming responsibility as selector and coach, a couple of changes have already been made in the side although the outlook of the side remains largely unchanged. As for the Sri Lankans, an opportunity is presented to fringe players to stake a claim for a place in the squad in the absence of regular players such as Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera. With Karachi hosting it’s first match since 2009, both teams look to make the first move in this much-awaited series.
National Stadium, Karachi
September 27th, 2019
3:30 PM IST
A decent batting track awaits both sides with the pacers getting some help from the surface. Although it might be tough going initially, batters should bide their time in order to achieve a par score of around 260 with the spinners also coming into play as the match progresses.
There isn’t any threat of rain with some swing on offer early on. Dew might play a factor later on which forces captains to chase on this surface.
Injuries: No injuries have been reported for this game
Babar Azam topped the run-scoring charts in the recently concluded T20 Blast and looks to be in top form. Along with Fakhar Zaman and Dimuth Karunaratne, Babar is one to watch out for. Imad Wasim and Dasun Shanaka are the preferred allrounders for this game with their pinch-hitting ability being crucial. While Mohd Amir is another must-have player in the fantasy team, Shadab Khan and Isuru Udana should also pick a wicket or two on Friday to earn a few fantasy points.
1. Babar Azam
2. Shadab Khan
3. Avishka Fernando
Fantasy Team & Point Projections
Sarafraz Ahmed, Points: 35-37, Grade: B
Babar Azam Points: 90-92, Grade: A
Imam ul Haq, Points: 74-76, Grade: A
Lahiru Thirimanne, Points: 64-66, Grade: A
Avishka Fernando, Points: 45-47, Grade: A
Imad Wasim, Points: 38-40, Grade: B
Dasun Shanaka, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
Mohd Amir, Points: 60-62, Grade: A
Lakshan Sandakan, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
Isuru Udana, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
Shadab Khan, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
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