Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka: Second ODI Preview

Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka: Second ODI Preview

Match details:

Series/tournament name: Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka

Venue: National Stadium, Karachi

Date: 30 September, 2019

Time: 3:30 p.m. IST

Preview:

Pakistan and Sri Lanka will face off in the second ODI of the three-match series at the National Stadium in Karachi on Monday. The game is a must-win for both teams after the first game was washed out without a ball being bowled. In the recent past, Pakistan have a pretty impressive record against the visitors and therefore, they will enter the contest as strong favourites.

Weather report:

The weather is expected to be cloudy throughout the day but there are no major chances of rain, therefore, the match should take place as per schedule.

Pitch report:

Pitch at the National Stadium Karachi is traditionally a good one for batting where there is something available for the pacers.

Injuries and replacements:

No known injuries yet.

Probable playing XI:

Pakistan:

In the batting department, the home side will be relying on the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul-Haq and Babar Azam to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari and Shadab Khan to produce timely breakthroughs.

Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (C & WK), Asif Ali, Imad WasimShadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari

Sri Lanka:

In the batting department, the visitors will be

Match details:

Series/tournament name: Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka

Venue: National Stadium, Karachi

Date: 30 September, 2019

Time: 3:30 p.m. IST

Preview:

Pakistan and Sri Lanka will face off in the second ODI of the three-match series at the National Stadium in Karachi on Monday. The game is a must-win for both teams after the first game was washed out without a ball being bowled. In the recent past, Pakistan have a pretty impressive record against the visitors and therefore, they will enter the contest as strong favourites.

Weather report:

The weather is expected to be cloudy throughout the day but there are no major chances of rain, therefore, the match should take place as per schedule.

Pitch report:

Pitch at the National Stadium Karachi is traditionally a good one for batting where there is something available for the pacers.

Injuries and replacements:

No known injuries yet.

Probable playing XI:

Pakistan:

In the batting department, the home side will be relying on the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul-Haq and Babar Azam to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari and Shadab Khan to produce timely breakthroughs.

Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (C & WK), Asif Ali, Imad WasimShadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari

Sri Lanka:

In the batting department, the visitors will be relying on the likes of captain Lahiru Thirimanne, Avishka Fernando and Dasun Shanaka to score bulk of the runs, whereas on the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan and Isuru Udana to produce timely breakthroughs.

Lahiru Thirimanne (C), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama (WK),  Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep

Top picks:

Wicketkeeper: Sarfraz Ahmed (8.5 Cr)

Sarfraz Ahmed is now the most experienced player in the current Pakistan squad after the departure of veteran all-rounders Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez. The 32-year-old has represented the Men in Green in 114 ODIs where he has scored 2,271 runs at an average of 34.40 and with a strike-rate of 88.12, which included two centuries and 11 fifties.

All-rounder: Isuru Udana (9 Cr)

Isuru Udana is one of the most experienced member in the current Sri Lanka squad. However, the 31-year-old, who made his ODI debut back in 2012, till now has only represented his country in 14 matches in the 50-over format where he has scored 170 runs at an average of nearly 19 and also has 11 wickets to his name.

Batsman: Babar Azam (11 Cr)

Babar Azam is one of the most prolific batsman in white-ball cricket. The right-hander has represented Pakistan in 72 ODIs where he has scored 3,213 runs at an impressive average of 53.55 and with a strike-rate of 86.23, which included 10 centuries and 15 fifties.

Bowler: Usman Shinwari (8.5 Cr)

Usman Shinwari will have a point to prove after being dropped from the Pakistan's World Cup squad. The left-armer has played 15 ODIs where he has 28 wickets to his name at an impressive strike-rate of 23.50. Against Sri Lanka, Shinwari has an outstanding record in the 50-over format where he has six wickets in just two matches at a strike-rate of just 13.50.

Captaincy options: Babar Azam, Imam Ul-Haq, Usman Shinwari, Isuru Udana

Dream XI team:

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Azeem Siddiqui
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