PAK vs SL Dream11: After a disappointing show Downunder, a wounded Pakistan team would be seeking home comfort when they welcome Sri Lanka for a two-match Test series which will commence from December 11 at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.
Pakistan will welcome Test cricket after a decade, and surprisingly their last Test at home came against this very opposition before getting banned to host any forms of International cricket.
With lots of excitement buzzing around the home-fans about the return of Test cricket, people are expected to fill in the stadium in huge numbers.
Here, we have come up with the team news, possible playing elevens and Fantasy picks for PAK vs SL Dream11 today match Prediction.
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi, 11th December at 10:30 AM IST
April 13, 2004: India (600) defeated Pakistan (224/10 and 245/10) by an innings and 131 runs.
Pakistan won- 02
Sri Lanka won- 03
No Result: 00
Sri Lanka- LWWWL
The Islanders have announced a 16-man squad for the series led by Dimuth Karunaratne.
Call-up: Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Chandimal who wasn't a part of the Test squad against New Zealand is back in the mix.
Injuries: Suranga Lakmal is ruled out of the series due to dengue.
Replacement: Asitha Fernando has been called-up as a replacement for Lakmal.
Probable combination: Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne will open the innings followed by Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal and former skipper Angelo Mathews.
In the bowling department, Dilruwan Perera and Lakshan Sandakan will lead the spin department, whereas, the likes of Vishwa Fernando and Lahiru Kumara will hold the drill in the pace department.
Sri Lanka Playing 11- (Expected)
Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimane, Kusal Perera, D de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, L Embuldeniya. (Doubt: Kasun Rajitha)
The hosts have also named a 16-member squad.
Call-up: Fawad Alam has been called up in the national side after a span of 10 long years. He replaces all-rounder Iftikhar Ahmed who was part of the Australia series.
Injuries: Hasan Ali has been ruled out of the series due to a rib injury.
Probable combination: Shan Masood and Imam-ul-Haq will open the innings for Pakistan followed by the skipper Azhar Ali.
Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq will follow up, whereas, one between Fawad Alam and Haris Sohail will get to play.
In the bowling department, the likes of Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Imran Khan will definitely start in the eleven.
Pakistan Playing 11- (Expected)
Mohammad Rizwan, Imam ul Haq, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam/Haris Sohail, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi/Usman Shinwari, Imran Khan.
Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shaheen Afridi, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Abid Ali, Usman Shinwari
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dilruwan Perera, Asitha Fernando, Vishwa Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Janith Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Dhananjaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Lasith Embuldeniya
Fantasy Picks from Sri Lanka-
Players to watch out:
Dimuth Karunaratne: 4321 runs from 121 innings at an average of 36.93.
Kusal Mendis: 2754 runs from 79 innings at an average of 36.23.
Angelo Mathews: 5641 runs from 148 innings at an average of 44.41.
Dilruwna Perera: 1139 runs from 70 innings and 156 wickets.
Players to avoid:
Fantasy Picks from Pakistan-
Players to watch out:
Azhar Ali: 5731 runs from 143 innings at an average of 42.45.
Babar Azam: 1445 runs from 44 innings at an average of 37.05.
Asad Shafiq: 4465 runs from 121 innings at an average of 38.82.
Yasir Shah: 207 wickets from 37 matches.
Players to avoid:
Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail
Wicket-keeper: Mohammad Rizwan
Batsmen: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Babar Azam, Shan Masood
All-rounders: Dilruwan Perera, Azhar Ali
Bowlers: Lahiru Kumara, Mohd Abbas, Yasir Shah
Captain/vice-captain choices: Azhar Ali, Dilruwan Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Babar Azam
Our favorites: With home advantage by their side, we are backing Pakistan to win this contest.
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Disclaimer: Management can take late decisions depending on the match situation. The Fantasy teams which we have provided here of PAK vs SL Dream11 are to the best of our interest and depending on the credit scores of the players.