The result of the first ODI shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the depleted Sri Lankan team. But the lack of fight shown by the players will sure hurt the visitors and the Sri Lankan team management will look to correct that in the second ODI.
Meanwhile, for Pakistan it was a dream start as their batting pillar Babar Azam continued to stamp his class and their bowlers responded well. But they will also look to streamline their bowling resources and have consistency.
Its a must-win match for Sri Lanka and hence it will be eager to see how the young and experienced Sri Lankan players respond to Pakistan’s challenge.
bet365: Pakistan– 1/7, Sri Lanka– 9/2
betfair: Pakistan – 1/7, Sri Lanka – 9/2
Top Pakistan batsmen – Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq
Top Sri Lanka batsmen – Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne
Top Pakistan bowlers – Usman Shinwari, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir
Top Sri Lanka bowlers – Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep
Pakistan are well settled but the injury of Imam-ul-Haq might push Abid Ali in the playing XI.
PAK Playing 11: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq/Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK) Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain.
SL Playing 11: Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne (C), Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan.
When: 02 October at 3: 30 PM IST
Where: National Stadium, Karachi
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