Pakistan are all set to host Sri Lanka after almost a decade since the horrifying terrorist attack took place in Lahore in 2009. Although they host a couple of International sides, no Test-playing nation have visited Pakistan in between. While Pakistan are ready to face the challenge with their new coach Misbah-ul-Haq, ten Sri Lanka players have opted out from the series. Both the teams failed to impress in the ICC World Cup and this will be a big challenge for them to get back in the form. Let’s have a look at the PAK vs SL 1st ODI Dream 11 Predictions.
The first One Day International match of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka will be played on September 27 at National Stadium, Karachi at 3:00 PM Local, 10:00 AM GMT.
The home team wouldn’t get the service of their sensational pacer Shaheen Afridi who is currently recovering from dengue. Another pacer Hasan Ali too has been ruled out due to back injury. Veteran Shoaib Malik is now retired. However, Mohammad Nawaz, Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan are making their returns. With the mix of youth and experience, the series will be interesting for them.
Predicted Playing XI:
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK) Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain
Ten players have pulled out their names from the series where the uncapped player Minod Bhanuka earned his maiden call-up. Although the series win will be difficult for them as they have come to play with a comparatively inexperienced side. However, this will be an opportunity for them to see where they stand without the obvious pool of players.
Predicted Playing XI:
Avishka Fernando, Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Oshada Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne (C), Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan
Head to Head Record:
Pakistan have played 153 ODIs against Sri Lanka where they won 90 games, with a win percentage of 60.73.
Injury and Availability News:
There are no injury concerns for either of the teams.
Pitch and weather report:
A high scoring game is expected from the ground where the average score in the last five List A matches back in 2018 was 243. However, all of them were on day times. Since this game is a day/night affair, spinners would get some turn from the pitch with dew on the pitch as the game progresses. Chasing is a preferred option here with scores of 260-270. However, rain is expected in the forecast for the game.
PAK vs SL 1st ODI Dream 11 Predictions
Batters: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Lahiru Thirimanne, Avishka Fernando
All-rounders: Imad Wasim, Dasun Shanaka
Bowlers: Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Lakshan Sandakan
Wicket-keeper: Sadeera Samarawickrama
Captain & Vice-captain: Babar Azam, Avishka Fernando