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Pakistan and Sri Lanka have provided some very exciting cricket in the recently concluded ODI series. Pakistan ended up winning 2-0 but that is not a true indication of the closeness of the series. The Sri Lankans are severely hampered by the absence of some of their best limited-overs payers that refused to tour Pakistan but have not let be an excuse for poor cricket.
Now, the action turns to T20 cricket, a format that should bring the gap between the two sides even closer.
Pakistan is an excellent T20 side and will be full of confidence after winning both its matches in the ODI’s. Sri Lanka is going to have a very tough time stopping Pakistan from running all over them in the T20 series as well.
The action now shifts to Lahore for the rest of the matches.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 2019 is going to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on the 5th of October 2019.
Pakistan’s tryst with its new coach started well as it won both the matches in the ODI series and also showed a willingness to experiment with its team composition. Abid Ali was given a chance to open the batting in the second ODI and he did exceptionally well. Pakistan could think of partnering someone unexpected with Fakhar Zaman as well.
To be fair, though, Babar Azam is one of the best T20 batsmen in the world and continuing to open with him is a very good choice.
Umar Akmal, Asif Ali, and Ahmed Shehzad are all in the squad. It will be interesting to see who among these makes it into the playing eleven. Our money is on Asif Ali and Umar Akmal getting a chance in the first T20.
Haris Sohail is fast establishing himself as one of the best limited-overs players in Pakistani cricket. He scored runs in the ODI’s and is looking in prime form right now.
A number of all-rounders to choose from gives Pakistan a lot of depth in both the batting and bowling departments. Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, and maybe Faheem Ashraf appear to be the all-rounders that get the first opportunity to play in the side.
Mohammad Amir and Usman Shinwari seem certainties in the bowling unit although Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hasnain are no slouches either.
Pakistan seems blessed with an abundance of cricketing talent at the moment.
Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, SI Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain.
Almost the exact same squad for the Sri Lanka T20 side as for its ODI side signifies the dearth of quality coming through the system. The fact they were hampered by the unavailability of so many players also probably contributed to the overlap.
The shortest format of cricket suits Sri Lanka. It has a few very exciting batsmen in this squad and they will like the freedom of being able to play their shots without worrying about the depth in the batting.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasurya, and Dasun Shanaka have all showed the Sri Lankan batsmen can counter the Pakistani bowling attack. If only some of the top-order players like Avishka Fernando and Oshada Fernando can start contributing then Sri Lanka may have a very decent batting lineup on its hands.
The problems with the depth of the batting lineup are going to persist in this series as well.
The bowling lineup for Sri Lanka is very weak. Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Lakshan Sandakan were unable to have any impact in the ODI’s and it difficult to see them do too much better in this format as well.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Wanidu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first to take advantage of the good batting conditions
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The Gadaffi Stadium is one of the best batting surfaces in Pakistan. We have no doubts that a good batting surface is going to be on offer for this match to allow for the maximum possible entertainment for the crowd. The pace off the wicket is even and the outfield is very quick too.
All of this should add up to a fantastic batting wicket where a total of around 180 can be seen as par.
The Dream11 team for Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st T20 match should be centered around the in-form players from both sides. We also think that the Sri Lankan bowling is quite poor and picking Pakistani batsmen that play in the lower order may not end up being beneficial because they won't get a chance to come in at all. The conditions are expected to be good for batting so load up on the best batters from both sides.
Pakistan is the superior team to Sri Lanka every which way you look at it. Does this mean that Sri Lanka cannot win this match? It most certainly can but the chances of it happening are pretty low and we would not bet on it happening.
Bet on Pakistan to win.
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