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Wednesday is a big day for Pakistan Cricket. Pakistan are set to host their first test match on their home soil for the first time in ten years. The two-match Test series against Sri Lanka will begin with the first match in Rawalpindi. Sri Lanka toured Pakistan for the two shorter version of the game just a couple of months ago and the success of that tour laid the foundation of this upcoming test series. This upcoming series could go a long way in establishing Pakistan's reputation. Over the years, Pakistan have done better than Sri Lanka in the longest format of the game, but considering that Pakistan are playing a game on their home soil after a long, there will be plenty of pressure on them. That might just bring Sri Lanka back into the equation and we expect a cracking comeback of Test Cricket in Pakistan.
Pakistan would be relieved to come back home and play a series against series after an embarrasing tour of Australia, where they were outclassed by the Aussies in all three departments of the game. They failed to garner any points whatsoever towards ICC Test Championship and this series will provide them with a chance to put their first points on the board.
Pakistan look out of sorts in their outing against the Aussies. Misbah ul Haq's plan to field a young side misfired badly and he has made a couple of ammendments to the side that toured Australia. Fawad Alam makes his way back to the side and so does Usman Shinwari. Fawad Alam has scored truck-loads of runs in the domestic circuit and is expected to walk into the playing XI that did so poorly on Australian soil.
Although their bowling still looks a bit inexperienced, they are expected to do better against the rather inexperienced Sri Lankan side. Pakistan looked subpar against Australia in all departments of the game and barring Yasir Shah and Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan to an extent, none of their players played with grit and patience, which are the two most-required traits in the longest format of the game.
It's been a dismal year for Pakistan thus far and there couldn't be a more welcoming moment for Cricket in Pakistan than the comeback of red-ball Cricket. Their team would love to put up a fine show for their fans and register a win in the two-match series. We expect Pakistan to come out as a more determined, focused, and passionate team when they take the field in the first test at Rawalpindi.
Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi.
Placed at the fourth spot on the ICC Test Championship's table, Sri Lanka have done a lot better than many expected. Contrary to what it was like in the earlier tour, Sri Lanka have come to Pakistan with a full-strength squad. The return of Angelo Matthews and Dinesh Chandimal to their middle-order, which otherwise was a little too inexperienced, could prove to be a huge boost.
While Sri Lanka have been dismal in the One Day International version of the game, they have been terrific in Test Cricket, especially while playing in familiar conditions. The conditions at Rawalpindi will be similar to those at home and we expect Sri Lanka to get acclimatized with the conditions without any fuss.
Sri Lanka will be without their veteran fast bowler, Suranga Lakmal, and the onus will be on Lahiru Kumara to get Sri Lanka early wickets. Other than that, the visitors have a pretty settled lineup. With a strong batting lineup and a versatile bowling attack, Sri Lanka have defeated top sides in World Cricket in recent times, and it won't be surprising if they get better of Pakistan as well.
Dimuth Karunaratne, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, MVT Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara.
Considering that Pakistan are playing test cricket on the surface of Rawalpindi after a long time, they will be under an immense amount of pressure. Athough it is winter season in Pakistan and pitches do not really crack open as much as they do in the summers, spinners are expected to come into the picture in the third and fourth innings. Therefore, we think that the team that wins the toss will be looking to bat first.
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The weather forecast for the first days of this test match doesn't look promising. It is expected to rain on the second and the third days of the match and that could have a telling impact on the team batting at that time. The fast bowlers are likely to exploit overcast conditions and the surface may not assist spinners as much as a dry surface does. It would, however, be a beautiful deck to bat on on the first day and thereafter, if rain doesn't take away a massive chunk of time. It is pretty likely that rain does take away some time and if that happens, that would need the teams to play a little more agressively to force a result. The team batting first should be looking to put a total of at least 370 on the board.
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The upcoming test series is one of the most important series in recent times, arguably the most for Pakistan. Pakistan will be under a lot of pressure to perform in front of a packed stadium. On top of that, they are coming off a dismal outing against the Kangaroos. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have done pretty well of late and will certainly not be walkovers. With emotions likely to run high in the upcoming contest, it might well boil down to handling the nerves well. Sri Lanka are a better-balanced team between the two and have experience available right through their order. Considering that the conditions will be similar to how they are back home, their players shouldn't find it too difficult to adapt at Rawalpindi. For the reasons mentioned above, we think that the visitors are better placed to emerge on top in the upcoming fixture.
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