It’s the first time since the Asian Cup these two teams meet and it is in a T20 in Hambantota. Based on recent from Pakistan will have the edge but Sri Lanka have home ground advantage so they have a chance to win as well. The opening pair from both team will be crucial in this match and so will the spinners as a lot of the Sri Lankan pitches assist the spinners.
Match Information :
June 1, Hambantota
Starting Time: 1900 Local Time (1330 GMT Time)
How the Teams Stand:
During the recent Asian Cup Pakistan were crowned the champions in a surprise final against Bangladesh who keep improving. Sri Lanka struggle during the tournament and still no good signs are showing despite a good team with some of the best players in the world like Dilshan, Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Malinga. Sri Lanka’s weakness over the past few years is the bowling and that is due to the retirement of Murali and Vaas and ever since have struggled to find high quality bowlers. A big batting performance in the 1st T20 from Pakistan will be very important as it will put the confidence levels down of the Sri Lankan bowlers.
1. TM Dilshan, 2. U Tharanga, 3 K Sangakkara, 4 M Jayawardene (c), 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Matthews, 7 L Thirimanne, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulesakera, 10 S Senanayake, 11 L Malinga
1. M Hafeez, 2 A Shehzad, 3 Umar Akmal, 4 Hammad Azam, 5 Shahid Afridi, 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Shakeel Ansar, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Sohail Tanvir, 11 Mohammed Sami