After winning the last three-match ODI battle against the strong visitors Sri Lanka, the green army look more than ready to take on Dasun Shanaka and team in the upcoming T20I series at Lahore. With batting talents like Umar Akmal and Fakhar Zaman in the team, Pakistan squad looks quite confident to give tough-competition to the visitors. On the other hand, Sri Lanka after facing an embarrassing 2-0 defeat in the ODI series looking forward to turning the tables in their favour at Pakistan’s own den.
It will be interesting to see whether the hosts will dominate the strong opponents or the visitors will claw back in the game. Although Pakistan is leading the current T20I head-on-head record against Sri Lanka but you never know when will the waves take a U-turn and Sri Lanka bounce back in the T20I opener.
The pitch of Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore is all set for the power-pack T20I thriller between Pakistan and Sri Lanka scheduled to be held on Saturday. Only time will tell who will dominate whom.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka T20I Schedule
1st T20I, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: October 5th, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, 7:00 PM (IST)/01:30 PM GMT
2nd T20I, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: October 7th, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, 7:00 PM (IST)/01:30 PM GMT
3rd T20I, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: October 9th, Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, 7:00 PM (IST)/01:30 PM GMT
The live broadcasting of the T20 International campaign opener between two traditional rivals Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be available on Sony Six Network in India. The Indian cricket fans can watch the worth-watching battle of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on Sony Six, Sony Six HD from 3:30 pm. The online live streaming of the upcoming three-match ODI series will be available on Sony Liv application and Sony Live.com.
Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka have played 18 matches so far in T20 International format. Out of these 18 matches, Pakistan has won 13 encounters successfully while Lankans came out with only five victories. Not only this, according to the stats, Pakistan has also won all last six encounters in T20I format against Sri Lanka.
The weather god seems to be happy during the opening battle of T20 International between the hosts Pakistan and the visitors Sri Lanka at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Though the temperature could become a bit cooler later in the evening there will be no predictions for rain. Earlier the first One Day International battle between both the teams washed out due to heavy rain at Karachi.
Probable XI players
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain & wicket-keeper), Umar Akmal, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, and Usman Shinwari/ Mohammad Hasnain
Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Perera, Minod Bhanuka (wicket-keeper), Dasun Shanaka (captain), Lahiru Madushanka, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, and Nuwan Pradeep
Pakistan: Shahzad Ahmed, Asif Ali, Babar Aazam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohammed Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed (Captain & Wicket-Keeper), Umar Akmal, Mohammed Amir, Mohammed Hasnain, Usman Khan Shinwari, and Wahab Riaz
Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Isuru Udana, Lahiru Madushanka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Minod Bhanuka (Wicket-Keeper), Sadeera Samarawickrama , Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan, and Wanindu Hasaranga