With the opening ODI battle of three-match series washed out due to heavy rain, both the traditional rivals Pakistan and Sri Lanka are again preparing themselves for the second encounter at National Stadium Karachi on Monday. Amidst the higher expectations, the ongoing One Day International Series didn’t get the ideal start but Sarfraz Ahmed and Lahiru Thirimanne are looking forward once again to take on each other. Both the squads are keeping their fingers crossed about the upcoming battle. They are quite hopeful that this time weather will not play a spoilsport.
Notably, this is the first time when Sri Lanka and Pakistan are going to play a One Day International series in Karachi since 2009. The last time when both the teams met in 2009 ODI series, Lankan team’s bus was attacked outside the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. As a result, the Sri Lankan cricket squad was a bit scared before coming to the venue city this year. But now everything is set Pakistan Cricket Board had done reliable security arrangement and there is nothing to be scared of.
Currently, bad weather condition is the biggest threat for Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, as per the weather forecasting report, it is likely to be predicted that the climate will be all clear for a good game of cricket on Monday. Only time will tell who will dominate whom. Earlier the second ODI clash between both the teams was scheduled to be played on September 29th but later due to bad weather condition the match has moved to Monday.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka ODI Schedule
- 2nd ODI, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: September 30th, National Stadium, Karachi, 3:30 pm (IST)/10:00 am (GMT)
- 3rd ODI, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: October 3rd, National Stadium, Karachi, 3:30 pm (IST)/10:00 am (GMT)
Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka have played 154 matches so far in One Day International format. Out of these 154 games, Pakistan has won 90 encounters so far while Lankans came out with only 58 victories in the ODI clashes. One match had been tied between the two while the rest of the five matches got no results.
The live broadcasting of the 2nd One Day International clash 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.
Probable playing XI
Pakistan: Imam, Fakhar, Azam, Sohail, Rizwan/Asif Ali, Sarfaraz (C&WK), Wasim, Shadab, Amir, Usman and Hasnain
Sri Lanka: Thirimanne (Captain), Avishka, Sadeera (Wicket-Keeper), Gunathilaka, Shehan, Shanaka, Hasaranga, Udana, Sandakan, Kumara and Pradeep.
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper & captain), Haris Sohail, Junaid Khan, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan, and Fahim Ashraf
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella (wicket-keeper), Lahiru Thirimanne (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, S Prasanna, Akila Dananjaya, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Gamage, Kusal Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Milinda Siriwardana, and Seekkuge Prasanna