Date & Time: Saturday, October 05, 19:00 IST
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
Pakistan seeks to continue dominance in T20Is
After a dominating ODI series, Pakistan brace for an action-packed T20I at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The ODIs were one-sided as perceived to be, but the depleted Sri Lankan side have shown some sort of fight against a full-strength Pakistan which is positive to take. Now the shift in format can be an advantage for Sri Lanka where an innings or a spell can turn the course of the match in T20s. On the other hand, Pakistan is at its peak in the format with winning 11 out of the last 13 series played. It is obvious that they seek to extend the dominance further in the format.
Pakistan possible XI: 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Babar Azam, 3 Haris Sohail, 4 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Faheem Ashraf/ Mohammad Hasnain, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Usman Shinwari.
Sri Lanka possible XI: 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Avishka Fernando, 3 Shehan Jayasuriya, 4 Angelo Perera/Oshada Fernando, 5 Minod Bhanuka (wk), 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Isuru Udana, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Kasun Rajitha, 10 Nuwan Pradeep,11 Lakshan Sandakan.
The surface in Lahore has produced high scoring matches when Pakistan played against World XI in 2017. So expect similar kind of surface in this series as well. Unlike Karachi, the weather is quite clear in Lahore with temperatures hovering in lower 30°C during the evening.
He is the World’s premier batsman in the format at the moment. He has been among the top runners in the recently concluded T20 Blast. His PPM of 57 in T20Is makes him a must-have in the Dream11 cricket team.
He may not have hit the right form in the tour so far but the change in the format might free him up to play his natural attacking shots that suit the format. Adding to it, he has done well on the surfaces which proved to be good for batting. A similar situation is likely to be in store at Lahore.
He may have played only a handful of games in the format but he has been a consistent bowler for Lankans in the past few games. He is also a handy lower-order batsman who can clear the fence. He has a PPM of 53 in T20Is and has an MDTA of 1 in the 3 matches he has played.
He was not at his best in the ODI series but when it comes to T20s he is a worthy pick to consider. He was in great form in CPL leading into the tour for Guyana Amazon Warriors. He has a career PPM of 48 and an MDTA of 1.45 in T20Is.
After a flourishing performance with the bat early in his career, Udana seems to have slowed down a bit. But when it comes to bowling he is still handy, as he possesses the variations needed for the format. He has a PPM of 51 in the last few matches played in the format.