Sri Lanka didn’t embarrass themselves within the two ODIs, however they didn’t come near successful a match both. On the floor, their prospects within the T20I sequence appear even bleaker. Pakistan are the top-ranked T20I facet on this planet, having received 11 of their previous 13 sequence within the format. Sri Lanka, in the meantime, are ranked eighth, and can even should play the preliminary spherical of subsequent 12 months’s T20 World Cup so as to qualify for the match. They received the T20 World Cup as just lately as 2014, however their kind within the shortest format nosedived shortly after. They’ve misplaced 5 of their final six sequence.
Common captain Lasith Malinga took 4 wickets in 4 balls in Sri Lanka’s most-recent T20I, however Malinga, together with many different first-choice T20I gamers aren’t right here. As an alternative, the staff is led by Dasun Shanaka, and the 16-man squad options solely two gamers over the age of 30 – Nuwan Pradeep and Isuru Udana. As was the case within the ODIs, this sequence is a check for Sri Lanka’s subsequent era. Can the likes of 24-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Minod Bhanuka and 22-year-old allrounder Wanindu Hasaranga make the transition to worldwide cricket? They confirmed glimpses of high quality within the ODIs, however have to make waves within the T20Is as properly, to essentially seize the selectors’ consideration.
Though over the previous two years Pakistan have a superb T20I file, their 2019 numbers aren’t fairly so spectacular, having misplaced three of the final 4 matches they’ve performed. With their batting firepower bolstered by the likes of Umar Akmal and their verstility improved by Faheem Ashraf, they’ll hope to reimpose themselves within the format in opposition to a significantly depleted Sri Lanka.
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Pakistan’s fielding had briefly been excellent, in the course of the again finish of Steve Rixon’s stint as fielding coach. Since his departure from their dressing room, although, their fielding requirements seem to have slipped considerably – the ODI on Wednesday pockmarked by repeated ground-fielding errors, together with a comically woeful try at stopping an errant throw, which yielded 4 overthrows as two fielders fell over in its wake. In T20Is, the place an additional ten runs can imply the distinction between a snug win and a really tight end, Pakistan’s fielding will likely be beneath the microscope.
Sri Lanka’s loss of life bowling will likely be considerably weakened by the absence of Malinga, which implies some mixture of Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha must step up. Malinga has not had a dependable death-bowling companion because the falling away of Nuwan Kulasekara, with whom he had as soon as constructed an excellent long-term partnership. Here’s a probability for the opposite quicks to showcase their nerves, in what’s an audition to be Malinga’s death-overs companion.
Umar Akmal is prone to slot into the center order, whereas Babar Azam is prone to open. On the seam-bowling entrance, they must determine between Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari and Mohammad Hasnain.
Pakistan (potential): 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Babar Azam, three Haris Sohail, four Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Imad Wasim, eight Faheem Ashraf, 9 Shadab Khan, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Usman Shinwari/ Mohammad Hasnain
With Minod Bhanuka having performed an honest hand with the bat on Wednesday, he could also be most popular to Sadeera Samarawickrama. Pradeep will possible make the XI for his expertise, whereas Isuru Udana can also be prone to slot in.
Sri Lanka (potential): 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Avishka Fernando, three Shehan Jayasuriya, four Angelo Perera, 5 Minod Bhanuka (wk), 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Lahiru Madushanka, eight Isuru Udana, 9 Wanindu Hasaranga, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
Pitch and circumstances
The climate is anticipated to stay good throughout the match, however given the cooler evenings in October, groups could should take care of some dew on the outfield. The pitch is anticipated to be first rate for batting.
Stats and trivia
Babar’s latest T20I file is not any much less fearsome than his ODI file. For the reason that begin of 2018, he averages 54.21 within the format, with a strike charge of 134, throughout 16 innings.
Solely 5 members of Sri Lanka’s T20I squad in Pakistan performed the staff’s most-recent T20I, in opposition to New Zealand final month.
Pakistan have received 13, and misplaced solely 5 of their T20Is in opposition to Sri Lanka. They’ve received every of their final six encounters within the format.