It had rained just about continually for 2 weeks in Colombo earlier than Sri Lanka had left to Pakistan. After arriving in Karachi early final week, it had rained just about continually for the primary few days, forcing the abandonment of the first ODI. In a fortnight by which local weather change has been within the information globally, maybe it has been becoming that unstinting, unseasonal rains in each cities have additionally left their mark on the sport.
Whether or not the rains are a results of a altering local weather or not, they actually have made Sri Lanka’s unenviable place even worse. Already weakened by a slew of withdrawals, Sri Lanka have additionally been unable to coach as they want, each earlier than they left for the tour, in addition to since arriving in Pakistan. What’s extra, if there may be further moisture within the Karachi floor to help seam bowling, this too, might play into the palms of their hosts, who’ve the superior seam assault.
Pakistan could also be stepping out into a brand new period, underneath Misbah-ul-Haq. However they have been at all times robust favourites on this collection, towards a workforce that also doesn’t have a everlasting coach. The rains have solely made Sri Lanka’s problem tougher.
Pakistan WWWWL (accomplished matches, most up-to-date first)
Within the highlight
There is no such thing as a doubt Danushka Gunathilaka is a gifted batsman. However he has, up to now three years, been on the tip of too many disciplinary indiscretions, the most-recent of which was a damaged curfew in the course of a Take a look at match last year. Gunathilaka was not picked for Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad, partly due to that historical past. He wants extra runs most to persuade the selectors that he ought to be a part of Sri Lanka’s greatest beginning XI when all gamers can be found.
The times when Sri Lanka’s batsmen might contemplate themselves among the many greatest gamers of spin are lengthy gone. Because the likes of Imran Tahir have repeatedly proved, this era of Sri Lanka batsmen have a selected weak point towards legspin. Within the 5 video games he has performed towards them thus far, Shadab Khan has excellently exploited this weak point, taking 10 wickets at a mean of 16.three – his greatest towards any main nation. With the present Sri Lanka top-order batsmen being primarily the second string, maybe Shadab has a possibility to enhance on these numbers.
It’s troublesome to foretell Sri Lanka’s XI, however Nuwan Pradeep might get a sport owing to his expertise. Lakshan Sandakan is the one specialist spinner within the squad, however with the likes of Shehan Jayasuriya and Wanindu Hasaranga (each spin-bowling allrounders) round, maybe he is not going to be required, particularly if seam motion is anticipated.
Sri Lanka (doable): 1 Lahiru Thirimanne (capt.), 2 Danushka Gunathilaka, three Avishka Fernando, four Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), 5 Oshada Fernando, 6 Shehan Jayasuriya, 7 Dasun Shanaka, eight Isuru Udana, 9 Wanindu Hasaranga, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
Batsman Asif Ali performed solely two World Cup matches, however might get a possibility right here. Left-arm seamer Usman Shinwari, who final performed an ODI in March, might additionally get a sport.
Pakistan (doable): 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, three Babar Azam, four Haris Sohail, 5 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt.) (wk), 6 Asif Ali, 7 Imad Wasim, eight Shadab Khan, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Usman Shinwari
Pitch and situations
There’s solely a 10% likelihood of rain on Monday, which ought to imply a match of some kind might be doable. Vivid sunshine over the weekend has additionally helped dry the bottom, which had been severely waterlogged on Friday.
Stats and trivia
Pakistan have received their six most-recent (accomplished) matches towards Sri Lanka – a streak that goes again to 2017
Gunathilaka has performed solely 5 ODIs because the begin of 2018, however averages 46.50 by that interval
Shadab has by no means gone wicketless towards Sri Lanka. All 5 of his matches towards them have been within the UAE
Babar Azam is ranked third on the ICC rankings for ODI batting, whereas Imam-ul-Haq is joint 11th with Australia’s Aaron Finch. To seek out the best-ranking Sri Lanka batsman concerned on this collection, you need to go all the best way all the way down to No. 80: Avishka Fernando