It was no actual shock that Sri Lanka rode an impressive fifty from Danushka Gunathilaka to a aggressive whole within the first match. Had been it not for harm and disciplinary points, the opener would command a spot of their first-choice limited-overs XI. He’s among the many extra naturally-gifted batsmen in any match.
It was additionally no shock that Dasun Shanaka helped Sri Lanka preserve their momentum via the later levels of the innings. He is without doubt one of the cleanest ball-strikers round.
What was stunning was the convenience with which Sri Lanka shut Pakistan’s chase down. Even with out Lasith Malinga, the quick bowlers had the opposition 22 for three. Pakistan are the top-ranked T20 aspect on the planet, however this specific high order contained Umar Akmal, who had not contributed to that rise, and Ahmed Shehzad, who had not performed a T20I since mid-2018. They made four off 9 balls and a first-ball duck respectively. Consequently, coach Misbah-ul-Haq, who made these out-of-left-field alternatives, is going through a little bit scrutiny after his first T20 in cost.
However one victory doesn’t make Sri Lanka invulnerable. Avishka Fernando seems to have hit some modest type in Pakistan, to comply with his breakout World Cup, however the likes of Lakshan Sandakan and Wanindu Hasaranga are additionally removed from dependable wristspin choices nonetheless. The extra senior gamers within the Sri Lanka XI might want to proceed to provide glorious innings and spells, in order that the youthful cricketers can play of their slipstream.
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Within the highlight
Simply quietly, Shadab Khan has been having a disappointing 2019. His legspin has averaged 41.11 throughout 13 ODI innings this yr (although his World Cup common of 35.55 was higher). In T20s, his numbers are even bleaker – his financial system price up at 9.42, and his common at 44, albeit from solely 4 appearances. Sri Lanka is a staff he had usually finished effectively in opposition to, however a number of batsmen appeared to get pleasure from his bowling via the course of this tour, and his 1 for 35 on Saturday was modest with out being horrible. In recent times, Sri Lanka have not beloved taking part in wristspin. If Shadab can flip his type round, Pakistan will go some approach to checking the opposition’s batting.
Previous to his debut, no uncapped Sri Lanka participant had fairly produced as a lot hype within the capital as Bhanuka Rajapaksa. A star at college degree for one of many fanciest Colombo establishments – Royal Faculty – Rajapaksa had been tipped by many to turn into one of many island’s greatest. However in senior cricket, his report has been modest, significantly in first-class and Record A matches. Regardless of this, he has now acquired the possibility to showcase his wares on the high degree, and in his first T20I, he produced an innings that went some approach to justifying the 10-year hype. If he can again Saturday’s 32 off 22 balls up with one other good efficiency, the selectors could hold him on even when the first-choice gamers return to the fray.
Given Shehzad’s poor innings within the first match, Fakhar Zaman could come again into the XI.
Pakistan (attainable): 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Babar Azam, three Umar Akmal, four Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt.) (wk), 5 Iftikhar Ahmed, 6 Asif Ali, 7 Imad Wasim, eight Faheem Ashraf, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Mohammad Hasnain
Sri Lanka will most likely see no cause to vary their XI.
Sri Lanka (attainable): 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Avishka Fernando, three Bhanuka Rajapaksa, four Shehan Jayasuriya, 5 Minod Bhanuka (wk), 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt.), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, eight Isuru Udana, 9 Lakshan Sandakan, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
Pitch and circumstances
The dew that each groups had anticipated didn’t flip up in pressure on Saturday. Anticipate Lahore to provide an analogous floor.
Stats and trivia
Sri Lanka have lost every of their 4 most-recent T20 collection, two of which have been at residence, and two away. Their final away collection win (outdoors one-off video games) was in opposition to Bangladesh in early 2018.
Pakistan have never lost a bilateral T20 collection to Sri Lanka.