SL vs PAK Dream11 : Despondent Sri Lanka look to show fortitude in the face of adversary as the T20 series takes shape
A massively depleted and paper thin outfit was sent by Sri Lanka to partake in the thee ODI and T20 series against Pakistan with over 10 senior players citing a threat to themselves in lieu of the lacklustre security in Pakistan. And in the end, the young and relatively new bunch of players were able to muster up only as much in between them for Sri Lanka to see the side lose the three match ODI series 2-0 after the first match was truncated due to widespread rainfall.
It wasn’t without a fight though with a second choice Sri Lanka side making things extremely jittery for Pakistan in the culminating clash of the series as they managed to take Pakistan to the 49th over in their pursuit of the 297 made by their batsmen. In the end though, they failed to show the composure needed to hang on for a win, losing the series 2-0, a result they’ll be looking to overturn come the T20 format.
Starting today, the two outfits will be facing off for a three match T20 series, one which sees a massively overhauled Sri Lanka side look to prove its worth as an outfit. For the players partaking in this series, these three upcoming matches set to get underway today are a fantastic opportunity to catch the selectors’ attention and make a bid for themselves to be introduced into Sri Lanka’s main side on a more consistent basis.
It’s a series which looks set to be a closely contested affair, one where either side will be looking to come out with a win as they embark on fresh sojourns proceeding their woeful and diabolic showings at the world cup. Expect the margins for a win to be extremely small in today’s encounter as well as this series with the matches being closely wound up affair.
SL vs PAK Pitch Report
A good surface to bat on, the dearth of cricket on this track has seen the surface remain hard and devoid of anything for the bowlers. The batters will find it easy to open their arms and find the way to the fence with ease with the pitch set to remain the same across the 40 overs, leading the side winning the toss opting to bat first.
Probable Playing 11
Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C, WK), Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari
Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka (C), Minod Bhanuka (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara
3 Match T20 Series
Match: Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka First T20
Date And Time: 5th October, Saturday- 7:00pm IST
Where To Watch: Sony Six/HD
- Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan
- Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Kumara
Top 4 Batting Order
- Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed
- Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya
- Babar Azam, Haris Sohail
- Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka
Death Overs Bowlers
- Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
- Isuru Udana, Lahiru Kumara
SL vs PAK Dream11 Wicket-Keeper
Sri Lanka’s Minod Bhanuka was halted in his innings of 36 in the closing ODI by a run-out, a dismal way to wrap up what looked to be escalated into a momentous score. However, it was a display with the bat which saw him show his ample abundance of shots in his ambit, seeing us select him for this encounter.
SL vs PAK Dream11 Batsmen
Continuing with the picks from Sri Lanka, we have their opener Danushka Gunathilaka come in for us after he scored 133 in the same encounter. It was not just a massive innings but runs which laid down the marker for his side to go on and pile pull a massive score from, one that saw him see off the new ball and make the most of the powerplay overs in tandem.
Avishka Fernando comes in as well from the side while from Pakistan we are getting in their opener Fakhar Zaman after he scored 76 in the third ODI, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail who got 56 in 50 balls in the bygone ODI,
SL vs PAK Dream11 All-Rounders
His 43 in just 24 balls saw Dasun Shanka’s late surge take his side as close to 300 as plausible, an innings which ensured that Sri Lanka’s middle-order collapse was covered over. Along with getting adequate overs with the ball, he holds the pinch perfect identity of an all-rounder to indulge in seeing us get him from the side while we have Imad Wasim come in from Pakistan.
SL vs PAK Dream11 Bowling Order
With 3 wickets in the previous match, Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir is our first pick in this facet along with spinner Shadab Khan with the spinners set to thrive on this wicket where the slower stuff will yield wickets. Elsewhere, Lahiru Kumara becomes our only selection from Sri Lanka as we close out our Dream 11 side for the opening match of the series.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Danushka is our side’s captain for today whilst we are making Babar the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.