Sri Lanka and Pakistan are all set to play the 1st ODI of the 5-match ODI series starting tomorrow at the Dubai International Stadium. Sri Lanka are going into the series with high spirits after clinching the test series 2-0 against Pakistan. “We are over the moon,” said Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal in the post-match presentation.” “This is a team performance,” he added. The win is a welcome one for the Lankans, as they have been struggling in all three formats of the game. They had suffered a 3-0 defeat to India at home in a Test series before this. Meanwhile, Pakistan, after the loss, have slipped to the 7th position in ICC Test rankings just months after they had claimed the no 1 position. Sri Lanka, who have only seen defeat in recent times, now move above Pakistan in the rankings.
Sri Lanka – Preview
Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 68 runs in the second and final day-night Test in Dubai on Tuesday, winning the series. Their win ended Pakistan’s unbeaten track record on neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates. Sri Lankans have dependable players like Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella and Dimuth Karunaratne who are experienced against Pakistan and will be able to handle tough situations, and possibly guide the team towards a series victory. In the bowling department, they have Rangana Herath and Diruwan Perera, who will come prepared to wreck the Pakistani batsmen. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has dropped Lasith Malinga for the ODI squad.
Pakistan – Preview
Pakistan have players like Sarfraz Ahmed and Babar Alam who are tough to take a wicket off. They are capable of building a big total or chase one. Meanwhile, Azhar Ali has been rested for the ODI series to gain full fitness. Usman Khan is set to make his first ODI appearance after replacing Mohammad Amir in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming series. Amir sustained a right shin injury during the second Test on Saturday that ruled him out of contention for the ODI series. Also, Imam-ul-Haq, who also happens to be Inzamam’s nephew, has made it to the squad. Imam-ul-Haq has been selected in the squad because of “his performance in the domestic circuit and to give a chance to a youngster in the home conditions,” said PCB.
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