Pakistan hope to overcome SL in change of format

Published : 9:00 am  October 13, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (74) reads | 

First ODI in Dubai

dty-gPakistan are counting on a change in format and players to overcome a resurgent Sri Lanka in the five-match one-day series starting in Dubai today.


Pakistan were upset 0-2 in the preceding Test series but they are hoping to change their fortunes and carry the limited over form which helped them win the eight-nation Champions Trophy held in England in June this year.They only have Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, batsmen Haris Sohail and Babar Azam and fast bowler Hasan Ali from the Test series, while experienced all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez and opener Ahmed Shahzad amongst the 11 who joined the squad.


Pakistan also have a young crop of fast emerging players in opener Fakhar Zaman – who hit a century in the Champions Trophy final against India – leg-spinner Shadab Khan, all-rounders Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf, and pacers Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan and Usman Shinwari.


Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have come from a wretched one-day form, having lost 16 of their last 21 games, winning four with one no result. 
That included a 5-0 whitewash against South Africa and India and the first-ever series defeat against minnows Zimbabwe.


That defeat against India last month put pressure on Skipper Upul Tharanga.


“We lacked consistency. We didn’t bat, bowl or field well. We were outplayed by India. I am disappointed with our batting effort,” said Tharanga whose team failed to reach 250 in any of the matches.

 


Teams (from): 


Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shahdab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Usman Shinwari, Ruman Raees, Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail and Imam-ul-Haq 
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (Captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedara, Thisara Perera, Seekuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya and Jeffrey Vandersay.

 

 

 

 

 


AFP