Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Dream11 | Pak vs SL Myteam11 Team
Match day: 28 September – 2 October 2017
Teams: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Venue: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
TEST SERIES AFTER 2 YEARS
Majority of the international test teams currently are going through a metamorphosis. The Indian team is faintly settled and that shows in the ICC test rankings. Sri Lanka and Pakistan go head-to-head in the 5-day format after a 2-year gap. Pakistan got the better of the Lankans the last time these two teams played a test series. The two teams back then had some stalwarts in their ranks. Since then Kumara Sangakkara, Younus Khan, and Misbah-Ul-Haq have bid the game adieu, leaving the two nations in dire need of world-class talent.
Pakistan have found in Sarfraz Ahmed a proactive leader, while the Lankans will be led by a talented Dinesh Chandimal. After getting hammered in the home series against India, the Lankans have to get their act right to prove to the cricketing fraternity that they aren’t walkovers.
Pakistan have played 51 tests against Sri Lanka. They’ve won 19, Lost 14 and 18 games didn’t see a winner.
Since 01 January 2016, Pakistan have played 15 matches, won 6 and have lost 9.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, have played 17 games, won 7, lost 9.
Dimuth Karunaratne has been Lanka’s highest run-getter this year with 634 runs in 8 games. The opener has played crucial knocks for his team, especially when the Lankans had to bat last on an abrasive wicket. His technique will be under scrutiny against one of the best new ball bowlers in Mohammad Amir.
KUSAL MENDIS VS BABAR AZAM
Babar Azam has made a staunch impression in the 50-over format. He’s scored 5 hundreds in 31 games and averages 53.88. Azam took only 21 innings to reach 1000 runs in Odis. Joint fastest with Sir Viv Richards, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen and Quinton de Kock.
In the recently concluded T20 series against World XI, the right-handed batsman was at his magnificent best. The best bit of his batting being his ability to shift gears at will and with measured control.
However, he’s played only 9 tests thus far averaging a mediocre 27.25. Can he polish his skills further and be a consistent match-winner for Pakistan or will the Lankans find an error in his technique to work upon?
Kusal Mendis has been a prolific run-getter for Sri Lanka in all formats. He was envisaged as an apt replacement for Mahela Jayawardene and he’s exhibited the gusto to win games for his nation.
His 176 at Kandy against a strong Aussie bowling attack and a classy 194 against Bangladesh were a validation of his run-scoring hunger. An average of 35.46 seems dwarfish when his caliber is concerned. He’s got adversaries in Amir and Yasir Shah, but his technique is almost certain to bail him out.
Nuwan Pradeep and Rangana Herath are back in the test squad for the Lankans. Sadeera Samarawickrama and Roshen Silva are likely to make their debuts. They’ll replace Upul Tharanga and Angelo Matthews. For Pakistan, Asad Shafiq will finally get to bat at number 4. Haris Sohail might bat slightly down the order and all eyes will be on one Babar Azam.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st PlayingXI
PROBABLE XI(PAKISTAN): Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk & c), Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas.
(SRI LANKA): Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Roshen Silva, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Dream11 Team | Pak vs SL MyTeam11
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Wicket-Keeper: Niroshan Dickwella
Batsmen: Babar Azam, Sami Aslam, Kusal Mendis(vc), Dinesh Chandimal
All-rounders: Azhar Ali(c), Rangana Herath
Bowlers: Yasir Shah, Lakshan Sandakan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas.
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