Host Pakistan aim make a strong comeback against Sri Lanka!
Expect Pakistan to level the T20I series on Monday!
Host Pakistan will be looking to make a strong comeback when they lock horns with Sri Lanka in the second game of the T20I series at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Monday.
Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping that the side can learn from their mistakes and deliver an improved performance in order to level the three-match T20I series. The home side will need to produce a better batting effort in order to get back to winning ways in this series.
On the other hand, Captain Dasun Shanaka will be pleased with his side’s clinical performance in the opening game of the T20I series. The visitors will be looking to maintain their standards with bat and ball in a bid to win their maiden T20I series in Pakistan.
Sarfaraz and co. will be determined to produce their best effort with bat and ball in the second game of the T20I series. In the previous game, Pakistan’s batting line-up failed to put up a fight while chasing a modest score of 166 runs set by Sri Lanka.
In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on the likes of Babar Azam, Ahmed Shehzad, and Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to deliver the bulk of the runs. In the opening game, Babar Azam failed to capitalize on his good start and perished after scoring 13 off 10 balls with the help of two boundaries. Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal failed to make an impression with the bat in the opening game of the T20I series. Sarfaraz Ahmed played well and scored 24 off 30 balls with the help of one boundary. He put on a 46-run partnership with Iftikhar Ahmed. He was well supported by Iftikhar Ahmed, who chipped in with 25 off 24 balls with the help of two boundaries. Middle-order batsman Asif Ali, all-rounder duo of Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf will need to contribute with crucial runs for the side in this game.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain and Shadab Khan to make crucial breakthroughs in this game.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain & wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Umar Akmal, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain
Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Babar Azam, F Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hasnain, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed
The visitors managed to deliver a pitch-perfect performance with bat and ball to beat Pakistan by 64 runs in the opening game of the T20I series. With this result, Sri Lanka has taken 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. Captain Dasun Shanaka will be hoping that side can continue their good form in this game as well.
Danushka Gunathilaka was the standout batsman in the previous game. The opening batsman played exceedingly well and finished the innings with the top-score of 57 off 38 balls with the help of eight fours and a six. His opening partner, Avishka Fernando, also played a supporting role to Danushka Gunathilaka. He played well and scored 33 off 34 balls with the help of three boundaries. Avishka Fernando will be looking to do well in the remaining two games of the T20I series. Debutant Bhanuka Rajapaksa also made an impression with the bat in the opening game of the T20I series. He scored 32 off 22 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. Captain Dasun Shanaka contributed with a crucial cameo with the bat in the opening game of the T20I series. He scored 17 off 10 balls with the help of two sixes.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Nuwan Pradeep and Kasun Rajitha to provide crucial breakthroughs. Nuwan Pradeep was the standout bowler for Sri Lanka in the previous game. He bowled well and finished with figures of 3 for 21 from his four overs. Isuru Udana also chipped with three wickets and conceded 11 runs in his 2.4 overs. Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga also bowled well and picked up two wickets in the opening game of the T20I series.
Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Dasun Shanaka (captain), Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanidu Hasaranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha
The pitch prepared for the game will be good for batting. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Monday is expected to have clear skies with light winds.
Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore is going to host the second T20I game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan will take heart from the fact they have a formidable record at this venue in the T20 format.
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bat first and post a competitive score on the board. Average score at the venue is 160 runs.
Host Pakistan will be expected to make a strong comeback and win this contest against Sri Lanka. With the experienced duo of Babar Azam, Umar Akmal and Sarfaraz Ahmed in the top-order, Pakistan will be looking to deliver a strong show with the bat.
Expect Pakistan to level the T20I series on Monday!