According to AccuWeather, the weather is set to be clear in Karachi. There will be a few clouds which shouldn’t be a worrying cause for many. Around 7 PM local time, there is a chance of rain with thunderstorms but things should clear up soon. The temperature will hover around 30-35 Degrees Celsius during the match.
With this being just the start of the season, the pitch at the National Stadium should be a good one to bat on. The spinners will definitely come into play later in the evening which means that the team winning the toss will mostly opt to bat first. There is also a forecast of dew coming into play which might change the captains’ mind.
Average first innings score:246 (in 46 ODIs at the venue)
Record of the chasing teams:Won – 23; Lost – 21
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there’s an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK) Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain.
Bench –Abid Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Shinwari.
Babar Azam is the best Pakistan batsman at the moment and it is a no-brainer that he is one of the top picks. Apart from him Haris Sohail and Imam-ul-Haq can also make a significant impact. Wahab Riaz can extract reverse swing in the death overs if Pakistan bowls first. Under the lights, Amir could be threatening.
For Sri Lanka, Avishka Fernando will hold the key along with Lahiru Thirimanne. Dasun Shanaka has the ability to punch above his weight with both bat and ball.
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper –Sarfaraz Ahmed
Batsmen –Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman (VC), Lahiru Thirimanne, Avishka Fernando (C), Oshada Fernando
All-Rounders –Dasun Shanaka
Bowlers –Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep.
Pakistan Squad: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Shinwari, Iftikhar Ahmed, Abid Ali