Surprise! The clouds will be clear throughout the day on Monday in Karachi. There is also no rain in the forecast on Sunday which should be a huge relief for the groundsmen who will get more time to get the stadium ready for the action. The temperature will hover around 29-32 Degrees Celsius during the match according to AccuWeather.
The 22 yards at the National Stadium has taken a lot of rains over the last few days and though it was under the covers, the surface will be a little bit damp. But with the sun expected to come out on Sunday and Monday, the pitch should recover and is expected to be a good one for batting. The team winning the toss is expected to bat first but they will have to think twice.
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 continues to be a top pick for Pakistan as he is their best batsman and has got the added responsibility now as well. Apart from him Haris Sohail and Imam-ul-Haq are decent batsmen who are known to make it big after getting settled. If Pakistan bowls in the second innings, Mohammad Amir could be threatening under the lights.
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