Misbah’s Pakistan set to take on new-look Sri Lanka in front of home fans

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Misbah’s Pakistan set to take on new-look Sri Lanka in front of home fans

Pakistan, hosting its first one-day international in more than four years, will hope to treat the home crowd with a complete performance as the three-match series against Sri Lanka gets under way in Karachi.

Overview:

Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI

National Stadium, Karachi

After a disappointing World Cup campaign, Pakistan, under their new coach Misbah-ul-Haq, and with new faces in the squad, appear to be a motivated lot. They have focused on fitness in the run-up to the series and go into the series with confidence.

The series presents an opportunity for players such as Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Nawaz, who are making comebacks into the national side, to establish themselves.

After the World Cup, Sri Lanka put up three complete performances to whitewash Bangladesh in the three-match ODI series at home last month. But with senior players withdrawing from the tour of Pakistan, they face an uphill task in unfamiliar conditions.

They’ll also be worried of stand-in skipper Lahiru Thirimanne’s fitness, as the left-hander had complained of pain in his back while training ahead of the tour.

Remember the last time

The World Cup fixture between the two teams was washed out. In their last completed game, the final ODI of the five-match series in UAE in October 2017, Usman Shinwari’s 5/34 restricted Sri Lanka to 103 in the 27th over, setting up a comfortable nine-wicket victory and a 5-0 series whitewash. Before that series, they also defeated Sri Lanka in their Champions Trophy clash.

What they said

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain: “History will be made on Friday when Karachi will host the first bilateral ODI series since January 2009. I request all local cricket fans to be part of history so that they can tell the next generation that they were at the National Stadium when an international series was played.”

After the World Cup, Sri Lanka put up three complete performances to whitewash Bangladesh in the three-match ODI series at home last month. But with senior players withdrawing from the tour of Pakistan, they face an uphill task in unfamiliar conditions.

They’ll also be worried of stand-in skipper Lahiru Thirimanne’s fitness, as the left-hander had complained of pain in his back while training ahead of the tour.

Remember the last time

The World Cup fixture between the two teams was washed out. In their last completed game, the final ODI of the five-match series in UAE in October 2017, Usman Shinwari’s 5/34 restricted Sri Lanka to 103 in the 27th over, setting up a comfortable nine-wicket victory and a 5-0 series whitewash. Before that series, they also defeated Sri Lanka in their Champions Trophy clash.

What they said

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain: “History will be made on Friday when Karachi will host the first bilateral ODI series since January 2009. I request all local cricket fans to be part of history so that they can tell the next generation that they were at the National Stadium when an international series was played.”

News Courtesy: ICC

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