The first of five One Day Internationals between Pakistan and Sri Lanka takes place in Dubai on Friday and Pakistan start as favourites
Sri Lanka sprang a surprise in the recently concluded test series, winning both matches by margins of 21 runs and 68 runs. We now have 5 ODI’s to be followed by 3 T20’s and we start with news of the squads.
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Fahim Ashraf , Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Khan
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga(c), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay
Pakistan return to ODI action for the first time since June when they won the ICC Champions Trophy staged in England and Wales, beating India in the final. That was a terrific performance considering they were among the outsiders in the pre-tournament betting and prior to that they had beaten West Indies 2-1 in the Caribbean.
Sri Lanka missed out on a semi final place in the Champions Trophy, losing 2 of 3 group matches including a clash with Pakistan where they went down by 3 wickets. Since then 50 over form has been something of a disaster with a 3-2 home defeat to Zimbabwe followed by a 5-0 whitewash at home to India.
Head to Head
Overall 148 scheduled meetings have produced 85 wins for Pakistan, 58 for Sri Lanka with 1 tie and 4 no results.
Last time the teams met in the UAE Pakistan won 3-2 in December 2013
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Sri Lanka 14/10
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Bets: Top Away Batsman Dickwella at 4/1
Batsman to score a Fifty in the match, Babar Azam? (yes) at 3/1
Dickwella can be hit and miss but his positive approach earns him the vote to top score for Sri Lanka whilst the dangerous Babar Azam is taken to reach 50 for Pakistan.