Sri Lanka decided to make the tour to Pakistan after more than a decade and we’ve got to see some entertaining cricket so far, even though Sri Lanka hasn’t sent across their best squad. The ODI series recently concluded in Karachi and after one game was washed out, the hosts Pakistan won the next couple of games and wrapped up the ODI series. Now, we have 3 T20s scheduled between 5-9 October at Lahore.
The hosts have made quite a few squad changes, while Sri Lanka have not so many. However, they will play under new captain Dasun Shanaka, who had a good game in the 3rd ODI and will now look to impress as leader of this national side. Keep reading for our complete Nostragamus (sign-up with “READSCOOPS” for Rs.100 FREE) fantasy tips of the PAK vs SL 1st T20I…
- Tournament: Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan 2019.
- Date: 5th October 2019, 7:00pm IST.
- Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
- Capacity: 27,000+
- Series status: First game of 3-match T20I series.
Form (recent first)
- PAK: L W L L W
- SL: W L L L L
- Head to head in last 5 T20Is, Pakistan leads 5-0.
- Pakistan has won 5 of their 6 T20Is at this ground.
- Sri Lanka has lost their only previous T20I here.
- Babar Azam – 213 runs in 4 T20Is at this ground.
On the batting front, Babar Azam will go to the top of the order and he has a good record at this ground, having also ended as the top scorer for the hosts in the ODIs with 146 runs in 2 games. He will open alongside Fakhar Zaman who was the only player in the ODI series to have scored 2 fifties (in 2 games), so I’ll pick both these batsmen in my fantasy side. Umar Akmal is also back in the squad and will bat in the middle order.
Usman Shinwari was the top wicket-taker in the ODI series, with 6 wickets in 2 games including 5/50 in the 2nd ODI. Prior to that, he picked up 4 wickets in his last international game against Australia too. Mohammad Amir was the next best with 4 wickets and his 3-fer in the 3rd ODI was brilliant too. Remember, he also has 4/13 in his only previous T20I here in 2017. They will also have Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Hasnain available in the bowling attack.
Pick captain Dasun Shanaka in your fantasy team for sure. He scored 68 and 43 in his two games in the ODI series and also has 54 in his only previous T20 at this ground. Avishka Fernando is another good option with the bat, who failed with scores of 4 and 0 in the ODIs, which means there won’t be too many fantasy teams picking him. Another all-round option is Shehan Jayasuriya who had 99 runs and 1 wickets in 2 games.
22-year old Wanindu Hasaranga is someone you should watch out for and he can easily e the x-factor player in your Nostragamus (sign-up with “READSCOOPS” for Rs.100 FREE) fantasy picks. He’s coming off a string of games for SL Emerging Team while also scoring 40 runs and picking 3 wickets in the ODIs. Remember, he has 4 wickets in 3 previous T20Is for Sri Lanka.
PAK vs SL Betting
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka – 1st T20 betting
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