Monday, November 29, 2021

Pakistan opt to bowl first against Sri Lanka in first T20I

LAHORE: Pakistan has opted to bowl first against Sri Lanka in first T20I of three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series at the historic Gaddafi Stadium Lahore (GSL).

Maverick batsmen Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal back in the home side. Shehzad, 27, is playing for the first time since a five-and-half month ban after he failed a doping test last year while Umar is playing his first Twenty20 since September 2016.

Sri Lanka are led by allrounder Dasun Shanaka for the first time after regular T20 captain Lasith Malinga and nine top players refused to tour Pakistan over security fears.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 27, is making his international debut.

The remaining two matches will also be played in Lahore on Monday and Wednesday.

Pakistan won the preceding three-match ODI series 2-0 with the first match rained off.


Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Banuka Rajapaksha, Minod Bhanuka (wk), Dasun Shanaka (capt), Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain

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