SL vs PAK Dream11 Team Prediction and Preview: 1st ODI

SL vs PAK Dream11 Team Prediction, Preview and Probable Playing XI of the 1st ODI match, Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan, 2019 series. Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in the opening encounter of the tour at National Stadium in Karachi.

After ten years of horrific terrorist attack, Team Sri Lanka re-visit Pakistan for a 3-match ODI and T20I series. Although ten leading players of the island team have withdrawn from the tour, still they have enough firepower available in their squad.

Lahiru Thirimanne will lead the team in the ODI series and will be the key in batting department along with Avishka Fernando and Danushka Gunathilaka. The all-round trio of Shanaka-Jayasuriya-Udana will play an essential role for the team in the absence of experienced players. However, their bowling department looks thin on the paper with Nuwan Pradeep and Isuru Udana being the established bowlers for the team. They will hopefully get a good start on tour by giving a tough challenge to the mighty Pakistan team.

Team Pakistan finally get an opportunity to play on their home soil after the  Zimbabwe series in 2015. It will also be their first match under the newly elected coach Misbah-ul-Haq. Also, many players get a chance to represent their national teams, such as Abid Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, and Usman Shinwari.

The focus will be on their openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-Ul-Haq to give a solid start to the team. Their middle order looks sharp with the likes of  Babar Azam, Haris Sohail and Sarfaraz Ahmed. Moreover, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan will be eager to score plenty of runs for the team in death overs. Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz will spearhead the pace attack while Imad Wasim and Shadab will be keen to chip in with wickets in the middle overs. They will hope to put a dominant show in-front of the home crowd in the much-awaited tour.

Match Details

SL vs PAK, 1st ODI, Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan, 2019.

National Stadium, Karachi.

03:30 PM, 27th September 2019.

Pitch Conditions

Average 1st innings score: 246
Average 2nd innings score: 213

The nature of the deck is unknown due to lack of matches. However, A fresh track will wait for the two teams with excellent support to batsmen.

Pacers will enjoy initial assistance from the pitch while Spinners will also get some turn later in the innings.

The last matches played at this venue in Pakistan Super League 2019 were good scoring.

There are slight chances of rain during the evening but expect a full encounter.

Recent Form


Head-to-Head records

Matches Played: 153
PAK Won: 90
SL Won: 58
Tie: 01
No Result: 04


Lahiru Thirimanne (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Minod Bhanuka, Angelo Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara.

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Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hasnain, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari, Wahab Riaz.

PAK vs SL Dream11 Team News

Sri Lanka:

  • There is slight confusion in the opening pair. Either of Danushka Gunathilaka or Sadeera Samarawickrama will open alongside Avishka Fernando.
  • Oshada Fernando, Angelo Perera and Minod Bhanuka are likely to miss out from the playing XI tomorrow.
  • While anyone of Kasun Rajitha or Lahiru Kumara will play, chances of Rajitha are more.


  • Abid Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, and Mohammad Rizwan will most probably wait for their opportunity later in the series.
  • Either of Usman Shinwari or Mohammad Hasnain will play. Chances of Hasnain are more.

Probable Playing XI

Avishka Fernando, Danusha Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne (c), Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha/Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan.

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain/Usman Shinwari.

Key Players for SL vs PAK Dream11 Team


Primary Options: S Samarawickrama, Sarfaraz Ahmed.

Sadeera Samarawickrama will bat in the top-order and has good records in domestic cricket. He can be a good pick in wicket-keeping category.

Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed will only be a good pick if top-order collapses. He will demote himself in case of hard-hitting.

Batsmen for PAK vs SL Dream11:

Primary Options: Babar Azam, Imam-Ul-Haq, L Thirimanne, Avishka Fernando, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail.

Babar Azam is in excellent form and was the top scorer of recent T20 Blast. He will be a must-pick in PAK vs SL Dream11 team prediction.

Imam-Ul-Haq has performed consistently for the team and is a good opener. He has a brilliant record against pacers but generally struggles against spin bowlers.

Stand-in skipper Lahiru Thirimanne will bat in the middle order and has plenty of experience. He will be a good pick in your Dream11 team.

Avishka Fernando is an attacking opener. He played many attacking knocks in recent World Cup and ODI series in Sri Lanka and will be a must pick in SL vs PAK Dream11 team.

Fakhar Zaman is a flamboyant opener and is a very attacking batsman, but his recent form is not good.

Harish Sohail is a technically strong batsman and played outstanding knocks in the World Cup in the middle order.

Other Options: D Gunathilaka, Asif Ali

Danusha Gunathilaka is good opening batsmen and scores at a reasonable strike rate. He will hope to put a good show in this series. He can also bowl a few overs.

Asif Ali is a very hard-hitting batsman and can score a lot of runs in the death overs for Pakistan.

All-rounders for PAK vs SL Dream11:

Primary Options: Imad Wasim, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya.

Imad Wasim can be a matchwinner with the bat as well as the ball. In World Cup, he played many good cameos with the bat moreover he is also very economical with the ball.

Dasun Shanaka can score quick runs with the bat for the team and can also bowl a few overs of medium pace.

Shehan Jayasuriya is a good spin all-rounder. He has a good record in the domestic circuit with the bat and can also bowl part-time off-spin.

Other Options: W Hasaranga

W Hasaranga is a talented spinner. He can also be handy with the bat.

Bowlers for Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Dream11 Team:

Primary Options: M Amir, Isuru Udana, Shadab Khan, Nuwan Pradeep, Wahab Riaz

Mohammad Amir is a lethal pacer and can destroy any batting line-up on his day. His recent form is perfect.

Isuru Udana is a good pacer and has many variations. He can be excellent in the death overs with the ball as well as with the bat.

Nuwan Pradeep is a hit-the-deck bowler and can be lethal in the initial overs with his pace and swing.

Wahab Riaz can generate good reverse swing from the pitch later in the innings and is an excellent pacer. He can also score some runs with the bat.

Other Options: L Sandakan

Spinner L Sandakan is an average spinner.

SL vs PAK Dream11 Team Prediction

Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk)
Fakar Zaman
Babar Azam (C)
Danushka Gunathilaka/Avishka Fernando
Imad Wasim
Dasun Shanaka
Wanidu Hasaranga
Mohammad Amir (Vc)
Wahab Riaz
Isuru Udana

Captain and Vc Choices: Babar Azam, Imam-Ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Danusha Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Mohammad Amir, Isuru Udana.

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