SL vs PAK Dream11 Team Prediction, Preview & Top Picks: 1st T20I

SL vs PAK Dream11 Team Prediction, match preview, Probable Playing XI, and Top picks of the 1st T20I, Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan, 2019. Pakistan and Sri Lanka will face off in the first T20I at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Team Pakistan won the ODI series comprehensively by 2-0, but the depleted Sri Lankans also showed a good fight against the full-strength Pakistan squad. Now, they shift from Karachi to Lahore, and a power-packed encounter can be expected.

For Pakistan, Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman were the positives with the bat along with Haris Sohail. Abid Ali also starred in the only encounter scoring brilliant knock in the absence of injured Imam-Ul-Haq. Pace duo of Usman Shinwari and Mohammad Amir were also in excellent bowling form for the team in the ODI series. Many existing players return in the mix for the T20I series, such as Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal, who will be eager to put an impression. Being the no.1 ranked T20I team, Pakistan will be keen to continue its dominance ahead in their preferred format in front of the home crowd.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, Despite the absence of top players, has enough talent available in the squad to give a tough challenge to the mighty Pakistan team. The first time skipper Dasun Shanaka will be eager to lead the team from the front. Centurion Danushka Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando will be the key players in the batting department while Shehan Jayasuriya, Isuru Udana, and Wanindu Hasaranga will hope to contribute with the bat as well as the ball. They will expect to get a good start in the T20I series after being winless in the ODI format.

Match Details

SL vs PAK, 1st T20I, Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan, 2019.
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
07:00 PM, 5th October 2019.
Live Score

Pitch Condition

Average 1st innings score: 180
Average 2nd innings score: 165

A good batting track can be expected with less support for bowlers.  Death bowlers from first innings and spinners from second innings can still be in the wickets. Dew can also play a role in the second innings, making it difficult for bowlers. There are no chances of rain to hinder match proceedings.

Head-to-Head records

Matches Played: 18
PAK Won: 13
SL Won: 05

Squads

SL:
Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka (C), Minod Bhanuka (wk), Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lahiru Madushanka, Angelo Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksh

PAK:
Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Nawaz, Ahmed Shehzad, Faheem Ashra

SL vs PAK Dream11 Team News

Sri Lanka:

  • Anyone among Angelo Perera or Oshada Fernando can play. Chances of Fernando are more.
  • Pace all-rounder Lahiru Madushanka is likely to get the nod over pacer Lahiru Kumara.

Pakistan:

  • Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad are likely to wait for their opportunity along with Faheem Ashraf.
  • Mohammad Hasnain can get chance in place of Wahab Riaz in the playing XI.

Probable Playing XI

SL:

Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando/Angelo Perera, Sadeera Samarawickrama/Minod Bhanuka (wk), Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanidu Hasaranga, Lahiru Madushanka/Lahiru Kumara, Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep.

PAK:

Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Usman Shinwari.

Top Picks for Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Dream11 Team

Pakistan:

Babar Azam is in perfect form and was the top scorer of the recent T20 Blast. He scored 115 runs in second ODI also and will be a must-pick in PAK vs SL Dream11 team as he will open the innings in the T20I format.

Fakhar Zaman is a flamboyant opener and is a very attacking batsman. He scored stroke-filled 54 and 76 in the last two matches.

Haris Sohail is a technically strong batsman and played outstanding knocks in the World Cup in the middle order. He scored 40 and 56 runs in two ODI’s.

Asif Ali is very attacking player of the pakistan team. He is good to pick in SL vs PAK Dream11 grand league team.

Imad Wasim can be a match-winner 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.

Mohammad Amir is a lethal pacer and can destroy any batting line-up on his day. His recent form is excellent and took three wicket-haul in the third ODI.

Shadab Khan is a wicket-taking spinner. He generally performs well with the ball. Moreover, He took two scalps in the second ODI.

Usman Shinwari made a strong comeback in the international arena, taking five wicket-haul in second ODI and can be a good pick in your fantasy team.

Sri Lanka:

Avishka Fernando is an attacking opener. He played many attacking knocks in the recent World Cup and ODI series in Sri Lanka and will be a good pick in SL vs PAK fantasy team despite his poor performances in the ODI series.

Danushka Gunathilaka is good at opening batsmen and scores at a reasonable strike rate. He scored a brilliant knock of 133 runs in the last match and can also bowl a few overs.

Newly elected skipper Dasun Shanaka can score quick runs with the bat for the team and can also bowl a few overs of medium pace. He scored attacking 68 and 43 runs in two matches

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. He scored a crucial knock of 96 runs in second ODI.

W Hasaranga is a talented spinner and can also be handy with the bat. He is in good form recently.

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 and is a T20I specialist.

SL vs PAK Dream11 Prediction

Small League/Head-to-Head

S Ahmed (wk)
Babar Azam (C)
U Akmal
Avishka Fernando
Danushka Gunathilaka
Imad Wasim
Shehan Jayasuriya (Vc)
Dasun Shanaka
Mohammad Amir
Isuru Udana
M Hasnain/Shadab Khan

Grand Leagues

S Ahmed (wk)
Babar Azam (Vc)
U Akmal
Avishka Fernando
Danushka Gunathilaka
Shehan Jayasuriya
D Shanaka
Isuru Udana
Mohammad Amir (C)
M Hasnain
Shadab Khan

Captain and Vc Choices

Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Avishka Fernando, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, W Hasaranga.

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