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ODI live: Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1st ODI Preview

ODI live: Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1st ODI Preview Photo: IBL

Pakistan and Sri Lanka take on each other in the five-match ODI series with an eye on improving their ICC ODI rankings. The series gets underway from Thursday in Pallekele, after the teams settled to a 1-1 score in the T20s.

The visitors will be led on to the field by Misbah ul Haq after Mohammad Hafeez made his debut as captain in the shortest format. Amongst a list of wholesale changes to the squad, Misbah will be hoping to inspire his team to another triumph following their 4-1 victory against Sri Lanka last year in UAE.

Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq have been added to boost the middle-order with Umar Akmal continuing to remain unpredictable. However, Akmal made his debut in Sri Lanka three years ago and scored his maiden ton.

Shahid Afridi is likely to have a key role with Saeed Ajmal as well on the slow turning tracks. The team management decided to strengthen the bowling department by retaining Sohail Tanvir who performed well in the T20s.

Currently ranked fifth on the ICC ODI Rankings, Sri Lanka will be wary of a dangerous Pakistan side. A loss in the series will see them drop to sixth place, swapping places with Pakistan while a whitewash over Pakistan will life them into fourth place.

Mahela Jayawardene returns to lead the team after sitting out the second T20 to take rest. Lasith Malinga will be the other crucial weapon back in the side, spearheading the bowling attack. The batting unit looks fairly strong with Kumar Sangakkara set to focus on his batting while leaving the wicket-keeping duties to the young Dinesh Chandimal.

Tillakaratne Dilshan will open the batting while Dilhara Fernando will look to continue his impressive form over the last few months.

The day-night match will start at 2.30pm in Pallekele where Pakistan and Sri Lanka won one match each in last year’s World Cup.

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  • Profile image 46x46 Noriko - almost 6 years ago

    Best of Luck:- Kumar Sangakkara,Mahela Jayawardena,Thilan Samaraweera,Tillakaratne Dilshan,Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekera & Asoke de Silva,The nominationsCricketer of the year: Hashim Amla, Doug Bollinger, Michael Clarke, MS Dhoni, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, Virender Sehwag, Dale Steyn, Graeme Swann, Sachin Tendulkar, Daniel Vettori, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson Test plyaer of the year: Hashim Amla, James Anderson, Mohammad Asif, Doug Bollinger, MS Dhoni, Tamim Iqbal, Mahela Jayawardena, Jacques Kallis, Simon Katich, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Virender Sehwag, Dale Steyn, Graeme Swann, Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Watson ODI plyaer of the year: Hashim Amla, Doug Bollinger, MS Dhoni, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Ryan Harris, Michael Hussey, Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, AB de Villiers, Daniel Vettori, Shane Watson and Cameron White Emerging plyaer of the year: Mohammad Amir, Umar Akmal, Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn, Shafiul Islam, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Angelo Mathews, Eoin Morgan, Pragyan Ojha, Tim Paine, Wayne Parnell, Kemar Roac, Steven Smith, Paul Stirling and David Warner Associate and Affiliate plyaer of the year: Ashish Bagai, Richie Berrington, Muddassar Bukhari, Tom Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Trent Johnston, Kevin O'Brien, Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari and Paul Stirling Twenty20 international performance of the year: Suleiman Benn 4 for 6 v Zimbabwe, Deandra Dottin 112*v South Africa Women, Chris Gayle 98 v India, Michael Hussey 60*v Pakistan, Mahela Jayawardena 100 v Zimbabwe, Mahela Jayawardena 98* v West Indies, Nuwan Kulasekera 3 for 4 v New Zealand, Ryan McLaren 5 for 19 v West Indies, Brendon McMcllum 116* v Australia, Eoin Morgan 85* v South Africa, Nehemiah Odhiambo 5 for 20 v Scotland, Ellyse Perry 3 for 18 v New Zealand Women, Suresh Raina 101 v South Africa and Darren Sammy 5 for 26 v Zimbabwe Women's Cricketer of the Year: Suzi


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