Date & Time: Monday, 7th June, 3:00 PM IST
Venue: County Ground, Bristol
The points table for both the teams doesn’t look good. When they face each other today at County Ground, Bristol, both of them are out to make amends. Pakistan is planning to take advantage of Sri Lanka’s fragile batting lineup by taking some early wickets, while the Sri Lankan team is expecting their bowlers to do some wonders. Watch this fantastic weekend game at 3:00 PM IST today.
The Pakistan squad is fully fit and is nowhere near changing their winning combination. Shoaib Malik was placed at no. 7 for the last World Cup but still continues to replace bowler Imad Wasim along with Mohammed Hafeez. At the same time, in a turn of events, they were able to upset home favorites England but will have to face a side that defeated Afghanistan.
Probable Playing XI
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c&wk), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir
Sri Lanka (SL)
It seems like Sri Lanka’s misfiring middle order will get a respite in the form of Jeevan Mendis. Alternatively, Suranga Lakmal is likely to stay out and Lahiru Thirimanne is likely to be replaced by Avishka Fernando.
Probable Playing XI
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne/Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga
Traditionally, the County Ground, Bristol pitch has seen high-scoring games and is considered good for the batsman although, according to weather reports, heavy rain is predicted through the day. Chasing teams have been consistently winning here and the team that was batting first has been able to win 7 out of 17 ODIs completed. After winning the toss, the teams may choose to field first. And of course, the DLS method may also have to be considered. The batting-friendly pitch has seen teams overtake even 350 runs. Last month, it was Pakistan and England that faced the bilateral series here.
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