The first game of the ODI series was washed out and it was not the most ideal start you can have for the historic ODI series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. But, after the false start, they will re-start the series in the second match which is scheduled to take place on Sunday in Karachi. Sri Lanka again begins the series as underdogs with several players unavailable for the series against a powerful Pakistan team which includes world-class players such as Mohammad Amir and Babar Azam. It seems the weather will be all clear for a classic game of cricket in the second encounter.
Pakistan team preparations
It is the first time when Pakistan will be playing under the stewardship of Misbah Ul Haq. Pakistan is well served in the batting and bowling department both. You can expect Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, and Babar Azam to do the bulk of the scoring and Haris Sohail will be the number 4 for them. The middle-order will be manned by Mohammad Rizwan and Asif Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed will play the role of the finisher. All-rounders’ Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim add strength to the batting order with Mohammad Amir being the key to the bowling attack. With the overcast conditions likely for the match, no one is likely to be more dangerous than Mohammad Amir while using the new ball. He is one of the best bowlers in the world in the ODI format. Usman Khan and Mohammad Hasnain are likely to be the supporting cast for the team. Fakhar Zaman did not have a great world cup campaign and he will be keen for a run of good scores.
Sri Lanka team preparations
Many team regulars are missing from the Sri Lankan team such as Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera. In their absence, other players such as Danushka Gunathilaka and Oshada Fernando will be all set to seal a place in the team with quality performances. The bowling unit will remain unchanged mostly except for Lasith Malinga. Malinga has retired from the ODI squad. On this pitch, the spinners Hasaranga and Sandakan hold the key with the pace and bounce of Kumara might be an added advantage. Nuwan Pradeep can swing the ball and he will be the right candidate for providing support to Kumara.
Although the pitches in Karachi are high scoring ones the persistent rain in the last few weeks would have slowed down the surfaces. This will aid the spinners in getting some turn during the middle overs. Chasing the totals is preferred on these pitches with scores of 260 runs being considered as good scores. Pakistan will again start as favorites due to the deleted Sri Lankan side.
Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
The Venue, Match Timing, and TV & Live Streaming
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi.
Timing: Monday, September 30, 2019, 3 PM LOCAL.
India & Subcontinent: Sony Six, Sony Six HD
New Zealand: SKY Sport NZ
UK: Sky Sports Cricket
Australia: Fox Sports
South Africa: SuperSport
Canada: ATN Cricket Plus (Asian Television Network), CBN
USA: Willow TV, Hotstar
Malaysia: Astro Cricket HD
MENA: OSN Sports Cricket HD
Bangladesh: Gazi TV (GTV), BTV, Maasranga TV
Live Streaming: SonyLIV, Sky Go, Now TV.