After winning the first one-dayer with ease, Pakistan would like to continue the momentum going into the second match against Sri Lanka on Saturday.
The subcontinental conditions are known to favour batting, but in the first ODI it was complete bowlers show and to reverse this trend, Sri Lanka need to lift their batting. The top order batsmen of Sri Lanka have to bounce back before it’s too late – especially Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara.
On the bowling front, things look ruddy for the hosts with their experienced limited-over bowler, Lasith Malinga playing. To support Malinga in the pace department is Nuwan Kulasekhara, who has the ability to swing the new ball effectively. Moreover, Angelo Mathews provides Sri Lanka an extra bowling option with Rangana Herath leading the spin attack.
The visiting Pakistan team on the other hand would be confident after registering a win straightaway in the five-match series. But they need to plug gaps in their fielding as they grassed a few simple catches in the first one-dayer.
Pakistan’s batting is balanced with some experience in the middle-order with the likes of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq followed by the talented Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi. Their bowling has been the strength for the team in the form of Umar Gul and with the return of Mohammad Sami it’s more strengthened. Added to that led by Saeed Ajmal and Afridi, Pakistan’s spin department scores a point over Lanka.
With the series still at the initial stage, Sri Lanka have a strong chance of getting back to winning ways. While Pakistan would like to maintain the same tempo without giving Sri Lanka a chance to strike back.
Sri Lanka: 1 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Angelo Mathews, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Upul Tharanga, 7 Lahiru Thirimanne, 8 Tishara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekhara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Rangana Herath
Pakistan: 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Azhar Ali, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq, 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Umar Gul, 8 Saeed Ajmal, 9 Mohammad Sami, 10 Sohail Tanvir, 11 Sarfraz Ahmed