Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Highlights Today 13th October 2017

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PAK vs SL 1st ODI Highlights – 13 October 2017

Pak v SL highlights today – First one day international from Dubai International Cricket Stadium (UAE) Friday 13th October 2017.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.

The dew that is said to have hampered the Sri Lankan spinners on day four of the day-night Test may again be a concern. Scores of over 300 have been rare in Dubai, where the pitches often favour slow bowling. It is far less easy to predict a Sri Lanka XI, as they have been in substantial flux in this format. Thisara Perera, however, is likely to play after his T20 heroics for the World XI against Pakistan. Chandimal will probably take the injured Angelo Mathews’ place in the batting order.

In the bowling department, Nuwan Pradeep is known to be carrying a niggle, which means Vishwa Fernando is most likely to play. With Amir injured, and Azhar rested – thanks to concerns over his knee – Pakistan cannot field the same XI that won at The Oval. Ahmed Shehzad will open the batting alongside Fakhar Zaman, and left-arm quick Rumman Raees will take Amir’s place in the XI.

Match Timings: 15:00 local (11:00 GMT | 16:00 PKT)

Umpires – Ahsan Raza, Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpires – Richard Kettleborough
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Shozab Raza
Match number – ODI no. 3922

Sri Lanka tour of United Arab Emirates and Pakistan 1st ODI (D/N) Highlights

Pakistan reasserted their dominance in the UAE with a crushing win in Dubai over a Sri Lanka side that has seen ODI wins excruciatingly hard to come by in 2017. A century from Babar Azam – back playing his most favoured format – and a blistering 81 from Shoaib Malik saw Pakistan set Sri Lanka a stiff target of 293. They were never really in the chase, losing half the side for 67, with Rumman Raees and Hasan Ali leading the 83-run rout and handing them their eighth consecutive loss in the format. Upul Tharanga won the toss and opted to bowl when most – Sarfraz included – considered fielding under the scorching Dubai an unappealing prospect. But Sri Lanka’s opening bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage backed up their captain with a stellar opening spell, characterised by subtle swing and consistent line and lengths that deprived Pakistan of scoring opportunities. Ahmed Shehzad fell in what is becoming the increasingly predictable fashion, getting bogged down by 11 dot balls, before coming down the wicket to Gamage and gifting midwicket a simple catch.

The lower order hung around long enough to seriously frustrate Pakistan, without really having a hope of winning. Thisara Perera provided brief entertainment before top-edging Shadab Khan and holing out, substitute fielder Faheem Ashraf taking an excellent catch. Raees came back into the attack and ended the resistance of the last recognised batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, who top-scored with 53. Where Pakistan might have expected to skittle the tail out cheaply, Dananjaya and Jeffrey Vandersay, the Nos. 8 and 9, viewed the situation as an opportunity to get batting practice. While they never showed any intent of even trying to reach the target, they grittily hung around for a 68-run partnership, ensuring Sri Lanka batted out their full fifty overs. Dananjaya ended up with an unbeaten fifty as the game meandered along for a full two hours. Pakistan seemed content to bowl out the overs than look to finish with a flourish. Even so, by the time Pakistan inevitably took a 1-0 lead, all Dananjaya and Vandersay had done was sprinkle some respectability onto another abject white-ball performance from Sri Lanka.

Pakistan team/playing XI

Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (c) †, Imad Wasim, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.

Sri Lanka team/playing XI

N Dickwella †, WU Tharanga (c), BKG Mendis, HDRL Thirimanne, LD Chandimal, TAM Siriwardana, NLTC Perera, A Dananjaya, RAS Lakmal, JDF Vandersay, PLS Gamage.