Pakistan vs Sri Lanka ODI Series Trophy

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka ODI Series Trophy

Pakistan are aiming to fight back in ODI Series after Sri Lanka sweep Pakistan 2-0 in Test Series. The young Pakistan team defeated Sri Lanka in Champions Trophy group match under Sarfraz who made not out 61 for his team.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka ODI Series Trophy
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka ODI Series Trophy

The first ODI match b/w Pakistan & Sri Lanka will be played today at 11:00 am GMT.

Team Pakistan are hopeful to play better cricket this time. They need to change their fortune with hard work & take revenge in ODI format.

Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy & this is Pakistan first ODI match after the historical win.

Pakistan will play with a different side in ODIs & only four players including Sarfraz, Haris, Babar & Hasan are included in team that also played the Test Series against Sri Lanka. Opener Shahzad & all-rounder Hafeez are amongst the 11 players who are in the ODI squad.

The Pakistan ODI captain Sarfraz is under pressure after losing his first Test Series. For the first time in 9 years, Pakistan lost a Test series in UAE.

Earlier Sri Lanka team was attacked in 2009 in Lahore & Pakistan had to play their home Series on a neutral venue. Pakistan had a terrific Test record in UAE as they won 5 out of 9 Test Series they played & drew 4 before Sri Lanka broke Pakistan winning streak.

Sri Lanka was defeated by Zimbabwe at their home in ODI Series & then India sweep Sri Lanka 9-0 in Test, ODI & T20 & it appeared to be the worst year for Sri Lanka before beating Pakistan in Test series.

Sarfraz is under pressure but still he is hopeful to perform better in limited over format, he said, "Obviously, when you have a first Test series as captain, and you lose it, pressure will be there,"

"But we will try and get out of that. Our one-day team is balanced and our record is very good. We will have some senior players returning and I hope we´ll play better cricket."

ODI Squads:

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shahdab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Usman Shinwari, Ruman Raees, Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (capt), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella,Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedara, Thisara Perera, Seekuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay
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