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Was the first T20I result a surprise? Yes. Were Pakistan’s selections surprising? Even more so. The result? A heavy loss.

Pakistan began life poorly under Misbah-ul-Haq in the T20I format. Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal, two players who have underwhelmed for Pakistan over the years, were given the nod ahead of Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail. It didn’t work, with the two combining for four off 10 balls, which included a first-ball duck for Umar Akmal. Will it be a change of personnel and fortune for Pakistan this time around?

However, take no credit away from Sri Lanka. Danushka Gunathilaka continued on from his fine showing in the ODIs, with Dasun Shanaka providing some late blows. But, it was the bowlers who stole the show in the absence of Lasith Malinga, reducing Pakistan to 22/3 and never looking back. Will they take out the series?

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Key to a Pakistan win

From a near nasty collision in the field, to passive batting and then to comical running, it certainly was a night to forget for Pakistan. Their selections were so questionable that their fortunes in the second T20I might hinge on whether they make the appropriate changes, such as recent third ODI centurion Fakhar Zaman and strong World Cup performer Haris Sohail.

However, Pakistan were favourites at the innings break in the first match. With Sri Lanka flying at 10 an over in the powerplay, a total larger than 165 looked on the cards. But, Pakistan’s bowling at the death was one positive in a grim night, which calls for a repeat in the second match. But, to increase chances of victory, Pakistan must be sharper in the powerplay and middle overs. Can the likes of Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan provide greater impact?

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Key to a Sri Lanka win

Can Danushka Gunathilaka continue his superb tour of Pakistan? If so, Sri Lanka will have another excellent platform to play off. With Avishka Fernando spending some time in the middle (albeit a little scratchy) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa showing promise, Sri Lanka’s top three will be tasked with repeating their efforts of the first match. Can Sri Lanka finish off better this time around?

Indeed, with such a dominant showing in the powerplay with both bat and ball, Sri Lanka’s template for victory has been set. Nuwan Pradeep and Isuru Udana ripped through the Pakistani top order, including the prize wicket of Babar Azam, courtesy of good-to-full lengths to dry up the Pakistan scoring early. If they can do so again, it reduces the pressure on spinners Lakshan Sandakan and Wanindu Hasaranga, who are looking for their best form.

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Possible Playing 11

Fakhar Zaman for Ahmed Shehzad? Possibly. One certainty though is that loss here will increase the pressure on captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.

Pakistan: 1. Fakhar Zaman, 2. Babar Azam, 3. Umar Akmal, 4. Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), 5. Iftikhar Ahmed, 6. Asif Ali, 7. Imad Wasim, 8. Faheem Ashraf, 9. Shadab Khan, 10. Mohammad Amir, 11. Mohammad Hasnain

Sri Lanka have every reason to stick with the same XI that won the first T20I.

Sri Lanka: 1. Danushka Gunathilaka, 2. Avishka Fernando, 3. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 4. Shehan Jayasuriya, 5. Minod Bhanuka (wk), 6. Dasun Shanaka (c), 7. Wanindu Hasaranga, 8. Isuru Udana, 9. Lakshan Sandakan, 10. Kasun Rajitha, 11. Nuwan Pradeep

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Pitch and Conditions

The scoring was rapid in the early stages of the first T20I, before slowing down rapidly as the match went on. However, the pitch did look good for batting, and if batsmen are willing to play as many percentage shots as possible, runs will be on offer. A pretty clear evening is forecast.

Stats and Facts

  • Pakistan, the number one T20I side, have now lost four of their past five T20Is.
  • Sri Lanka have the chance to win their first T20 series (of more than one game) since Bangladesh in 2018.
  • It has been lean pickings for Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal in T20Is. Akmal hasn’t scored a T20I fifty since February 2016. For Shehzad, September 2017.
  • Babar Azam has an underwhelming T20I record vs Sri Lanka to date: 49 runs in four innings (average 16). Is this the day he fires?
  • Shadab Khan in T20Is 2019: Average 44, economy rate: 9.42.

Dream11 Prediction

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Option 1:

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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20I Preview Dream11

Match Prediction

This result could depend on Pakistan’s selections. They begin the second match as favourites despite the first-up defeat, and if they employ the right personnel, they should level the series.

Thanks for reading!

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Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has also been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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