Pakistan is playing against Srilanka in the 1st ODI game that is playing today on 18th December, 2013 at Sharjah. Pakistan and Srilanka will play five One day International matches, where pakistan is playing with immense intensity as their historic win over South Africa in South Africa.
Pakistan have shown its capability in the world stage with their shocking victory against South Africa. Pakistan came up with a better squad compared to the recent past. The real strength of Pakistan would the adoptability of the players irrespective of conditions and scenarios in the game.
On the other hand Sri Lanka had a moderate series against New Zealand, winning one, losing one and another game washed out. But the recent game against Pakistan where Sri Lanka's tremendous performance which took them to cross 200 runs gave them tremendous momentum to carry with them here in the One day International game. Nor to forget the real warrior Sangakkara, whose consistent performance lead Sri Lanka to clinch several victories since ages.
On the paper, Sri Lanka is looking a little bit stronger compared to the squad of Pakistan, however if in this game Pakistan able to build solid partnerships in the middle period of the games, it would be very difficult for Sri Lanka to clinch victory in this game.
Srilanka vs Paksitan 1st ODI Match info
TOURNAMENT: Sri Lanka tour of United Arab Emirates.
DATE: 18th December, 2013
TIME: 16:30 IST | 15:00 local | 11 GMT
VENUE: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
WEATHER: 17 - 25*C
RAIN PROBABILITY: No
Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Anwar Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Bilawal Bhatti
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (cpt), Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Ashan Priyanjan, Kumar Sangakkara, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Thirimanne
Key players for Pakistan in this game: Bilawal Bhatti is a real asset for Pakistan. This game might be his day.
Key player for Sri Lanka in this game: Kumar Sangakkara, with his tremendous average of 73.78 in the this year with 1,033 runs, looks dangerous in this game also.
OVERALL: Even though Sr Lanka are the favorites in this game, Predictionspot is very favorable towards Pakistan in this game. The real strength of Pakistan is the attitude of them to never give up! However, due to inconsistent batting and bad fielding they have paid the price in many games.
Pakistan Will Be The Winners Against Sri Lanka In The First ODI Game on 18th December, 2013, at Sharjah.