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Pakistan to bat first after winning toss against Sri Lanka


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

19th Dec, 2019. 09:06 am
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Pakistan and Sri Lanka to face each other in the second match of the test series today in Karachi.

In the Test match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, team Pakistan has decided to bat first after winning the toss against Sri Lanka.

According to the details, Pakistan has won the toss and is all set to bat first.

The two-match series marks Pakistan’s first tests on home soil after ten years.

Although the series is also part of the World Test Championship.

However, it sees the top nine Test nations face-off over a two-year period, scoring points based on their success and culminating in a final at Lord’s in June 2021.

Cricketers are excited to play the final test, however, second test may become a chance to win.

First Match:

The first  match ended in draw, whereas, final will be opportunity to bag some ICC World Test Championship points.

What Mickey Arthur said:

Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur said opponent Pakistan holds a special place in his heart.

He said he’s happy to be back in the country where he coached for three years.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) removed Arthur as national coach after the Cricket World Cup.

PCB gave  Misbah-ul-Haq three responsibilities — head coach, chief selector, and batting coach.

“I was so happy that I could be back at the ground to witness Pakistan’s first game at home in 10 years,” Arthur said.

“That was very, very special to me because Pakistan holds a really special place in my heart and its great that boys have been outstanding.

Azhar hopes for memorable win:

Pakistan Captain Azhar Ali is eager to lead the historic match in Karachi.

“I can’t wait for the toss. The whole team is excited for the match,” Azhar said.

“Pakistan holds an excellent record of wins in National Stadium” said Azhar.

Moreover, It should be noted that Pakistan’s left arm spinner Usman Shinwari is likely to miss the second test as he is suffering with fever.

Chief Selector  Misbah ul Haq said Usman is under treatment and may not play the second test.

However, Leg Spinner Yasir Shah will play the second match against Sri Lanka in Karachi’s National Stadium.

Kashif Bhatti is likely to be played in the second test.

However, Security forces have taken all measures to provide fool proof security.

Squads:

Pakistan:

Azhar Ali (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Usman Shinwari, Haris Sohail, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Abid Ali

Sri Lanka:

Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Kasun Rajitha, Oshada Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan

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