COLOMBO – Pakistani openers provided steady start to the team and both openers put 55 runs on the board together in the first 10 overs of the inning on Sunday at Colombo.
Skipper Azhar Ali and Ahmad Shehzad opened the inning for Pakistan team and showed discipline in first ten overs.
Azhar Ali scored 20 runs in just 21 balls and Shehzad contributed 30 runs in partnership of 55 runs in 10 overs.
Pakistani skipper decided to bat first after winning the toss. He selected the to bat first because of pitch. Skipper said that this surface is looking good for batting.
Pakistan team changed the previous final eleven and inducted young cricketer Imad Wasim and gave rest to Babar Azam . Imad Wasim is also a left-arm spinner so he can fulfill the space of Mohammad Hafeez who is facing ban of one year after he failed to clear the bio-metric bowling test.
Azhar Ali*, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Anwar Ali, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan
Sri Lanka team:
MDKJ Perera, TM Dilshan, WU Tharanga, AD Mathews*, HDRL Thirimanne, LD Chandimal†, TAM Siriwardana, SS Pathirana, NLTC Perera, SL Malinga, N Pradeep