Fantasy Cricket: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Test I Preview


Test cricket returns to Pakistan – that is the big headline coming out of the cricketing world. For the first time since 2009, the fans in Pakistan will be treated with Test action. And, Rawalpindi will play host for the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 

Pakistan also need to step up their search for ICC Test World Championship points. After a 2-0 whitewash against Australia, they have no points in their kitty. Sri Lanka have 60 points from a 1-1 drawn series against New Zealand.

Pakistan Preview

The hosts will look to forget the disastrous Australia series. The batsmen struggled for form, while the bowlers remained anonymous. Babar Azam and Shan Masood were the lone exceptions with the bat. Shaheen Shah Afridi showed promise in Australia with the ball.

For your fantasy team, keep a close look at Yasir Shah. The leg-spinner was great with the bat in Australia. Azam and Asad Shafiq remain good picks. The returning Fawad Alam has scored tons of runs in domestic cricket. If selected, he can be a surprise pick for points.

Sri Lanka Preview

Sri Lanka will be quietly confident of their chances. They had a successful white-ball tour earlier to Pakistan. The regulars are back and the return of Angelo Mathews strengthens their batting.

The absence of Suranga Lakmal makes Sri Lanka’s bowling unit a little weak. The left-arm spin of Lasith Embuldeniya is an interesting proposition. Lahiru Kumara will be their trump card and could be a good pick. Dhananjaya de Silva offers all-round capabilities and can be considered.

Fantasy Players to Watch

Babar Azam came of age in Australia with excellent batting displays. The stylish right-hander will look to build up on that.

Yasir Shah excelled with the bat in Australia, but will look to pick wickets now. He is the fastest to 200 Test wickets and will be keen to prove his worth.

Dimuth Karunaratne has been Sri Lanka’s best batsman for more than a year now. His presence at the top means more runs.

Predicted XIs

Pakistan: 1 Shan Masood 2 Imam-ul-Haq 3 Azhar Ali (C) 4 Babar Azam 5 Asad Shafiq 6 Fawad Alam 7 Mohammad Rizwan (WK) 8 Yasir Shah 9 Shaheen Shah Afridi 10 Naseem Shah 11 Mohammad Abbas

Sri Lanka: 1 Dimuth Karunaratne (C) 2 Lahiru Thirimanne 3 Kusal Mendis 4 Angelo Mathews 5 Kusal Perera 6 Dhananjaya de Silva 7 Niroshan Dickwella (WK) 8 Dilruwan Perera 9 Vishwa Fernando 10 Lahiru Kumara 11 Lasith Embuldeniya

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