Having won the first ODI with ease, Pakistan will look to go 2-0 up in the series. Sri Lanka has now lost 8 consecutive ODIs while Pakistan will be entering the field with 5 consecutive wins on their back.
Timing and Venue
The second match of the 5-match ODI series is also a day/night fixture and is scheduled at Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Play will begin at 4:00 pm Pakistan Standard Time.
Toss & Pitch Report
Pakistan have won the toss and have decided to bat on a slow, turning Abu Dhabi wicket. Dew might be a factor later in the evening, but it was an easy decision for Sarfaraz looking at the strength of his side.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shahdab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Usman Shinwari, Ruman Raees, Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (capt), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedara, Thisara Perera, Seekuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay
Pakistani will be fielding an unchanged XI and rightly so, considering their brilliant performance in the first ODI.
1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Mohammad Hafeez, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt. and wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Rumman Raees, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Junaid Khan
Having scored a 12-ball duck in the first match, Ahmad Shehzad will look to restore his image.
It is hard to predict a SL XI looking at their performance and the injuries they have had to face in the past year or so.
(Probable): 1 Niroshan Dickwella, (wk), 2 Upul Tharanga (capt.), 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Milinda Siriwardana, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Suranga Lakmal, 9 Akila Dananjaya, 10 Vishwa Fernando/Dushmantha Chameera/Jeffrey Vandersay, 11 Lahiru Gamage
Pakistan has enjoyed a more than decent run in the ODIs, winning 5 consecutive matches, whereas Sri Lanka is struggling to win ODIs in the recent past.
Having won the test series, Sri Lanka was expected to start positively, however, Pakistan’s team combination looks much better than a depleted SL XI.
The match will be telecasted live on Ten Sports and PTV Sports. The live stream of the match can be viewed here.
The remaining matches will be played in Abu Dhabi (October 18) and Sharjah (October 20 and 23).
The two teams will also play three T20 internationals, two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) while the last is scheduled for Lahore on October 29.