After a disastrous one day international series, the men in blue will face a confident Pakistan outfit in three twenty20s later today at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The teams will play back to back games in Abu Dhabi before leaving to Lahore for the final on the 28th of October 2017.
Allrounder Thisara Perera will lead the side with Danushka Gunathilaka and Seekuge Prasanna for support. Sri Lanka will play without Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella and Lasith Malinga.
However, this could be a blessing in disguise for the visiting side as the middle has failed to contribute in the recently concluded ODI series. The youngsters have nothing to lose and will presumably go hard at the world’s best bowling line-up in limited over cricket.
Pakistan Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain and Wicketkeeper), Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan and Umar Amin.
Sri Lanka Squad: Thisara Perera (Captain), Dilshan Munaweera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama (Wicketkeeper), Ashan Priyanjan, Mahela Udawatte, Dasun Shanaka, Sachith Pathirana, Vikum Sanjaya, Lahiru Gamage, Seekkuge Prasanna, Vishwa Fernando, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chathuranga de Silva and Minod Bhanuka.
Kusal Janith Perera was set to lead the team but was termed unfit for the twenty20 series.
“I am really happy. I’m really proud of myself because everyone has a dream to be a captain anywhere. This was my dream, and it has come true. I’m really happy at the moment,” said Thisara Perera.
“I’m happy with the squad because everyone can bat and bowl. In T20 matches we need part-time bowlers and big hitters. I think this team we can do something special this series. Actually, we had a good bunch of players in the country. Never mind because I got new talents. Hopefully, we will do our best for our country with my team,” added Perera. (Cricbuzz).
Despite losing 12 consecutive one day international, Sri Lanka has done comparatively well in the shortest format of the game. With two away series wins this year, the blues will look to end the tour on a positive note.
Thisara Perera previews twenty20 series against Pakistan
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