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Babar Azam, Malik help score 292/6 in first ODI against Sri Lanka

13 Octobre 2017

Babar Azam returned to form with a century and Shoaib Malik smashed 81 as Pakistan posted 6-292 against Sri Lanka in the first one-day global.

But Sri Lanka won both the Test matches against Pakistan and will look to drive that momentum from the longer format to the ODIs.

Getting past the Pakistanis in the ODI format of the game is way too hard for the Lankan Lions.

On top of that, Sri Lanka endured nightmarish ODI series in South Africa and India, earlier this year.

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Its employment expectations, investment in training and confidence in profitability and turnover have also stayed much the same. Hiring difficulties were facing businesses across both sectors.

With Champions Trophy winning stars are back for Pakistan, the ODI series would be a thriller to watch. The likes of Ahmed Shehzad and Fakhar Zaman, meanwhile, opening the batting for Pakistan, have forged a formidable partnership this year.

Pakistan left out injured pacer Mohammad Amir and batsman Azhar Ali, as he continues to recover from a back niggle.

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Imad Wasim, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (C), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Gamage.