2nd ODI: Pakistan opt to bat under clear skies
The series opener was washed out due to rain (AFP Photo)

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed opted to bat first in the second ODI against Sri Lanka at the National Stadium in Karachi on Monday. The series opening fixture at the same venue was washed out without toss on Saturday.

Karachi has not hosted a an international cricket match since 2009 when Sri Lanka played two back-to-back matches. Later that year, a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team resulted in Pakistan losing out on home matches as teams expressed reluctance to tour the country on account of security issues.

This is the second match of the three-match series and will be followed by three Twenty20 internationals in Lahore next month.

Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz.

Sri Lanka: Lahiru Thirimanne (capt), Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Kumara

Umpires: Michael Gough (ENG) and Shozaib Raza (PAK)

TV umpires: Joel Wilson (WIS)

Match referee: David Boon (AUS)

Fixtures (ODI Series)

September 27, 2019 – 1st ODI: National Stadium, Karachi

September 30, 2019 – 2nd ODI: National Stadium, Karachi

October 2, 2019 – 3rd ODI: National Stadium, Karachi