Sri Lanka to bat in opening ODI against Pakistan

Pakistan won the preceding three-Test series 1-0, but their captain Misbah-ul Haq feared a strong comeback from the Sri Lanka in ODIs AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Dubai: Nov 11, 2011

Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has won the toss and elected to bat first againt Pakistan in the first One-Day International at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.

Pakistan won the preceding three-Test series 1-0, but their captain Misbah-ul Haq feared a strong comeback from the Sri Lankans, who are number two in the world to their opponent s sixth in ICC (International Cricket Council) rankings.

Sri Lanka also finished runners-up to India in this year s World Cup, where Pakistan were the losing semi-finalists.

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the group stages of the 2011 World Cup and that s why Misbah feels both teams will start on an even keel.

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema, Saeed Ajmal.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan (c), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Dinesh Chandimal,Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Kosala Kulasekara, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Suranga Lakmal.