Sunday, 22 September 2019

Pakistan look to keep up momentum against Sri Lanka

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ABU DHABI: After flaying Sri Lanka out with their fiery pace in the first One Day International, Pakistan will be looking to carry their momentum into the second day-night encounter at the Shaikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Monday. The action starts at 3pm.

Right-arm pacer Hasan Ali (3 for 36) and left-armer Rumman Raees (3 for 49) had flung the Lankans off track in the steep run chase of 292.

The visitors will be wary of the duo and hoping that their frontline batsmen weather the onslaught.

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Having suspended opener Danuskha Gunathilaka for the series due to disciplinary issues, skipper Upul Tharanga had opened with Niroshan Dickwella. Tharanga managed a start, but even he looked very susceptible against spin and fell prey to Mohammad Hafeez. Pakistan would have taken a firm note of that and it will be interesting to see how the Lankan skipper goes about his business in the second ODI.

There is no doubt about Dickwella’s ability as a batsman. The wicket-keeper-batsman is robust and aggressive but with the new ball seaming, he needs to be patient till the shin

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