1st T20: Pakistan win toss, decides to bat first

Colombo: Pakistan has won the toss against Sri Lanka in first Twenty20 match being played at R Premadasa Stadium here, NewsONE reported.


Sri Lanka have more-or-less been the top-ranked T20 side in the world since September 2012, but no one will argue that it means much. T20 is the format most international sides forget about for 18 months in each two-year cycle. Sri Lanka are a full 13 rankings points clear of the next-best side, but have played only one T20I in the 16 months since winning the World T20.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Kusal Perera (wk), 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Chamara Kapugedara, 4 Angelo Mathews, 5 Kithuruwan Vithanage, 6 Milinda Siriwardene, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara 9 Jeffrey Vandersay, 10 Lasith Malinga (capt.), 11 Binura Fernando

Pakistan (probable): 1 Mukhtar Ahmed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Sarfraz Ahmed/ Umar Akmal (wk), 6 Shahid Afridi (capt.), 7 Mohammad Rizwan, 8 Anwar Ali, 9 Yasir Shah/ Imad Wasim, 10 Sohail Tanvir, 11 Mohammad Irfan