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Discussion in 'Match Archive' started by Del, Dec 9, 2019.
I think they'll play this side:
Azhar Ali (c)
Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
Pakistan likely to make three changes for first Sri Lanka Test
Pakistan are likely to make three changes, after their innings defeat in the second and last match against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, for the first Test against Sri Lanka at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi. Opener Abid Ali is expected to debut as the management looks to tweak its lineup to tackle the Islanders at home in the longer format.
Middle-order batsman Fawad Alam and young pace sensation Naseem Shah are also look likely to be a part of the team for the first Test. Abid would replace opener Imamul Haq whereas Alam and Naseem would replace batsman Iftikhar Ahmed and fast-bowler Musa Khan respectively, if the management opts for the changes.
According to sources, the change is being made because the team management has felt the need to combine a new opening pair for the series. Abid looks set to be awarded for a string of good performances in the domestic circuit. He has played 105 First-class matches and has made 7007 runs.
Opener Shan Masood paired with skipper Azhar Ali in the first Test against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane. The pair scored 75 in the first innings and scored a meagre 13 runs in the second. The team management decided to opt for a regular opener in the second and last Test against Australia and brought in Imam. This experiment however failed as well, after the struggling opener could only manage two runs in the first innings and no runs in the second.
All Pak players will b playing their first ever Test on Pakistani soil.
Leaving Fawad out is cruel to the guy. Disgusting tactics by Misbah.
Abbas looks aweful.
nasim should’ve been used to open with the new ball
And I don’t like the actions of Afridi and Shinwari.
Totally broken arm swing - only nasim has a natural and flawless action.
shinwari even lets the batsman fully see the shinny side of the ball from right when he starts to run in. Horrible coaching by Waqar.
LOL went without a spinner in a home test. What kind of Cricketing mind is Misbah having?
They will be humiliated by Lankans here like the Aussies.
i would not even play these 4 fast bowlers in South Africa let alone Pakistan.
Misbah Selected Fawad Alam due to pressure from media & made him sat out in this test.
Misbah Chief Destroyer of Pakistan Cricket.
Lool dropped a spinner in Asia but played him in Aus.
Also very cruel on Fawad.
Pakistani pitches support pace bowling these days. Gone are the days when it used to be flat here!!
good comeback from pacers
That Abbas wicket. Wow. Lavish art.
how do you play Haris Sohail give his recent form, and not alam?
ill give misbah is honeymoon period, just as I gave it to inzi and to Mickey, but hes shaping up to be like all the others.
Harris is playing more for his bowling than batting!!
Good comeback in the end. At one point tbe bowlers were toiling.
Lot of overs lost. Not good.
If you are playing 4 pacers, at least pick one who can bat a little.
this is too long of a tail
You wanted Mickey gone, this is what you get
thats why top 10 current wicket takers in pakistan domestic cricket are spinners
So no game today due to rain?
This game is a draw
draw or unless Pakistan batting do their thing
Thread still says Pre-Match Thread haha
International cricket’s return is great for all of us: Afridi
Taking that first wicket was a great moment for me. We will try to restrict the Sri Lanka side to under 300. We strive to perform well. We have a new ball so we will try to perform as best as we can. International cricket’s return to Pakistan is great for all of us. The series against Sri Lanka will be an interesting one,” said Afridi.
Afirdi revealed that playing in front of his home crowd was a great feeling which has been a source of happiness for both players and fans alike.
“Playing in front of your home crowd is a great feeling. My friends came all the way from my native village to Rawalpindi to see me perform. Just like the fans, every player is happy as well. This tour has paved the way for the complete return of international cricket and other teams will also follow soon,” he said.
The 19-year-old praised Pakistan’s bowling coach Waqar Younis and his brother Riaz Afridi for mentoring him throughout his career.
“It is hard to finish early with four fast-bowlers but we will still try to finish things early by taking wickets. Waqar Younis is my ideal coach. He guides me every step of the way and I get to learn a lot in the process. When I was new to cricket, I learned a lot from my brother. He taught me a lot and I still get to learn a lot from my brother Riaz Afridi,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella claimed that Pakistan was a tough team and that they will try to make more than 300 runs in their first innings.
“The rain has caused problems for both sides but it is part and parcel of the game. We have a plan to make more than 300 runs. We want good competition in the series. The atmosphere is great and it is a great experience to play cricket in this environment. Pakistan is a very tough team,” said Dickwella.
Darn, there is rain in forecast again today.
Out of an army of 900+ employees, PCB managed to find only about 10 to manually sweep the water from almost the entire cricket ground - This is genuinely embarrassing!
There is not much left in this team apart from some personal milestones i.e. Shaheen or Naseem getting 5Fer/4Fer and when we get to bat, our batter put up some runs on the board. And if they flunk this time than ... I dont wanna say something upon which I will regret later.
The good thing if this loses is, that we will have more pressure and support build up to kick Misbah and Waqar out of PCB setup for good.
Congratulations to both batsmen
Great scenes from the final day