Series/tournament: Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 7 p.m. IST
Sri Lanka sprung a surprise on the hosts in the first T20I, beating the number-one ranked T20I team by a massive margin of 64 runs. After being sent in to bat first, the Sri Lankans made full use of the good batting conditions, notching up 165 on the board, with Danushka Gunathilaka top-scoring for the visitors.
In reply, the inexperienced bowling attack ripped through the formidable Pakistani batting unit, allowing them to just score 101. The historic win, nonetheless, Sri Lanka will walk into the game as underdogs, with Pakistan having more quality in their squad.
Weather Conditions: Temperatures will be in the mid-thirties on match day, but the evening should get cooler. There is no chance of rain as well, which means that we should be in for a full 40-over game.
Pitch Conditions: If the first T20I is any indication, then yet another good batting track can be expected. The flat track with even bounce will help the batters, at least upfront, but as the match goes on, the spinners can come into the game.
Needless to say, the Sri Lankan unit are likely to go in unchanged. After their surprise win over the hosts, the skipper Dasun Shanaka will not be tempted to tinker with the line-up, and, thus, we could see Gunathilaka and Avishka Fernando opening the innings once again, with Bhanuka