After clean sweeping ODI series by 5-0, Pakistan are looking forward to win the first T20I today in Abi Dhabi against the Srilanka. First 2 T20 will be played here and the last match will be played in Lahore, Pakistan. Some of the senior players like Upul Tharanga has already back out of going to Pakistan.
Weather condition: weather is expected to be fine, with no chance of rain. It’s a night game, so dew could come into play.
Pitch condition: Abu dhabi has pitch has always been a slow surface, expect spinners to play a part unless dew fall.
Pakistan team news: Mohammad Amir who missed the ODI series, has been brought to the squad for the T20 series. Usman khan, who picked up a 5 wicket hall in the 5th ODI, is expected to retain his place in the side. Ahmed shahzad had a good run in the world XI series, so he is expected to partner Zaman in the opening.
Expected XI: Zaman, Shahzad, Azam, Hafeez, Malik, Sarfaraz, Imad, Amir, Shadab, Hasan Ali, Usman
Srilanka team news: Srilanka have picked up a new side for this series, with many new faces are expected to debut in this series. Thisara Perera has been announced a new Captain for Srilanka in T20I.
Expected XI: Munaweera, Gunathalika, Samarwickarma, Priyanjan, Shanaka, Udawatte, Prasanna, Perera, Fernando, Vandersay, Gamage