Hosts Pakistan will be keen to continue the winning momentum in the upcoming three-match T20I series that starts from 5th October. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping that the side can do well in this series.
Pakistan has made wholesale changes to their T20 squad for the upcoming three-match series against Sri Lanka Opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad has been recalled into the T20I squad on the back of strong performances produced in the domestic competition.
For home side, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Khan Shinwari and Iftikhar Ahmed have been included in the setup for this T20I series. Experienced players like Shoaib Malik and Muhammad Hafeez were overlooked for this home series.
On the other hand, All-rounder Dasun Shanaka will lead Sri Lanka for the three-match T20I series. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Angelo Perera and Avishka Fernando are promising players included in the squad for the T20I series.
Here are some of the important stats related to Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2019 T20I series.
2017 was last time Pakistan won a bilateral T20I series against Sri Lanka. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping that the side can maintain their strong record intact in this home series.
19 matches have been played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the T20 format. New Zealand have dominated the proceedings in terms of head-to-head and managed to win 13 games. On the other hand, Sri Lanka have registered only six victories.
5 wickets needed by Pakistan’s premier spinner Shadab Khan to become first bowler to complete 50 wickets in T20 format. Shadab currently has claimed 45 wickets in 33 games at an average of 18.95.
240 runs required by Pakistan’s premier batsman Babar Azam to complete 1500 runs in T20 cricket. Azam has scored 1260 run in 31 T20I matches with 10 half-centuries to his name.
52 runs needed by Opener Ahmed Shehzad to complete 1500 runs in the T20 format. Shehzad has scored 1458 run in 58 T20I games with four half-centuries to his name.
103 runs needed by Sri Lanka opener Danushka Gunathilaka to complete 500 runs in the T20 format. Gunathilaka currently has scored 397 runs in 17 matches at an average of 23.35 with two half-centuries to his name.