Misbah finalises playing Xl for first Sri Lanka ODI

Openers Fakhar Zaman and Imamul Haq will continue their partnership at the top of Pakistan’s batting order.

Pakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector, Misbahul Haq, has finalised the team combination for the first One-day International (ODI) between Pakistan and Sri Lanka which will be played on Friday at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Openers Fakhar Zaman and Imamul Haq will continue their partnership at the top of Pakistan’s batting order in Sri Lanka’s upcoming tour of Pakistan. Batsman Abid Ali is the third opener in the squad and is expected to be given an opportunity later in the series.

 

Zaman will be given an extended run with the side in order to allow the flamboyant opener to retrieve his lost form.

It should be noted that Zaman was successful in scoring a half-century in only one of his eight innings in the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup. He scored 186 runs at an average of 23.25.

On the other hand, the performance of his partner Imam was also not extraordinary during the mega event. Barring a century against Bangladesh, the opener scored 205 runs in seven innings with just one half-century.

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