March 1, 2021

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Pakistan drop Fakhar Zaman and opt to chase in T20I series opener

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Toss: Pakistan opt to bowl v Sri Lanka

Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl in the first of three T20Is against Sri Lanka.

Nineteen-year-old fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain was set for his second T20I, beating left-armers Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz to a place in the starting XI. Allrounder Faheem Ashraf, opener Ahmed Shehzad, and batsman Umar Akmal were also picked, while Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail missed out.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, have two T20 debutants. Wicketkeeper-batsman Minod Bhanuka, who had made his ODI debut on Wednesday, is in a T20I XI for the first time, while batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa will play his first international of any variety.

Kasun Rajitha and Nuwan Pradeep made up the frontline seam-bowling options, while in Lakshan Sandakan and Wanindu Hasaranga, Sri Lanka had wristspinners who could spin the ball in either direction.

Pakistan: 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Babar Azam, 3 Umar Akmal, 4 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 5 Iftikhar Ahmed, 6 Asif Ali, 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Mohammad Hasnain

Sri Lanka: 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Avishka Fernando, 3 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 4 Minod Bhanuka (wk), 5 Shehan Jayasuriya, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt.), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Lakshan Sandakan, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Nuwan Pradeep

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