After Two Twenty20 Matches now Pakistan and Sri Lanka are ready to Play One Day International Series. Pakistan will Play 5 ODI Matches with Sri Lankan Team that will starts from June 07 from Pallekele. Two Twenty20 Match Series was equal by 1-1, first T20 was won by Sri Lanka and the 2nd T20 was won by Pakistan, the main thing about T20I matches was that in both matches the team played 1st was won and in 2nd innings both teams was out under 100 so it is clear that in ODI’s Toss will play an important role and low scoring matches will expected.
Pakistan’s seven man ODI specialist squad has reached in Sri Lanka including the Skipper Misba Ul Haq and the experience batsmen Younis Khan. First Time in Pakistan Cricket History PCB announced different squad for all three formats. Now look at Pakistan’s One Day International Squad so in my views Pakistan have quite balance side but once again some gaps in batting Orders because Pakistan have two most Talented youngsters in the squad Umer Akmal and Asad Shafique but because of Younis and Imran Farhat only one player can include in playing XI but if i am the coach or the Captain of Pakistan Team than i dropped the Imran Farhat and Open the innings with Mohammad Hafeez and Asad Shafique because Imran Farhat have no place in Pakistan Team because he is useless batsmen and have completed his chances and was not impressed with his batting. Pakistan’s strength is their bowling and they have the ability to defended the lowest target, specially Pakistani spinners are outstanding and they are shown their ability in t20′s so if Pakistan wins the toss and have given more than 200 runs target than Pakistan have brighter chances to win the matches.
Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez will played an important role for Pakistan in 2012 ODI Series against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan’s are also a good side but their Team combination is not going well and three most experience trio(Dilshan, Sangakara and Jayawerdene) are not in good form so when one of them will perform well than they will gave a tough time to Pakistan. Sri Lanka’s main worry is their bowling line up and no one can help Lasith Malinga in first ten overs and still they cannot fill up the space of World best spinner Muttiah Murlitharan so they are still suffering in Spin Bowling line up in spite they are testing three spinners but none of them have given selectors confidence that’s why once again selectors have chosen Rangana Herath in ODI squad. If we look at Sri Lankan’s ODI squad than we can say that the Sri Lankan selectors have selected their best available squad so i think that under the Leadership of Mahela Jayawerdene they have given tough time to Pakistan and if their bowling line up clicks than definitely SL will beat Pakistan in ODI’s and also they have home advantage so this is a big contest between the two best Asian Teams.
Pakistan is the favourite for 1st One Day International because in T20 matches we have seen that Sri Lankan pitches are slow and helps the spinners a lot and Pakistan have better spinners than Sri Lanka and Pakistan also have Younis and Misbah who can chase under 250 runs Target quite easily because both can stay on wickets and rotate the strike nicely. So Pakistan Will Win 1st ODI against Sri Lanka at Pallekele on 07 June 2012.