Sri Lanka in Pakistan, 3 T20I Series, 2019

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka - 1st T20I

Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

Date & Time: 05 October 2019

Pakistan 101/10

RR: 5.71 | Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 64 runs

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Right then. The T20I series sees a 1-0 lead but in favour of Sri Lanka. Is this a sign of things to come or were Pakistan just caught napping on the night? Only time will tell in a couple of days' time as the second T20I is not that far. It will be played on Monday, 7th October, 2019 at 6.30 pm local (1330 GMT) at this very venue. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious Sri Lankan skipper, Dasun Shanaka, says that it is a great achievement without their top guns. On their self belief, Dasun says that everyone believed in themselves and credits the openers for setting up a great platform.

Pakistan captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed, says that no team in the world is weak in T20Is and credits Sri Lanka for playing better cricket. On being probed further, Ahmed says that Sri Lanka's bowling in the Powerplay hurt his side and praises them for bowling well with the dew. On the team selection, Sarfaraz says that it was made based on some domestic performances and believes that they will bounce back in the next game. Believes that they are number 1 because of their ability to bowl sides out which did not happen here - but is quick to say that the bowlers came back hard, to restrict the Lankans under 170. Believes that the world will witness a better effort in the second match.

DANUSHKA GUNATHILAKA HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. He says that it was a great win. Feels that his team did well in the ODIs too and got some confidence from the last game. On the excellent opening stand, Danushka says that the pre-match talk was to get a good beginning and credits Avishka Fernando for taking the attack to the opposition. Observes that this team is basically inexperienced, with two debutants but going forward, with some experience, Gunathilaka believes that they will win more games.

Sri Lanka were excellent with the ball and on the field. They never let Pakistan off the hook at any stage. Pradeep and Udana's 3-fers stung them while Rajitha's choke was enough for support. Who should be the Man Of The Match? Gunathilaka or one of the bowlers? The presentation is about to begin...

A 46-run stand between Sarfaraz Ahmed and Iftikhar Ahmed for the 4th wicket raised some hopes but once both decided to get to the same end and be run out, the innings derailed. They, along with Babar, were the only ones to get into double figures.

Babar Azam. A legend in the making for Pakistan. The future Bradman for them. Dismissed on 13. Game over? Literally. Pakistan could barely find any anchor once Babar was dismissed and became like a cat in front of a car's headlights. At 22/3, it became a one-sided contest.

To be honest, we all need to take back our words when we said at the innings break that 165 is 40 runs short. Dear me, it proved 60 too many! Did the lack of dew effect go against Pakistan? Perhaps. They expected the ball to skid on and come onto the bat nicely. Instead, the pitch became slower as the game progressed and the number 1 T20I team struggled to adapt.

They have arrived at last! The lion has roared. Now, do we have a contest? After missing out on the ODIs, the Men In Blue have confirmed that they too, are playing in this bilateral tour, pulling off a comprehensive win.

17.4
0
I Udana to M Amir, OUT! Caught again. Third catch for Danushka Gunathilaka tonight and that ends the first T20I. SRI LANKA WIN BY 64 RUNS. Full and outside off, Amir backs away a touch and looks to go inside out but finds Danushka running to his right at long off.

Only one man left now. Mohammad Hasnain to get some batting practice.

17.3
0
I Udana to S Khan, OUT! Caught again. Another example of catching practice. A short ball, around middle, Shadab pulls it high in the air but finds Avishka Fernando at deep mid-wicket. Wickets falling like nine pins.
17.2
0
I Udana to S Khan, Full and around middle, watchfully defended.
17.1
1
I Udana to M Amir, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.

Isuru Udana is back on. 2-0-10-1 so far.

16.6
4
N Pradeep to S Khan, FOUR! This time he connects. Full and outside off, Shadab gets under it and carves it over cover for a boundary!
16.5
0
N Pradeep to S Khan, Outside off, Shadab looks to bash this through the off side but the ball sticks on the surface and hence comes slowly. Takes the inside edge and goes past the stumps. Khan wants a run but is sent back.

Mohammad Amir walks in next at number 10, replacing Ashraf.

16.4
0
N Pradeep to F Ashraf, OUT! Caught. Third wicket for Pradeep. Full and on the pads, Faheem flicks this beautifully and in the air. Nice view to sight. But his fielding placement is also excellent as he picks the man out to give catching practice also perfectly. Danushka Gunathilaka comes running in and takes his second catch of the night.
16.3
1
N Pradeep to S Khan, Outside off, driven through the covers for a run.
16.2
1
N Pradeep to F Ashraf, Full on middle, Ashraf looks to heave but the ball goes off the toe end of the bat down the ground. A single taken.
16.1
4
N Pradeep to F Ashraf, FOUR! That is an unbelievable shot. Full and outside off, Ashraf backs away and carves it over cover!

Nuwan Pradeep returns. 2-0-11-2 so far.

15.6
1
W Hasaranga to F Ashraf, Around off, driven towards long off for one more. Hasaranga finishes off as well, 4-0-20-2 for him.
15.5
1
W Hasaranga to S Khan, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
15.4
0
W Hasaranga to S Khan, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
15.3
1
W Hasaranga to F Ashraf, Full and outside off, Ashraf pushes at it and gets a thick outside edge through the vacant slip region to third man for a single.

Shadab Khan to bat now.

15.2
0
W Hasaranga to A Ali, OUT! Caught! The last hope for Pakistan perishes as well. Full and outside off, Asif gets under it and looks to go big but he only gets height. Not the distance. Two men converge - long on and long off and in the end, Danushka Gunathilaka from the former position takes it in front of long off, over his own head.
15.1
0
W Hasaranga to F Ashraf, Should that be adjudged LBW? Arguable. Picture this. Ashraf looks to play the reverse sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. An LBW appeal ensues but because the ball is pitched outside leg, it is not given. The argument now is - if he was playing the reverse sweep, should the pitch map be reversed? A thought to ponder. Meanwhile, a leg bye stolen.
14.6
1
K Rajitha to F Ashraf, On middle, flicked high in the air, almost straight to deep square leg but the ball does not carry. A run taken. 4-0-20-1 for Rajitha tonight.
14.5
0
K Rajitha to F Ashraf, Full and around off, Ashraf looks to push it to the off side but gets a thick inside edge past the stumps.

Faheem Ashraf walks in next.

14.4
0
K Rajitha to I Wasim, OUT! Straight to the man! Imad goes as well. Full and outside off, Wasim gets under it and hits it towards mid off but Wanindu Hasaranga gets low, takes the catch and jumps forward. The run chase spiralling down.
14.3
1
K Rajitha to A Ali, Full and around middle, Asif looks to flick but gets a top edge towards square leg. The batsmen go for a quick single and the fielder charges in but his throw hits Ali's bat and deflects to long on. The fielder is not impressed but the batsmen show good sportsmanship and do not run.
14.2
1
K Rajitha to I Wasim, Around middle, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
14.1
4
K Rajitha to I Wasim, FOUR! CREAMED! Has the attack begun? Full and outside off, Imad clobbers it down the ground, through mid off and finds the fence!

Kasun Rajitha to bowl out. 3-0-13-0 so far.

13.6
1
W Hasaranga to I Wasim, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot for a single.
13.5
1
W Hasaranga to A Ali, Full and around middle, driven down the ground for one.
13.4
0
W Hasaranga to A Ali, Outside off, punched off the back foot again.
13.3
1
W Hasaranga to I Wasim, Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.

Imad Wasim walks in next at number 7, replacing his skipper.

13.2
0
W Hasaranga to S Ahmed, OUT! BOWLED! Sarfaraz' struggles are over. Full and around middle, the skipper comes down the track and looks to go big, slogging wildly across the line but misses. Timber. 30 balls for his 24 runs. Blessing in disguise for Pakistan? Or too late? 90 more needed from 40 balls.
13.1
1
W Hasaranga to A Ali, Full and outside off, Asif looks to swing hard but the ball takes the inner half of the bat and goes to square leg. A single taken.

Wanindu Hasaranga returns. 2-0-13-0 so far.

12.6
1
L Sandakan to A Ali, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run.
12.5
0
L Sandakan to A Ali, Landed outside off, Asif looks to play the reverse sweep but the fielder at first slip, Danushka Gunathilaka dives to his right and makes a wonderful stop.
12.4
1
L Sandakan to S Ahmed, Full and outside off, swept through square leg for one.
12.3
1
L Sandakan to A Ali, Comes down the track and pushes it towards long off for a run.
12.2
0
L Sandakan to A Ali, Outside off, punched off the back foot.
12.1
1
L Sandakan to S Ahmed, Full and around off, swept powerfully but straight to deep mid-wicket for a single.
11.6
1
I Udana to S Ahmed, Shorter on off, Sarfaraz punches it to the off side and keeps the strike.
11.5
1
I Udana to A Ali, Shorter on off, Asif runs it down to third man and gets to the other end.
11.4
1
I Udana to S Ahmed, Fuller on off, Sarfarz strokes it towards point and gets to the other end.

Asif Ali walks in at number 6, replacing Iftikhar.

11.3
0
I Udana to I Ahmed, OUT! RUN OUT! Terrible, terrible from both the Pakistan batters. Fuller ball on off, Iftikhar pushes it wide of mid off and comes down for a single. Sarfaraz keeps his head down and runs away. Iftikhar though changes his mind and walks back. Sarfaraz though does not care and he also reaches the keeper's end. Iftikhar is also at the keeper's end. Dasun Shanaka dives to his right and makes a brilliant stop. He then sends it to Isuru Udana who does the rest. The umpire goes upstairs to see who reached the striker's end first. Replay shows that Sarfaraz was the first Ahmed to reach the crease. Things going from bad to worse for the hosts here. A stun silence here in Lahore. The 46-run stand comes to an end. It took 43 balls and just when it looked like the duo would take on the Sri Lankan bowlers the partnership is broken.

Mix up and a big wicket here for Sri Lanka. The question is who is the one who has to walk back? Here comes the photo-finish. Sarfaraz beats his partner!

11.2
1
I Udana to S Ahmed, Good length ball on off, Sarfaraz punches it to extra cover for one.
11.1
0
I Udana to I Ahmed, Appeal for an LBW but it is turned down. Fuller on the pads, Iftikhar looks to flick but it goes off his pad behind square on the leg side. There is a stifled appeal but nothing from the umpire.

Isuru Udana returns. 1-0-6-1 so far.

10.6
4
L Sandakan to S Ahmed, FOUR! Boundary after 17 balls once again. Pakistan need it more frequently than this though. Slightly shorter on off, Sarfaraz goes inside out over covers for a boundary.
10.5
0
L Sandakan to S Ahmed, On the pads, Sarfaraz looks to sweep but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.
10.4
1
L Sandakan to I Ahmed, Direct hit but Sarfaraz is safely in. On the pads, Iftikhar flicks it towards square leg and calls for a single. The fielder scores a direct hit at the keeper's end. Sarfaraz looks to be in but the square leg umpire goes upstairs to be safe. Replay rolls in and shows Ahmed was well in.

We go upstairs again! This time for a run out appeal. Against Sarfaraz. Looks to be home, as per the replays.

10.3
0
L Sandakan to I Ahmed, SAFE! Sri Lanka lose their sole review here. The pitching is an issue. It is pitched outside leg and Iftikhar survives. Floated ball around leg, Iftikhar looks to sweep but misses. The ball hits him on the back pad. The Sri Lankan players put in an appeal but the umpire turns it down. Shanaka has a word with his bowler and keeper and then signals the 'T'. Ultra Edge rolls in first and shows no involvment of the bat. Time for the Ball Tracker and it shows that the pitching was on the wrong side of leg stump.

An LBW review! The Lankans reckon that they have got Iftikhar Ahmed. Pitched outside leg? Yes. Ball Tracker confirms. Don't bother checking whether it will hit the stumps.

10.2
2
L Sandakan to I Ahmed, Shorter on off, Iftikhar strokes it through extra cover for a couple.
10.2
0
L Sandakan to I Ahmed, WIDE! Sandakan misses his line and wildly bowls one way outside off. It pitches on the edge of the pitch and Bhanuka to his credit does well to stop it.
10.1
1
L Sandakan to S Ahmed, Floated on off and middle, Sarfaraz plays a very good sweep shit but there is a man at deep mid-wicket so just a single.
9.6
2
K Rajitha to I Ahmed, On the pads, Sarfaraz looks to flick but gets a thick inside edge onto the pads. The ball goes towards deep square leg. They run the first one hard and call for the second. They get it with ease. At the halfway stage Pakistan are 57/3. Sri Lanka were 84/1 at this stage. The hosts need 109 runs more in the final half of this game.
9.5
0
K Rajitha to I Ahmed, Full on off, Iftikhar nudges it down the ground to mid off.
9.4
1
K Rajitha to S Ahmed, Slower ball on middle and leg. It is full, Sarfaraz strokes it towards long on and gets to the other end.
9.3
1
K Rajitha to I Ahmed, Good length ball around off, it is straighter. Iftikhar punches it to sweeper cover for one.
9.2
0
K Rajitha to S Ahmed, Down the leg side, Sarfaraz misses his tuck and is hit on the pads. The ball deflects to the leg side and a leg bye is taken.
9.1
1
K Rajitha to I Ahmed, Full and down the leg side, flicked uppishly towards long leg for a single.

Kasun Rajitha is back on. 2-0-8-0 so far.

8.6
1
L Sandakan to I Ahmed, Short ball on middle and leg, pulled straight to deep mid-wicket to make it 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 and 1 from the over.
8.5
1
L Sandakan to S Ahmed, Full and around middle, Sarfaraz sweeps it towards short fine leg where Isuru Udana dives to his left and misfields, allowing one. 50 UP FOR PAKISTAN, albeit a laboured one. 116 more needed from 67 balls now.
8.4
1
L Sandakan to I Ahmed, Outside off, pushed towards long off for a run.
8.3
1
L Sandakan to S Ahmed, Comes down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for one.
8.2
1
L Sandakan to I Ahmed, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a run.
8.1
1
L Sandakan to S Ahmed, What a run. Full and around middle, Sarfaraz just taps it towards cover with soft hands and takes a super quick single! Dasun Shanaka was at an awkward angle to aim the flick at the bowler's end and missed the stumps. Anyone remember how Faheem Ashraf hit the stumps earlier in the evening?
7.6
4
W Hasaranga to I Ahmed, FOUR! Boundary after 17 balls and this sees the home fans find some of their voice back. A real drag down from Hasaranga. Iftikhar picks it early and swivels his pull wide of deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
7.5
0
W Hasaranga to S Ahmed, On the pads, Sarfaraz looks to flick but it goes off his thigh pad. They take a leg bye.
7.4
1
W Hasaranga to I Ahmed, Tossed up on off, Iftikhar defends it with soft hands to the off side for one.
7.3
1
W Hasaranga to S Ahmed, Shorter on off, Sarfaraz punches it towards long off and gets to the other end.
7.2
2
W Hasaranga to S Ahmed, Flighted on off, Sarfaraz lofts it wide of sweeper cover for a couple. Pakistan need boundaries here. Singles and doubles won't hurt Sri Lanka.
7.1
1
W Hasaranga to I Ahmed, Floated on middle, Iftikhar nudges it towards mid-wicket for one.
6.6
1
L Sandakan to I Ahmed, On the pads, Iftikhar glances it towards mid-wicket and keeps the strike. 5 singles off the over. A happy over for the visitors.
6.5
1
L Sandakan to S Ahmed, Short around off, Sarfaraz drags it wide of long on with no timing on it for another single.
6.4
1
L Sandakan to I Ahmed, Short around off, Iftikhar cuts it wide of point for one.
6.3
1
L Sandakan to S Ahmed, Tossed up on middle and leg, Sarfaraz strokes it towards long on for one.
6.2
0
L Sandakan to S Ahmed, Short and wide outside off, Sarfaraz looks to cut but misses.
6.1
1
L Sandakan to I Ahmed, Flighted on middle and off, Iftikhar milks it down to long on for one.
5.6
1
W Hasaranga to I Ahmed, On the pads, Iftikhar glances it towards mid-wicket and keeps the strike. Pakistan 30/3 at the end of Powerplay. Sri Lanka were 64/0 at this stage. The hosts need to start scoring as the required run rate has climbed up to 9.71.
5.5
1
W Hasaranga to S Ahmed, Floated on off, Sarfaraz taps it towards cover and calls for a single. Iftikhar responds swiftly and makes his ground.
5.4
0
W Hasaranga to S Ahmed, Gives this one air on middle, Sarfaraz pushes it towards mid on.
5.3
0
W Hasaranga to S Ahmed, Floated on middle, Sarfaraz sweeps it but to the man at square leg.
5.2
1
W Hasaranga to I Ahmed, Short leg spinner on off, Iftikhar punches it wide of point and gets to the other end. The fielder dives to his right and keeps it down to one.
5.1
1
W Hasaranga to S Ahmed, Flighted ball on off, Sarfaraz nudges it towards mid on and takes a quick single.

First sign of spin in this inning. Wanindu Hasaranga to bowl his leggies.

4.6
4
I Udana to I Ahmed, FOUR! Crackling shot to get off the mark. Length ball outside off, Iftikhar makes the most of the width and slashes it through cover point for a boundary. Pakistan need much more of this. Tidy start for Udana though. 6 runs and a wicket off his first.
4.5
0
I Udana to I Ahmed, Closer to the off pole, Ahmed pushes it to mid off.
4.4
0
I Udana to I Ahmed, Fuller on off, Iftikhar pushes it to cover.
4.3
0
I Udana to I Ahmed, Length delivery on off, Iftikhar punches it to the man at cover.

3 wickets down and in comes Iftikhar Ahmed. He will need to play a gem of a knock with his skipper if his side is to get a win here.

4.2
0
I Udana to A Shehzad, OUT! Chopped on! Udana was unlucky not to get a wicket of his first ball but he does not have to wait long. He gets his man on the second ball. Good length ball juts outside off. Shehzad looks to cut but the ball is too close to do so. It hits the lower half of his bat and onto the stumps. Pakistan in deep trouble here.
4.1
2
I Udana to A Shehzad, In the air but safe. Udana starts with a full ball on middle and leg. Shehzad looks to flick it towards square leg. The ball takes the leading edge and goes high up in the air. Three fielders go chasing after it but it evades them all and falls in no man's land at deep extra cover. The batsmen come back for the second.

First bowling change of the innings. Isuru Udana replaces Kasun Rajitha.

3.6
0
N Pradeep to S Ahmed, Length ball on off, Sarfaraz defends it to get through the over.
3.5
1
N Pradeep to A Shehzad, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
3.5
0
N Pradeep to A Shehzad, WIDE! Nuwan misses his line and bowls one down the leg side. Shehzad looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled by the umpire.
3.4
1
N Pradeep to S Ahmed, Good length ball on off, SA punches it towards extra cover and rotates the strike.
3.3
1
N Pradeep to A Shehzad, On the pads, Shehzad flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets off the mark. He has taken his time to get the scoreboard ticking here but he will now have to make it count.
3.2
1
N Pradeep to S Ahmed, Back of a length ball around off, Sarfaraz cuts it wide of point to get tom the other end.
3.1
0
N Pradeep to S Ahmed, No hat-trick for Pradeep. Good length ball on off, Sarfaraz punches it to cover and manages to negotiate the hat-trick ball.
2.6
0
K Rajitha to A Shehzad, Good shot but straight to the fielder. Shehzad punches it off his back foot but straight to the man at cover.
2.5
0
K Rajitha to A Shehzad, Good length ball on off, Shehzad punches it to point.
2.4
1
K Rajitha to S Ahmed, Sarfaraz is off the mark. Good length ball on off, Sarfaraz pushes it towards cover and sets off for a quick single. The fielder scores a direct hit at the keeper's end but Shehzad is well in.
2.3
0
K Rajitha to S Ahmed, Pakistan skipper starts his innings with a watchful back foot defense.
2.2
0
K Rajitha to A Shehzad, On the pads, Shehzad looks to flick but it goes off his thigh pad to the on side. They steal a leg bye.
2.1
0
K Rajitha to A Shehzad, NOT OUT! Shehzad has survived by the scruff of his neck here. Not a bad review and rightfully Sri Lanka do not lose it. Rajitha bowls a length ball outside off. It comes in with the angle. Shehzad looks to defend it to the leg side but misses. The ball hits him on the back pad and there is a huge appeal. The umpire this time does not agree. The Lankan players think they have their man and take it upstairs. Replay rolls in and shows two reds but it shows the ball is just about clipping the top of the stump. It is not hitting enough to change the decision.

Another shout for LBW! No, says Aleem Dar. Sri Lanka take the review. Height? Shehzad has been hit around the knee roll, but he is inside the crease. No inside edge, now awaiting Ball Tracker. Clipping the top of the stumps. Saved by umpire's call is Shehzad.

Sarfaraz Ahmed walks in at number 4. But because the over ended, he will not be on strike.

1.6
0
N Pradeep to U Akmal, OUT! LBW! This is a beauty from Pradeep. Umar Akmal's return to the national fold is a miserable one. He walks out with a golden duck to his name. Pradeep hits the deck hard on off and middle. The ball straightens after pitching. Umar looks to play it on the on side but he misses the ball and it hits him on the back pad. The Sri Lankan players put in a huge appeal and the umpire agrees with them. He raises the finger. Umar Akmal knows he is a plumb candidate here and does not even bother asking his partner about the DRS. Two in two and Sri Lanka on the front foot here.

Babar Azam's cousin brother is in, Umar Akmal, at number 3.

1.5
0
N Pradeep to B Azam, OUT! CAUGHT! Minod Bhanuka has taken a stunner on his debut. What a catch to take first up in your maiden T20I outing. Pradeep was troubling Babar in this over and he has had the last laugh here. Nuwan corrects his line from the previous one and goes back to the channel of off and around off. The ball moves away late. Babar looks to drive but ends up getting a thick outside edge. It flies to the right of the keeper. Bhanuka dives on that side and takes a one-handed stunner with his right hand.
1.4
4
N Pradeep to B Azam, FOUR! Class from Babar. It is on the pads, Babar just waits for it and punches it with ease and timing through mid-wicket for a boundary.
1.3
0
N Pradeep to B Azam, Fuller on off, BA pushes it to mid off.
1.2
2
N Pradeep to B Azam, In the air but safe. Length delivery outside off. The ball sticks on the surface and comes slower than Babar expected it to. He is early in his drive and the ball goes off the outer half of his bat. It goes uppishly over extra cover and luckily for him it is in no man's land. The fielder from cover cleans it up. Two runs taken.
1.1
0
N Pradeep to B Azam, Pradeep steams in and bowls a good length ball on off first up. Babar defends it towards point.

Nuwan Pradeep to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
K Rajitha to A Shehzad, Length ball on the fourth stump line. Shehzad calmly leaves it alone. 7 off the first.
0.5
3
K Rajitha to B Azam, Very good shot and very good fielding. Slower ball from Rajitha. It is a low full toss. Babar times his flick to perfection through mid-wicket. Sandakan comes running from deep square leg and shows his footballing skill as he manages to stop the ball before the ropes with his right foot. Saving a run for his side.

Looks like something has gone into Aleem Dar's eye. He runs towards his partner and gets his right eye checked. Dr. Ahsan Raza does the needful, perhaps blowing the dirt away and Aleem is okay now.

0.4
0
K Rajitha to B Azam, Lucky escape for Rajitha. He bowls it on the pads, Babar flicks it but does not get it past square leg. This one had boundary written all over it but somehow Kasun has managed to escape that.
0.3
4
K Rajitha to B Azam, FOUR! Babar and Pakistan are off the mark in style. Too full and too wide outside off. Azam was not going to miss that. He stretches his arm out and smashes it between cover and point for a boundary.
0.2
0
K Rajitha to B Azam, Bowls it closer to the off pole. Babar pushes it to cover.
0.1
0
K Rajitha to B Azam, Rajitha starts with a good length delivery outside off. Azam calmly leaves this alone.

We are back for the chase. Sri Lankan players are in a huddle with their skipper having a final word with his troops before they take the field. The comeback man Ahmed Shehzad walks out with Babar Azam to open the innings for Pakistan. Kasun Rajitha to start the proceedings with the ball.