Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan in the first Twenty20 at Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium on Friday.
Pakistan captain, Mohammad Hafeez, said “It is a new look Pakistan cricket team. Only one is a debutante. The wicket-keeper batsman.
“The captaincy is the biggest opportunity for a cricketer. Hopefully we can do well. We are waiting for a team to visit Pakistan soon.”
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said “We’re going to bat first. It looks a pretty good wicket.
“Pakistan keep producing a lot of talented cricketers. We’re bringing in Lokuarachchi and Sachitra gets a T20 game as well.”
Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Hafeez(c), Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Khalid Latif, Shakeel Ansar(w), Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Sami, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul.
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Mahela Jayawardene(c), Kumar Sangakkara(w), Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Thissara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Sachithra Senanayake.