1st ODI: Pakistan XI against Sri Lanka

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Though they have already qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, it was more due to West Indies losing back to back matches than Sri Lanka's performances.

Pakistan are taking on Sri Lanka in the first of the five ODI matches in Dubai on Friday.

Pakistan created history with a huge 180-run win over India in the Champions Trophy 2017 final at The Oval in June. India inflicted a 9-0 drubbing, winning all the matches across format which did nothing but drowned Sri Lanka's sinking ship furthermore. The 22-year-old Babar Azam (103, 131 balls, 5 fours) scored what was the sixth century of his fledgling ODI career and it was the ideal response to his critics after his failure with the bat in Pakistan's 2-0 defeat to Sri Lanka in the Test series.

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The Dubai International Cricket Stadium has so far hosted 10 Tests, 20 ODIs and 43 T20Is. The Dubai International Cricket Stadium pitch known to offer assistance to the slower bowlers, so both teams will bank on their spinners to keep things in control.

Ahmed Shehzad and Fakhar Zaman will open, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik will play in middle order, Captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Imad Wasim will come down in the order.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga (C), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay, Lahiru Gamage.

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