Pakistan wins toss, fields in T20 against Sri Lanka

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan won the toss and elected to field in the first Twenty20 of the three-match series against inexperienced Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Middle-order batsman Umar Akmal and opener Ahmed Shehzad will be making their comebacks to the format.

Shehzad's previous T20 for Pakistan was against Scotland in 2018, while Akmal returns after last playing against the West Indies in 2016.

Pakistan, No.1 in the rankings, also included all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and express fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain after both were ignored for the preceding ODI series, which the home team won 2-0.

Sri Lanka, touring Pakistan without several of its top players, awarded T20 debuts to batsman Banuka Rajapaksha and wicketkeeper Minod Bhanuka.

Ten Sri Lanka players, including T20 skipper Lasith Malinga, pulled out of the tour due to security concerns.

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Teams:

Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain

Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Banuka Rajapaksha, Minod Bhanuka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha.

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