Pakistan wins toss, opts to bat against Sri Lanka


Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi won the toss and opted to bat against Sri Lanka in their World Cup Group A match at R. Premadasa Stadium on Saturday.

Pakistan kept an unchanged side after defeating Kenya by 205 runs in its first match at Hambantota on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka made two changes from the team which won its opening match by 210 runs against Canada.

Middle-order batsman Chamara Silva, who skipped the first match due to death of his elder sister, was brought in for Chamara Kapugedera. Leftarm spinner Rangana Herath replaced Ajantha Mendis in the playing XI.

Sri Lanka’s key fast bowler Lasith Malinga is still recovering from a back strain and misses a second successive game.

Lineups:

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi (captain), Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Muttiah Muralitharan.

Umpires: Daryl Harper, Australia and Ian Gould, England.

TV umpire: Nigel Llong, England. Match referee: Chris Broad, England.

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