Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 1st T20-Preview

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Sri Lanka T20I squad: Thisara Perera (Captain), Dilshan Munaweera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Ashan Priyanjan, Mahela Udawatte, Dasun Shanaka, Sachith Pathirana, Vikum Sanjaya, Lahiru Gamage, Seekkuge Prasanna, Vishwa Fernando, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay and Chathuranga de Silva,Minod Bhanuka (wk)
90% confirmed Sri Lanka T20 XI against Pakistan in the 1st T20 According Reliable Source-
Also according to Domestic T20 tournaments, the Top4 in the line-up is guaranteed to be in this Order-

Dasun Shanaka Surely is going to bat at No.4 after he scored 2 massive Century at that Position

 Minod Bhanuka is the designated Wicker Keeper in the squad and he is Top Order Batsman so he is Confirmed to be Opening the batting.

Danushka Gunathilaka will resume Opening the batting and Dilshan Munaweera will resume at no.3 


1. Minod Bhanuka (Wicket-Keeper)(Left-Hand Batsman)(Debutant)
2. Danushka Gunathilaka(Left-Hand Batsman)
3. Dilshan Munaweera(Right-Hand Batsman)
4. Dasun Shanaka(All-Rounder)(Right-Hand Batsman)(Right-arm Fast-Medium)
5. Ashan Priyanjan(All-Rounder)(Right-Arm Off-Spin)(Right-Hand Batsman)
6. Thisara Perera (Captain)(All-Rounder)(Left-Hand Batsman)(Right-arm Fast-Medium)
7. Isuru Udana(All-Rounder)(Right-Hand Batsman)(Left-arm Medium)
8. Sachith Pathirana(All-Rounder)(Slow left-arm orthodox)(Left-Hand Batsman)
9. Lahiru Gamage(Right-arm Medium-Fast)(Debutant)
10.Jeffrey Vandersay(Right-Arm Leg-Spin)
11. Vishwa Fernando(Left-arm Fast)(Debutant)​
12.Sadeera Samarawickrama (Right-Hand Batsman)(Low on confidence after the Team Mangement Destroyed his Confidence in the ODIs by using in different Position and making get 2 ducks instead of letting him settle into the side as an Opener or at No.3 since he is a Top-Order Batsman )
13.Seekkuge Prasanna(Right-Arm Leg-Spin)
14.Chathuranga de Silva(Slow left-arm orthodox)
15. Vikum Sanjaya(Right-arm Medium) 
16. Mahela Udawatte  (Left-Hand Batsman)

If this Second-String Team Wins the T20 Series against a Strong International Pakistan Team then these Players should be permanent members of the T20 Squad and keep giving these fearless Players more international Experience Rather than the Coward experience players who neglect to go as the experienced player show the same cowardliness on the Field rather than the fearless cricket these youngsters will bring back to Sri Lanka Cricket.

Also, i think Upul Tharanga is not suited to Captain or be in the T20 Side as it will Require an Attacking Captain probably someone more likely Kusal Perea should be the Permanent T20 Captain.  


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Ashan Priyanjana @7 for T20 match? Are you kidding? Based on the squad my team as follows,

1.Dhanushka Gunatilake
2.Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk)
3.Dilshan Munaweera
4.Ashan Priyanjana
5.Dasun Shanaka
6.Thisara Perera
7.Chanthuranga De Silva
8.Seekkuge Prasanna
9.Jeffry Vandersay
10.Isuru Udana
11.Vikum Sanjaya

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Seekkuge Prasanna will not be in the XI if Jeffery Vandersay is already there in the XI as in T20 you need Variations in the Bowling Line up and Seekuage has been Under-Performing therefore could lose his spot in the XI.

Minod Bhanuka is the designated Wicker Keeper in the squad and he is Top Order Batsman so he is Confirmed to be Opening the batting.

Sachith Pathirana has shown Better Performances than Chanthuranga De Silva at International Level.

Sadeera Samarawickrama Has performed badly in ODIs, therefore, Selectors will unlikely choose him.

Lahiru Gamage Has been the Best Bowler in both in the Test and ODI format, therefore, he is almost Guaranteed a place in the XI.

Vishwa Fernando,Vikum Sanjaya,Isuru Udana will be fighting for the 2nd Main Seam Bowler position but i prefer Vishwa Fernando since he can bowler 140+ while Vikum Sanjaya,Isuru Udana bowl between 125-135.You need Fast Bowlers that can hurry the batsman in T20 therefore Vishwa is best suited be in this XI.

Ashan Priyanjana did Bat at No.6 in his Only T20 match so he will most like will bat in the lower middle Order but the order of the lineup can change depending on the Situation or the Team Managements view.

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I personal Belive Dasun Shanaka should Bat at No.4 or 5 as he has had scored 2 century in this format batting at that Position also it allows him to settled in and score BiG RUNS and he is a Game-Changing Player/Match Winner. He is the Harik Pandya, Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes of Sri Lanka.

(Last edited by Mr.X on October 24, 2017 - 00:26)
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Hopefully, Dasun gets a good run in the side. We need a good seam bowling all-rounder since Mathews always has fitness issues. Not to mention Thisara being way too inconsistent.

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