The much-awaited Sri Lanka tour to Pakistan is finally on after some earlier hiccups which cast doubts on the upcoming series. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has confirmed the tour comprising of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is will go ahead as planned. The Sri Lankan team is scheduled to land in Karachi on 24th September as they will undergo practice sessions ahead of the commencement of the series three days later.
Sri Lanka will first play an ODI series against Pakistan at the National Stadium, Karachi. The three ODIs are all day/night encounters and are scheduled to start at 3:30 PM (PST). Hence, a high-capacity crowd is expected to turn up for the matches in the evening.
• Sep 27 – 1st ODI, Karachi
• Sep 29 – 2nd ODI, Karachi
• Oct 2 – 3rd ODI, Karachi
Days later, the tour’s next leg will take place at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, where the two teams will play three T20I matches. The T20I matches will start at 6:30 PM (PST). The shortest format of the game always attracts people hence the passionate crowd of Lahore will have an excellent opportunity to turn up in big numbers with their families to support their team and welcome the touring side, Sri Lanka.
• Oct 5 – 1st T20I, Lahore
• Oct 7 – 2nd T20I, Lahore
• Oct 9 – 3rd T20I, Lahore
On September 27 and 29, there are chances of light rain in the afternoon in Karachi but that would not be heavy enough to interrupt the match and fans will be able to enjoy without any stoppages.
Meanwhile, on October 7 when Pakistan will lock horns with Sri Lanka for the second T20I, according to the weather forecast, there is a thunderstorm expected in the afternoon and chances of precipitation are 60%.
The playing surfaces of both National Stadium and Gaddafi Stadium are generally batting-friendly. Therefore, cricket fans will be very much likely to be entertained by plenty of boundaries and sixes.