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Pakistan wins toss, elects to bat first

December 18, 2013

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat first against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

Pakistan left-handed opening batsman Sharjeel Khan will make his ODIdebut after playing in the drawn Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

Fast bowler Junaid Khan, who didn’t get a chance in the Twenty20 series, returned to share the new ball with Sohail Tanvir and Bilawal Bhatti.

Sri Lanka — without Mahela Jayawardene and Rangana Herath for the five-match series — opted to go with its experienced lineup and brought in only fast bowler Suranga Lakmal in place of Nuwan Kulasekara.

Jayawardene was on paternity leave while Herath will skip the series after his mother died last week.

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Lineups:

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Bilawal Bhatti, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Sachithra Senanayake.

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