Pitch and conditions
The pitch for the previous Test in Abu Dhabi, between West Indies and Pakistan in October last year, drew criticism for its unresponsive nature. In matches prior to that one, however, the pitch offered some assistance to seamers and spinners. The weather is expected to be clear in Abu Dhabi for the course of the game.
My Best XI for the 1st Test Against Pakistan-
1. Sadeera Samarawickrama (Right-hand Batsman)(Best replacement for Upl Tharanga)(Debut)
2. Dimuth Karunaratne (Left-hand Batsman)
3. Kusal Mendis (Right-hand Batsman)(Permanent no.3 in TEST and ODI)
4. Lahiru Thirimanne (Vice-Captain)(Permanent no.4 in TEST and ODI)
5. Roshen Silva(Right-hand Batsman)(Debut)
6. Dinesh Chandimal (Right-hand Batsman)(Captain)(Highest Averaging 50 at no.6)
7. Niroshan Dickwella(Left-hand Batsman)(Wicket-keeper)
8. Rangana Herath (Slow left-arm orthodox)
9. Suranga Lakmal(Right-Arm Medium-Fast)/Lakshan Sandakan(Slow left-arm chinaman)
10.Nuwan Pradeep (Right-Arm Fast-Medium)
11. Vishwa Fernando (Left-Arm Fast-Medium)
Plus they should play the new players in the first test with the Red ball before the Pink ball in the 2nd Test.
Also Sadeera and Dimuth did have a good partnership of 300+ againist the England Lions recently.