Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and decided to bat on Wednesday in the first Test in Pakistan  at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.

The hosts took to the field with four fast bowlers in their playing XI with Abid Ali and Usman Shinwari making their Test debuts. Imam-ul-Haq and Yasir Shah miss out of the playing XI.

Sri Lanka open with Dimuth Karunaratne and Oshada Fernando, while Lahiru Thirimanne drops out.  Dilruwan Peree, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara making up Sri Lanka's bowling attack.

The matches are part of the World Test Championship in which Pakistan are yet to get off the mark after facing a two innings defeats in Australia. Sri Lanka stand at the fourth spot with 60 points from two matches.

Sri Lanka are coached by Mickey Arthur, who led Pakistan for three years before taking up his role with Sri Lanka last week.