Kandy - Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat in the Cricket World Cup Group A match against Pakistan at the Pallekele International Stadium in Kandy on Monday.
Conditions are overcast. There is a covering of grass, while the pitch is also on the dry side.
Some observers say that inconsistent bounce later on, and assistance for the new ball bowlers.could make life difficult for the batsmen.
Pakistan would like to resurrect their World Cup campaign after their comprehensive 110-run defeat to New Zealand.
It was not only the magnitude of their loss against New Zealand that angered their fans, but also their lack of intensity and their sloppiness in all three disciplines.
Zimbabwe has flattered to deceive in their World Cup-games so far.
New Zealand romped to a 10-wicket win against Zimbabwe.
The Southern African team would have been devastated by the way they compiled their innings.
Their batting performance was characterized by soft dismissals by the top-order and a lack of a coherent plan.
Brendan Taylor was one of the only Zimbabweans that impressed, but he will need assistance from the lack of the top-order to challenge Pakistan.
Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (captain), Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva, Tatenda Taibu (wk), Craig Ervine, Charles Coventry, Greg Lamb, Prosper Utseya, Graeme Cremer, Ray Price, Chris Mpofu.
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal (wk), Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul.