It's a different brand of cricket and Pakistan are champions of it. However they will have to start afresh for this one-off Twenty20 game against Sri Lanka at Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Since winning the Twenty20 World Cup in June not much has gone right for Pakistan team. They have lost both the Test and ODI series to Sri Lanka recently and will now require a big effort to do good today against a formidable opposition. Today's game will see enigmatic all rounder Shahid Afridi lead Pakistan for the first time after Younis Khan retired from Twenty20 cricket. It would be interesting to see how Afridi manages his charges and how he performs himself. In the limited captaincy that he has done in domestic cricket Afridi has proved to be a captain with positive intent something he would be expected to do at this level as well. Afridi will be required to play his natural game and also get the same out of his players and shun any pressure. Sri Lankans have got a balanced unit and won't be easy to dislodge. Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga can be really explosive at the top of the order and will have to be checked early. Rana Naved and Mohammad Aamer will be expected to bowl tightly early on to restrict the Sri Lankans as they did in the fifth ODI. The spells of spinners Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal will be also be crucial as both have been bowling well in Twenty20 cricket and can be a handful for the hosts. In batting the presence of Imran Nazir at the top is a good omen in this form of the game. The two Akmal brothers are also in fine nick and will lend stability to the batting line. Misbah-ul-Haq has also found some sort of form and his role in the middle order will be vital. Sri Lankans have a potent bowling line which will make this contest an interesting one to watch. The likes of Muralitharan, Malinga, Mendis and Kulasekara will definitely ask questions of Pakistan batting line. Sri Lankans are a much better fielding unit than Pakistan which can be very useful in this format of the game. Pakistan team need to show the energy and eagerness to do well in this game. They will start favourites given their well balanced unit but it remains to be seen as to how Shahid Afridi manages to do in his first assignment as a captain. If he manages to deliver himself it will have a positive impact on Pakistan's performance overall. Sri Lankans will definitely fancy their chances given Pakistan's traditional inconsistency but on paper Pakistan have the edge.