Pakistan will face Sri Lanka in a do-or-die encounter in the final Super 4 match of the tournament to be played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on 14th September. Babar Azam and Co have announced their playing XI for this match as they have made 5 changes to the playing.
Both teams played a total of 17 Asia Cup ODI matches so far with Sri Lanka having a great record with 12 wins while Pakistan registered only 5 wins. The hosts will be high on confidence while Pakistan will look to make a comeback after denting loss to India.
Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Fakhar Zaman, Salman Ali Agha, and Faheem Ashraf will not be a part of the team. Naseem has been ruled out of the tournament due to an injury while Haris they have taken a precautionary measure. Salman Ali Agha also ruled out hit on the face during the match against India. Fakhar Zaman and Faheem Ashraf has been sidelined due to poor form.
Pakistan is coming off with a shattering 228-run loss against India while they would be looking to comeback stronger and qualify for the finals. On the other hand, Sri Lanka gave a tough fight especially Dunith Wellage picked 5 wickets and scored valuable 42 not out but the hosts lost by 41 runs.
Details– Asia Cup 2023, Super 4, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Venue– R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Date and Time– 14th September, 3.00 PM
The pitch used for the match between India and Sri Lanka was a tough wicket to bat on. Dunith Wellage created havoc picking up 5 wickets along with Charith Asalanaka picking up 4 wickets while Theekshana took 1 wicket. India looked for a decent total after 80 runs opening partnership between Rohit and Gill.
Kuldeep Yadav took 4 wickets for India along with Ravindra Jadeja 2 which put the Sri Lankan team on the backfoot. Jasprit Bumrah dented with 2 at the top while Siraj and Hardik Pandya 1 each. It promises to be another exciting encounter between these two Asian powerhouses. The captain that wins the toss would likely bat first and put pressure on their spinners.
Pakistan (Pak) vs Sri Lanka (SL) – Predicted Playing XI
Mohammad Haris, Imam UL Haq, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shahbad Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammed Wasim Jnr, Zaman Khan.
Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karaunate, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanaka, Sadeera Samawickrama, Dhanajaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (C), Dunith Wellage, Mahesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana.
Fantasy Team Selection- Pak vs SL
Team 1– Mohammad Haris, Pathum Nissanka, Babar Azam (VC), Kusal Mendis, Saud Shakeel, Sadeera Samawickrama, Dhanajaya de Silva (C), Mohammad Nawaz, Mahesh Theekshana, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Kasun Rajitha.
Team 2– Imam UL Haq, Dimuth Karaunate, Mohammad Rizwan (VC), Charith Asalanaka, Saud Shakeel, Dhanajaya de Silva, Mohammad Nawaz, Dasun Shanaka, Mohammed Wasim Jnr, Dunith Wellage (C), Zaman Khan.