The ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 is all set for Match 8 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which will take place on Tuesday, October 10 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Pakistan will be confident heading into the match after their comprehensive win against the Netherlands in their opening match.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka suffered a disappointing defeat against South Africa in their opening clash. They conceded a mammoth 428 runs and eventually lost the match by 102 runs. In 156 ODI matches played between the two teams, Pakistan has won 92 matches, while Sri Lanka has won 59 matches. It will be a great contest, as both the teams have a great line-up.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Player Battles to Watch Out for SL vs PAK game
Kusal Mendis vs Hasan Ali
Kusal Mendis showcased his batting brilliance as he played a blinder for Sri Lanka in their opening match of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023. He scored 76 runs off just 42 deliveries against South Africa. He will be keen to continue the good run. However, he will be up against Hasan Ali, who has a good record against the batter. He has dismissed Kusal Mendis thrice in three matches and has a strike rate of 61.5.
Babar Azam vs Dunith Wellalage
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam and Sri Lankan spinner Dunith Wellage have only played once in ODI cricket. In that game, Dunith dismissed the batter conceding only one run from eight deliveries. Heading into the upcoming match, it will be an interesting contest between the two players.
Pathum Nissanka vs Shaheen Shah Afridi
This will be another great match-up to watch out for in the Sri Lanka vs Pakistan match. Sri Lankan opener Pathum Nissanka has been in great form this year in One-Day International. He is their leading run-scorer this year in the format. Meanwhile, Shaheen Shah Afridi has taken 25 wickets this year in 13 matches at an average of 22.64. The duo has only faced each other once with Pathum not being able to score a single run.