Sri Lanka will face Pakistan today in the Asia Cup Super Four Pakistan VS Sri Lanka match. This clash will be held on 2:30pm (local time) at the R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. The winner will move to the final complete India. This will be the 11th match of Asia Cup 2023.
Additionally, some of the previous matches have been effected badly by rain. The ground crew has shown their efforts and will be trying hard to get the pitch perfectly ready for this fruitful match.
Consequently, team Pakistan will try to give their best and put all their energy in this match. This effort will not be only to qualify to the finals but to forget the bad defeat from India. Same will be the preference of Sri Lanka as they also got defeat from India.
The pitch is more supportive for bowlers but it has been supporting the batsmen for the last few matches. In this match, a huge score can be expected.
HEAD-TO-HEAD MATCH HISTORY BETWEEN PAKISTAN VS. Sri Lanka
Pakistan and Sri Lanka had played a total of 17 ODI matches together. Out of 17, Sri Lanka proved to win and dominate in 12 matches. Rest 5 were won by team Pakistan.
- Matches Played: 17 matches
- Pakistan won: 5 matches
- Sri Lanka won: 12 matches
Team Sri Lanka
Dasun Shanaka (c)
Kusal Mendis (wk)
Dhananjaya de Silva
Babar Azam (c)
Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
Mohammad Wasim J
Unfortunately, Mohammad Rizwan tried hard to score in the last match but he couldn’t do so. He has proved himself a good support against Sri Lankan spinners. However, Rizwan has scored 109 scores in the last 3 matches he played. As the pitch be seen in a last few matches providing a good spin. Rizwan is in good form to counter attack team Sri Lanka.
Sadeera Samarwickrama has shown his experties playing both fast and spins. He is the top scoring batsman of this series from his team. Sadeera has scored a total of 167 in this Asia Cup. He will prove deadly against Pakistan.
Shaheen Afridi has proved himself a dangerous weapon of Pakistan in a last few matches. Showing variations in his bowling Afridi has troubled senior batsmen during the power play. He took a total of 8 wickets in four matches.
Dunith Wellalange has taken nine wickets in four matches. He has been lethal for the Indian team taking five wickets. His form with the ball can put the rivals in trouble.
SWOT Analysis for Both Teams
Here we go with a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) Analysis of both the teams:
Team Pakistan Strength
In the captaincy of Baber Azam, a good performer and a consistent leader Pakistan team gets an advantage of team unity. It has outstanding spinners i.e., Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz. Including the pacers like Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah, they have an advantage to perform better.
Team Pakistan Weakness
The team lacks a middle order consistency as the experienced players like Shoaib Malik and Hafeez are not present. This give a big challenge to maintain stability. The dependency on the top order adds to the risk because in case the wickets get down in start, they might face difficulty. The team lacks all rounders who can tackle both balling and batting
Opportunities for Team Pakistan
Asia Cup has blessed the young players like Haris Rauf to show their potential. They have performed really well on this international platform. Pakistan, adding young and elder players can use this opportunity to finalize a strong squad for future.
Threats for Team Pakistan
High expectations from the fans and pressure of media to qualify for finals will have a great impact. Inconsistent behavior of the players have been a huge threat from the start.
Team Sri Lanka Strength
Sri Lanka has a great top order. The players including Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal MendisPathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis have shown extraordinary performance in last matches. They will be helpful for their team to get good scores.
Team Sri Lanka Weakness
The bowling lineup which was strength of Sri Lanka in the beginning has dropped due to some injured players. The absence of Harasanga will highly effect the team performance.
Opportunities for Team Sri Lanka
Taking advantage of their home ground Maheesh and Matheesa can add to the morale of their team. The overall performance can be improved if they modify their middle order.
Threats for Team Sri Lanka
The combination of Pakistan’s strong bowling lineup along with pacers may threaten Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan team is less balanced than others in this Asia Cup.
WINNING CHANCES OF TODAY’S MATCH FOR BOTH TEAMS
Sri Lanka has the advantage of home ground where the known batters are familiar to the pitch as well. Contrarily, Sri Lanka has dominance over Pakistan team in ODI. It will be tough for Pakistan to win. But maximum things point towards the victory of Pakistan.
TOSS ROLL IN TODAY’S MATCH
Making a good total is major target of these matches. India in the last match, also decided to bat first. Consequently, India got victory. So, today’s toss will be much significant and the one who wins the toss will prefer to bat.
WEATHER REPORT (FORECAST) FOR TODAY MATCH
The weather is continuously cloudy and both the teams must make their mind for rain interruptions.
If Sri Lanka wins the toss and bat;
India will score 250-300 runs
If India wins the toss and bat;
Sri Lanka will score 200-250 runs