Captain Babar Azam’s poor form is a cause for concern for Pakistan
Sri Lanka’s confidence in the seventh sky under the captaincy of Dasun Shanaki
Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be face to face for the second time in the last three days
New Delhi. The cricket teams of Pakistan and Sri Lanka are face to face in the Asia Cup Final today i.e. on Sunday (September 11). This match will be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium from 7:30 pm Indian time. Both the teams have made preparations to beat each other. Sri Lanka has been waiting for 8 years while Pakistan is waiting to become the ‘Badshah’ of Asia for 10 years. In the current tournament, both the teams are meeting for the second time in the last three days. Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in the Super Four round. In such a situation, the spirits of the Sri Lankan team, captained by Dasun Shanaka, are high.
In the ICC team rankings, Sri Lanka’s team is at number eight, but the world’s second-ranked team Pakistan will not make the mistake of taking it lightly. Talking about the statistics, this year i.e. in 2022, the Sri Lankan team has played 16 T20 Internationals so far in which it has won six while it has lost 9 matches. A match has ended in a tie. In this Asia Cup, Sri Lanka’s team landed as ‘underdog’. Cricket lovers were expecting the final between India vs Pakistan, but Sri Lanka surprised everyone with a scintillating performance.
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Pakistan has the upper hand in statistics
The teams of Pakistan and Sri Lanka have faced each other 22 times in T20 International matches. During this, Pakistan has won 13 matches while Sri Lanka’s team has won 9 matches. In the Asia Cup 2022, the Sri Lankan team has lost only one match so far. He has won four matches in a row. Sri Lanka have Pathum Nisanka and Kusal Mendis as openers, while Dilshan Madushanka and Chamira Karunaratne are there in fast bowling. It will not be easy for the Pakistani batsmen to play the balls of Wanindu Hasranga and Mahish Teekshana in spin bowling.
Babar Azam’s poor form is a cause for concern
On the other hand, the poor form of captain Babar Azam for Pakistan is a matter of concern. Babar’s highest score in the current Asia Cup is 30 runs. He is still not performing as expected. Pakistan will have hopes from wicket-keeper opener Mohammad Rizwan, who is consistently scoring runs. There are bowlers like Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf in fast bowling, while Shadab Khan is seen in good rhythm in the spin department. Mohammad Nawaz has also been successful in making a mark with his spin bowling.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : September 11, 2022, 15:36 IST