An injury-hit Pakistan may have the robust job of taming a high-spirited Sri Lanka after they lock horns in a Tremendous 4 match right here on Thursday for a spot within the Asia Cup closing. Each Pakistan and Sri Lanka have two factors and the winner of the digital knock-out recreation will progress to the ultimate on September 17. India have already secured a spot within the summit conflict after they defeated Sri Lanka by 41 runs in a Tremendous 4 recreation on Tuesday. Rohit Sharma’s males lead the desk with 4 factors.
Nonetheless, Pakistan may have extra traces on their brow forward of their crunch recreation in opposition to the Lankans.
Most likely, they will be unable to summon pacers Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah as each of them have been rendered uncertain with respective accidents.
Pakistan have added Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan, a 22-year-old slinger pacer who can hit 150 kmph clicks, as back-ups for the rest of Asia Cup.
However that is only one a part of their bag of worries. Pakistan batting is but to hit the highest gear within the event, besides a 342 for six in opposition to minnows Nepal within the Asia Cup opener at Multan.
Nonetheless, largely they’re depending on their openers – Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq – and captain Babar Azam for giant runs.
They want some runs from the likes of Mohammad Rizwan and Salman Agha, and urgently too.
Iftikhar Ahmed confirmed his big-hitting prowess with a blistering hundred in opposition to Nepal, however he wants to try this extra constantly in opposition to higher oppositions.
Sri Lanka are undoubtedly one in all them. Pakistan had defeated them by seven wickets in a league match however the previous is not going to maintain for something on the morrow.
Whereas defeating Bangladesh and stretching India, the Lankans beneath Dasun Shanaka have proven that they aren’t mere pushovers regardless of the absence of some first-choice gamers.
Sri Lanka too had been hit arduous by accidents within the run-up to the event as key gamers like Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara had been dominated out.
It has compelled them to discipline a younger facet missing in expertise and publicity however gamers similar to Dunith Wellalage, Matheesha Pathirana and Maheesh Theekshana have provide you with some spectacular efforts within the event.
That stated the house facet will hope for some extra consistency from their pacers – significantly from Kasun Rajitha, who has taken 4 wickets from as many matches however gave away almost six runs an over in all of the video games.
So, Lanka may hope for his or her spinners to return to get together as soon as once more as they had been exemplary in opposition to India on a pitch that provided loads of flip and grip.
That they had lower by way of India’s robust top-order with left-arm spinner Wellalage taking 5 wickets.
Therefore, Lanka may provide an identical pitch to Pakistan as it might probably additionally nullify their tempo battery led by left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Tayyab Tahir (travelling reserve). Shahnawaz Dahani, Zaman Khan (back-ups for injured Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah).
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (captain), Pathum Nissanaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Janith Perera, Kusal Mendis (vice-captain), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Matheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushan Hemantha, Binura Fernando, Pramod Madushan.
Match begins 3 PM IST.
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