Today, there’s an important cricket match happening in Sri Lanka. Pakistan will play against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2023 tournament.

In their last game, Pakistan didn’t do so well. Their batters had a tough time, and they lost the match. Even though their bowlers did well before, this time they couldn’t stop the Indian players from scoring. The captain, Babar Azam, might have made some wrong decisions.

Sri Lanka, however, has been doing good, especially their spin bowlers. They won three games in a row before facing India. In that match, Dunith Wellalage and Charith Asalanka did really well against the Indian batters.

But in their last game, Sri Lanka couldn’t get enough runs to win. Now, they have to beat Pakistan to stay in the tournament.

Pakistan is going into this important match without some of their main fast bowlers. This puts more pressure on their batters, who haven’t been very consistent. They know they’ll be playing against a strong Sri Lankan team. And the team is only for great wins.

Teams Preview

Pakistan’s team, led by Babar Azam, is regrouping after a tough loss to India. Babar Azam, the captain, is taking a close look at his team’s strategy, especially for the bowlers.

In the previous game, there were moments when Babar Azam’s bowling decisions seemed a bit too cautious. This was particularly evident during the Group Stage match against India when he introduced spinners for a brief period after India lost four wickets. Unfortunately, the spinners couldn’t take any wickets, and India recovered with a strong partnership.

Now, with fast bowlers Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah likely to miss this crucial match due to injuries sustained during the game against India, Babar Azam faces a tough challenge. Pakistan may consider bringing in Shanawaz Dahani as a backup bowler, and Mohammad Wasim Jr., who hasn’t played in any matches yet, could provide another pace-bowling option.

Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf were the top wicket-takers in Pakistan’s first Super Four game against Bangladesh. However, the pitch conditions in the recent Sri Lanka vs. India match favored spinners.

To adapt to the conditions, Pakistan might opt for a bowling attack consisting of three pacers and two spinners. It’s not going to be an easy match against Sri Lanka. In terms of batting, Pakistan’s middle order hasn’t been very consistent and will need to find their form.

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Key batters for Pakistan include Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, and Mohammad Rizwan, while Shadab Khan will play a crucial role in the lower order.

Predicted Pakistan Playing XI:

  1. Fakhar Zaman
  2. Imam-ul-Haq
  3. Babar Azam (c)
  4. Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
  5. Agha Salman
  6. Iftikhar Ahmed
  7. Shadab Khan
  8. Faheem Ashraf
  9. Shaheen Afridi
  10. Mohammad Wasim Jr.
  11. Zaman Khan


PlayerRunsBalls4s6sStrike Rate
Fakhar Zaman27502054
Agha Salman23322071.88
Iftikhar Ahmed23351065.71


PlayerOversMaidensRunsWicketsEconomy Rate
Shaheen Afridi10.007917.9
Shadab Khan10.017117.1
Naseem Shah9.215305.68

Sri Lanka Preview

Sri Lanka’s team has had an interesting journey in the Asia Cup 2023. They faced a tough challenge from Afghanistan during the Group Stage and managed a narrow win. As they entered the Super Fours, their performance improved, resulting in a more significant victory.

In their first Super Fours match against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka batted first and scored fewer runs compared to their game against Afghanistan. However, their bowlers stepped up brilliantly. They consistently took wickets and managed to dismiss Bangladesh for 236 runs, securing a comfortable 21-run victory.

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Sri Lanka’s bowlers continued their impressive form when they faced the Indian team, which had been in excellent form and carried the momentum from their win over Pakistan. Despite their strong bowling, Sri Lanka struggled with the bat while chasing 214 runs. The partnership between Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinuth Wellalage, which added 63 runs for the 7th wicket, briefly revived Sri Lanka’s run-chase hopes. However, once that partnership ended, the Sri Lankan tail-enders couldn’t contribute, resulting in a 41-run loss.

While Wellalage and Asalanka did exceptionally well, taking a total of 9 wickets against India, other bowlers like Maheesh Theekshana and Matheesha Pathirana will also play crucial roles.

In terms of batting, Kusal Mendis and Samarawickrama are the key players in the middle order to keep an eye on. Charith Asalanka, who bats at number 5, and the experienced Dhananjaya de Silva can also play vital roles in the lower order.

Predicted Sri Lanka Playing XI:

  1. Pathum Nissanka
  2. Dimuth Karunaratne
  3. Kusal Mendis (wk)
  4. Sadeera Samarawickrama
  5. Charith Asalanka
  6. Dhananjaya de Silva
  7. Dasun Shanaka (c)
  8. Dunith Wellalage
  9. Maheesh Theekshana
  10. Kasun Rajitha
  11. Matheesha Pathirana


PlayerRunsBalls4s6sStrike Rate
Dunith Wellalage42463091.3
Dhananjaya de Silva41665062.12
Charith Asalanka22352062.86


PlayerOversMaidensRunsWicketsEconomy Rate
Dunith Wellalage10.014054
Charith Asalanka9.011842
Maheesh Theekshana9.104114.47
TimeTemperature (°C)Rain (mm)Wind Speed (k/h)Wind DirectionCloud Cover

Pitch Analysis:

The pitch at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium is known to be on the slower side, offering significant assistance to spin bowlers. In the previous matches played here, spinners have been the dominant force, capitalizing on the conditions. However, the upcoming match is under the shadow of potential thundershowers, which are likely to affect the game. Both teams will need to adapt their strategies in response to the unpredictable weather conditions.

Venue Overview:

The R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is the chosen battleground for the Super Fours clash between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2023. Historically, this venue has seen modest first-innings scores, with an average of just 233 runs. Given recent performances here, even achieving that score is considered competitive in this match.

Toss Prediction: To Bat

Both teams possess formidable bowling attacks, and their captains are expected to have faith in their bowlers’ ability to defend a total on this ground. Throughout history, teams batting first have held the advantage and secured more victories. Scoring big runs has proven challenging on this pitch, as evident in recent matches. Consequently, batting first is likely to be the favored choice for the team winning the toss.

The upcoming match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is a do-or-die situation for both teams. The pressure is immense because the winner of this game secures a spot in the final, and there’s no need to worry about Net Run Rate (NRR).

Pakistan has faced setbacks with injuries to their key pacers, which is a concern. Nevertheless, they still possess a formidable bowling attack capable of causing problems for Sri Lanka.

Considering the inconsistency in batting and the bowling prowess on both sides, this match appears to be finely balanced. However, Pakistan holds a slight advantage due to their greater experience and a more promising batting lineup. In our match prediction, we favor Pakistan to come out victorious.


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