In the 8th match of the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are set to battle it out at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, promising an enthralling encounter on Tuesday.
Pakistan’s Strong Start:
Pakistan commenced their World Cup campaign with a resounding 81-run victory over the Netherlands. The win was fueled by outstanding performances from Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Haris Rauf, and Hasan Ali. This triumph marked Pakistan’s first win in the competition.
On the flip side, Sri Lanka found themselves completely outclassed by South Africa across all facets of the game. Captain Dasun Shanaka is keen on a complete turnaround in their performance against Pakistan.
In the history of ICC Cricket World Cups, Pakistan has emerged victorious in all seven matches played against Sri Lanka.
Heading into this match, Pakistan’s primary concern revolves around the opening pair of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-Ul-Haq, who have yet to find their rhythm with the bat. The team management is hopeful that these openers will regain their form against Sri Lanka.
In the batting department, Pakistan banks on the likes of Imam-Ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, skipper Babar Azam, newcomer Saud Shakeel, wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan, experienced Iftikhar Ahmed, and the versatile all-rounder Shadab Khan to deliver substantial runs.
In the opening match, Saud Shakeel displayed impeccable form, contributing a brisk 68 off 52 balls with nine fours and one six. He received ample support from wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan, who notched up 68 runs off 75 balls, adorned with eight boundaries.
In addition to half-centuries from Shakeel and Rizwan, all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz posted 39 runs off 43 balls, while Shadab Khan chipped in with 32 runs off 34 balls, including two fours and a six.
On the bowling front, Pakistan pins their hopes on the pace trio of Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, and Hasan Ali to provide timely breakthroughs.
In the previous match, Haris Rauf stood out as Pakistan’s top bowler, claiming an impressive 3 for 43 in his nine overs. Alongside him, Hasan Ali delivered a tidy performance, securing figures of 2 for 33 in his seven overs. The spin trio of Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, and Iftikhar Ahmed each contributed with one wicket.
Sri Lanka’s Preview:
Sri Lanka may contemplate making one or two changes to their playing XI for this crucial encounter, with Lahiru Kumara potentially replacing Kasun Rajitha. The team management anticipates a better bowling performance against Pakistan.
In the batting department, Sri Lanka relies on in-form Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, the explosive opener Kusal Perera, Charith Asalanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, and captain Dasun Shanaka to generate a significant portion of the runs.
In their opening match, Kusal Mendis exhibited sensational form with a blistering 76 off 42 balls, featuring four fours and eight sixes. Charith Asalanka contributed substantially, notching up 79 runs off 65 balls, highlighted by eight boundaries and four sixes. Dasun Shanaka also made a valuable contribution, scoring 68 runs off 62 balls, inclusive of six fours and three sixes.
In terms of bowling, Sri Lanka banks on the likes of Lahiru Kumara, Dunith Wellalage, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana, and Dasun Shanaka to deliver pivotal breakthroughs.
In the previous match, Dilshan Madushanka secured two wickets but conceded 86 runs during his full quota of overs.
Sri Lanka’s Predicted Playing XI: Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dunith Wellalage, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha /Lahiru Kumara.
Pakistan ODI Stats and History
- Total Match Played = 962
- Won = 509
- Loss = 424
- No Result = 21
- Tie = 8
Sri Lanka ODI Stats and History
- Total Match Played = 903
- Won = 413
- Loss = 446
- No Result = 39
- Tie = 5
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka head-to-head stats
- Total Match Played = 156
- Pakistan won = 92
- Sri Lanka won = 59
- No Result = 4
- Tied = 1
The wicket at Hyderabad is expected to be ideal for batting, with bowlers finding success if they consistently hit the right areas. The weather forecast for the game predicts bright and sunny conditions, with humidity at around 44%.
The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad is the venue for this exciting clash. Pakistan can draw confidence from their previous victory at this ground.
Toss: To Bat:
Both teams are likely to aspire to win the toss, bat first, and post a score exceeding 325 runs. In the previous game at Hyderabad, the team batting first emerged victorious.
After a comprehensive analysis of both teams, Pakistan emerges as the clear favorite in this encounter against Sri Lanka. With a formidable bowling attack featuring Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, and Hasan Ali, Pakistan possesses the capability to disrupt Sri Lanka’s inconsistent batting lineup.
Today’s Match Prediction: Pakistan
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