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SL vs PAK, Super 4, Asia Cup 2022 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, (SL vs PAK, Super 4)

Date: September 9, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Sri Lanka and Pakistan will face off in the next Super 4 fixture of the Asia Cup 2022 – in what could be a warm-up for the final. The two teams have secured top two finish and will meet at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday, September 9th.

Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan in the first Super 4 fixture and then overcame the challenge of India by six wickets to secure their spot in the final. They were hammered by Rohit Sharma but made a good comeback in the second half of the innings to restrict India to 173/8. Dilshan Madushanka was the pick of the bowlers with his 3 for 24 while Chamika Karunaratne and Dasun Shanaka bagged two scalps each.

Chasing the target, Pathum Nissanka (52 off 37) and Kusal Mendis (57 off 37) both scored terrific fifties at the top of the order as they added 97 runs for the opening wickets in just 11 overs. Sri Lanka fell off a bit but eventually crossed the line with Bhanuka Rajapaksa making 25* off 17 and Shanaka smashing 33* off 18.

Pakistan, who defeated India in the first Super 4 fixture, had a difficult time against Afghanistan but just managed to edge past by one wicket. Haris Rauf picked 2 for 26 while other four bowlers bagged a wicket each to restrict Afghanistan to 129/6.

The top order could not get going, losing 3 for 45 in 8.4 overs. Iftikhar Ahmed then scored 30 runs alongside Shadab Khan, who went on to smash a crucial 36 off 26. They suffered a big collapse at the back end, going from 87/3 to 118/9. All hopes seemed lost with 11 needed off 6 when the no. 10 Naseem Shah hammered two consecutive sixes to pull off an incredible win.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for SL vs PAK, 1st Match

Dubai International Cricket Stadium has provided new ball assistance for seamers in recent times but batters can still manage good scores. The average first innings score at the venue in T20I cricket this year stands at 163. Chasing is a big advantage here, with 17 of the 19 T20Is played here since 2021 being won by the team batting second.

The weather in Dubai will be typically hot and humid on Friday with no real threat of rain. The temperature will be around 32°C in the evening. 

Sri Lanka – Expected XI and Team News

Sri Lanka have fielded the same playing XI in their last three matches. Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis have done well at the top while Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dasun Shanaka have been impactful in the middle order. The left arm pacer Dilshan Madushanka has been very impressive but Asitha Fernando looks vulnerable.

Probable XI – Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka

Pakistan – Expected XI and Team News

Pakistan went with an unchanged XI in the last game. One of Naseem Shah or Haris Rauf could be rested for this fixture. The batting unit has Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan at the top, followed by the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali.

Probable XI – Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah

Head to head record of SL vs PAK

Total Encounters – 21

Sri Lanka won – 8

Pakistan won – 13

Sri Lanka lead the last five encounters by 3-2.

Super 4: Five players to watch out for in the SL vs PAK match

Here we take a look at five key players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI:

Kusal Mendis: Wicketkeeper Batter, Sri Lanka

Kusal Mendis has been in incredible form, having scored four fifties and three 30s in his last eight T20 innings. He’s coming off a superb 57 off 37 against India in the last game. Earlier, he smashed 60 runs in 37 balls versus Bangladesh and backed it up with a 19-ball 36 against Afghanistan. 

Mohammad Rizwan: Wicketkeeper Batter, Pakistan

The Pakistan opener is the leading run-scorer in the ongoing Asia Cup, scoring 212 runs at an average of 71 with two fifties. Rizwan was terrific against India in the Super 4 fixture, hitting 71 in 51 balls. Overall, Rizwan has 1874 runs in T20I cricket at an average of 53 with one hundred and 15 fifties.

Dasun Shanaka: All-rounder, Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan captain is coming off a ‘player of the match’ performance against India, picking two wickets and then hitting 33* off 18. Dasun Shanaka has been brilliant this year, having scored 396 runs in T20Is at an average of 40 while striking at 145. He had smashed 45 off 33 versus Bangladesh earlier.

Dilshan Madushanka: Bowler, Sri Lanka

The 21yr old left arm seamer has only played four T20Is so far but has been mighty impressive. He has bagged seven wickets at an economy of 7.38. Madushanka picked 2 for 36 against Afghanistan and followed it up with a brilliant 3 for 24 versus India.

Shadab Khan: All-rounder, Pakistan

Shadab Khan has been bowling beautifully in recent times. The leg-spinner has picked 7 wickets in four games in the ongoing tournament at an economy of 5.79. Shadab was superb in the last game, picking 1/27 and smashing 36 off 26. He has 80 wickets in 68 T20Is at 7.03 rpo with three four-fors.

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Where and what time to watch the match live in India

Star Sports Network will telecast the Asia Cup live in India. You can also watch the action live on the online streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar. Catch the Sri Lanka vs Pakistan clash at 7:30 PM IST on Friday.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

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