PAK vs SL Asia Cup Final: The Last match of the Asia Cup 2022 Final will see Sri Lanka lock horns with Pakistan. Both the teams will battle it out for the much-coveted trophy. Both the teams met each other in the last fixture of the Super 4 stage where Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan with five wickets.
PAK vs SL Asia Cup Final: Pakistan Preview
In Pakistan’s last fixture of the Super 4 stage, their batters succumbed in front of Sri Lankan bowlers as except Babar & Nawaz no one could cross the 20 runs mark. Their star batter Rizwan got dismissed in the 4th over while Babar who is still struggling to get back his groove scored 30 runs off 29 balls with two fours.
Mohammad Nawaz too led a fightback by scoring 26 runs off 18 balls with a four & two sixes to help Pakistan cross the 120-run mark. As Pakistan could put up a meager 122 runs total on board, nothing much was left for bowlers to do. But still, they tried their best by scalping three wickets in the powerplay overs reducing Sri Lanka to 29-3 in the powerplay overs.
However, all their efforts went in vain as they couldn’t bowl out the in-form Sri Lankan team. Mohammad Hasnain & Haris Rauf scalped two wickets each while Usman Qadir got just one wicket. Pakistan’s pace sensation Naseem Shah was rested from the fixture & would make a comeback in the final clash of Asia cup 2022. Hasnain, Rauf, and Naseem will continue to be Pakistan’s torch bearers in the bowling department.
Pakistan looks a well-settled unit in terms of both bat & the ball but heading into the finals they will have to click in unison if they aim to take the Asia Cup trophy home. Babar Azam needs to up his game & return to scoring terms as he could score just 63 runs in the five innings he has played with his best score being 30. While Mohammad Rizwan who had scored 226 runs in five innings would continue to be their biggest bet against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Preview
Facing Pakistan is Sri Lanka who got off to a horrendous start chasing a target of 122 runs as they lost both Kusal Mendia & Danushka Gunathilaka for a duck within the powerplay overs. However, opener Pathum Nissanka held string at one end & smashed 55 runs off 48 balls to take the Lankan team to their fourth consecutive win in the Asia Cup 2022.
Sri Lanka was at its best in their previous clash against Pakistan with the ball. The bowlers did their job very well & managed to restrict Pakistan to a meager score. Wanindu Hasaranga scalped three crucial wickets while Maheesh Theekshana & debutant Pramod Madushan sclaped two wickets each. Dhanajaya De Silva & Chamika Karunaratne too contributed with one wicket apiece. Heading into the final clash, Sri Lanka will aim to continue its winning spree & win the prestigious Asia Cup 2022.
Patthum Nissanka (165 runs) & Kusal Mendis (155 runs) the leading run-scorers for Lanka would continue to be their biggest bets heading into the summit clash. While with the bowl the onus would be on Dilshan Madhushanka (6 scalps), Hasaranga (6 scalps), and Chamika Karunaratne (5 scalps) to continue their good run & guide Sri Lanka to their sixth Asia Cup title.
PAK vs SL Asia Cup Final: Match Prediction
Looking at Sri Lanka’s current form & their performance against Pakistan in the last clash of the Super 4 stage it seems like they would have the edge over Pakistan in the finals of the Asia Cup 2022.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (Asia Cup 2022 Final)
Date & Time: Sunday, September 11 at 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Dubai International Stadium
Live Streaming: Disney+Hotstar
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Wicket-keeper: Mohammad Rizwan
Batters: Pathum Nissanka, Fakhar Zaman, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Babar Azam
All-rounders: Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz (c), Chamika Karunaratne
Bowlers: Naseem Shah, Dilshan Madushanka, Wanindu Hasaranga (vc)
PAK vs SL Asia Cup Final: Probable Playing XIs
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Pramod Madushan, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka