Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka Playing 11s and Key Players in ICC ODI Asia Cup 2023
The second last match of the Super Four of Asia Cup 2023 is scheduled between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on 14 September, Thursday at Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka. This cricketing battle has become a virtual Semi-Final between Pakistan and Sri Lanka as the winning side will play the Final with India on Sunday 17, September at Colombo.
In a nail-biting contest against India, Sri Lanka failed to win its ticket to the finale. India is currently on top in the points table with the highest NRR, while Sri Lanka and Pakistan will face a do-and-die situation to avoid elimination.
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Pakistan Team Changes and Injury Updates
The Pakistan team is at a big loss after a horrible defeat by India. Pakistan’s team not only lost points and victory but two main bowlers Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf got injured and Salaman Ali Agha suffered a face injury.
Pakistan management called for replacements for pacers such as Zaman Khan and Shah Nawaz Dhani. Zaman Khan has joined the team in place of Naseem Shah while Saud Shakeel has replaced Agha. However, Haris Rauf is replaced by Wasim Junior.
Pakistan Announced Playing 11 against Sri Lanka
Pakistani Opener Fakhar Zaman is not performing well in Asia Cup 2023. He is considered a big-match player but he failed against India and is replaced by Mohammad Haris.
Here is the possible playing 11 of Pakistan:
- Mohammad Haris
- Imamul Haq
- Babar Azam (Captain)
- Mohammad Rizwan (Wicket-Keeper)
- Saud Shakeel
- Mohammad Nawaz
- Iftikhar Ahmad
- Shadab Khan (VC)
- Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Zaman Khan
- Mohammad Wasim Jr
The defeat from India disturbed Pakistan’s team balance and confidence badly. There are so many ifs and buts before the decisive match for Pakistan to regain its stardom in Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka to get to the final.
Possible Playing 11 of Sri Lanka in ICC ODI World Cup 2023
Despite the defeat from India, the Sri Lanka team is in good form and balance. They are most likely to go with an unchanged team against Pakistan.
- Pathum Nissanka
- Dimuth Karunaratne
- Kusal Mendis (Wicket Keeper)
- Sadeera Samarawickrama
- Charith Asalanka
- Dhananjaya de Silva
- Dasun Shanaka (Captain)
- Dunith Wellalage
- Maheesh Theekshana
- Kasun Rajitha
- Matheesha Pathirana
The Sri Lankan team is in good shape and fighting spirit to defend their Asia Cup title by defeating Pakistan to reach the final of the 2023 edition. On the other hand, the Pakistan team blown heavily by India will try to come back in the tournament to mark its victory. it is a now-or-never scenario for both teams.
So, there will be a good game of cricket between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, if rain plays a spoiler and the match is whitewashed, Pakistan will be out of the tournament and Sri Lanka will play the Final with India.
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