Asian giants Sri Lanka (SL) and Pakistan (PAK) faced each other in an intriguing clash in the ODI World Cup 2023 in Hyderabad on Tuesday, October 10. Pakistan came to the event after winning against a disappointing Asia Cup 2023. They also lost in two warm-up matches against New Zealand and Australia. However, in their first match against the Netherlands, Babar Azam and Co. they overcame several lows during the mini-batting to set a challenging target of 287 and won by 81 runs.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, entered the tournament after being annihilated in the Asia Cup final by an in-form Indian team. Like Pakistan, Sri Lanka also lost two warm-up matches against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The Sri Lankans are missing proven players such as Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga. Their bowling brought success in their first match against South Africa in Delhi. The Proteas scored a record 428/5 in 50 overs before dismissing Dasun Shanaka’s men for 326.
Pakistan will be looking to win this clash and gain momentum ahead of the much-awaited clash with India on Saturday, October 14. On the other hand, Sri Lanka will gain confidence from their last-ball victory over the ‘Men in Green’ in the Asia Cup league and try to get their campaign back on track.
PAK vs SL match details:
|Game||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, ODI World Cup 2023, Match 8|
|Premises||Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad|
|date and time||Tuesday, October 10, 14:00 (IST)|
|Live broadcast details||Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar app and website|
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium pitch report:
The Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium is a place where fans have seen many exciting matches. The pitches available on site are helpful for batsmen. In the two warm-up games played at this venue, over 300 points were scored in all four rounds. However, in the match between Netherlands and Pakistan, the pitch wasn’t that great. Some of Shadab Khan’s balls turned wildly in the second over. While the batsmen are still expected to get a decent opportunity, the Sri Lanka team will have to adapt as it may not be as batting friendly as the one they played in Delhi against South Africa in ODI World Cup 2023.
Record of direct PAK vs SL matches:
|Sri Lanka won||59|
|First play||June 14, 1975|
|Recently played||September 14, 2023|
PAK vs SL Likely playing XI
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (center), Mohammad Rizwan (week), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Sri Lanka (SL)
Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (week), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara/Maheesh Theekshana
Probable top performers:
Probable best cake:
Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka)
The wicketkeeper-batsman has been in great form lately. He was the second highest scorer in Asia Cup 2023. In the warm-up clash against Afghanistan, Kusal scored a phenomenal 158 off just 87 balls. He then made an entertaining knock of 76 off 42 balls against South Africa, hitting four fours and eight sixes.
Check also: Most runs in ODI World Cup 2023
Probable best bowler:
Haris Rauf (Pakistan)
The right winger changed the game in the midfield with his pace and bounce against the Netherlands. He has the ability to pick wickets in the middle overs, which is very important in 50-over cricket. Sri Lankan batsmen will do well not to lose wickets to the 29-year-old at this stage of the game.
Prediction for today’s match: Pakistan will win the match
See also: PAK vs SL Dream11 prediction
Disclaimer: Predictions are based on the author’s understanding, analysis and instinct. When making your prediction, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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