PAK vs SL Super 4 Asia Cup 2023 Playing XI, Pitch Conditions, Match Preview and Fantasy Team
This is a do-or-die match for both teams, as India has already secured a spot in the final of the Asia Cup 2023 by defeating Sri Lanka in their previous encounter. Have you tried your hand on our cricket betting platform? If not, delve into this article to access the most up-to-date statistics, insights, pitch conditions, information about top players, and team squads. Then, take part in the action on the Fairplay App and stand a chance to relish limitless rewards and cash prizes.
PAK vs SL Super 4 Asia Cup 2023 Match 5 Details
The fifth match of the Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 stage is scheduled for September 14th at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, and the game will kick off at 3 PM IST.
The pitch is presently offering substantial support to the bowlers. In the recent India vs. Sri Lanka match, spinners took center stage and played a pivotal role, with Dunith Wellalage standing out by capturing 5 wickets. Pacers will have to make precise adjustments in their lengths to exert influence and secure wickets. In this regard, Indian pacers displayed exceptional adaptability compared to their Sri Lankan counterparts.
While the presence of overcast conditions might be a cause for concern among fans, there is optimism that the hours of precipitation could diminish. There is a possibility that the match could see a reduction in overs, which might have an impact on both teams.
The below table shows how both teams have performed against each other so far. It can be clearly concluded that Pakistan is way ahead of Sri Lanka in the ODIs.
|Total Matches||PAK won||SL won||Tie / Draw||No Result|
PAK vs SL Super 4 Match 5 Preview
This match is a must-win for Pakistan if they aim to secure a spot in the final of the Asia Cup 2023. Their journey thus far has been eventful, starting with a victory over Nepal in the group stage and a rain-interrupted game against India, which resulted in both teams sharing points and advancing to the Super 4 stage. To qualify for the final, Pakistan now needs to win two out of the three matches in the Super 4 round.
Their initial Super 4 match against Bangladesh showcased a strong performance. Pakistan’s bowlers were exceptional, with Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah combining to claim 7 wickets, putting Bangladesh on the back foot. Although Shakib and Rahim managed to score fifties, it wasn’t enough. In the batting department, Pakistan lost a couple of early wickets, but Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammed Rizwan forged a crucial partnership, with Imam contributing 78 and Rizwan remaining unbeaten on 63*. Pakistan secured the win convincingly.
However, their next encounter against arch-rivals India turned out to be disastrous. Pakistan faced a humiliating defeat at the hands of India. Despite starting well by electing to bowl first, their bowlers struggled once the Indian batsmen settled in. Every Pakistani bowler was expensive, with only Shaheen and Shadab taking a solitary wicket each. Rain forced a delay, and the match had to be continued the following day, which was a reserve day. India’s Virat Kohli and KL Rahul batted exceptionally well, amassing a formidable total of 356 for 2 in 50 overs. Kohli scored an unbeaten 122, while KL Rahul contributed 111*.
In response, Pakistan’s batsmen failed to settle as the Indian pacers were in exceptional form. None of the batters managed to reach the 30-run mark, and wickets fell consistently. In the end, Pakistan suffered a massive 228-run defeat, marking India’s highest-margin victory against Pakistan in ODIs. Pakistan may consider making changes to the team, with the possibility of Haris and Naseem being replaced by Mohammed Nawaz and Mohammed Wasim Jr.
Team Sri Lanka
This match is equally critical for Sri Lanka, as they must win to stay in contention. Sri Lanka began their Super 4 stage campaign impressively, securing a 21-run victory over Bangladesh. Although their batting didn’t commence on a strong note, with the openers departing early, Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama formed a crucial partnership. Mendis notched up a half-century, and Samarawickrama fell just seven runs short of a century. However, after this partnership, Sri Lanka struggled to maintain momentum, finishing with a total of 257 for 9 in their allotted 50 overs.
When it came to defending their target, Sri Lanka never allowed the Bangladeshi batsmen to settle. Right from the start, they took wickets at regular intervals, leaving Bangladesh 21 runs short of the target. Maheesh Theekshana, Dasun Shanaka, and Matheesha Pathirana each took 3 wickets, dismantling the opposition’s batting order.
In their following match against India, it was a thrilling contest. India enjoyed a solid start until spin was introduced. Dunith Wellalage claimed a remarkable 5-wicket haul, while Charith Asalanka captured 4 wickets to disrupt the Indian batting order. India was set a target of 213 runs. In response, Sri Lankan batsmen struggled in challenging batting conditions and fell prey to India’s bowling attack. Dhananjaya de Silva and Dunith Wellalage built a partnership of 63 runs, which was progressing well until Dhananjaya played a loose shot, turning the tide in India’s favor. In the end, Sri Lanka lost the match by 41 runs.
Important Players to Watch
Team Sri Lanka
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Saud Shakeel, Mohammed Nawaz, Usama Mir, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Wasim Jnr
Team Sri Lanka
Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Kusal Perara, Binura Fernando, Pramod Madushan, Dushan Hemantha
Predicted Playing XI
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jnr
Team Sri Lanka
Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana
After analyzing the stats and performances, this could be the winning fantasy team.
This upcoming match is a make-or-break showdown for both teams, as the victor will secure a coveted spot in the final of the Asia Cup 2023. The clash ahead promises to be an exhilarating encounter, with defending champions Sri Lanka motivated to retain their title by eliminating Pakistan and setting up a showdown with India in the final.
On the flip side, Pakistan is resolute in their quest to earn a rematch with India in the final and redeem themselves after a significant loss in their previous meeting. The stage is set for a thrilling battle, and the outcome remains uncertain. Who will emerge victorious? We will soon find out. Join Fairplay now and place your bets on this gripping contest. Participate and seize the opportunity to enjoy deposit bonuses and cash rewards.