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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup Super Fours Tips - Cornered Tigers up for a fight

Sridhar
13 Sep 2023
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Sridhar Bhamidi 13 Sep 2023
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  • Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup Super Fours predictions to be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday afternoon, Indian time
  • Pakistan have won their last 8 completed ODIs against Sri Lanka
  • Pakistan have won 2 of their last 3 away ODIs against Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka have lost 6 of their last 8 ODIs at this venue against Pakistan
  • Can Babar Azam and Pakistan vault into the final of Asia Cup?
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup Super Fours
Can Babar Azam lift Pakistan to Asia Cup final? (Getty Images)

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup Super Fours


It is a virtual semi-final as Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in the last match of the Super Fours for the two teams. This match will be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday from 3:00pm IST.
  • Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup Super Fours
  • Head to Head
  • Pakistan Form
  • Pakistan Team News
  • Sri Lanka Form
  • Sri Lanka Team News

Sri Lanka came so close to booking their final spot but batting let them down against India. With the Pakistani bowling unit hampered by injuries, it could come down to how well their spinners can step up. There’s something about Asia Cup and Sri Lanka as they seem to reserve their best for the tournament. It is the individual market that I am looking at, and backing Babar Azam to score at fifty while Pakistan could fly into the final.

  • Pakistan have won their last 8 completed matches against Sri Lanka (ODIs)
  • Pakistan have won 2 of their last 3 away matches against Sri Lanka (ODIs)
  • Sri Lanka have lost 6 of their last 8 matches at this venue against Pakistan (ODIs)
  • Babar Azam has 4 scores of 69 or above in his last 6 innings against Sri Lanka (ODIs)

Head to Head


Pakistan have played Sri Lanka in 155 ODIs so far with 92 wins for the men in green while 58 wins for the Islanders. Of the remaining, four ended without a result while one was a tie.

Quite interestingly, these sides have last played an ODI back in October 2019 when Sri Lanka were beaten 2-0 away in a series held in Pakistan.

Pakistan Form


Pakistan are third in the points table in the Super Fours with two points from two matches. They have defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets but were thrashed by India by 228 runs in the next.

The official hosts of the tournament have struggled with their batters failing to rise up to the occasion. Except captain Babar Azam (178 runs) there hasn’t been any consistent scorer.

Bowling was all about Haris Rauf (nine) but with him ruled out along with Naseem Shah (seven), Shaheen Shah Afridi faces a huge task on his shoulders.

Pakistan Team News


Pakistan announced four changes to the side that lost to India. Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Agha Salman and Faheem Ashraf are either rested or benched. In come Zaman Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Nawaz.

Sri Lanka Form


Sri Lanka are second in the Super Fours points table with two points from two matches, but with a superior net run rate over Pakistan. They have defeated Bangladesh by 21 runs but fell short by 41 runs against India.

The Islanders have four players aggregating at least 100 runs but none more than Sadeera Samarawickrama (167). He along with Kusal Mendis form the backbone of their challenge now.

Among the bowlers, Dunith Wellalage (nine wickets) surprised with a five-wicket return against India. Matheesha Pathirana (eight) and Maheesh Theekshana (nine) are also amongst the wickets.

Sri Lanka Team News


Sri Lanka have used an unchanged eleven all through the tournament. Don’t be surprised if that’s the case once again.

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What time does Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup Super Fours start?

This Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup Super Fours will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on September 14, Thursday starting at 3:00pm IST.

Verdict

I am tempted to back Sri Lanka purely because of the fight they put up against India and Pakistan’s injury worries. Yet, never count Pakistan out especially when they are down. I am putting my money on Pakistan winning this match while Babar Azam is more likely to lead from the front.

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