Date: 11 September 2022
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Stadium
Ball-by-ball commentary: SportsTiger App
After what has been one of the most thrilling editions of Asia Cup 2022, it is time for the summit clash set to be played between Sri Lanka and Pakis at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. Both the teams have picked themselves off after losing their respective first matches, which makes this a mouth-watering prospect. While Sri Lanka have won four matches on the trot, Pakistan's batting could be a cause of concern, given the way they have performed in the last two matches.
Will it be Sri Lanka who will continue their momentum in the final and get the tag of being the Asian champion or will it be Pakistan who will win the tournament this year after coming into this competition as one of the favourites? We shall find out this Sunday.
164 is the average first innings total at this venue in Asia Cup 2022 which means surfaces have been fairly sporting with both the batters and bowlers having something in it for them. Spinners have been crucial in the tournament and it could be the same in the summit clash with fast bowlers also fancying their chance here with the new ball. Teams would look to get past 180 in a big match. Toss has been crucial here and the team batting second has had a better record.
Not many would have imagined the Sri Lankan team to reach the finals neither before the tournament nor after their defeat in the first match where they lost by 8 wickets with close to 10 overs remaining. However, that speaks about the character of the team. While they have had good luck with the tosses, take nothing away from the kind of intent they have shown and the performances they have put in. With the sudden belief that they might have instilled in their dressing room, they would be a force to reckon with in the final.
SportsTiger's Predicted Playing XI of Sri Lanka:
Kusal Mendis (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Dilshan Madushanka
Pakistan bowling has not been a concern at all. It is their batting, especially in the manner in which they have performed in the last two matches, that seems to be a bit of a worry at this stage. Having said that, they have the potential in them. Will they be able to deliver against an in-form Sri Lankan team amid the pressure of a final might go on to decide who will emerge as the Asian Champion this year.
SportsTiger's Predicted Playing XI of Pakistan:
Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain
Given the kind of form Sri Lanka has been in, predicting Sri Lanka to win this match. Pakistan's batting hasn't looked in great nick with their middle order having failed twice when their top-order departed early. With a quick turnaround between the last match and this one, the advantage is seemingly with the Sri Lankan camp.
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