Date: 11 September 2022
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
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After an entertaining group and super four-stage, the Asia Cup gears up for its finale at the Dubai International Stadium. Pakistan and Sri Lanka will go head to head in the grand finale as they took down teams like India and Afghanistan in a convincing fashion. We got a preview of this final in the last game of the Super Four stage where the Lankans registered a thrilling victory.
Sri Lanka is looking like the best team entering the final as they have defeated in-form teams like Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. The Lankans’ batting has been the team’s biggest strength through the tournament as they have chased down 170+ targets thrice.
Similarly, in their recent game against Pakistan where Sri Lanka was reduced to 3-29, they still managed to chase down the total of 122 - thanks to Pathum Nissanka and their lower middle order of Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dasun Shanaka. In the bowling department, Dilshan Madushanka has been their go-to option as he has picked up six wickets over the four games.
On the other hand, Pakistan has been one of the top teams in the tournament, despite major injuries at the start of the tournament. The Men in Green have created a dominant playing XI with quality players in their side. Their bowling attack without Shaheen Afridi still looks incredibly dangerous, thanks to Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf who are playing at an incredible level.
Similarly, their batting is solid with wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan leading the charge as he has been the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament. Their middle order which was supposedly a weakness has been bolstered by the likes of Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz and Iftiqar Ahmed who have contributed in all departments.
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah
Grand League team
Head to head team
Batters: Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka
Bowlers: Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka
Wicket-keepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Kusal Mendis
All-rounders: Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga
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