Pakistan needs good weather in Colombo to stay in Asia Cup 2023. A poor Net Run Rate, worsened by their big loss to India, makes this match crucial. If rain interrupts, Sri Lanka’s superior net run rate earns them a final spot.
PAK vs SL LIVE Score: Rain has delayed the toss proceedings in Colombo. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are all set to face off in the last Super 4 match of the Asia Cup 2023 on Thursday. India have already secured their spot in the Asia Cup 2023 Final with wins over Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Super Fours. In the upcoming virtual semi-final, Pakistan must secure a win to advance to the Final, while Sri Lanka will aim to build on their fine performance against Rohit Sharma & Co in Colombo and make a significant impact. The Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Super 4 clash starts at 3 PM IST.
In their previous encounter, Pakistan suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of India during the Super Four stage. The match was marred by rain, and KL Rahul and Virat Kohli’s centuries and Kuldeep Yadav’s fifer made it nearly impossible for Babar Azam’s team to chase down the formidable target of 356, resulting in a 228-run loss. In the upcoming game, Pakistan will aim to recover and secure a place in the tournament final.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka also faced a setback in their last match against India, losing by 41 runs. Sri Lanka struggled to maintain their momentum as wickets fell at regular intervals. Kuldeep Yadav put on an impressive performance with figures of 4 for 43. On the Sri Lankan side, Wellalage emerged as the standout performer, not only with the ball but also with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 42 runs and delivering an excellent all-round performance.
Pakistan will be reliant on favorable weather conditions in Colombo to keep their Asia Cup 2023 hopes alive. With the lowest Net Run Rate in the Super Fours, their big loss to India has put them in a precarious position. There’s no backup day for the match, so if rain disrupts it, Sri Lanka will secure a spot in the Asia Cup Final thanks to their superior net run rate.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup 2023 – Super 4
Date & Time: Thursday, September 14, 3 PM IST
Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
PAK vs SL: Probable Playing XIs
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim, Shahnawaz Dahani / Zaman Khan
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