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Asia Cup 2022: SL vs PAK: Pakistan Playing 11 vs Sri Lanka (Predicted), Super Four, Match 6 (B1 vs A2). Asia Cup has lived up to its expectations with close encounters and thrilling finishes so far. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have bettered India and Afghanistan in the Super 4 stages to qualify for the finals.

This Asia Cup 2022 tournament has been a big audition for the 2022 T20I World Cup later this year. Both teams will look to win this inconsequential last Super 4 match and go into the finals with confidence and momentum on their side. Pakistan and Sri Lanka will meet each other on 9th September 2022 in Dubai before meeting again on Sunday, 11th September at the same venue.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka (Credits: Twitter)

Pakistan did what they are best at with their unpredictability and won their last 2 thrillers against India (5 wickets) and Afghanistan (1 wicket) in the last over. Against Afghanistan, Iftikhar Ahmed (30 runs) and Shadab Khan (36 runs) shared a vital partnership in the middle after Mohammad Rizwan’s 26-ball 20-run stay early in the match. Asif Ali (14 runs) and Naseem Shah (12 runs) scored crucial 26 runs in their final moments to cross the line with one wicket remaining.

Naseem Shah's hits led to frenzied celebrations in the Pakistan camp and a tearful exit for his opponents • AFP/Getty Images
Naseem Shah’s hits led to frenzied celebrations in the Pakistan camp and a tearful exit for his opponents • AFP/Getty Images

Their bowlers put on a combined show to restrict the opposition to 129/6 in the last game. Haris Rauf was the chief wicket taker with 4-0-26-2 in the match. Naseem Shah, Shadab Khan, and Mohammad Nawaz picked up a wicket each and gave runs at less than 6 RPO in the last Asia Cup 2022 game.

Four late wickets gave Afghanistan a chance, before Fazalhaq Farooqi’s full tosses went for sixes, and eliminated both Afghanistan and India. Pakistan won a seesawing, low-scoring thriller to beat Afghanistan by one wicket, thus booking their date with Sri Lanka in the final of the Asia Cup 2022.

Asia Cup 2022
Asia Cup 2022 Photo Credit: (Twitter)

The result not only brought down the curtain on Afghanistan’s campaign but also on defending champions India. Having restricted Afghanistan to 129 for 6 after winning the toss, Pakistan would have expected smooth sailing but Afghanistan’s bowlers kept a lid on the scoring rate.

Pakistan 131 for 9 (Shadab 36, Fareed 3-31, Farooqi 3-31) beat Afghanistan 129 for 6 (Ibrahim 35, Rauf 2-26, Naseem 1-19) by one wicket

Mohammad Nawaz stunned India with the bat after helping restrict them with the ball after a rampant start to give Pakistan a thrilling win in their Super 4 Asia Cup 2022 match against India. A week after India chased successfully in a thrilling group-stage finish, Pakistan returned the favour, asking India to bat and getting home with just one ball to spare.

Mohammad Nawaz
Mohammad Nawaz. Image Credits: Twitter

Mohammad Rizwan anchored the chase with 71 off 51, but it was Mohammad Nawaz who provided the desperately needed impetus. Promoted to No. 4, he smashed 42 off 20 balls to put Pakistan back on track as India’s Virat Kohli’s 44 balls 60 went in vain.

Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan 182 for 5 (Rizwan 71, Nawaz 42) beat India 181 for 7 (Kohli 60, Rahul 28, Rohit 28, Shadab 2-31) by five wickets

Pakistan is on a roll in this Asia Cup 2022. After a close defeat to India in their first game of Asia Cup 2022, they absolutely destroyed India in the Super 4 stage and Hong Kong in the group stage and won a close contest against Afghanistan to book a spot in the Asia Cup 2022 final against Sri Lanka. Babar Azam hasn’t been in great form but they won’t be too worried about it as it is just a matter of time before the talented batsman is once again amongst the runs.

Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan Predicted Playing 11: Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah

Asia Cup 2022: SL vs PAK: Pakistan Playing 11 (Predicted) vs Sri Lanka, Super Four, Match 6 (B1 vs A2)

Babar Azam

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Image Credits: Twitter)

Babar Azam is the skipper of Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2022. He should be the opener for the team during the tournament. The right-handed batsman is one of the top-ranked batsmen in T20Is (ICC ranking) but is yet to fire in Asia Cup 2022.

He scored only 10 off 9 balls against India in Asia Cup 2022. He failed yet again against easier opponents in Hong Kong (9 off 8) when the other Pakistan batters were making merry. He failed to score much again in the Super 4 match against India scoring only 14 off 10.

He was dismissed without scoring again against Afghanistan as he was dismissed leg before wicket off Fazalhaq Farooqi in the 2nd ball of Pakistan’s innings. He has scored only 33 runs in 4 T20Is in Asia Cup 2022 at a pathetic average of only 8.25.

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