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

Sri Lanka Cricket Team
Sri Lanka Cricket Team (Credits: Twitter)

Asia Cup 2022: SL vs PAK: Sri Lanka Playing 11 (Predicted) vs Pakistan, 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)

Against India in the Super 4 match, Sri Lanka openers Kusal Mendis (57 runs) and Pathum Nissanka (52 runs) took on the chase with their aggressive 97-run opening partnership. They suffered a mini-collapse in the middle overs from 97-0 to 110-4. Dasun Shanaka (33* runs) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (25* runs) then shared a 64-run unbeaten partnership to take their team across the line.

Dasun Shanaka celebrates after leading Sri Lanka to the win
Dasun Shanaka celebrates after leading Sri Lanka to the win•AFP/Getty Images

Dilshan Madushanka was the pick of the bowlers with bowling figures of 3/24 in the match. Maheesh Theekshana and Chamika Karunaratne picked up 3 wickets between them and gave runs at less than 7 RPO in the match. Dasun Shanaka and Wanidu Hasaranga were a little expensive in their overs in the last Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 game against India. Rohit Sharma’s 72 and Yuzvendra Chahal’s 3-wicket haul went in vain.

Sri Lanka 174 for 4 (Mendis 57, Nissanka 52, Chahal 3-34) beat India 173 for 8 (Rohit 72, Madushanka 3-24) by six wickets

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

Sri Lanka had done the unthinkable. To beat India in a T20I game in itself is a big achievement for them, and for them to do it in a big ticket tournament like the Asia Cup 2022 is something they should be mighty proud of. Their openers are in supreme form and their bowlers are delivering time and again, more importantly, their skipper Dasun Shanaka is leading from the front with both bat and ball.

The likes of Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, Ashen Bandara, Praveen Jayawixkrama, Nuwanidu Fernando, Promod Madushan, Nuwan Thushara, and Matheesha Pathirana are warming the bench and may get their chances in the dead rubber against Pakistan.

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

Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis. (Credits: Twitter)
Kusal Mendis. (Credits: Twitter)

Kusal Mendis is arguably the most talented batter in the Sri Lankan playing XI and will be crucial for their chances in the Asia Cup 2022. The 27-year-old elegant batter is a vital cog in the Sri Lanka batting lineup. He scored only 2 off 4 balls against Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2022 opening fixture before being the 1st wicket to fall after being a victim of MOM Fazalhaq Farooqi.

He scored a vital 60 off 37 balls against Bangladesh to see Sri Lanka scrape through to the Super 4 in their last Asia Cup 2022 group game. He top-scored for the islanders against Afghanistan in Sri Lanka’s first Super 4 match scoring 36 from only 19 balls at a Strike Rate of 189.47. He scored another fifty (57) off 37 balls in Sri Lankan win against defending champions India in Super 4.

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