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

Asia Cup Final 2022: SL vs PAK- Sri Lanka Playing 11 vs Pakistan (Predicted).  Pakistan and Sri Lanka will meet in Asia Cup 2022 final on Sunday, 11th September in Dubai. In a dress rehearsal of the Asia Cup 2022 final, Pakistan and Sri Lanka faced each other in Dubai on Friday 9th September.

Pakistan was fresh off a thrilling win against Afghanistan in Sharjah, while Sri Lanka was riding the crest of a confidence wave after beating defending champions India in its last game. Wanindu Hasaranga led the bowling effort with a three-wicket haul before Pathum Nissanka notched up an unbeaten fifty as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 5 wickets in the final Super 4 contest of the Asia Cup 2022 in Dubai.

Asia Cup 2022
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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 Wanindu 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

In the inconsequential Super 4 match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Pakistan’s innings could never quite achieve lift-off, and when the middle overs came, spinner Wanindu Hasaranga put in his first big performance of the tournament, taking 3 for 21.

After his strikes, Pakistan’s horizons contracted substantially, despite the best efforts of Mohammad Nawaz, who seemed to be striking well in the 26 he made off 18 before he was run out. Eventually, Pakistan succumbed to 121.

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga. Pic Credits: Twitter

Sri Lanka was rattled by Pakistan’s pace in the powerplay, slipping to 29 for 3 at one stage. But so modest was the target, they could afford to take it slow. Pathum Nissanka anchored the chase, hitting an unbeaten 55 off 48. Thanks to less substantial but more aggressive innings from Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dasun Shanaka, Sri Lanka ambled home with 18 balls and five wickets to spare.

Asia Cup 2022: Sri Lanka 124 for 5 (Nissanka 55*, Rauf 2-19, Hasnain 2-21) beat Pakistan 121 (Babar 30, Hasaranga 3-21, Theekshana 2-21, Madushan 2-21) by five wickets

After weeks full of entertainment and excitement, Asia Cup 2022 has finally reached its conclusion.  All the teams gave their 100% but it was Pakistan and Sri Lanka who outshined the other four teams to claim the spot in the summit clash.

The final of the Asia Cup 2022 is slated to take place between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Sunday (11th September) in Dubai. Both teams won their first two games in the Super 4 stage, which took them straight to the final.

But when both teams will clash on Sunday, it is expected that Pakistan will emerge victorious and claim its third title. The reason behind the Babar Azam-led side having a higher chance to win the tournament is that most of their batters and bowlers are in form.

Sri Lanka on the other hand is also in the red hot form but they comparatively have less experience than Pakistan. But if their players step up they can even beat a strong team like Pakistan as they proved in the dead Super 4 rubber where they beat Pakistan comfortably.

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

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. He was dismissed without scoring against Pakistan in the inconsequential Super 4 match.