PAK vs SL Match Preview–Asia Cup 2023, Super Four Match 5. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are set to collide with each other in the battle for the final. PAK vs SL, the 5th match of the Super Four round of Asia Cup 2023, takes place on Thursday (September 14).
R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo is the venue of the clash. The winner of the PAK vs SL clash will lock horns with India in the Asia Cup 2023 final. The PAK vs SL match is going to be one of the most thrilling encounters of Asia Cup 2023. This is because both Asian teams share a complex head-to-head record when it comes to ODIs.
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Pakistan and Sri Lanka have played 155 ODI games in the history of international cricket. Pakistan dominates Sri Lanka by winning 92 games while the latter has won 58 games.
However, if we take a glance at Asia Cup tournaments, Sri Lanka completely outplays Pakistan. Out of 14 ODI games in Asia Cup tournaments, Sri Lanka has vanquished Pakistan 10 times. Hence, Sri Lanka has an upper edge when it comes to Asia Cup tournaments.
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Now, if we consider the last five ODI games between both teams, Pakistan has won all five games. However, both teams faced each other last time in 2019. In the last 4 years, both teams have undergone many changes in the ODI squad. Hence, no one can predict who will win PAK vs SL Asia Cup 2023 match.
PAK vs SL Match Preview–Asia Cup 2023, Super Four Match 5
Babar Azam is the captain of Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023. The right-handed batsman is also the highest run-getter for the team with 178 runs in 4 games. Iftikhar Ahmed is next with 132 runs.
In the bowling department, Haris Rauf has hunted the most 9 wickets for the team. However, due to an injury, he was ruled out of the tournament. Shaheen is next with 8 wickets in 4 games while Naseem Shah has picked 7 wickets in 4 games. However, Shah is also out of the tournament.
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PAK Squad: Babar Azam (Captain), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Tayyab Tahir, Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Rizwan, Shahnawaz Dahani, Zaman Khan. Shaheen Afridi, Usama Mir
Dasun Shanaka is the skipper of Sri Lanka in Asia Cup 2023. Sadeera Samarawickrama is the leading run-getter for the team with 167 runs in 4 games. Kusal Mendis is next with 162 runs while Charith Asalanka accounts for 130 runs.
In bowling, Dunith Wellalage has hunted 9 wickets and is the leading wicket-taker for Sri Lanka. Matheesha Pathirana has picked 8 wickets while Maheesh Theekshana has hunted 7 wickets.
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SL Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Kusal Perera, Binura Fernando, Pramod Madushan, Dushan Hemantha
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