Sri Lanka out to maintain winning streak

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A hostile-looking Pakistan will cross swords with a free-spirited Sri Lanka in Friday’s Super Four clash in Asia Cup 2022 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Both teams have qualified for the final, yet they will be raring to put their A-game to display in this fixture.

Pakistan are coming into the fixture after edging past a gritty Afghanistan in an epic thriller at Sharjah on the back of a miracle cameo of Naseem Shah, who smashed two consecutive sixes in the final over when his side needed 11 runs to win with one wicket in hand.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka have clinched two consecutive wins against Afghanistan and India in this round-robin stage and became the first team to reach the penultimate event.

This contest will be like a practice match for both Pakistan and Dasun Shanaka’s side who will be weighing up each other before meeting in the final on Sunday (11).

For Pakistan, they would be brimming with confidence after sending both India and Afghanistan out of the Asia Cup after winning a thrilling contest at Sharjah. What would worry Pakistan is their skipper Babar Azam’s poor form, as the former world no.1 T20I batter once again failed to make a mark in the last game and returned on a golden duck. He has amassed just 33 runs in four innings while facing 28 deliveries in the Asia Cup 2022.

His opening partner Mohammad Rizwan, who is the top contender for the Man of the Tournament award, has scored 212 runs so far. In bowling, Pakistan have nothing to worry as they possess one of the best bowling attacks in the competition, which has players like Nassem Shah, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Hasnain who restricted Afghanistan for a paltry score of 129 runs.

Sri Lanka on the other hand, would look to continue their winning momentum at Asia Cup 2022. After beating India by six wickets in their last match, Dasun Shanaka’s side would look to edge another favourite in the form of Pakistan.

The skipper, along with Bhanuka Rajapaksa, stitched up a sensible fifth wicket partnership of 64 runs in their last match, while young pacer Dilshan Madushanka scalped the big fish Virat Kohli very early in the innings.

With Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka looking good in the tournament, the Lankans would hope to beat high-flying the Pak side.