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Asia Cup 2023 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Super Fours, 5th Match Live Score: SL won by 2 wickets and qualifies for finals

Pakistan won the coin toss and chose to bat initially. They established a goal of 252 runs for Sri Lanka in 42 overs that were adjusted due to rain. Sri Lanka effectively pursued the target and secured their place in the finals.

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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Super Fours at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

The Asia Cup 2023 has reached an exciting stage, with Pakistan and Sri Lanka set to clash in a highly anticipated match on Thursday, September 14. This match holds immense significance as the winner will secure a spot in the finals of the tournament, scheduled to be played on September 17. Both teams have faced their fair share of challenges and victories in the Super Four stage, and now it's time for them to battle it out for the ultimate glory.

 

  Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Super Fours
 publive-image SL won by 2 wkts
publive-imagePAK   252/7 (42)
publive-imageSL   252/8 (42)
  Venue    R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
  Date & Time   Tue, Sep 14, 3:00 PM IST
  Toss   PAK opt to bat
  Player of the Match   Kusal Mendis

 

PAK vs SL Super Fours Match Highlights

Choosing to bat after winning the toss, PAK started their innings. In the powerplay, they managed to score 39 runs but lost one wicket in the process. Shafique played a commendable innings of 52 runs from 69 deliveries, hitting three fours and two sixes. PAK Skipper Babar Azam was stumped when he had scored 29 runs off 35 balls.

Rizwan showcased his skills with an outstanding unbeaten knock of 86 runs from 73 deliveries, which included six boundaries and two maximums. Ifthikar fell short of reaching the half-century mark, making a contribution of 47 runs off 40 balls before heading back to the pavilion.

Top Performers of the Match
 

  Batting Prowess
  Batter   Team   R   B   4s   6s   SR
  Rizwan   PAK   86   73   6   2   117.81
  Shafique   PAK   52   69   3   2    75.36
  Kusal Mendis   SL   91   87   8   1   104.60
  Charith Asalanka   SL   49*   47   3   1   104.26

 

  Bolwer   Team   O   M   R   W   NB   WD   ECO
  Matheesha Pathirana   SL   8   0   65   3   0   5   8.10
  Ifthikar Ahmed   PAK   8   0   50   3   0   0   6.20


Match Details

The match will be held at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday, September 14, at 3:00 pm IST. It promises to be an exciting clash as both teams battle it out for a place in the finals. The coin flip is scheduled for 2:30 PM IST, which is half an hour prior to the start of the match.

Weather Update: Keep an Eye on the Skies

As for the weather conditions, there is a slight chance of rain on the match day. The teams will have to keep an eye on the skies and be prepared for any interruptions or adjustments in their strategies.

Pitch Report: Favourable Conditions for Batsmen

The match will be held at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This venue offers a pitch that is generally favorable to batsmen. The batters can exploit the batting-friendly nature of the pitch and score heavily. However, spinners can also make an impact due to the turn and bounce on offer. The teams winning the toss might opt to chase, considering the average first innings total of 214.

PAK vs SL Asia Cup Head-to-Head Record 

In Asia Cup tournaments, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have competed against each other a total of 17 times. Out of these matchups, Pakistan emerged as the winners in 5 games while Sri Lanka secured victory on 12 occasions.

Road to the Finals: Super Four Stage

India has already secured a place in the finals of the 2023 Asia Cup tournament after defeating co-hosts Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the Super Four stage. Unfortunately, Bangladesh is no longer in the race for the final, having lost to both Sri Lanka and Pakistan. This leaves Pakistan and Sri Lanka as the contenders for the final spot.

Pakistan's Struggle: Defeat against India

In their previous match, Pakistan faced a humiliating defeat against India in the third match of the Super Four stage. The match was marred by rain, which disrupted Pakistan's chase of India's massive total of 356 runs. Despite the efforts of Babar Azam's team, they fell short by 228 runs. Pakistan will be eager to redeem themselves in the upcoming match against Sri Lanka and secure their spot in the finals.

Sri Lanka's Setback: Loss to India

Sri Lanka also faced a setback in their last match against India, losing by 41 runs. They struggled to maintain momentum throughout the game, losing wickets at regular intervals. Kuldeep Yadav's impressive performance with figures of 4 for 43 added to Sri Lanka's woes. However, one shining star for Sri Lanka was Wellalage, who showcased an excellent all-round performance, scoring an unbeaten 42 runs and making an impact with the ball as well.

Probable Playing XIs: 

Pakistan Playing XI: Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Haris, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Zaman Khan

Bench: Faheem Ashraf, Agha Salman, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usama Mir, Saud Shakeel, Imam-ul-Haq

Support Staff: Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, Andrew Puttick, Morne Morkel

Sri Lanka Playing XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Matheesha Pathirana

Bench: Dushan Hemantha, Binura Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha

Support Staff: Chris Silverwood, Naveed Nawaz, Piyal Wijetunge, Dharshana Gamage, Anton Roux, Mahela Jayawardene

Conclusion

The Pakistan vs Sri Lanka match in the Asia Cup 2023 is set to be a thrilling encounter as both teams aim to secure a place in the finals. With India already booking their spot, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will leave no stone unturned in their quest for victory. The head-to-head record, pitch conditions, and weather updates add to the anticipation of this crucial match. Fans around the world are eagerly waiting to witness the battle for the finals unfold at the R Premadasa Stadium. So mark your calendars and get ready for an exciting clash between these two cricketing giants.

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