Who: Sri Lanka v Pakistan
When: Sunday, September 11 (14:00 GMT)
The place: Dubai, UAE
Sri Lanka and Pakistan meet within the ultimate of the Asia Cup 2022, a fixture not many had envisaged when the match was moved from Sri Lanka to the UAE.
There’s financial turmoil in each international locations. For the unique hosts Sri Lanka, it was inconceivable to ensure a provide of gasoline and host a number of groups for the match amid the political and financial disaster.
Pakistan has been devastated by heavy flooding which submerged, in response to official estimates, a couple of third of the nation by melting glaciers and document monsoon rains and killed greater than 1,440 folks, inflicting an estimated financial lack of $10bn.
However placing these points behind them, each side have made it to the decider amid robust situations and the UAE warmth.
Face to face
Though Pakistan take pleasure in a greater head-to-head document – profitable 13 of the 22 matches – their final T20 win over Sri Lanka got here in October 2017 (the 2 sides have performed simply 4 T20s since).
In Friday’s gown rehearsal for the ultimate, Sri Lanka outclassed Pakistan by 5 wickets, though the latter did have Shadab Khan and Naseem Shah sitting out.
Path to the ultimate
Misplaced to Afghanistan by eight wickets
Beat Bangladesh by two wickets
Beat Afghanistan by 4 wickets
Beat India by six wickets
Beat Pakistan by 5 wickets
Misplaced to India by 5 wickets
Beat Hong Kong by 155 runs
Beat India by 5 wickets
Beat Afghanistan by one wicket
Misplaced to Sri Lanka by 5 wickets
Will Pakistan have Khan and Shah again?
Hopefully. Whereas fast-bowler Shah, who shocked Afghanistan with two sixes within the ultimate over, was mentioned to be rested, Khan has been niggling an damage that the crew, and the nation, hope he can overcome in time for the ultimate.
Khan has scored 46 runs for Pakistan in two innings and claimed seven wickets, whereas Shah has been the crew’s standout bowler, placing his all in throughout testing, humid situations and selecting up six wickets.
Babar’s type a fear?
Undoubtedly. His 30 off 29 balls in Friday’s match adopted a first-ball duck in opposition to Afghanistan. His different scores within the match are 14(10), 9(8) and 10(9).
His opening accomplice Mohammad Rizwan, nonetheless, has been in glowing type, taking some stress off the captain.
Is that this redemption for Sri Lanka?
The “hosts” got here into the match not anticipated to achieve the ultimate.
Afghanistan thumped them by eight wickets within the match opener. The subsequent match was a detailed high-scoring win for Sri Lanka that helped them progress to the Tremendous 4s.
Nevertheless, three wins out of three have made them considerably of a contender for the title they’ve beforehand received 5 instances.
Sri Lanka captain cautious of complacency
“The arrogance we have now is very large after 4 consecutive wins, however we nonetheless don’t take Pakistan frivolously within the ultimate,” captain Dasun Shanaka advised reporters on Saturday.
“We all know they’re an excellent facet and sufficient good gamers of their facet to come back again robust and we must be prepared for that.”