PAK vs SL, Asia Cup 2022 Final: Sri Lanka to strive for their 6th Asia Cup, Pakistan will aim to end 10-year title gap
PAK vs SL, Asia Cup 2022 Final: Sri Lanka will look to earn their sixth Asia Cup title while Pakistan will strive to end their long title gap in the continental tournament when the two teams clash in the final on Sunday.
The islanders have defeated both sides twice in the Asia Cup finals matches between the two teams. Pakistan triumphed in 2000 while Sri Lanka did so in 1986 and 2014. In the years 1986, 1997, 2004, 2008, and 2014, Sri Lanka won competitions. After India, which has won seven championships, they are the second-most successful team in the history of the competition.
In 2000 and 2012, Pakistan won the title twice.
Sri Lanka’s 2022 Asia Cup campaign got off to a rocky start when they were defeated by Afghanistan by eight wickets. They beat Bangladesh by two wickets in a thrilling encounter in their subsequent Group match, though, and advanced to the Super Four round of the competition.
Sri Lanka has outperformed the opposition in close games, defeating Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.
With three victories in three games, they finished the Super Four phase atop the standings.
Some of Sri Lanka’s batters have performed excellently during the season. Pathum Nissanka (165 runs) and Kusal Mendis (155 runs) are their team’s top two run scorers.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa and captain Dasun Shanaka, middle-order batsmen, have helped Sri Lanka win games or pull the side out of tough situations. As the rest of the batting lineup has not contributed much. These two middle-order players will need to play with care. While also making big hits to help their team win the championship.
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With six wickets each, medium pacer Dilshan Madushanka and spinner Wanindu Hasaranga will be Lankan players to watch out for and crucial to the team’s success. Additionally, Chamika Karunarathne has claimed five casualties for the side.
In the group stage, Pakistan lost to India by five wickets to begin its tournament run. In contrast, they made a great comeback in the following game against Hong Kong. After outscoring the opposition by just 38 runs to win by 155 runs. They qualify for the Super Four stage with this victory.
Pakistan defeated India by five wickets to begin their Super Four phase. Then, in a thrilling last over, they managed to defeat Afghanistan by one wicket.
They were defeated by Sri Lanka by five wickets in their final Super Four game.
With two victories in three games, they concluded the Super Four phase in second place on the points table.
The performance of captain Babar Azam, who has scored only 63 runs in five innings with a best score of 30. He will be a major concern going into the final. Azam would need to reclaim his form if Pakistan were to win the match. Mohammed Rizwan, the team’s other great hitter, is helping the team out with his 226 runs in five games and his wicket-keeping. Therefore, the success of Pakistan in the final will depend heavily on these two hitters.
Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, and Khusdil Shah are other all-rounders. And batters who have contributed significantly to Pakistan’s run to the championship game.
The bowling of Pakistan has been excellent. Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan, two excellent spinners, have each taken eight and seven wickets. Both Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf, pacers, have put in strong performances.