Babar Azam and Dasun Shanaka&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credits:&nbspAP


  • Sri Lanka is riding on the victory chariot after the defeat in the opening match of the Asia Cup

  • Tough challenge can be given to Pakistan in the final match

  • Sri Lanka will be eyeing to win the Asia Cup for the sixth time

Dubai: Tackling a socio-economic crisis and facing the worst democratic turmoil in its history, Sri Lanka may give its cricket team some chance to celebrate but it will have to beat a strong Pakistan team in the Asia Cup final here on Sunday. .

It will not be easy to beat Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is in a way the host of the Asia Cup but due to security reasons, it could not organize it in its home State and hence the United Arab Emirates got the opportunity to organize this tournament. It would have been a happy moment for the Dasun Shanaka-led side if they had been playing the final at their home ground but looking at their performance in the Super Four, it can be said that the challenge for the Babar Azam-led Pakistan team will be any way. Won’t be easier.

Sri Lanka spoiled equations of India-Pakistan final
Be it the Asian Cricket Council or the spectators of Dubai, everyone wanted the final match to be between India and Pakistan but Sri Lanka spoiled all their equations by performing well. Not only this, he registered an easy victory in the final match of Super Four against his final rivals Pakistan on Friday. With this, his team will enter the final with increased morale. But in Dubai, Pakistan is likely to get immense support from the audience and in such a situation players like Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz and Naseem Shah will try to give their best.

Sri Lankan team has changed its approach to the game
In front of Pakistan, there will be such a team of Sri Lanka which is trying to revive its cricket. She wants to make a mark in a format in which she became the world champion in 2014. Sri Lanka’s cricket has been battling with poor selection and politics within the board for some time now but now its players have changed their attitude and added aggression to T20 cricket.

Strong Sri Lanka’s bowling attack
Sri Lanka’s attack looks strong despite the absence of an experienced bowler like Dushmantha Chameera, with Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nishanka being the two excellent openers in the batting line-up. Danushka Gunatilaka, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Shanaka and Chamakatne Karunaratne have also made useful contributions. In the five matches of the Asia Cup so far, Sri Lankan batsmen have hit 28 sixes and 62 fours, which shows their aggressive attitude. In the bowling, Mahish Teekshana and Wanindu Hasaranga have handled the spin department very well, while Dilshan Madhushanka has performed the responsibility of the main fast bowler quite admirably.

Babar’s form a matter of concern for Pakistan
In contrast, Pakistan are concerned about the form of their captain and best batsman Babar, who has scored only 63 runs in five matches so far. He will definitely try to play a big innings in the final.

Bowling is also a strong side of Pakistan
Bowling seems to be the strong side of Pakistan right now. Naseem Shah’s game is improving continuously while Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain are also doing well. Both his spinners, leg-break bowler Shadab Khan and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz have also performed impressively.

Toss will play an important role
In Dubai, however, the role of the toss has been important and the team batting first suffers a loss. Anyway, batting first, Pakistan’s performance has not been good. He batted first in the matches he lost against India and Sri Lanka.

The two teams are as follows:
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Danushka Gunatilaka, Pathum Nisanka, Kusal Mendis, Charit Aslanka, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Ashen Bandara, Dhananjay D’Silva, Vanindu Hasaranga, Mahish Teekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayavikrama, Chamika Karunaduratne, Chandi Fernando, Dilshan Dinavani, Chandiratna, and Dilshan Bandara, Dhananjay D’Silva, .

Pakistan: Babar Azam (Captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali.
The match will be played at 7:30 pm Indian time.

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