Asia Cup 2023, SL vs PAK Live Score: Sri Lanka and Pakistan are all set to square off in a virtual semifinal of the Asia Cup 2023 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. While India have already sealed a place for themselves in the summit clash of the continental tournament, the winner of this contest will join them in the final with Bangladesh already ruled out of a place in the titular contest.
However, there is a catch. With this being a rain-affected tournament already, in case the match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka ends up being washed out, it will be Sri Lanka who will proceed to the final as they have a better net run rate.
The two teams are coming on the back of a defeat against India. However, their defeats have been contrasting. While Pakistan conceded 356 runs runs against the Men in Blue before being bowled out for 128, Sri Lanka put in a courageous fight and bowled India out 213 and were in the run-chase for a long time before ultimately falling short and getting dismissed for 172. Moreover, Sri Lanka have the experience of having reached more finals as they have featured in the finale in 11 matches, more than India or Pakistan who have played 9 or 5 matches respectively.
The weather forecast in Colombo suggests rain and it would be interesting to see if the conditions are dry enough in between the showers to get a game of cricket in. Meanwhile, Pakistan have also been forced to make changes due to injury which will also be advantage Sri Lanka who have shown that they just can’tbe ruled out in these conditions.
Probable Playing XIs:
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wicketkeeper), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanka (captain), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana
Pakistan: Mohammad Haris, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Zaman Khan