ICC World Cup 2019, which is the much-awaited cricket tournament of this season, is underway and the tournament has already garnered a lot of attention with some exciting matches already being played. Another interesting match that one is going to witness is the match between Pakistan vs Sri Lanka.
Well, on 7th June, cricket fans can expect an exciting game of cricket as the two Asian giants would be facing off for the first time in this international tournament. Both teams started their opening matches of the CWC 2019 campaigns with a crushing defeat. However, both teams bounced back and won their individual second matches.
Pakistan after losing their first match against the Windies in Nottingham, not many expected that Pakistan would score their victory against the Three Lions at the Trent Bridge by 14 runs. Well, Sarfaraz Ahmed rose above the hopes and beat England. Pakistan’s batsmen along with the bowlers helped the team to reach the victory line. On the other end, Sri Lanka’s win against the Afghans wasn’t very impressive one. The Lankans scored victory over Afghans by 34 runs at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. However, there were many flaws in the game. On the contrary, Pakistan seemed ferocious.
Pakistan’s encounter with another Asian giant would be taking place at the Bristol County Ground on Friday.
1. Pakistan scored 358/9 here earlier this month (vs ENG) but lost by 6 wkts.
2. Pakistan has won 1 of their 2 previous ODIs at this stadium.
3. Sri Lanka has won NONE of their 3 previous ODIs at this stadium.
4. Imam ul Haq scored 151 in his only previous ODI at this stadium.
5. Babar Azam has scored 717 runs in 12 games since landing in England.
Expectations are high on Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, Azam is more dependent while Zaman seems to love these pitches so scoring runs won‘t be tough for him. Mohammad Hafeez getting 84 is a big win for the team. Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik is expected to offer a better show next time.
It’s expected that they won’t be changing their batting line-up. Malinga can bowl better yorkers and deceptive slower ones that crash into the stumps. Perera has been the highest wicket taker and run scorer. Hence, a lot of expectations are on these players.