A crucial encounter to be played in this ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take on each other with an eye on semi final berth.
This contest will give us the second semi finalist of this edition of Champions Trophy 2017. India is through to the semis by defeating South Africa by 8 wickets yesterday.
This do or die match will be played at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff today (12th June 2017).
Pakistan are coming from a good win against the number 1 ODI side South Africa and Sri Lanka are also coming from a good win against defending champions India.
Both the teams played well in their last match. But now it is a quarter final of this edition of the Champions Trophy. One who wins will go and play the semi finals and one who loses will go home.
Pakistan’s bowling attack looked good against South Africa but they need more fire power in their batting, especially Mohd Hafeez. Hafeez is struggling to bat in these England conditions. Against India he wasted a lot of balls which made the run rate go higher and against South Africa he again struggled to make a good mark that too while chasing a decent target of 220 runs. He needs to step up his game in this crunch game.
Ahmed Sezhad, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam and Skipper Sarfraz Khan should be consistent in this quarter final match too.
Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohd Amir and Junaid Khan bowled well against South Africa. Against Sri Lanka it seems their bowlers might destroy their in experienced batting line up.
But they can’t take the Sri Lankan team lightly. Sri Lanka are also unpredictable just like Pakistan.
Sri Lanka’s bowling form is in a spot of bother. The Lankans conceded over 300 runs against India and their bowlers got the proper pasting from the South African batting line up.
Sri Lanka’s bowling attack looks weak in this competition. Bowlers like Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera, Sekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal should fire against Pakistan in this do or die match.
Sri Lanka’s chances will depend on how these bowlers bowl. Fortunately their batting clicked against India. Young batsmen like Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka took the responsibility and chase down the record score for win.
Sri Lanka will also want some overs from their skipper Angelo Matthews. He didn’t bowl against India due a injury. Due to this injury he was out of their first game against South Africa.
But now he should be fit enough to bowl. Sri Lanka need some overs from Angelo Matthews.
Batsmen like Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera and Chamara Kapugedara didn’t bat well against South Africa and didn’t get a chance against India. Now these batters will want to make this chance count.
Sri Lankan batsmen have huge task of facing Mohd Amir, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohd Hafeez and Imad Wasim. This bowling line up for Pakistan is very good for Sri Lankan batsmen.
The Lankans will need to play out of skins to win this contest.
- Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan head to head in ODIs
- In England Pakistan and Sri Lanka have played 3 matches till now, Pakistan had all of them and Sri Lanka hasn’t won till now.
- No matches have played by Pakistan and Sri Lanka at this venue. Today they will play their first game.
Weather in Sophia Gardens in Cardiff – According to the BBC weather report IT WILL BE OVER CAST CONDITIONS IN Cardiff and there is slight chances of rain.
Playing XI of Sri Lanka – The Lankans should bring in Nuwan Kulasekara to strengthen their bowling attack.
Angelo Mathews (captain), Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella (wicketkeeper), Chamara Kapugedara, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Sekkuge Prasanna, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara.
Playing XI of Pakistan – Pakistan may go with the same squad that played against South Africa few days ago.
Sarfraz Khan (captain and wicketkeeper), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammed Amir, Mohammed Hafeez, Shadab Khan and Shoaib Malik.
The match will start at 3PM IST, Live Streaming on Star Ports Networks and Hotstar.