Carrying a win each in their kitty after recovering from thumping losses in their respective opening games, Pakistan and Sri Lanka face each other in the 11th Match of the ICC World Cup 2019 on 7th June at County Ground, Bristol. The contest will be live from 3:00 pm IST.
Srilanka Despite a stunning batting collapse (from 92-0 to 201 all out), Sri Lanka managed to stave off the Afghanistan challenge in their previous fixture. The win would have served as a confidence booster after a 10-wicket rout to New Zealand in their opening game. Kusal Perera and Karunaratne got the team a good start in their previous matches where Perera played a superb knock of 78 off 81 balls. All the other batsman failed miserably. Nuwan Pradeep and Malinga were splendid with bowling who took 4 and 3 wickets respectively. Thisara Perera and Isuru Udana got 1 wicket each. The Lankans may not make alterations to their winning combination.
Player To Watch Out For – Lasith Malinga
Unpredictable Pakistan won their last match against the host England who is also considered as favorites for the tournament. Pakistan batting first got a good start as Fakhar and Imam scored 36 and 44 runs respectively. Team’s middle order was the key factor to reach a 348 runs total. Babar Azam, Hafeez, and Sarfaraz played decent innings of 63,84 and 55 respectively. Shadab took 3 wickets. Wahab and Amir got 2 wickets each whereas Malik and Hafeez also got 1 wicket each. Pakistan is unlikely to tinker with its winning combination.
Player To Watch Out For – Babar Azam
The County Ground in Bristol is one of the smallest grounds in England, and it is a dream venue for batsmen to play on. The pitch looks a belter with a hint of reverse swing on offer in the later stages of the innings. The spinners also extracted turn in the warm-up matches and in the last match of Afghanistan Vs Australia.
Probable Line Ups
Sri Lanka – Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera (WK), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep.
Pakistan – Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir.
Pakistan will be likely to have an edge ahead of Sri Lanka. Pakistan has a better-settled unit with more experience available at their disposal and is coming on the back of a win over a more formidable team.