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Asia Cup Final Preview: Pakistan VS Sri Lanka

The Asia Cup Final Between Pakistan and Sri Lanka: Pakistan enters the final as slim favorites, while Sri Lanka comes in arguably better form than the favorites

Asia Cup Final Preview Pakistan VS Sri Lanka
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The Asia Cup Final Between Pakistan and Sri Lanka Takes Place on Sunday, September 11. Who is Favourite to Win the Asia Cup 2022? Judging by Almost Every Other Game in the Tournament to Date, It’ll Probably Be Whichever of These Teams Bats Second! Aside From the Group Stage Games Involving Qualifiers Hong Kong, Only One Game in the Whole Tournament Has Been Won by the Team Batting First. And That Was a Dead Rubber Game That Took Place Yesterday, With India Normalising Afghanistan in Dubai.

Both Teams Have Been Impressive When Chasing at the Asia Cup – Pakistan Knocked-off 182 to Beat India in Dubai, and Sri Lanka Have Repeatedly Shown That They Can Chase Decent Scores–the Lions Have Chased 170+ Against India, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh in Their Last Three Games.

Asia Cup Final Preview: Pakistan VS Sri Lanka
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Asia Cup Final: Pakistan VS Sri Lanka: How do teams shape up?

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (w), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Haider Ali, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali.

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (w), Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Ashen Bandara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama, Matheesha Pathirana, Nuwanidu Fernando, Nuwan Thusara, Dinesh Chandimal.

Who Will Win the Asia Cup?

Ignoring the influence of the toss for a moment, Pakistan enters the final as slim favorites. They’re the second-ranked T20 team in the world, and in opening pair Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, they have two of the most destructive T20i batsmen in world cricket.
Rizwan is the top-scoring player left in the tournament, but Pakistan’s batting hasn’t always clicked and Babar is struggling for form. He’s managed just 33 runs in four innings and if his bad stretch continues, that certainly improves Sri Lanka’s odds.
Cricketing form being what it is, it’s equally likely he’ll suddenly throw off the shackles and score a rapid-fire century. Either way, Pakistan’s captain will be a key figure.

Sri Lanka comes into the final in arguably even better form than the favorites, with Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa all making big contributions.
On paper they perhaps don’t match up, man for man, with Pakistan, but anything can happen in T20 cricket and Sri Lanka is a talented team on the rise, despite being coached by Chris Silverwood.

Yes really, that Chris Silverwood–the guy who was so hapless when in charge of England.

The pitch at Dubai International Stadium will almost certainly have an impact. As noted, it favors the chasing side, with 16 of the last 19 matches played here won by the team batting second.
The good news for cricket lovers is that dire stat means the side batting first is all but obliged to come out swinging and try to score at around 10 per over.
Anything above 190 is going to be a real challenge to chase. Anything less, from what we’ve seen so far, is all too doable.

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