Familiar foes in Asia Cup opener

Familiar foes in Asia Cup opener


Match facts

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014
Start time 1400 internal (0800 GMT)

Mahela Jayawardene slammed 8 fours, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, Nov 16, 2013

Big Picture

While cricket play prowl around courtship a wealthy and coaxing promises of shared tours for a new Future Tours Programme, Pakistan and Sri Lanka lift a screen on a Asia Cup meaningful fixtures between a dual nations might shortly turn some-more common. They already play any other plenty, though carrying risked ostracisation from cricket’s gentlefolk during a Singapore meeting, they might find other nations concerned about conceptualizing tours with possibly of them. In short: Sri Lanka v Pakistan could be a new Sri Lanka v India.

But during slightest if that transpires, a limited-overs encounters might furnish good contests. Pakistan won a Dec ODI array 3-2, though 3 of those matches featured tighten finishes. In Bangladesh, a teams seem well-matched again.

Pakistan, as ever, have a improved bowling side. Junaid Khan likes holding Sri Lankan wickets so much, he roughly bursts a facial capillary any time he does it. Sri Lanka had picked Saeed Ajmal detached during a Jan Tests, though he had been specially effective in a ODI series, as had Umar Gul. Sri Lanka matches even seem to pierce a grown-up out from behind Shahid Afridi’s sleek brave and resplendently catastrophic strokemaking. In a final series, he was roughly unchanging opposite dual disciplines.

Sri Lanka have a improved batting unit. As Tillakaratne Dilshan nurses an harmed palm during home, a star has hinted for a umpteenth time that Mahela Jayawardene should open for Sri Lanka, as both he and a group advantage from his graduation adult a order. Kusal Perera has begun to pierce over a Sanath Jayasuriya-shaped shade his career was fake in, and a center sequence has mostly been effective in their dual most-recent matches.

The pivotal to a outcome in Fatullah might be possibly possibly group can precedence tighten believe of any other’s cricket. Can Pakistan continue to overpower recent-centurion Kumar Sangakkara in a same demeanour they had finished in a UAE tour? Have Sri Lanka come on a ploy to frustrate a suddenly-monstrous Pakistan tip sequence they had encountered in a final series? The contest is set to be played during a breakneck pace, and a first-up feat might meant some-more than most.

Form guide

(last 5 matches, many new first)

Pakistan: LWWLW
Sri Lanka: WWWWL

In a spotlight

Sohaib Maqsood‘s bustling knocks had helped Pakistan connect their innings in a UAE, as he rotated a strike effectively opposite a likes of Sachithra Senanayake, and struck large, leg-side bounds to barricade his team’s prevalence in several of those matches. Sri Lanka are again blank Rangana Herath – a bowler who mostly exerts control during a middle-overs – and Maqsood will wish to means his success in that period.

Thisara Perera had such a bad debate of a UAE, he was denied accede to go to a Big Bash League and was asked instead to sight with Sri Lanka’s A team. A small tough adore from a selectors appears to have finished him good. His unbeaten 80 in a initial ODI opposite Bangladesh led Sri Lanka’s conspicuous resurgence in that match, though Thisara will wish to extent a troughs in his career.

Teams news

Having had some time in limited-overs tournaments during home, Pakistan lapse to internationals with many a same patrol that took on Sri Lanka in a UAE. Fawad Alam is one warn inclusion, though he is doubtful to play in a contest opener. Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali contest for a third seamer’s position.

Pakistan (probable): 1 Sharjeel Khan, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Sohaib Maqsood, 5 Misbah-Ul-Haq (capt.), 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Bilawal Bhatti/Anwar Ali, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Junaid Khan

Two comparison Sri Lanka bowlers – Herath and Nuwan Kulasekara – are unavailable, withdrawal a conflict in less-experienced hands. Lasith Malinga and Sangakkara will lapse after carrying been complacent for a third Bangladesh ODI, and Ashan Priyanjan is expected to assume a place in a middle-order.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Mahela Jayawardene, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Ashan Priyanjan, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt.), 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Sachithra Senanayake, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Ajantha Mendis, 11 Suranga Lakmal

Stats and trivia

  • Mohammad Hafeez strike 448 runs during 149.33 in a UAE array opposite Sri Lanka
  • Misbah-ul-Haq has strike 7 50-plus scores in his final 9 general innings
  • Mahela Jayawardene averages 44.8 and strikes during 91 when opening (32 innings). His career normal and strike rate are 33.3 and 78.

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