March 8, 2014
Start time 14.00 internal (0800 GMT)
After his group had narrowly beaten India, Angelo Mathews pronounced Sri Lanka “do those small things right”. In a contest full of unreasonable shots and missed opportunities on a field, Sri Lanka have committed fewer simple errors than all a other sides. It goes utterly a approach towards explaining their dominant record in a contest so far.
Pakistan, on a other hand, threw divided a winning position opposite Sri Lanka. They were 117 for 6 opposite Afghanistan interjection to a shot preference of their tip order. Misbah-ul-Haq has twice been run out in laughable fashion. Against Bangladesh, Abdur Rehman was barred from bowling when he had total of 0-0-8-0. And yet, notwithstanding all that, Pakistan might good start a final as favourites.
After assembly any other in a opening diversion of a tournament, a dual sides have taken anomalous paths to a final. Sri Lanka, to put it a reason simplistically, have left sensitively about their business. Pakistan, on a other hand, have built adult a arrange of movement that comes with winning stirring matches. When we kick India by one wicket and follow 327 in your subsequent game, we tend to trust we can win from any position.
Pakistan’s batsmen, after an capricious start to a tournament, have also found form. There’s Shahid Afridi, of course, yet there’s also Mohammad Hafeez, who has scored half-centuries in his final dual games, Ahmed Shehzad, who finished a century opposite Bangladesh, and Fawad Alam, whose lapse to a side unexpected gave Pakistan someone who could reason their center sequence together. It’s roughly a good thing for Pakistan, perversely, that Misbah, a male who customarily does that pursuit for them, has scored 0, 1 and 4 in a matches they have won.
Pakistan, though, have dual vital concerns going into a final. One is a form of their quick bowlers. Junaid Khan, Umar Gul and Mohammad Talha – their expected first-choice multiple – have all been expensive, giving divided tighten to or over run-a-ball. The second is a aptness of 4 of their players. Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Afridi and Gul have niggles of several kinds.
Of a four, Afridi, who picked adult a hip damage in a diversion opposite Bangladesh, looked many in doubt, and showed signs of annoy during Pakistan’s training event on Friday. But their manager, Zakir Khan, pronounced he was responding good to a physio’s ministrations, and it seemed as if Pakistan wouldn’t leave him out unless it became positively unavoidable.
Sri Lanka, for their part, haven’t totally assured as a batting unit. Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne have scored runs, yet a rest of a tip 6 have been patchy. Kusal Perera has tended to chuck divided starts, while Dinesh Chandimal and Mahela Jayawardene have looked out of form. Sri Lanka bat deep, though, and match-turning contributions in a final are as expected to come from a Chaturanga de Silva or a Thisara Perera as they are to come from a top-order batsman.
The pitches in Mirpur have been a small unpredictable, with one side of a block given to furnish disproportionate rebound and another throwing adult good batting conditions. Spinners have played a large purpose regardless of that representation is used, though, and a many critical mini-contest in a compare could be a one between a dual slow-bowling attacks.
In Ajantha Mendis, de Silva and Sachithra Senanayake, Sri Lanka have one intensity match-winner and dual means ODI bowlers. Pakistan’s spin attack, with Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi seems to reason a slight edge, generally in terms of a knowledge they have bowling as a unit.
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Lahiru Thirimanne struck an achieved century opposite Pakistan in a opening diversion of a tournament, and has continued to demeanour good during a double yet creation any other large scores. Batting adult a sequence seems to fit his game, and a good innings in a final could win him a longer run as an opener even after Tillakaratne Dilshan earnings to a side.
Mohammad Hafeez scored 3 centuries opposite Sri Lanka during a new ODI array in a UAE, and has shown glimpses of that form in a Asia Cup. His bowling has been essential as well, and he’s finished a useful pursuit with a new ball. He’ll substantially do that in a final too, deliberation a series of left-hand batsmen in Sri Lanka’s tip order.
Ashan Priyanjan took dual wickets with his offspin opposite Bangladesh and timed a round sweetly during his brief stay in a middle. But he was in a side usually since Sri Lanka had already competent for a final, and he will many expected make approach for Chandimal. Lasith Malinga should also recover his place, yet it’s tough to envision who they’ll leave out in his place.
Sri Lanka (likely): 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Chaturanga de Silva, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Sachithra Senanayake/Suranga Lakmal, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis
Pakistan have a few aptness worries, with Afridi (hip), Shehzad (shoulder), Sharjeel (knee) and Gul (general soreness) during reduction than 100 per cent. None of a injuries are quite serious, though, judging by a comments of their manager on a eve of a match, so they should be means to margin their first-choice XI.
Pakistan (likely): 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 4 Sohaib Maqsood, 5 Fawad Alam, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Mohammad Talha, 11 Junaid Khan
Stats and trivia
“I don’t know, honestly. One day it looks like 200 is difficult, a subsequent day on a same representation we follow down 300-plus.”
Misbah-ul-Haq on a vagaries of a Mirpur pitch