Sri Lanka won the dress rehearsal contest but the Finals are likely to be a different ball game. The ball is starting to turn rapidly and both sides are stocked with some nice spin options. While Sri Lanka are dominating, they still have not been tested batting first. Pakistan on the other hand has done a decent job batting first and second over the tournament. While they may have lost the previous game the line-up is still pretty good and promising.
Played- 21 | Sri Lanka- 8 | Pakistan- 13 | No Result- 0
Date: 9th September 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Stadium
The weather in Dubai is clear and dry for the SL vs PAK fixture.
The Dubai track is a pretty helpful for bowlers but is also starting to ease out with the bat. While there is some movement and turn early on, batting gets easier and batting second will be a better option.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Pattum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Chamika Karunaratne
Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Usman Qadir, Shahnawaz Dahani, Naseem Shah
After a poor game against India, Wanindu Hasaranga is finally finding his magic again. The ball in Dubai is starting to grip rapidly and he looked very dangerous with his bowling in the previous match. Along with Theekshana, Sri Lanka has a nice pair and if both bowlers find a hint of grip on the surface the batters are in for a tough time.
Shadab Khan has come roaring back into the limelight. He is scoring runs, picking up wickets and bowling a very tight line. He is proving why he is one of Pakistan’s more important players and has also formed a valuable partnership with Mohammad Nawaz.
Sri Lanka are coming into the Finals with a win against the same side. They still have a lot of work to do though. All their wins have come batting second, and if they are made to bat first, Sri Lanka could find themselves in a lot of trouble. Pakistan on the other hand seems well equipped to go both ways and should be comfortable despite losing to Sri Lanka just recently.