Sri Lanka to face Pakistan today ahead of Asia Cup final
The final match of the Super Four round of the Asia Cup cricket series will be held between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium at 7.30 pm today.
So far, both teams have won two matches each in this round.
Since the two teams have already qualified for the Sunday's final, today's match would be a good opportunity to test the skills and performances of both sides.
Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan by 4 wickets and India by 6 wickets in the Super Four round, while Pakistan defeated India by 5 wickets and Afghanistan by 1 wicket.
Accordingly, both Pakistan and Sri Lanka have qualified for the finals of the Asia Cup after 8 years.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan met in a Twenty20 series for the last time in 2019, where Sri Lanka led by Dasun Shanaka won the entire series by 3-0.
In the last cricket World Cup held in Dubai, Pakistan did not meet Sri Lanka, but they reached the semi-finals and were defeated by Australia.
So far, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have played 21 T20 matches, out of which Sri Lanka has won 8 matches. Pakistan has won 13 matches.
Both Sri Lanka and Pakistan have played 2 matches at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium where the match will be held today and both teams have won one match each.
However, Sri Lanka has always been ahead of Pakistan in the Asia Cup.
The two teams have met each other in 15 matches in the Asia Cup, out of which Sri Lanka has won 10 matches and Pakistan has won 5 matches.
Meanwhile, due to his stellar performance in this Asia Cup, Mohammad Rizwan who was ranked first in the batsman list in the T20 world cricket rankings has become Pakistan's hope.
Rizwan has scored 212 runs with 2 fifties in 4 matches in Asia Cup, while Kusal Mendis has scored 155 runs with 2 fifties in 4 matches.
Pathum Nissanka, who is ranked eighth in the latest World Twenty20 rankings, has scored 110 runs with a half-century in 4 matches.
According to the bowling performances of the Asia Cup series, Pakistan's Mohammad Nawaz has taken 8 wickets in 4 matches, while Dilshan Madusanka has taken 6 wickets.
The previous T20 Asia Cup winner India, who lost two matches in the Super Four, was thrown out of the series along with Afghanistan.