Pakistan and Sri Lanka will face off in the final of the Asia Cup 2022, to be held this evening.Who might be the contender for victory? Let's see the predictions.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka reached the final of the Asia Cup 2022.
Sri Lanka is the 5 times title holder of the Asia Cup.
Pakistan won only twice the Asia Cup
Sri Lanka seems like a strong contender while Pakistan is not in form properly.
The Asia Cup is considered one of the biggest tournaments in international cricket. In the 2022 edition, it has reached the final stage. In the final Asia Cup 2022, Pakistan will face the five-time Asia Cup title holder and the actual host of this edition, Sri Lanka, tonight at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium at 07:30 pm IST. After India, Sri Lanka is the second most successful and also the only team to feature in all 14 editions of the tournament. On the other hand, Pakistan has only won the title twice.
Performance at the dress rehearsal match before the final
This time too, Sri Lanka is believed to be a contender for this title. Sri Lanka won all 3 matches in the Super4 stage of the tournament. A day before the final summit clash, in the rehearsal rivalry, Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 5 wickets yesterday. Like in every previous match, in this match too, Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to field first. While batting first, the Pakistan team was all out in 19.1 overs after scoring 121 runs. Chasing the target of 122 runs, with 24-year-old Nissanka’s unbeaten 55 off 48 balls, Sri Lanka made 124 runs in 17.0 overs.
Who is a strong contender?
Due to the political and economic crisis in Sri Lanka, the hosting of this edition was shifted from Sri Lanka to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In such a situation, by winning the cup for the 6th time, Sri Lankan players will try their best to give their countrymen a reason to celebrate in this difficult time.
If we see the situation of Pakistan, in the Super 4 stage, Pakistan won 2 out of their 3 Super4 games. Captain Babar Azam was out of form for some matches. But this skipper will look to redeem himself in the Asia Cup 2022 match.
The Asia Cup 2022 will be played under grueling conditions in Dubai, where the temperatures are likely to hover in the mid-40 degree Celsius range. Humidity will also be a key factor during the match.
Teams are as follows in Asia Cup 2022:
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Pramod Madushan, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka
Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir
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