Asia Cup Final 2022: Sri Lanka, which has been battling financial crisis and facing the worst democratic turmoil in its history, may give its cricket team some chance to celebrate but for this it will have to give a strong Pakistan team in the Asia Cup Final 2022 at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. Gotta be defeated. Sri Lanka is in a way the host of the Asia Cup but due to security reasons, it could not organize it in its home country and hence the United Arab Emirates got the opportunity to organize this tournament.
It would have been a happy moment for the Dasun Shanaka-led side if they had been playing the final at their home ground, but looking at their performance in the Super Four, it can be said that the challenge for the Babar Azam-led Pakistan team will be anyhow. Won’t be easier. Be it the Asian Cricket Council or the spectators of Dubai, everyone wanted the final match to be between India and Pakistan but Sri Lanka spoiled all their equations by performing well.
In front of Pakistan, there will be such a team of Sri Lanka which is engaged in reviving its cricket. She wants to make a mark in a format in which she became the world champion in 2014. Sri Lanka’s cricket has been battling with poor selection and politics within the board for some time now but now its players have changed their attitude and added aggression to T20 cricket.
Good news for Pakistan before the final, this fast bowler became fit
Sri Lanka is the second most successful team of the tournament
Sri Lanka have won the Asia Cup title five times so far and are the second most successful team in the tournament. India has won this tournament for the most number of times. India has won the title seven times so far. However, this time he is already out of the title race. At the same time, Pakistan has won the Asia Cup twice so far and now its eyes are on winning this title for the third time.
Sri Lankan batsmen hit 28 sixes and 62 fours
Sri Lanka’s attack looks strong despite the absence of an experienced bowler like Dushmantha Chameera while in the batting they have two excellent openers Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nisanka. Danushka Gunatilaka, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Shanaka and Chamchatne Karunaratne have also made useful contributions. The Sri Lankan batsmen have hit 28 sixes and 62 fours in the five matches of the Asia Cup so far, which shows their aggressive attitude. In the bowling, Mahesh Teekshana and Wanindu Hasaranga have handled the spin department very well, while Dilshan Madhushanka has performed the responsibility of the main fast bowler quite admirably.
Babar’s poor form is worrying
In contrast, Pakistan are concerned about the form of their captain and best batsman Babar, who has scored only 63 runs in five matches so far. He will definitely try to play a big innings in the final. Bowling seems to be the strong side of Pakistan right now. Naseem Shah’s game is improving continuously while Haris Rauf and Mohammad Hasnain are also doing well. Both his spinners, leg-break bowler Shadab Khan and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz have also performed impressively.
Toss Banega Boss
In Dubai, however, the role of the toss has been important and the team batting first suffers a loss. Anyway, batting first, Pakistan’s performance has not been good. He batted first in the matches he lost against India and Sri Lanka.
The teams are as follows:
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Danushka Gunatilaka, Pathum Nisanka, Kusal Mendis, Charit Aslanka, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Ashen Bandara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Vanindu Hasaranga, Mahesh Teekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayavikrama, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Dinwani Pathirana and Dilshan Dinwani Pathirana Chandimal.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (Captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali.
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