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Asia Cup, SL vs PAK | Playing 11 Prediction, Cricket Tips, Preview & Live Streaming

image-lmhd17ajDunith Wellalage celebrates Rohit Sharma wicket in Asia Cup 2023 (AP News)

Asia Cup 2023 co-hosts Sri Lanka and Pakistan are set to collide in the penultimate Super Four match of the competition. Both sides recently had their unbeaten streaks snapped by a dominant Indian unit, and will be looking to regain their winning ways in this virtual semi-final shootout.

The match marks the first meeting between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in nearly four years, as their last altercation occurred back in October 2019 with their three-game series decider in Karachi. In head-to-head battles between the two sides, the ‘Men in Green’ have emerged victorious a staggering nine times out of their last 10 completed fixtures.

SL vs PAK: Team Previews

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka registered 13 wins on the trot, their personal best, prior to their 41-run loss to India in Colombo this Asia Cup 2023. Moreover, they dismantled their oppositions’ batting line-up inside 50 overs in each of their previous 14 ODI outings, including the game which they lost to the ‘Men in Blue’.

After their bowling success against India, one can expect captain Dasun Shanaka to unleash his spin-heavy attack against Pakistan in a bid to secure one of the available slots for the final.


Pakistan looked clear favourites to lift this 2023 Asia Cup title until their 228-run larruping at the hands of Team India dented their morale and changed the complexion of Super Four table. Moreover, the team also lost Shaheen Afridi’s pace mates Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah for the remainder of the tournament through their respective injuries.

Regardless of their most-recent setback, Babar Azam’s troops continue to remain a force to be reckoned with.

SL vs PAK: Match Details & Live Streaming

Date and TimeSeptember 14, 3:00 PM IST
VenueR. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Live Streaming and BroadcastStar Sports Network, Hotstar

SL vs PAK: Colombo Pitch Report

The surface at Colombo’s iconic R. Premadasa Stadium has historically favoured spinners. The last match played at the venue saw a star-studded Indian batting line-up crumble for just 213 against Sri Lanka’s spin might. The average first innings total at the venue across all men’s ODIs has been 231, however, the same rises up to 275 this Asia Cup 2023. In three matches played at the venue this competition, teams batting first have prevailed on all three occasions. The aforementioned stat might prompt captains to bat first upon winning the toss in this much-awaited virtual semi-final.

SL vs PAK: Probable Playing 11

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha and Matheesha Pathirana.

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani and Zaman Khan.

SL vs PAK: Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

WicketkeepersKusal Mendis, Mohammad Rizwan
BattersImam-ul-Haq, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Babar Azam, Charith Asalanka
All-RoundersDunith Wellalage, Shadab Khan
BowlersMaheesh Theekshana, Shaheen Afridi, Matheesha Pathirana
CaptainDunith Wellalage
Vice-CaptainBabar Azam

SL vs PAK: Winner Prediction

Sri Lanka, courtesy of their home advantage and recent form, will start out as favourites over Pakistan to regain their winning ways.