PAK vs SL Match Preview

The opening partnership of Fakhar Zaman and Imam Ul-Haq has not been performing at their usual high standard recently, as they have only managed to achieve one partnership of 50 runs or more in the last eight matches. It is crucial for Pakistan that they regain their form and contribute significantly with the bat in order to compete effectively against strong opponents.

Babar Azam will play a pivotal role in the middle order as their key batsman. The team possesses several talented all-rounders, namely Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, and Shadab Khan, who add depth to the batting lineup. In the previous match, the pace trio of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Hasan Ali performed admirably, collectively taking six wickets.

Nevertheless, the absence of a specialist spinner may prove costly for the team during the middle overs, potentially resulting in the opposition scoring more runs.

The absence of some of Sri Lanka's key bowlers, namely Maheesh Theekshana, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Dushamantha Chameera, has exposed vulnerabilities in their bowling lineup. This was evident in their recent match against South Africa, where they conceded a record-breaking 428 runs, leaving them with no chance of recovery.

In the upcoming match, the pace attack will be led by Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, and Dilshan Madushanka. However, all three were taken for more than 8.5 runs per over in the last match, highlighting the need for them to improve their line and length.

The spin attack is limited, with only young Dunith Wellalage being a specialist spinner. In terms of batting, Kusal Mendis is in good form and will be a key player for Sri Lanka. However, the opening pair of Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Perera have not been performing well recently.

Despite a prolonged period of poor form with the bat, skipper Dasun Shanaka managed to score a half-century in the last match, which is a positive sign. Additionally, Sri Lanka has a couple of all-rounders in Charith Asalanka and Dhananjaya de Silva, who can contribute with both bat and ball.


Weather Report

The weather will remain clear with temperatures reaching close to 35 degrees Celsius. 

Pitch Report

The pitch at Hyderabad is generally good to bat on and this match is expected to be no different. The average first-inning score on this ground is around 285, which is a par score. The quicker bowlers will be able to extract a good amount of pace and bounce from this surface but they will need to be disciplined with their line and length.

Notable stats

Kusal Mendis: Fulfilling expectations?

Kusal Mendis has been a key batsman for Sri Lanka over the past couple of months. In his last 6 innings, he has scored 341 runs at an average of 56.83.

Team News

There are no updates regarding injuries from either side. 


PAK vs SL Probable 11

PAK Playing 11

  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Imam Ul-Haq
  • Babar Azam (C)
  • Mohammad Rizwan (Wk)
  • Saud Shakeel
  • Shadab Khan
  • Mohammad Nawaz
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi
  • Haris Rauf
  • Hasan Ali
  • Iftikhar Ahmed

SL Playing 11

  • Pathum Nissanka
  • Kusal Perera
  • Kusal Mendis (Wk)
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama
  • Charith Asalanka
  • Dhananjaya de Silva
  • Dasun Shanaka (C)
  • Dunith Wellalage
  • Matheesha Pathirana
  • Kasun Rajitha
  • Dilshan Madushanka
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

We are backing Pakistan to win this match. They have an unblemished record against Sri Lanka in the ODI World Cups and given the quality of players in the team, they can maintain that record. Sri Lanka hasn’t been in the best of forms of late and will struggle against a quality side like Pakistan. 


Top Picks

Pathum Nissanka: Pathum Nissanka is the leading run-scorer for Sri Lanka this year. He has scored 819 runs at an average of 43.10.

Haris Rauf: Rauf is in good form with the ball. He has picked up 24 wickets in the last 10 matches.

Babar Azam: Babar Azam has an excellent record against Sri Lanka. He has scored 525 runs against them at an average of 58.33 and his knocks include 3 centuries and a half-century. 


PAK vs SL Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: K Mendis, M Rizwan (VC)

Batters: B Azam (C), P Nissanka, C Asalanka

All-rounders: S Khan, I Ahmed, D Wellalage

Bowlers: S Afridi, H Rauf, M Pathirana

PAK vs SL Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction