PAK vs SL Match Preview

The men in green displayed a subpar batting performance, resulting in a meager total of 128 runs on a pitch where the Indian team amassed a colossal 356 runs. The openers' performance has been unsatisfactory, with Fakhar Zaman averaging just over 20 runs in this tournament, and Imam Ul-Haq failing to make an impact, except for his half-century against Bangladesh. There is speculation that Fakhar Zaman may be excluded from the upcoming match, and Saud Shakeel may be included in the middle order, with Mohammad Rizwan moving to the opening slot.

The middle order has also struggled to maintain consistency, with Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Iftikhar Ahmed failing to deliver. However, the pace attack has been a highlight of Pakistan's performance, with all three seamers, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Naseem Shah, exhibiting impressive bowling skills. Although they were taken for runs against India, we anticipate a strong comeback from them.

Injuries have compelled Pakistan to make one or possibly two changes to their lineup, with Mohammad Wasim Jr. and Shahnawaz Dahani potentially joining the team. The spin attack appears to be lacking, with Shadab Khan being the only full-time spinner on the team. Considering the nature of the pitch in the previous match, it may be beneficial to include someone like Mohammad Nawaz or Usama Mir to strengthen this aspect of the bowling unit.

The recent match has provided Sri Lanka with numerous learning opportunities. In order to regain their winning form, they must focus on improving their batting performance. The lackluster performances of Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunaratne have been a persistent issue throughout the tournament.

Thus far, Sri Lanka has only managed to achieve one partnership of over 50 runs in four matches. This has placed undue pressure on the middle order, leading to their collapse under pressure, as was witnessed in their match against India. The key to success during the middle overs will lie with Sadeera Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis, who have been the top performers with the bat.

While Dhananjaya de Silva has managed to improve his performance, the form of Dasun Shanaka remains a concern. On the bowling front, the spinners were exceptional in the last match, claiming all 10 wickets against India.

If the pitch is similar to the one used in the India match, Sri Lanka has a genuine chance of defeating Pakistan. Dunith Wellalage and Charith Asalanka have been particularly effective during the middle overs, while Kasun Rajitha and Matheesha Pathirana will feature in the pace attack. However, the pace bowling unit remains a weak point and could prove to be their undoing.

Weather Report

All 3 matches played on this ground during this tournament have been won while batting first. We, therefore, think that the winner of the toss will likely opt to bat first. 

Pitch Report

The last match once again showed that the R. Premadasa Stadium isn’t the easiest stadium to bat in. There was very little grass on the pitch and the surface offered plenty of turn. As many as 16 of the 20 wickets to fall were taken by the spinners. The pitch will get slower and more difficult to bat on as the match progresses. A score of around 240 is a par score. Talking about the weather, the conditions will be warm and humid and we can expect some interruptions due to rain. 

Notable stats

Theekshana: Reliable Wicket-Taker

Maheesh Theekshana is the leading wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in 2023. He has picked up 30 wickets in 14 matches at a strike rate of 22.23.

Team News

Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf injured themselves in the match against India and are unlikely to play in this match. 


PAK vs SL Probable 11

PAK Playing 11

  • Fakhar Zaman
  • Imam Ul-Haq
  • Babar Azam (C)
  • Agha Salman
  • Mohammad Rizwan (Wk)
  • Iftikhar Ahmed
  • Shadab Khan
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi
  • Faheem Ashraf
  • Shahnawaz Dahani
  • Zaman Khan

SL Playing 11

  • Pathum Nissanka
  • Dimuth Karunaratne
  • Kusal Mendis (Wk)
  • Charith Asalanka
  • Dhananjaya de Silva
  • Dasun Shanaka (C)
  • Dunith Wellalage
  • Kasun Rajitha
  • Matheesha Pathirana
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama
  • Maheesh Theekshana
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 Sri Lanka to win this match. The team has been playing well for the last couple of months and will be feeling confident as they take on the field. Sri Lanka has a well-balanced bowling attack unlike Pakistan, which is pace-heavy. Also, the injury to two of Pakistan’s best pacers will be a big dent. 


Top Picks

Dunith Wellalage: Dunith Wellalage has shown that he can be a reliable all-rounder for Sri Lanka. Wellalage has picked up 9 wickets so far and has also scored 78 runs.

Shaheen Shah Afridi: Afridi will lead the pace attack for Pakistan in this match. He has picked up 8 wickets in 4 matches at a strike rate of 24.00.

Babar Azam: Babar Azam is the top-ranked ODI batsman at the moment. He has scored 716 runs in his last 14 innings at an average of 51.14. 


PAK vs SL Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: M Rizwan, K Mendis

Batters: B Azam, C Asalanka, S Samarwickrama

All-rounders: S Khan (VC), D de Silva, D Wellalage (C)

Bowlers: S Afridi, M Theekshana, M Pathirana

PAK vs SL Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction