The stage is set for a fascinating contest when two Asian rivals- Pakitan and Sri Lanka will go head-to-head at the County Ground in Bristol. Pakistan must be beaming with confidence after hammering England in front of their home crowd while Sri Lanka, too registered a crucial win against Afghanistan in their previous encounter. Both the teams would be eyeing to keep their winning momentum heading into this crunch game.

Pakistan can be stated the most unpredictable side in the history of the World Cricket. After being thrashed by West Indies in their opening game, Pakistan went on to script a memorable win against the tournament favorites, England. They scored 348 runs on the back of some excellent knocks by Md. Hafeez (84), Babar Azam (63) and Sarfraz Ahmed (55). Pakistan’s bowling has always been their prime weapon since the early days and the left-arm combination of Md. Amir and Wahab Riaz will be pivotal to their success in this competition. After a resounding win over England, Pakistan would be hoping for the same kind of clinical performance in the upcoming match.

On the contrary, Sri Lanka has not performed up to the mark over the last few years, but after scripting an impressive comeback in their previous game, the Lankans have well and truly arrived at the World Cup party. Lasith Malinga will spearhead the inexperienced bowling attack against the formidable Pakistan batting lineup. However, the onus will be on Sri Lankan batsmen who have failed to perform in both their previous encounters. Sri Lanka will look to register another crucial win heading into the Asian derby.

 

Match Details

 

Date: Friday, 7th June 2019

Time: 03:00 PM IST

Venue: County Ground, Bristol

League: ICC World Cup 2019

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

  

Venue Stats

 

Avg 1st Innings score: 243

Avg 2nd Innings score: 216

Highest Total: 373/5 (50 Ov) by ENGW vs RSAW

Lowest Total: 92/10 (24.5 Ov) by ZIM vs ENG

Highest Chased: 359/4 (44.5 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Lowest Defended: 182/10 (50 Ov) by NZ vs ENG

 

Team News

Pakistan

  • Pakistan is expected to go ahead with an unchanged lineup.

Sri Lanka

  • Jeevan Mendis can make his way back to the starting lineup.
  • While Isuru Udana can make way for Milinda Siriwardana in the upcoming match.

 

Squads

 

Pakistan

Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & W), Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain

Sri Lanka

Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffery Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana

 

Key players

 

Pakistan

  • Imam-ul-Haq
  • Babar Azam
  • Wahab Riaz

Sri Lanka

  • Kusal Perera
  • Kusal Mendis
  • Lasith Malinga

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Pakistan

Imam-ul-Haq , Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & W), Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, and Mohammad Hasnain

 

Sri Lanka

Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratane, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimane, Dhananjay de Silva/ Milinda Siriwardana, Angelo Matthews, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep/ Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal and Lasith Malinga