Pakistan set a target of 122 runs to Sri Lanka in the ‘dress rehearsal’ match of the final today (September 9) in Dubai. Pakistan’s innings was wrapped up for 121 runs in 19.1 overs. Pakistan kept losing wickets from the beginning in the face of the Lankan bowlers. Babar Azam, who did not get a run in the previous matches, returned to Sajghar with 30 runs off 29 balls. Among the other Pakistan batsmen, Mohammad Rizwan scored 14 runs off 14 balls, Fakhar Zaman scored 13 runs off 18 balls, Iftikhar Ahmed scored 13 runs off 17 balls, and Mohammad Nawaz scored 26 runs off 18 balls. Among the Lankan bowlers, Wanindu Hasarang took 3 wickets for 21 runs.
Pakistan-Sri Lanka will meet on Sunday (September 11) in the final of the 15th edition of the Asia Cup. Before the final, these two teams are facing each other in the last match of the Super Four. This is like the ‘dress rehearsal’ of the final.
Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat in Dubai on Friday. Earlier, Sri Lanka and Pakistan reached the Super Four by finishing the group. Both the teams confirmed the final by winning their first two matches in the Super Four. Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan by 4 wickets and India by 6 wickets. Pakistan also defeated India by 5 wickets and Afghanistan by 1 wicket.
Last night, Pakistan secured the final by defeating Afghanistan by 1 wicket in a breathtaking match. Pakistan’s victory also confirmed Sri Lanka’s final. Because Sri Lanka and Pakistan collected 4 points after winning 2 matches in Super Four. Afghanistan lost 3 matches. India has collected 2 points from 3 matches. As a result, India-Afghanistan has left the Super Four.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan got a good chance to test each other before the final. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have met 21 times in T20 so far. Pakistan has won 13 times out of this. Sri Lanka has won 8 times.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka last played in the T20 format in October 2019. The Sri Lankans won the three-match series in Pakistan by 3-0.
While Pakistan has a heavy margin of victory in head-to-head matches in T20Is, Sri Lanka has more wins on the Asia Cup stage. The Lankans have won 10 times out of 15 matches in the Asia Cup. Pakistan has won 5 times.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka last met in Asia Cup in 2016. Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the T20 format.