In their previous game, Sri Lanka played with a better rhythm and confidence and chased down a score of 324 and got them back into the tournament. In today’s encounter, Sri Lanka has to play with the same momentum and will be hoping for rains to not play spoilsport.
A great knock by Gunathilaka and Mednis gave them a better position in the game with skipper Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera batting well and scoring winning runs for the team. The top order will play a crucial role and will be expected to explore in the first 20 overs to get the benefit if it rains.
Bowling for Sri Lanka has been out of form and pretty expensive. Triplets Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep were pretty expensive and failed to bowl proper length deliveries against the Indian batsmen. Sri Lanka in a must-win situation will expect more from the veteran Lasith Malinga to power up the bowling against Pakistan batsman.
Pakistan put up a good performance against the World No.1 team, South Africa. They got the much-needed win against them and kept their hopes alive to be in the top four. The bowling and batting were better this time and they will try and keep the momentum going.
Pakistan has a good batting line-up with some young batsmen like Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam. The middle-order has veterans Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. These two can boost the batting in middle and depth overs. Pakistan has bowled well in the previous game against South Africa and restricted them to 219 as well they picked up quick wickets which helped them to stop the batsman of South Africa by scoring runs. They key for Pakistan to win will be picking up wickets and stopping the batsmen from scoring runs.