PAKISTAN :A confident Pakistan will face Sri Lanka in the 11th Match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Bristol County Ground on Friday. Both the teams had a disappointing start to the World Cup 2019 as they lost their opening matches against West Indies and New Zealand respectively. After collapsing for 105 against West Indies, Pakistan’s batting unit bounced back to post 348 against England and then the experienced pacers, led by Wahab Riaz, stifled the England batsmen to end a 11-match losing streak.
Pakistan had a dismal performance in the inaugural edition of the ICC World Cup in 1975. In the eight-team tournament, Pakistan finished 5th with one win and 2 loses. However, Pakistan improved their performance in the next three editions (1979, 1983, 1987) as they made it to the semi-finals, but failed to progress further. Pakistan had a memorable 1992 World Cup under the captaincy of all-rounder Imran Khan as they won their first major title in the limited overs format. Javed Miandad, Inzmam-ul-Haq, Wasim Akram and Moin Khan played important roles to help Pakistan win the coveted trophy. In the final game of the ICC cricket World Cup 1992, Imran Khan played a captain’s knock as he went on to score a match-winning 72 after Graham Gooch dropped him for nine.
In the 1996 World Cup, Pakistan progressed to the Quarter-finals while they were the runners up in the 1999 World Cup which was hosted jointly by England, Scotland and the Netherlands. However, they were eliminated in the first round in the 2003 and 2007 World Cups. The 2007 eiditon of the tournament was a trgaic one for the country as they lost their coach, Bob Woolmer. In the 2011 World Cup, the Pakistan cricket team sailed to the semi-finals but India halted their progress with a 29-run victory at Mohali. Pakistan made it to the quarterfinals in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 which was jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Pakistan cricket team is regarded as among the ‘Big Guns’ given the fact that they handed defending champions India a major upset at the ICC Champions Trophy held in England in 2017.
Though the team faced a heavy setback at the hands of the English cricketing side in a 5-match ODI series just before the onset of the current World Cup, they still remain a crucial side to watch out for.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, saw another batting collapse in their second match against Afghanistan despite a good start but here also, the bowlers saved the day for the team. Malinga (3 wickets) and Nuwan Pradeep (4 wickets) demolished Afghanistan batting.
As the two inconsistant side clash at Bristol County Ground, the contest is likely to go intense as both would look to keep the winning streak going.
The conditions at Bristol County Ground, where West Indies scored 4221 in their warm-up match against New Zealand, favours batsmen and 300-plus score is likely on the cards if the teams decide to dominate with aggressive batting.
Pakistan would look to clinch early wickets as they are aware of Sri Lanka’s brittle batting line-up while Sri Lanka would expect its bowlers to shine in front of a rather strong opponent.
Pakistan have hinted at continuity, while Sri Lanka are likely to bring in Jeevan Mendis in place of Suranga Lakmal if it’s likely to be a full game. Avishka Fernando and Mendis could play in place of Lahiru Thirimanne and Lakmal if it’s a truncated fixture.
Pakistan (probable): 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Asif Ali, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Hassan Ali, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Wahab Riaz
Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), 2 Kusal Perera (wk), 3 Lahiru Thirimanne, 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Jeevan Mendis/Suraga Lakmal, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
Pitch and conditions
England made light work of a 359 chase against Pakistan just a month ago. If there’s another flat track, combined with the short boundaries, it could result in another hard day for bowlers.WWW.TREDINGSPORTSNET.COM
- Despite his two ducks, Mathews remains Sri Lanka’s best bet to stem a top order wobble. Since 2017, he’s been dismissed just 20% of the time in less than 20 deliveries. All others have been dismissed 50% of the time in the same period. Promoting Mathews could also bring about a balance to the playing XI if Sri Lanka are looking to slot in allrounder Milinda Siriwardena at No. 6, in place of the misfiring Kusal Mendis, who averages only 21.5 in ODIs since 2018.
- Sri Lanka could use Nuwan Pradeep to bounce out Mohammad Hafeez. Pradeep hits the hard lengths and has the pace to generate disconcerting bounce, a troubled area for the Pakistan batsman, who has been out seven times to fast bowlers in 2019.
- He may have conceded 83 in the previous game, but Wahab Riaz remains a potent death-bowling option, having taken four wickets off the 28 balls he has bowled in this period. He concedes only 7.3 an over in this phase. Is there a case to reserve him for the end then? He has gone for 8.3 in the first 10, in comparison. His wickets of Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes at the death against England proved game-changing.
Stats and trivia
- In 56 innings since 2017, Sri Lanka have been bowled out 32 times – more than once every alternate innings.
- In ODIs since 2017, Sri Lanka have been the quickest to lose half their side – they lose five wickets inside 29 overs on an average. Pakistan’s average for the same stands at 34.4 overs.
- Shadab Khan is one short of 50 ODI wickets, while Hafeez needs one half-century for 50 ODI fifties
“I believe this is the best batting order we have. I’ve played a lot with Kusal Perera, I have faith in him. Thirimanne is a reliable player who can pace his innings. Middle order is okay.”
Dimuth Karunaratne is happy with the options he has.
“Since we won, it took off a lot of pressure definitely, having gone through that string of defeats. Psychologically, that lifts a huge weight from their shoulders.”
Pakistan’s batting coach Grand Flower is a relieved man.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka playing 11 prediction
Pakistan Playing 11: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir
Sri Lanka Playing 11: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Kusal Perera (WK), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep.
ICC World Cup 2019, Match 11: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Live streaming details
Date and Day: June 7, 2019, Friday.
Place: Bristol County Ground, Bristol
Time: 3:00 pm IST, 10:30 am local time
The World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka match live streaming will be available on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 with English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD with Hindi Commentary. The live streaming of the World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka match will be available on Hotstar.
Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman.
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay.