On Friday, South Asian giants Pakistan and Sri Lanka square off against each other in Bristol County Ground during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Both teams head into this clash brimming with confidence especially after their last matches. Sri Lanka bounced back from a fairly poor season while Pakistan got their revenge of England for the humiliating 5-0 whitewash.
One thing that works in Pakistan’s favour is the head-to-head record. The two teams have met seven times and Pakistan have won all 7. They also lead in the highest score and lowest score tally. The Men in Green have score 338 to the Lions’ 288, and 216 to 138.
Predicted Playing 11
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeffrey Vandersay
Weather and pitch report
The match will be held in Bristol County Ground and the pitch normally favours batting. In other words, a high-scoring game is to be expected, also, most of the matches won there have been achieved by batting second. However, the weather will also play a role in this game, so all eyes will be trained towards the heavens.
Prediction for match result
Given their track record, the edge has to go to Pakistan, especially considering that Sri Lanka have been struggling all year. However, the Lions will be eager to keep the momentum going and beat their neighbours.
In conclusion, this Pakistan vs Sri Lanka ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 game should be highly interesting. Will Pakistan make it 8 wins in a row or will Sri Lanka get the monkey off their backs?